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ESG Software Solution Enables Integrated Maintenance of German Army's Material Inventory

Category: Defence Industry

From now on, the Bundeswehr will be able to manage its material inventory in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.

The N-CORE system was officially put into operation today (Friday 27th Jan 06). This software solution was developed by the Munich-based systems and software specialist ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH.

The introduction of N-CORE is a milestone of the modernisation of the Bundeswehr's cataloguing system. The new system replaces the existing ILIMS system, which has been in use since the 1970s. N-CORE stands for "NATO Codification System Repository". The new ESG solution will enable all NATO codification tasks, including international data exchange, to be carried out efficiently and conveniently.

Technical Background: In all member states of the NATO alliance, every article is assigned a 13-digit supply number on the basis of which the article can be clearly identified. The alliance's inventory covers goods such as weapons, machines, office equipment and clothing. N-CORE has a certified interface for integrating the SAP R/3 ERP system, enabling the entire material inventory to be controlled in an integrated manner. Users of N-CORE be-nefit from a considerable increase in the quality, productivity and cost-effectiveness of codification.

The official commissioning was carried out by the staff from the relevant department in the Bundeswehr's Logistics Office (Logistikamt) in Sankt Augustin, Germany. Brigadegeneral Berthold Buchholz, the head of the Logistics Office, got things started with the first supply number created using N-CORE.

The ESG development N-CORE has become the world's leading commercial tool for NATO codification. Along with the Bundeswehr, the armies of Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Austria, Turkey and Hungary now also use this system.


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