August 23, 2021

Easy Sourcing of Packaging Supplies and Services

A new format of an industrial directory is published by Manufacturers Directory with keyword direct navigation.

Some of these directories include quite a few directories for the packaging industry such as crating, and export packing   Other packaging products directories are for foam packaging at die cut foam, foam fabricators, and laminated foam

Other packaging items are ziplock bags and several directories related to protective packaging products such as
tube end caps and pipe caps

These packaging product directories are part of the large number of other keyword industrial product directories. These directories are all designed for easy navigation and particulary to serve the "natural type in" Keyword traffic of highly targeted industrial buyers searching for products including packaging materials. This helps industrial manufacturers and suppliers receive leads of Targeted Buyers who are seriously searching for their products. And it makes it much easier for serious buyers to find a selection of manufacturers and suppliers on a single webpage who offer the product or service that is specific to what the Buyer needs.

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June 29, 2021

Jason Premo Appointed Examiner For Prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

Jason P. Premo, VP of Sales and Marketing for real-time production management software provider nMetric® LLC., will serve on 2005 Board of Examiners. The board reviews and evaluates applications for the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.

Costa Mesa, Calif. (PRWEB) June 29, 2021 -- Jason. P. Premo of nMetric® LLC, a manufacturing software company located in Costa Mesa, Calif., has been appointed by Hratch G. Semerjian, Acting Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to the 2005 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA). The award, created by public law in 1987, is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.

As an examiner, Premo is responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the award, which is often presented to recipients each year directly by the President of the United States. The board is composed of leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and health care organizations, and government. Those selected meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition, in addition to completing a rigorous preparation course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring and evaluation process for the Baldrige Award.

“I am honored to be a part of such a prestigious award and am excited about working with the Board of Examiners for the upcoming year,” states Premo, the nMetric® LLC VP of Sales and Marketing. “As a previous manufacturing engineer, manager and executive over the past 10 years, I can attest to the bottom line benefits achieved at my own factories, having leveraged many areas of the Baldrige Criteria to define systems, processes and measures to achieve my Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma goals.”

“Companies that are looking to develop their own roadmap for world class performance should seriously consider learning and incorporating the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria,” Premo adds.

Awards may be given annually in each of five categories: Manufacturing, Service, Small Business, Education and Health Care. Awards have been presented to 60 organizations, including 2004 recipients, The Bama Corporation, Texas Nameplate Company, Inc., Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.

Information about the Baldrige National Quality Program and the application process is available from the Baldrige National Quality Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Administration Bldg., Room A600, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1020, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1020. Telephone: 301-975-2036.

For further information about the Baldrige Award, contact Jan Kosko, NIST Public and Business Affairs. Information can also be found on the Baldrige National Quality Program’s Web site at http://www.baldrige.nist.gov.

About nMetric®:
nMetric® provides manufacturers with Lean Production Management Software that picks up where traditional ERP business systems end…to address the challenges of today’s demand-driven manufacturing environment. Our patented solution is a collaborative, scalable and completely integrated platform that provides Lean Manufacturers with the tools needed to balance, schedule, visualize, execute, track, analyze and improve the real-time activities of the factory floor, while building a better link to the enterprise and supply chain. The solution is Web-engineered from the ground up using the latest Java 2 Enterprise Edition architecture. It is 100 percent thin client and is completely platform independent to work with virtually any operation system, database, commercial or legacy ERP, and factory floor application. Company headquarters is located at 3070 South Bristol Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA. 92626. Telephone: 714-424-4400. Toll Free: 888-561-9700. Website: http://www.nmetric.com.

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Empresa Solutions Transforms Engineering Change Management for PDMWorks Users with Release of New Product

Kinnosa® Workflow for PDMWorks® Dramatically Increases Efficiency in Managing SolidWorks® Product Design Changes

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) June 29, 2021 -- Empresa Solutions, Inc., a global provider and industry leader in collaborative data and process management solutions, today unveiled Kinnosa Workflow for PDMWorks Release 1.0, the industry’s only workflow and process management solution for SolidWorks’ PDMWorks. Kinnosa Workflow for PDMWorks adds complete engineering change management to PDMWorks, the de facto standard for SolidWorks design data management.

This release of Kinnosa Workflow for PDMWorks offers significant functionality to support improved efficiency in engineering and change processes including:
• mweb-based user interface for zero-cost deployment;
• an easy-to-use graphical workflow process designer to create change processes;
• efficient process execution using automated task notifications sent directly to participants email inbox;
• enhanced design change productivity through eDrawings™ integration;
• seamless integration with the PDMWorks product; and
• compliance to quality standards through complete change history capture and reporting.

Kinnosa Workflow offers automated engineering change management to PDMWorks users – capabilities that were previously only accessible through custom programs or migration to larger, more expensive systems. As a result, PDMWorks users can leverage Kinnosa Workflow for PDMWorks to realize drastic improvements in overall design change visibility, efficiency, and accuracy.

“Empresa Solutions’ new workflow solution is significant because it expands the scope and broadens access to valuable design data stored in PDMWorks,” said Joy Garon, SolidWorks Corporation’s product manager for PDMWorks. “With Empresa’s Kinnosa Workflow for PDMWorks product, companies can gain the same competitive advantages of shorter design cycles and lower costs that are enjoyed by larger, more expensive systems. In addition, the integration of our products enables new levels of collaboration and change management across the enterprise.”

Kinnosa Workflow for PDMWorks is designed to be an easy-to-deploy and easy-to-use workflow add-on for PDMWorks users. The seamless integration into PDMWorks enables powerful process management capabilities without imposing users with extensive product learning curves. Recognized process improvements will be instantly realized in every organization that adopts the Kinnosa Workflow solution.
“By leveraging Kinnosa technology and competencies in engineering processes, we enable our customers to capitalize on their existing investments in SolidWorks and PDMWorks to bring new products to market quickly and easily, at a lower cost,” said Terry Simpson, president of Empresa Solutions. “Together with SolidWorks, we help ensure that customers deploying engineering workflow solutions using Kinnosa Workflow for PDMWorks have the best tools for introducing production-ready applications.”

Kinnosa Workflow is available now for purchase through authorized resellers.

About Empresa Solutions, Inc.
Empresa Solutions is the leading developer of enterprise software solutions that improve efficiency and workflow processes worldwide. Lockheed Martin, Hewlett Packard, Ford Motor Company, and Procter & Gamble are among the many customers gaining significant value from Empresa’s software solutions.

For the latest news and information or to see a demonstration of the product, visit the Empresa Solutions web site at www.empresasolutions.com or call 1-480-785-8334.

About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management. It is the #1 supplier of 3D mechanical design software for the mainstream market. SolidWorks leads the market in number of users in production, customer satisfaction, and revenue. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company’s Web site (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

Kinnosa is a registered trademark of Empresa Solutions, Inc. SolidWorks and PDMWorks are registered trademarks and eDrawings is a trademark of SolidWorks Corporation.

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June 28, 2021

MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago Announces New Chairman for Burgeoning Chapter of Prominent Innovation and Entrepreneurship Organization

Peter Balbus, CEO of integrated business & IT strategy consultancy Pragmaxis LLP, takes reigns as chairman of MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 28, 2021 -- The MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago today announced the appointment of Peter Balbus as its new chapter chairman.

Balbus is founder and CEO of integrated business & IT strategy consultancy Pragmaxis. He was previously vice president and GM of Booz Allen & Hamilton's Chicago regional e-business strategy and implementation group. He was also formerly a vice president at eXperience, the “brick and mortar” strategy consulting group at divine interVentures, a principal at CSC Index and a senior manager at KPMG Strategic Services. He earned his bachelors degree in chemical engineering from MIT and completed the University of Chicago’s executive program in corporate strategy.

The Chicago chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum holds monthly events from September through June. In September 2005, the forum will kick off its new season with an expanded mission, a rejuvenated look, an expanded board of directors, new committees and advisory councils as well as a significantly enhanced volunteer staff.

About the MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago
The MIT Enterprise Forum is a non-profit organization that promotes the formation and growth of innovative and technologically oriented companies through a series of specialized executive education programs. The forum provides networking, leadership opportunities and provocative new ideas to senior business leaders while showcasing MIT’s role in innovation and entrepreneurship in communities around the world.

The MIT Enterprise Forum was formed in 1978 and has 23 chapter organizations worldwide. Participation and membership is open to the general public.

More information about the MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago can be found at www.mitefchicago.org

About Pragmaxis
Pragmaxis LLC provides high-impact management consulting and advisory services to executives responsible for driving business growth – especially through the pragmatic development and execution of technology- and intellectual property-driven business strategies.

The firm’s concentration areas include integrated business & technology strategy, indirect sales strategy and marketing automation, and technology commercialization.

More information about Pragmaxis can be found at www.pragmaxis.com

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Harbor Research Inc. Acquires Wireless Data Research to Strengthen Pervasive and M2M Market Leadership

Harbor Research Inc. announces it has reached an agreement with Bay Area peer Wireless Data Research to acquire the company. The acquisition will be effective immediately.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 28, 2021 -- Harbor Research Inc., a Boston and San Francisco based technology consulting and research firm, has acquired Wireless Data Research (WDR), a leading analyst firm focusing on wireless technologies and machine to machine communications (M2M).

With this move, Harbor Research, which earlier this week announced a partnership with leading European M2M analyst e-principles, further expands its coverage of new technologies, market forecasting and analysis of key suppliers and adopters of pervasive wireless solutions.

Harbor and WDR are known for their extensive analysis and commentary on emerging M2M opportunities across all major vertical markets. Only a handful of analysts have focused primarily on pervasive computing and M2M applications. Harbor Research has been at the forefront of articulating the business models driven by wireless and IP networking.

Glen Allmendinger, president of Harbor Research, acknowledges the immediate boost to his firm’s wireless expertise as well as the fresh, complimentary perspective that WDR adds to its coverage of the impact M2M is making globally. “Wireless Data Research has consistently produced top-notch forecasting and is widely considered one of true experts in the field”, Allmendinger said.

Harbor Research intends to incorporate WDR’s body of knowledge into its research services and products, including a new version of its acclaimed online market analysis platform SmartSphere.

Wireless Data Research president Ian McPherson commented, “The combination of WDR’s innovative research on emerging wireless technologies with Harbor’s unique coverage of adopter practices and progress creates a formidable presence that will provide considerable clout in moving this entire market forward. As a strategic advisory firm for companies implementing asset management and supply chain solutions as well as technology suppliers building solution alliances, there is no better place to turn to.”

Harbor Research will be presenting more detail about its strategy and direction at this week’s M2M United, one of the premier annual conferences in the pervasive and machine to machine arena being held this week in Chicago.

About Wireless Data Research:
WDR (www.wirelessdataresearch.com) is a strategic advisory and research company that provides market assessment and analysis in order to allow its clients to make more informed decisions about the development and adoption of wireless technologies. WDR specifically focuses on understanding integration and adoption issues for wireless-enabled enterprise applications, which is essential for vendors, investors and end-users to optimize solution performance and maximize return on investment.

About Harbor Research, Inc.:
Harbor Research, Inc. (www.harborresearch.com) has been providing strategic consulting and research services to clients for more than 20 years. With a reputation as specialists in understanding emergent and disruptive opportunities in high technology, Harbor Research works with clients who seek to establish strategic advantage in changing markets. Harbor Research’s ground-breaking Pervasive Internet research is widely regarded as the definitive work on the business impact of integrating networked devices into business processes.

Contact Information:
Marc Kriessmann
Harbor Research, Inc.
415.615.9400, ext. 23
415.615.0454 fax
http://www.harborresearch.com

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Syntax Appoints Display Industry Veteran Sam Miller Chief Product Officer; Former Viewsonic Executive to Lead Syntax's Strategic Engineering & Product Marketing Initiatives

Former Viewsonic Executive to Lead Syntax Groups' Strategic Engineering & Product Marketing Initiatives

City of Industry, CA (PRWEB) June 28, 2021 -- Syntax Groups Corporation(tm), one of the fastest-growing manufacturers of LCD TVs in North America, today announced the strategic appointment of display industry executive Samuel Miller to the new position of Chief Product Officer. In this role, Miller is responsible for defining and executing Syntax’s global product strategy and development including engineering requirements, product definition and IDs, components procurement, product planning, positioning, and market requirements. He will also head the creation of a state-of-the-art video development lab for Syntax’s Olevia(tm) LCD TVs and LCOS TVs.

Miller joins Syntax from Viewsonic where during the course of his 10-year career there he transitioned the company’s CRT monitor business to LCDs, and later directed its technical marketing and engineering programs for digital TVs including plasma and LCD TVs. He also directed Viewsonic Labs through which he created product development processes resulting in a significant increase in its overall award-winning product line.

“Sam’s leadership in the display arena is a vital element in our evolution to become a Tier One digital TV manufacturer,” said James Li, Chief Executive Officer of Syntax Groups Corporation. “We selected him for the newly-created chief product officer’s position in order to give our LCD TV product development and technical marketing efforts the focus and direction required for Syntax’s products to be truly recognized in the industry for the solid value they bring to consumers.”

Leveraging his career successes, Miller is chartered with creating an infrastructure for developing high performance digital TV product configurations and features with the consumer and marketplace in mind, and that provide a quality front of screen viewing experience at a very competitive price/performance ratio.

Also joining Syntax to assist Miller in building and managing the company’s new video development lab is Scott Anderson, another display expert formerly with Viewsonic. Through their combined expertise, Miller and Anderson will create a controlled environment for evaluating components, measuring, testing and tuning display performance to optimize Syntax’s LCD TVs and LCOS TVs.

Since introducing Olevia LCD TVs to consumers last year, the Syntax Olevia brand has steadily increased its popularity and today is recognized as the number three LCD TV in North America according to the leading market research organization, DisplaySearch.

About Olevia LCD TVs
Syntax’s Olevia LCD TVs are designed to deliver a total quality digital entertainment experience with great specifications, great prices and value, and a great warranty. Using high quality LCD panels, Olevia LCD TVs feature high resolution and high contrast ratios, fast response times, bright, wide viewing angles, built-in TV tuners, Picture-in-Picture (PIP) capability, HDTV component inputs, and a VGA input for easy connection to a PC. Olevia models allow simultaneous viewing of TV or DVD movies while surfing the Internet or accessing standard PC desktop functions. Syntax’s current line of richly appointed, competitively priced Olevia LCD TVs includes 20-inch, 26-inch, 27-inch, 30-inch, the Super-IPS based 32-inch and 37-inch models, and a 50-inch LCOS rear projection TV. Syntax’s newest LCD TV, the 42-inch Olevia, is scheduled for availability in July 2005. During the second half of 2005, Syntax plans to launch additional models including a 47-inch LCD TV, and a 65-inch LCOS RPTV.

Syntax is now implementing its proprietary “iDEA” (Innovative Digitally Enhanced Architecture) digital video processing technology into Olevia LCD TVs for image enhancements including Dynamic Brightness and Contrast Controls, Pure Edge Enhancement, Advanced Sharpness Control, Dynamic Noise Reduction, Black Level Extender, White Peak Limiter, Flesh Tone Control, Adaptive Luma Control and an Advanced Digital Sound Processor.

About Syntax Groups
Founded in May 2003, Syntax Groups Corporation (www.syntaxgroups.com) manufactures the high-value, cost-effective Olevia family of widescreen HDTV-ready LCD TVs. Since the company commenced its initial shipments of Olevia LCD TVs in April 2004, Syntax has achieved unparalleled growth and is now recognized as one of the fastest growing LCD TV brands in North America with a position in the “Top 5” North American LCD TV brands and approximately 7% market share. Worldwide, Syntax is ranked in the “Top 10” LCD TV brands. Delivering on its mission to design and mass-produce digital convergence consumer electronics products with superior specifications and competitively affordable prices, and support consumers of its Olevia brand with a unique customer-friendly after-sale warranty program, Syntax has rapidly established broad distribution in the North American retail sales channel and has expanded operations into Asia. With its partner company Taiwan Kolin Company (TSE:1606.TW, www.kolin.com.tw), Syntax Groups maintains an R&D; center and mass manufacturing at DigiMedia (www.digimedia.com), its own factory in Tainan, Taiwan, plus its own final assembly and quality control production facility at Syntax headquarters located at 20480 E. Business Parkway, City of Industry (Southern California) 91789.

Syntax Groups Corporation and Olevia are trademarks of Syntax Groups Corporation.

Contact:
Pattie Adams
Syntax Groups Corporation
909/859-8432
pattieadams @ syntaxgroups.com
www.syntaxgroups.com

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QAD expands e-Learning offerings with IntraLearn XE Company chooses IntraLearn to address increased customer and employee training needs

IntraLearn Software Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of Microsoft technology-based e-Learning software applications, announced today an agreement with QAD Inc., a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturers, to license IntraLearn XE. QAD chose IntraLearn XE to help them address increased customer and employee demand for a centralized e-Learning system that could measure and track user progress and course completion.

Northboro, MA (PRWEB) June 28, 2021 -- IntraLearn Software Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of Microsoft technology-based e-Learning software applications, announced today an agreement with QAD Inc., a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturers, to license IntraLearn XE. QAD chose IntraLearn XE to help them address increased customer and employee demand for a centralized e-Learning system that could measure and track user progress and course completion.

In looking for an e-Learning system, it was important that the system not be a hosted solution, be highly scalable and feature rich and be able to manage content that was self-created, imported or repurposed from multiple sources. IntraLearn offered that in a single, turn-key system that was less expensive than other systems.

“Many of our customers needed to be able to verify training, so we needed to provide better tracking to support their needs” said Jim Kirkley, QAD’s Chief Technology Officer. “IntraLearn’s architecture supported multiple portals, which is important to us since we plan to offer customers the option to have their own custom portals.

“Our customers need to establish that users of our software are certified for compliance purposes, they also ask us to customize our existing eLearning courses so they can provide more relevant training. IntraLearn’s architecture supported multiple portals, which allowed us to provide custom learning environments to our customers, while keeping things simple from a system management perspective. The flexibility of the IntraLearn system has allowed us to attach a number of specialized reports to the system that provide our executives with the real time status of internal and external learning initiatives.”

Evan Lenson, IntraLearn Software Corp. vice president of business development said “We are very pleased to have been chosen by QAD to give them the e-Learning infrastructure that can manage the training needs of their employees, business partners and customers.”

About QAD:
QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies. QAD applications provide critical functionality for managing manufacturing resources and operations within and beyond the enterprise, enabling global manufacturers to collaborate with their customers, suppliers and partners to make and deliver the right product, at the right cost and at the right time. Manufacturers of automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and medical products use QAD applications at approximately 5,200 licensed sites in more than 80 countries and in as many as 26 languages

About IntraLearn:
IntraLearn Software Corporation of Northboro, MA is the leading provider of turnkey e-Learning applications for the corporate enterprises, academic institutions and non-profits. Along with operations in the UK, Brazil, Singapore and India, IntraLearn software is distributed worldwide through authorized IntraLearn resellers and Learning Service Providers to more than 1,300 major organizations in 17 international languages. IntraLearn is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with both ISV and Microsoft Business Solutions proficiencies.

Contact:

Peter Banhazl – Executive Vice President
IntraLearn Software Corporation
508.393.2277

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June 27, 2021

Prime Advantage Partners with Intertek for Product Testing

OEM Buying Consortium Endorses Intertek as their Product Testing and Product Certification Service Provider

Boxborough, MA (PRWEB) June 27, 2021 -- The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek, a global leader in product testing, product inspection and product certification has recently been named an “Endorsed Supplier” by Prime Advantage, a privately held manufacturers’ buying consortium, to provide testing and certification services to Prime Advantage’s corporate members.

Prime Advantage members will enjoy added benefits of meeting their electrical testing and certification needs through a single provider. The ability to source these services through a single provider will significantly reduce the costs per project and help deliver products to market faster.

“We are very excited to add ETL SEMKO as Prime Advantage’s Endorsed Supplier for testing and certification services,” said Prime Advantage President, Louise O’Sullivan. “Their speed to market and eagerness to work with OEM’s will make for a strong business partner for our members and Prime Advantage.”

As a Prime Advantage Endorsed Supplier, Intertek will be called upon for a range of product testing and product certification services, including: electrical and gas safety testing of food service, HVAC and industrial equipment to applicable North American standards; EMC testing and evaluation for both electromagnetic emissions and immunity; and customized performance and benchmark testing programs.

ETL SEMKO is a division of Intertek plc (LSE: ITRK), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services, operating in 273 laboratories and 521 offices in 100 countries throughout the world. The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek provides access to global markets through its local services, which include product safety testing and product certification, EMC testing and performance testing for customers in such industries as wireless technology, security, appliances, HVAC, cables and wiring accessories, industrial machinery, medical devices, telecommunications, lighting, automotive, semiconductor, building products and electronics.

Prime Advantage is the premier, privately held manufacturers' buying consortium, creating leverage within a network of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Aggregating demand for raw materials, components, services and supplies, Prime Advantage delivers substantial cost savings to its Members, and increased market share to its Endorsed Suppliers.

Contact Information:
Intertek ETL SEMKO
70 Codman Hill Rd.
Boxborough, MA. 01719
Michael Plante
Marketing Manager
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June 03, 2021

PRONTO North America ERP FaxMail Reduces Faxing Costs

PRONTO North America ERP FaxMail Reduces Faxing Costs

(PRWEB) June 3, 2021 -- The PRONTO-Xi FaxMail solution, including a flexible document transmission management system, allows manufacturers and distributors the ability to monitor the status of every fax and e-mail sent. It becomes an indispensable tool for any manufacturing, distribution, service, or retail concern where fast, hassle-free communication is central to the business operation.

The Key Benefits of PRONTO-Xi FaxMail:
•Reduce Postage Costs
•Reduce Faxing costs
•Reduce Labor costs in folding, addressing, and posting documents
•Reduce time spend at the fax machine
•Highly professional-looking documents, incorporating logs and other layout elements
•Easy to sue as printing within PRONTO-Xi

A PRONTO-Xi user of FaxMail noted that it has eliminated the need for staff to mail out 1500 statements per month and approximately 200 invoices per day. This is has reduced postage costs significantly and saved at least five working days per moth in staff folding envelopes.

PRONTO North America, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is the North American Master Distributor of PRONTO-Xi, a comprehensive software system allowing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to effectively manage all phases of the supply chain. Far beyond just another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, PRONTO-Xi’s financial and distribution applications are unique and have provided maximum return on investment for a wide variety of organizations since 1976.

From PRONTO Planning to PRONTO Production; from PRONTO Forecasting Management to PRONTO Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP); from PRONTO Advanced Warehousing to PRONTO Quality Management System (QMS), the cross-section and breadth of integrated elements addressed by PRONTO-Xi is unmatched in the marketplace and justifies the company’s natural leadership role as the best fully integrated business software solution for more than a quarter century. PRONTO North America is quickly emerging as the combined manufacturing, service, and distribution ERP leader.

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Brown Machine Refocuses Organization, "Commitment of the Customer"

Brown Machine LLC management initiated a “refocused commitment to their thermoforming customer base” through a series of personnel announcements and “reprioritization of sales and technology offerings.”

(PRWEB) June 3, 2021 -- Brown Machine LLC management initiated a “refocused commitment to their thermoforming customer base” through a series of personnel announcements and “reprioritization of sales and technology offerings.”


“We’ve led the thermoforming industry with a full-service, one-stop shopping approach of machines, tooling and service for over 50 years—but our decision to retool how we do business by focusing on the customer is the intention of our recent restructuring,” states Jim Robbins, VP Marketing for Brown. “Our goal is spend considerable more time in the field to hear the “voice of the customer” in terms of their current equipment and technology requirements leading to a more proactive and responsive organization. The end result will lead to a stronger technology offering and improved ‘Brown personnel behind the customer and technology’ positions.”
Recent personnel/product technology announcements include:
IN-LINE/CONTINUOUS THERMOFORMING EQUIPMENT:
- Doyle Durkee has been named Western Region Sales Manager for in-line/continuous machines/systems. He will coordinate all sales efforts for states west of a line and including the Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. Durkee brings a wealth of thermoforming knowledge/work experience including 15 years at Brown in design engineering, product management and sales positions, as well as a lengthy position with Lyle Industries. He attended Ferris State University.
- Jason Newman has been named Eastern Region Sales Manager for in-

line/continuous machines/systems. He will coordinate all sales efforts for states east of a line and including Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisana. Newman has worked for Brown for 10 years as an electrical assembler, technical service representative, project and product management, and various sales positions.
- Bill Kent, Vice President Sales / Business Development continues to utilize his broad thermoforming background with a career spanning over 44 years at Brown Machine, working on in-line/continuous key accounts and international customers including an international agent network.
Cut Sheet Thermforming Equipment:
- Brown’s standard line of cut sheet thermoformers has been reengineered and branded as the OvationTM Series. This line is based on engineering developments to previous Brown rotary and shuttle cut sheet machine models, but with design and manufacturing enhancements for technical performance, as well as customer-benefits of improved pricing and delivery. Dave Cortner has been hired as National Sales Manager-Standard Cut Sheet Products and will coordinate the sales management efforts and working with Brown Ovation Series cut sheet manufacturing reps. Cortner has served the plastics industry for over 30 years in different manufacturing management and manufacturing rep ownership positions.

- Brown’s “traditional” cut sheet product lines including larger systems, four-station machines, high and ultimate pressure technologies will continue to be managed by the Brown Corporate Sales Team (sales contacts: Jim Robbins and Bill Kent).
- To provide proper internal support for customers, an inside sales manager position has also been added. Brian Dennison will assist with all inside sales activities including estimating, proposals, workorders and customer requirements. This position insures that as the sales team is working directly with the customers there is always a knowledgeable and direct contact at Brown. His experience includes 10 yrs at Brown in various estimating, project management, manufacturing and purchasing positions as well as earning a Bachelor of Arts from Northwood University in business management.

Other Products/service
- Jason Winans has been named National Kits Sales Manager. Brown offers a wide range of retrofit kits to upgrade existing thermoforming equipment to improve speed, reliability, safety, productivity or ease-of-control. Standard retrofit kits are available for both continuous and cut sheet thermoformers, as well as custom retrofit kits up to the complete remanufacture of the equipment. Retrofit kit technologies include oven and machine controls, servo index and form station upgrades, sheet cutoff systems, material and product handling systems, quick change tool enhancements, trim press feed and ejector packages, quick change clamp frames, safety solutions, and a host of others. Jason has 6+ years of

experience at Brown Machine in various technical service, project management and sales positions.
- Service activities are managed by Paul Mancina and are supported by a staff of seven field technicians. Brown’s Parts Department is operated by the team of Dean Cobb, Mike Malosh and Mandy Hillman. These groups are focused on providing the highest level of customer service in the thermoforming industry including “24/7/365” support.
- A process engineering team headed by Jim Martin and supported by a total of 5 process technicians helps to support the customer’s process objectives across a broad group of machine technologies, products and materials.
- Brown Tooling Services continue to be headed by Bob Gordert and Mike Witer, two seasoned veterans with more than three decades of tooling experience in sales, engineering and manufacturing between the two men.

As a global leader of thermoforming technologies, Brown Machine LLC engineers and builds a complete standard line of continuous and cut sheet thermoforming equipment and related tooling/peripheral equipment. Specialty thermoforming systems suited to a wide range of markets (including automotive, recreational, packaging, appliance and various other industrial segments) can be custom built to exact customer specifications. Brown Machine fully supports the thermoforming industry (Brown machine owners and competitive models, as well) with a full complement of 24/7/365 on-call service and parts support.

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May 26, 2021

Davonna Carr Joins Athletique Inc. Design Team

Davonna Carr, a graduate of the Iowa State University’s School of Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production (AMDP) has joined Athletique to assist in the company’s development of its new sportswear and teamwear lines. Prior to joining Athletique, Davonna worked for Marie Marie Clothing in New York and worked with Wynning Teams LLC to design the dance team uniforms for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Rush.

Brookfield, IL (PRWEB) May 26, 2021 -- Davonna Carr, a graduate of the Iowa State University’s School of Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production (AMDP) has joined Athletique to assist in the company’s development of its new sportswear and teamwear lines. Prior to joining Athletique, Davonna worked for Marie Marie Clothing in New York and worked with Wynning Teams LLC to design the dance team uniforms for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Rush.

While at Iowa State University, Davonna was the recipient of the Multi-Visual Program Scholarship and the Charles Lovelady Scholarship. Actively involved in sports, Davonna was a member of the ISU Track and Field Team and was the Co-Captain of the Varsity Basketball and Track teams at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines as well as Co-Captain of the Dance Squad and DeJaVu Dance Team.

DCarr is the newest designer collection to be added for Athletique, who also introduced the JClark Sportswear Line and the TeKay Designs Wedding dresses to their offerings earlier this year. The newest designs in the DCarr collection will be featured in the upcoming “Power Players” Charity Fashion Show being held Saturday, June 25 from 6 – 10 PM at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago. This highly anticipated event will feature a number of star athletes in custom made Athletique apparel. The proceeds from the event will benefit the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Athletique is an innovative new apparel retailer and manufacturer with offices and production in the Chicago area. They produce classic clothing and sportswear, custom made to order for groups, teams and individuals. The clothing is available to purchase on the company’s website and through independent reps and retailers.

More information regarding Athletique can be obtained by visiting their website at www.myathletique.com or by calling 1-866-531-2266.

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Industry Directions Reinforces Its Expansion by Appointing David M. Alschuler as Principal and Industry Analyst

Industry Directions, an industry analyst firm delivering project-based go-to-market services for application providers serving manufacturing-supported business networks, today announced that David M. Alschuler has joined its team. The addition of Alschuler, a senior level analyst and marketing professional with extensive experience in strategic & operational planning, IT Analysis and Research services, comes in response to growing market demand for Industry Directions’ expertise and customer-focused approach.

Newburyport, MA (PRWEB) May 26, 2021 -- Alschuler formerly served as Sr. VP, eBusiness and Enterprise Applications for the Aberdeen Group, leading research teams that covered ERP, SCM, CRM, SRM and outsource service providers. Alschuler will leverage his extensive experience to lead Industry Directions’ research on Supply Chain Execution, Product Lifecycle Management and Enterprise Asset Management as well as top-tier ERP providers.

“I’m excited to be joining Industry Directions, a company I’ve always respected for its ability to support its customers with project-based services based on high-quality research and analysis,” said Alschuler. “It’s great to be part of a group that is focused on supporting the industrial market as it migrates toward an adaptive, demand-driven operational model.”

In joining Industry Directions, Alschuler will once again team with Aberdeen Group alumni William Brandel, who is focusing on Supply Chain Planning & Collaboration, B2B Applications and Exchanges and Supplier Relationship Management and Procurement. The other long-time Principals include Julie Fraser and Alice Greene.

Prior to his tenure at Aberdeen Group, Mr. Alschuler held executive leadership positions that included: VP Sales and Marketing for Xchange, Inc., a leader in customer relationship management across channels and product lines; Sr. VP Sales & Marketing for Work Management Solutions, a developer and marketer of project and program management software for Fortune 1000 IT organizations; and VP of Marketing for MCAD-leader Parametric Technology (PTC) Corporation.

Alschuler holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts, Economics from Oberlin College.

About Industry Directions
Industry Directions is an industry analyst firm providing project-based go-to-market services for application providers that optimize interaction, efficiency and profit for manufacturing enterprises and their value network partners. The company delivers vertical market expertise and personalized services that enable emerging or repositioning software and service providers to achieve their unique market potential.

To learn more, visit: www.industrydirections.com

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May 20, 2021

Financial Expert Challenges Jack Welch and Jeffrey Immelt’s Financial Performance at GE

Financial expert, Carole Symonds, challenges Jack Welch's financial performance and Jeffrey Immelt’s statements of GE’s corporate profitability.

(PRWEB) May 20, 2021 -- Carole Symonds, CPA, MST, author and Partner with a Global Financial Advisory Firm, stated unequivocally in a current press release that General Electric's profit performance during Jack Welch’s twenty-year tenure was dismal, at best.

Noting that GE’s true profits fared its investors no better than the yield on long-term government bonds, Symonds points to Mr. Welch’s current remarks in his book, ‘Winning,’ in which he claims that the “dirtiest little secret in business is lack of candor”. “Ridiculous,” expert says emphatically. “ The dirtiest secret in business is that CEO’s don’t understand how to impact the bottom line.”

Corporate profitability is about numbers, not candor. According to Ms. Symonds article, during the last 10 years of Mr. Welch’s reign at GE, the return on invested capital averaged a mere 7.0% - barely keeping pace with the government bond yield for the same time period. It has since fallen to 5.4%.

That Jack Welch wants us to believe otherwise is a misnomer of the facts. Symonds wants to set the record straight. “The facts are that GE is in worse shape now than it’s ever been. Jeffrey Immelt and Jack Welch blaming the economy, 9/11, and lack of candor may be symptoms, but they are not the cause of GE’s continuing poor financial performance. This ‘blame’ approach represents exactly what is wrong with decision making in corporate boardrooms today,” says Symonds. “The truth is that over 80% of the reasons for poor corporate performance are within the CEO’s control.”

Corporate CEO’s, Training Directors and business owners around the globe are clamoring in record numbers for Symonds’ new book ‘Millionaire Manager’, which explains the difference between profits and earnings to CEO’s who still don’t understand this important nuance. CEO’s miss the critical points in financial measurements of their companies. They equate earnings with profits, which can hide the true financial health of the company and mislead investors.

Symonds is challenging Mr. Welch and Mr. Immelt to come forward to explain GE’s unacceptable financial performance under their leadership. Gentlemen, are you ready?

See article http://www.MillionaireManager.com/media/Article/Welch.pdf

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May 19, 2021

DDL West Addresses Declining CA Packaging Standards - Helps Manufacturers Maintain Package Integrity & Contain Costs

DDL West addresses declining packaging standards in California by helping manufacturers maintain package integrity and contain costs.

Costa Mesa, CA (PRWEB) May 19, 2021 -- http://www.testedandproven.com - DDL West, a CA-based package, product and material testing laboratory is addressing declining packaging standards in California by helping manufacturers maintain package integrity and contain costs.

California-based medical device manufacturers are increasingly struggling to maintain the integrity of their packaging while staying within budget.

“Many CA-based manufacturers are cutting down on the amount of testing they do in order to save money,” said Michael Foster, DDL West Package Engineer. “Instead of testing 30 package samples, they may only test 10, which results in a much lower confidence level.”

Packaging is not only failing integrity testing due to cost cutting, but also because many manufacturers are choosing the wrong type of packaging for their product. Since the majority of medical devices have sharp edges or points, it is vital to choose packaging that cannot be perforated.

“DDL West is educating clientele via its growing suite of complimentary PackServices,” said Foster. “DDL West offers comprehensive consultation to identify manufacturers’ individual package testing requirements and to determine the best value for their testing dollars.”

DDL West is helping medical device manufacturers maintain the integrity of their packaging with advice on how to:
- Choose the right materials for their packaging
- Submit the correct number of package samples for a 90-95% confidence level
- Maximize on their package testing investment
- Eliminate costs of re-testing

For expert advice on maintaining cost effective package integrity, visit http://www.testedandproven.com or call Mike Foster at (714) 979-1712 ext. 16.

About DDL West:
DDL West offers expert package testing, product testing and material testing services including Shock testing, vibration testing, tensile testing, leak testing and validation. DDL package testing clients find value through its zero-cost package testing consulting service, Pack-Advice.

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April 22, 2022

Vigitron Hires New Regional Sales Manager for the Western US

Vigitron, Inc. announced today that it has appointed Mr. Steve Wilber as Regional Sales Manager for the Western United States.

(PRWEB) April 22, 2022 -- Vigitron, Inc. announced today that it has appointed Mr. Steve Wilber as Regional Sales Manager for the Western United States.

Mr. Steve Wilber has previously been with several leading Security Video Manufacturers, including Gyyr, Silent Witness, Syac, and Robot Research. He has worked in the Security Video and Broadcast industries for over 20 years. His experience includes Sales management, Application engineering, Marketing and Product management. Mr. Wilber's technical expertise lies in video signal processing technologies, which includes Multiplexing, Video transmission and Digital/Analog Video recording. In the past, he has conducted seminars internationally, being a featured speaker at the annual CCTMA, ISC functions as well as the University of Louisville. Mr Wilber has also authored many articles for Security trade magazines over the years. He can be reached at [email protected] or (858) 484-5209 Ext. 208.

Vigitron, Inc. specializes in design and manufacturing of twisted pair video transmission devices. These products transmit video up to 6000 feet on unshielded twisted pair wires. They are a cost-effective alternative to coax cables and fiber optics for CCTV applications.

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April 21, 2022

Employers Baffled by How to Legally Handle Military Leave Requests: BLR's Free Audio Conference Explains the ins and outs

When employees have to take military leave their employers face serious responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Business & Legal Reports Inc. is offering a free audio conference recording featuring two expert attorneys who explain the ins and outs of this important and confusing law.

Old Saybrook, CT (PRWEB) April 21, 2022 -- It’s hard on the employee, who has to leave family and job for a military leave. But when a worker gives notice that he must go on active duty, the employer suffers too.

Fortunately employers can avoid the pitfalls of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by listening to a recent audio conference sponsored by Business & Legal Reports (BLR). It’s free with registration, and helps employers understand their responsibilities to employees under the federal law for military leave in plain English.

Employers must be up-to-date with USERRA requirements because employees who feel that their USERRA rights have been violated can go directly to court - without first filing an administrative action. If an employer makes a mistake, for example missing the latest notification requirements, it may have to pay huge sums, including back pay, attorney’s fees, and even double damages!

This streaming audio conference features two lawyers who are experts in advising employers on USERRA compliance – Steve Bernstein and Clancy Vettel Mendoza, a partner and associate, respectively, in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips. They provide practical tips on how to avoid the pitfalls under this oft-misunderstood law. For instance, the requirements for healthcare insurance coverage depend on how long the employee is away: Those absent for 30 or fewer days are entitled to employer-sponsored coverage under same terms as when they were working. Those on leave for more than 30 days are generally entitled to COBRA-type continuation benefits.

Employers will benefit from practical guidance like this in this 90-minute conference, which includes a 60-minute presentation and a 30-minute question-and-answer session. Access it here: http://www.blr.com/82008400/PRS12

This audio conference was originally recorded on March 17, 2005.

About BLR
Old Saybrook, Conn.-based BLR produces plain-English compliance and training resources for HR, compensation, safety, and environmental managers. For more information about other audio conferences and a free catalog, call 800-727-5257 or visit www.BLR.com.

Contact:
HR.BLR.com Managing Web Editor Kevin Flood
860 510-0100 x 2283

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Quickparts Expands to New Facility to Accommodate Growth

Quickparts announced that it has completed its expansion to the company's new facility. This expansion supports the company's continued rapid growth, as evidenced by its selection to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in America.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 20, 2022 -- Quickparts, the leading provider of custom-manufactured plastic and metal parts, today announced that it has completed its expansion to the company's new facility. This expansion supports the company's continued rapid growth, as evidenced by its selection to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in America. Quickparts' new headquarters will be located at 219 Perimeter Center Parkway, Suite 400 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Quickparts specializes in providing instant online quotes and custom manufacturing services for product development companies looking to outsource the fabrication of plastic and metal parts from 3D models.

“We needed to expand our infrastructure, including the move to our new 16,000 sq. foot facility, to support several growth initiatives, including the deployment of QuickTool Express™, our new rapid injection molding process.” said Ron Hollis, President & CEO of Quickparts.

“2004 was a year of milestones for Quickparts: celebrating 5 years of fast-growth business, crossing over 100,000 instant quotes, and being named to the Entrepreneur Hot 100 and Inc. 500 list. As we look to 2005 and the future, we remain committed to expansion as demanded by our growing customer base,” Hollis said.

QuickTool Express™, launched in January 2005, is the latest manufacturing process from Quickparts that leverages the company's patent-pending QuickQuote® geometric analysis technology. Other instantly quoted offerings include: Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), and Cast Urethanes. The company also offers CNC Machined Parts, Sheet Metal Prototypes and Metal Castings with quotes provided in 24 hours or less.

To find out more about Quickparts, please visit www.quickparts.com or call 1-877-521-8683.

About Quickparts
Quickparts provides custom manufacturing services for engineers and designers looking to create plastic and metal parts from 3D CAD (computer-aided design) models. With its proprietary QuickQuote® geometric analysis software, Quickparts is able to provide product designers with an 'instant online quote' for the manufacturing of their custom parts from prototype to production. Services include: Rapid Prototypes (SLA, SLS, FDM), Cast Urethanes, Quickturn Injection Mold Tooling and Parts (QuickTool Express & QuickTool Pro), Sheet Metal Parts, Metal Castings, and CNC Machined Parts. A Quickparts Project Manager ensures parts are delivered to the customer’s specifications within the desired timeframe.

Contact:
Sameer Vachani
Director of Marketing
1-877-521-8683 x. 203
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March 25, 2022

Is Your Plant As Lean As You Think It Is - Learn How to Accelerate Lean Manufacturing Improvement

Many manufacturers have invested a lot of time and money into Lean Manufacturing but have their efforts been worthwhile? Have they done enough? Most can say they improved a little on inventory and lead times, but how do you know if your plant is getting all the Lean Manufacturing benefits it could and should get? What is the right sequence of steps you should follow to maximize business performance with Lean? The degree of success with Lean Manufacturing was usually very subjective and most plants had no way to know if further improvements were available or what should be done next. Lean consultants R. Michael Donovan & Co. are pleased to announce a major new release of their Lean Manufacturing assessment service and certification program designed to give manufacturers a quantified look at where they stand in their Lean Manufacturing transformation and where and how much additional benefits might be available.

Framingham, MA (PRWEB) March 25, 2022 -- “By applying our Lean Manufacturing Certification TM assessment and scoring system, manufacturers can quickly find out how their company measures up to world class Lean Manufacturing principles and best practices,” according to company president R. Michael Donovan. “The end result of our Lean Manufacturing Certification TM assessment is a comprehensive, quantified and objective action plan that will focus your team on specific, prioritized steps to quickly achieve higher levels of business performance.”

The Lean Manufacturing assessment can answer such questions as:
- How effective has your plant been in applying lean manufacturing principles and best practices?
- Have you reached the level of performance improvement your plant should achieve?
- Have you achieved isolated pockets of lean, across-the-board lean or somewhere in-between?
- Is your lean manufacturing roadmap current, on-target and results driven?
- What is your plant’s potential performance improvement and how do you achieve it?

R. Michael Donovan & Co.’s lean consulting experts evaluate and rate hundreds of Lean Manufacturing criteria in the plant. Once opportunities are specifically identified and the impact defined, the team will present their assessment to management and recommend an action plan that will focus the Lean transformation team on rapidly accelerating business performance improvement. The rigorous assessment and scoring process provides management with a firm handle on how effectively a plant has applied lean principles in each area. In addition, the action plan will keep the plant focused on the right performance improvement targets and in the most effective sequence.

For those plants that have achieved a high level of Lean accomplishments, there is the Certified Lean ManufacturerTM designation awarded by R. Michael Donovan & Co. “Certification is not really the point,” Donovan emphasizes. “It’s really about finding out where you are, how you should improve and how best to proceed on your Lean journey. But having that Lean Manufacturing CertificationTM is a nice acknowledgement of your accomplishments and it sends a positive message to your customers and stakeholders.”

R. Michael Donovan & Co. also offers a Certified Lean Master designation to recognize those professionals who have completed a rigorous training program and proved their abilities through real-world Lean projects. “It’s not easy, but it is the only formal Lean practitioner program of its kind that we know of. These people are the ‘black belts’ of Lean.”

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Outsourcing MRP to China

Outsourcing MRP to China

(PRWEB) March 25, 2022 -- There is no stopping the wave of American manufacturers that are moving their operations to China. Riding this wave is E-Z-MRP™. Rocky Smolin Founder of Beach Access Software and maker of E-Z MRP, has developed a Chinese version of his best-selling manufacturing program to address the critical need for manufacturing systems in China.

United States manufacturers, long accustomed to having manufacturing systems that yield accurate, timely reporting of inventory levels and requirements for production and procurement, have few options for the same capability in Chinese.

According to Smolin, “Until the translation of E-Z-MRP into both the traditional and simplified forms of Chinese, the small and medium sized Chinese manufacturing operation had no real option for implementing a manufacturing system.”

Additionally, Smolin suggests that, “As with the English version which has been in use here for nearly 20 years, the E-Z-MRP system can be implemented quickly and run by those who have had no previous experience with manufacturing systems.”

E-Z-MRP History:
E-Z-MRP was first released under the DOS operating system in 1985, and achieved great success and widespread use with hundreds of customers around the world. The system has been successfully implemented in a wide variety of small manufacturing companies in such fields as medical instrumentation, appliances, automotive, pharmaceutical, woodworking and furniture construction, spraying systems, orthodontics, and firearms, as well as finding use as an instructional aid in universities. E-Z-MRP works just as well in job shop and build-to-order environments as in build-to-stock or build-to-forecast operations. The new E-Z-MRP system has now been completely rewritten using Microsoft’s Access Database Management System – a component of the popular Microsoft Office Suite – making it compatible with a wide variety of third-party products.

E-Z-MRP Product Features and Low-Cost High-Value Pricing:
The E-Z-MRP package includes a full-featured Bill of Materials processor, plus a material planning and tracking module which tracks all sales orders, forecasts, work orders (planned, firm, and released), purchase orders, shortages, raw materials and finished goods inventories. It also records a complete audit trail on all inventory transactions. Also included: a physical inventory function, a purchase order module for printing purchase orders, and a recently added capacity planning module.

For American manufacturers who currently have or are considering a Chinese manufacturing operation, E-Z-MRP should be implemented immediately to ensure the integrity and timeliness of reporting for all areas of the manufacturing operation.

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March 24, 2022

Encompix ETO ERP Meeting to Focus on Electronic Bill of Materials

Encompix ETO ERP Meeting to Focus on Electronic Bill of Materials

(PRWEB) March 24, 2022 -- Whether a senior Engineer-to-order executive, IT manager, or ETO ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) end-user, the Encompix Customer Conference will provide immediate value. The conference is being held in Dearborn Michigan, May 9 – 11, 2005.

The agenda includes sessions that cover financial accounting, job costing, inventory, material planning, engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, CRM, reporting, and information technology.

- Job Costing Redesign
- Contribution Reporting
- Redesign
- Mfg. Part Processing
- Project Reserved Inventory
- E-BOM
- 3D CAD/PLM/Document
- Management
- Financial Enhancements
- Encompix CRM
- Time & Material Focus
- Microsoft and Encompix

Benefits:
- Get updates on Encompix future technology direction
- Learn about version 9.3
- Review new product offerings from Encompix partners
- Input your ideas into future product development
- Obtain best practices from other customers, partners and industry experts
- Network with your peers in your industry
- Meet with all key Encompix personnel

Early Bird Registration is being accepted until April 8, 2005; the fee is $595. Regular Registration is being accepted until April 22, 2005; the fee is $695.

The conference fee covers:
- Dinner at Automotive Hall of Fame
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday
- All special events
- Breakfast Wednesday
- All conference materials

For more conference information go to http://www.encompix.com/conf2005/2005confinvite.pdf or inquire with Heather Lucas at e-mail protected from spam bots.

Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing. Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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Encompix Engineeer-to-Order Configurator Includes Routings and Bills of Material

Encompix (www.encompix.com) is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Encompix ETO Configurator as part of the lead Engineer-to-Order Enterprise Resource Planning product suite.

(PRWEB) March 24, 2022 -- Encompix (www.encompix.com) is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Encompix ETO Configurator as part of the lead Engineer-to-Order Enterprise Resource Planning product suite. Based on Configure One's Concept product it is specifically designed for engineer-to-order manufacturers. Unlike most product configurators that can handle only simple configuration challenges, the ETO Configurator tackles the very complex product rules normally associated with engineer-to-order, project-based or custom manufacturers.

Encompix's ETO configurator dramatically reduces the time it takes to go from a customer's initial request for a quote to when the product is actually shipped by streamlining and automating much of the pre-manufacturing process. This includes the creation of quotes, sales and production drawings, routings, and bills of material. The data is seamlessly integrated with other Encompix components and is used to create a routing and a complete indented BOM in Encompix.

By automating sales and engineering tasks, the Encompix ETO Configurator helps speed up responses to quotation requests, free up engineering personnel, decrease errors and rework, and reduce overall lead time.

For more information on this exciting product, please contact Eric Binning at 513-733-0066 x 21 or e-mail protected from spam bots.

Encompix has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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ITS Raves about Encompix ETO ERP Support Staff

ITS Raves about Encompix ETO ERP Support Staff

(PRWEB) March 24, 2022 -- International Thermal Systems (ITS) is an original equipment manufacturer specializing in complete state-of-the-art engineered-to-order equipment for thermal-processing, metal packaging and finishing industries. ITS is a world leader in the design and manufacture of ovens, washers, furnaces, coolers, and material handling equipment.

After a comprehensive and lengthy evaluation, ITS selected Encompix ERP system to replace aging legacy business applications running on an IBM System 36.

According to Roy Bruce, director of finance, there were three major factors influencing the decision. "First, Encompix matched our need. Second, the Encompix customers visited were positive about the product but even more positive of the support staff. Third, Encompix was neither the largest or smallest product reviewed but was the best value."

"After visiting other companies and hearing their convictions that Encompix stands behind their product, it only confirmed that we were making the right decision. I would challenge any ETO company to evaluate their process and compare it to the Encompix product. I would be surprised if they found a better match."

Thomas R. Cutler, spokesperson for the ETO Institute (www.etoinstitute.org) said, “The ETO Institute recognizes Encompix as the clear cut leader in the Engineer-to-Order environment. The ability to track the rework is so central to the ETO process that it is a central quality issue.”

Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

Contact:
Roger Meloy
Encompix
513-733-0066 x 13
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Suppliers Claims of Lost and Missing FAX Procurement Resolved with e-Kanban

Multiply the number of (suppliers) X (number of parts they supply) X (number of times the part is ordered per month)

(PRWEB) March 24, 2022 -- Multiply the number of (suppliers) X (number of parts they supply) X (number of times the part is ordered per month).

Each order is a fax. If a manufacturer has 5 suppliers each supplying 20 different part numbers and they send a kanban signal once per week, 400 signals per month are being sent or about 20 faxes per day.

FAX Kanban is not Efficient and not Lean

At ten minutes per fax, someone is spending 3.5 hours per day in administration time. That inefficiency results in less time to utilize more suppliers or improve the relationships with existing suppliers.

Furthermore, even if 99% of those faxes are trouble free procurement signals, four faxes per month are going to be problematic and dilute the entire rationale for a lean manufacturing operation. Suppliers claim they did not receive the fax kanban; suppliers cannot make the shipment date requested and expedited shipping fees are incurred, or worse, there will be a stockout which will negatively impact customer service levels.

According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), the leading e-kanban provider in North America, “Signum, our electronic kanban system gives manufacturers a heads up to which of those four faxes might be the problem and then frees you up to deal with them because our system has dealt with the other 396 kanban signals with zero effort.” Bayer also noted that process improvement with existing suppliers will further reduce lead times and inventory levels and bring more suppliers onto the system.

The “Success Paradox” of e-Kanban
Bayer refers to this e-kanban Lean manufacturing efficiency as the “success paradox”. According to Bayer, “The more it works the more you want to do it. The more you do it the less time you have to do it because of the administrative overhead required to manage it. It appears as if the natural cutoff point is 400 faxes per month. At 100 a month, secretaries manage it. 200-300 buyer planners deal with it, but hate it. Over 400 per month and something has to be done.”

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March 23, 2022

Martin Baker Ejects Other Suppliers in Favour of Imaje

Martin-Baker, world leader in aircraft escape systems, has enjoyed a long association with Imaje spanning more than 14 years. Every component used in Martin-Baker’s aircraft ejection seats has to be identified by a product and batch code, together with other specific traceability information. When you consider that one ejection seat comprises approximately 2,000 component parts, this is no mean task.

(PRWEB) March 23, 2022 -- To help them, Martin-Baker has invested in both S7 and S8 Imaje non-contact inkjet printers, many fitted with the unique Imaje handgun. The Imaje printers code approximately 90% of the components that make up an ejection seat. These components are manufactured from a variety of materials, including anodised and painted aluminium, stainless steel and titanium. The Imaje inkjet printers run on either black or white ink depending on the colour of the substrate, to ensure high visibility of the code.

The compact S7 inkjet printers are wall-mounted with a user-friendly hand-held programming terminal. The S7s can print up to 4 lines of variable information. Martin-Baker also chose S8 bi-jet printers to give them increased flexibility to code up to 8 lines of text, if required. The handgun attachment allows operators to code individual parts, as and when required, with greater accuracy, increased speed and enhanced results.

Previously Martin-Baker used Markall machines for all their coding and marking requirements which involved block lettering and impression stamping. This method of marking was slow and resulted in a low quality code. “Our company’s products are noted for their innovative design and with increased complexity comes an increase in the number of components utilised. We recognised that we needed a versatile system for coding the varying sizes of components quickly and above all with ease,” explained Martin-Baker’s Production Engineer, John Hooley.

“The differing sizes of the components meant that they didn’t lend themselves to a conventional production line coding method. We were first attracted to Imaje because of their unique handgun system. This allows us to quickly code the various sizes and shapes of components and also gives us increased flexibility in where we choose to locate the code.”

Mr Hooley continued, “The Imaje printers also offer a highly improved definition of identification and a consistently good quality code. The speed at which we can code our components has increased and as a consequence we have been able to achieve a higher throughput of work. Last, but by no means least, this method of coding results in a far cleaner and more efficient working environment.”

Martin-Baker ejection seats have saved in excess of 7000 lives to date. Their systems must operate correctly first time, every time. Rigorous testing is imperative and if one component fails, the complete batch is withdrawn. Nathan Mathews, Imaje Area Sales Manager, commented, “Martin-Baker have a strong reputation for reliability and quality and expect the same from their suppliers. Imaje have built up a good working relationship with Martin-Baker over the years and we aim to consistently deliver the level of service they require. Fortunately, they understand the importance of regular servicing of their equipment to ensure reliability is not compromised. Their operators are also fully trained on the Imaje equipment and have the necessary knowledge to solve any minor problems that may occur.”

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March 22, 2022

Software Link Joins Best Software’s Business Partner Advisory Council

Leading accounting and business management software provider helps to shape the way Best Software works with and through its partner channel.

Alpharetta, GA (PRWEB) March 22, 2022 -- www.software-link.com –In recognition of its commitment to providing superior accounting and business management software solutions to small and medium-size businesses, Software Link, a leading Best Software partner and reseller, has joined the Business Partner Advisory Council (BPAC), a highly regarded group of top Best Software partners and technology product/service providers.

“Being a BPAC member is a great way to help structure and influence the way Best Software works with and through its Partner Channel,” said Stanley Kania, president of Software Link. “We are always looking to better our firm’s relationship with Best Software. Having a forum to do so allows both Software Link and our clients to be more successful.”

As a Best Software business partner selling Peachtree Software, BusinessWorks Gold, MAS 90 and MAS 500 accounting software and solutions in Atlanta, Georgia, this invitation was extended due to the high level of support and service Software Link has provided businesses in the accounting software market as well as its commitment to being a leader in the industry.

BPAC’s purpose is to bring together influential partners with various Best Software product groups, program managers, and executives in order to provide direct feedback and insight as to what's working, what can be improved, and how Best Software can better support its partners.

About Best Software
Best Software offers leading business management products and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.3 million small and midsized customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (London: SGE.L), supports 4.4 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Best Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable applications through its portfolio of leading brands, including Abra, ACT!, CPASoftware, FAS, MAS 90, MIP, MAS 500, Peachtree Software, and SalesLogix, among many others.

About Software Link
Software Link, www.software-link.com, is Georgia’s leading accounting and business management software adviser, reseller and trainer. With a wide range of back-office solutions including accounting, distribution, manufacturing and e-commerce, Software link offers award-winning products and services that have revolutionized the way small and midsized companies do business. Software Link works exclusively with the Best Software suite of products including Peachtree Software, Abra, BusinessWorks Gold, MAS 90, MAS 200 and MAS 500. Each of its packages is designed to help its clients have an easy and scalable solution for every stage in the life of their businesses.

Media Contact
Contact: Scott Davis
Title: Director of Marketing
Company: Software Link
Phone: 800.521.7322

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Encompix ETO ERP Meeting to Focus on E-BOM

Encompix ETO ERP Meeting to Focus on E-BOM

(PRWEB) March 22, 2022 -- Whether a senior Engineer-to-order executive, IT manager, or ETO ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) end-user, the Encompix Customer Conference will provide immediate value. The conference is being held in Dearborn Michigan, May 9 – 11, 2005

The agenda includes sessions that cover financial accounting, job costing, inventory, material planning, engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, CRM, reporting, and information technology.

•Job Costing Redesign
•Contribution Reporting
•Redesign
•Mfg. Part Processing
•Project Reserved Inventory
•E-BOM
•3D CAD/PLM/Document
•Management
•Financial Enhancements
•Encompix CRM
•Time & Material Focus
•Microsoft and Encompix

Benefits:
• Get updates on Encompix future technology direction
• Learn about version 9.3
• Review new product offerings from Encompix partners
• Input your ideas into future product development
• Obtain best practices from other customers, partners and industry experts
• Network with your peers in your industry
• Meet with all key Encompix personnel

Early Bird Registration is being accepted until April 8, 2005; the fee is $595.
Regular Registration is being accepted until April 22, 2005; the fee is $695.

The conference fee covers:
• Dinner at Automotive Hall of Fame
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday
• All special events
• Breakfast Wednesday
• All conference materials

For more conference information go to http://www.encompix.com/conf2005/2005confinvite.pdf or inquire with Heather Lucas

Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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Beach Access Solution for Small Manufacturers

Beach Access Solution for Small Manufacturers

(PRWEB) March 22, 2022 -- Unlike the “big boys” of the ERP world with half million dollar solutions for midsize and large manufacturers, E-Z-MRP announced the single cost-effective technology solution for very small manufacturers.

According to Rocky Smolin, founder of Beach Access Software and maker of E-Z-MRP, these are the leading problems:
• Problem: Small manufacturers don’t know what you need to make today to meet customer commitments.
• Solution: E-Z-MRP will detail every day exactly what to make in order to satisfy customer demands.

• Problem: Small manufacturers have lost control of inventory.
• Solution: E-Z-MRP informs manufacturers exactly what inventory on hand, what is needed to buy every day to meet the production schedule, and identifies excess inventory and shortage well in advance.

• Problem: Small manufacturers do not know exactly what products cost because purchased parts prices keep changing.
• Solution: E-Z-MRP’s powerful Bill of Materials Processor provides up to the minute product costs and sophisticated configuration management as well.

• Problem: Small manufacturers do not know if they have the capacity in work centers to do all the work to do to ship on time.
• Solution: E-Z-MRP now offers a Capacity Planning function that details what percent of your work center’s capacities are being used and where there will be production bottlenecks.

• Problem: Many small manufacturers believe their operation is too small to run manufacturing software successfully.
• Solution: E-Z-MRP was the first product designed specifically for small manufacturers – start-up to $15,000,000 – who had no previous experience with manufacturing software. It has been successfully implemented in hundreds of site around the world.

• Problem: Many small manufacturers believe manufacturing software is too complicated for their company.
• Solution: E-Z-MRP is simple to operate, while still providing all of the information needed. It has been implemented in as little as 18 days.

• Problem: Manufacturing software requires too much maintenance.
• Solution: E-Z-MRP was originally designed to be run on a single user PC by people with no previous experience with either computers or manufacturing systems.

• Problem: Most small manufacturers believe they cannot afford the cost of manufacturing software.
• Solution: E-Z-MRP costs $2,995. That’s it. And leasing is available.

Rocky Smolin insists that E-Z-MRP is the solution to small manufacturer’s problems. There are no other manufacturing solutions that are addressing the needs and challenges of the small manufacturing sector in the same manner because they deem these small operations not worthy. E-Z-MRP respects the hard work and dedication of the small manufacturer and demonstrates that commitment by providing a solid solution to their challenges: E-Z-MRP.

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E-Kanban Key to Continued Process Improvement

E-Kanban Key to Continued Process Improvement

(PRWEB) March 22, 2022 -- Multiply the number of (suppliers) X (number of parts they supply) X (number of times the part is ordered per month).

Each order is a fax. If a manufacturer has 5 suppliers each supplying 20 different part numbers and they send a kanban signal once per week, 400 signals per month are being sent or about 20 faxes per day.

Fax Kanban is Not Efficient and Not Lean
At ten minutes per fax, someone is spending 3.5 hours per day in administration time. That inefficiency results in less time to utilize more suppliers or improve the relationships with existing suppliers.

Furthermore, even if 99% of those faxes are trouble free procurement signals, four faxes per month are going to be problematic and dilute the entire rationale for a lean manufacturing operation. Suppliers claim they did not receive the fax kanban; suppliers cannot make the shipment date requested and expedited shipping fees are incurred, or worse, there will be a stockout which will negatively impact customer service levels.

According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), the leading e-kanban provider in North America, “Signum, our electronic kanban system gives manufacturers a heads up to which of those four faxes might be the problem and then frees you up to deal with them because our system has dealt with the other 396 kanban signals with zero effort.” Bayer also noted that process improvement with existing suppliers will further reduce lead times and inventory levels and bring more suppliers onto the system.

The “Success Paradox” of e-Kanban
Bayer refers to this e-kanban Lean manufacturing efficiency as the “success paradox”. According to Bayer, “The more it works the more you want to do it. The more you do it the less time you have to do it because of the administrative overhead required to manage it. It appears as if the natural cutoff point is 400 faxes per month. At 100 a month, secretaries manage it. 200-300 buyer planners deal with it, but hate it. Over 400 per month and something has to be done.”

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March 21, 2022

GD&T; Cost-Saving Calculator Estimates Savings for Organizations

ETI’s free calculator allows companies to analyze annual design and manufacturing expenditures.

(PRWEB) March 21, 2022 -- The GD&T; Potential Savings Calculator is the latest in a series of free resources available from Effective Training. The calculator is a tool that helps companies understand the amount of unnecessary expenditures each year due to employees who don't know how to correctly apply and interpret geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T;). It is offered exclusively at ETI’s website (www.etinews.com/calculator).

The calculator is a one-of-a-kind tool developed by ETI to help companies realize the true value of utilizing GD&T; correctly throughout the design and manufacturing process. It analyzes the costs associated with creating, interpreting and revising drawings, as well as the price of communicating or interpreting design requirements for suppliers and manufacturing. It also factors in many other manufacturing expenses associated with the revisions to fixtures, tooling, and gages that result from poor drawings. The calculator can be used at the company, division, department or project level. Tool tips provide assistance with understanding data entry.

“Used correctly, GD&T; decreases time spent creating and interpreting drawings by 30-50%,” said Alex Krulikowski, GD&T; expert and ETI president. “Drawing changes are reduced by 50% through the use of proper tolerance analysis, clear concise drawings, and understanding how to correctly determine tolerance values. Used properly on drawings, GD&T; results in a decreased cost for gages, manufacturing fixtures and tooling, workpiece rework, scrap, warranty costs, and major plant problems. The GD&T; Potential Savings Calculator factors all of these elements and displays a detailed estimate of an organization’s potential savings with proper GD&T; application. Companies who try it will be amazed at the impact GD&T; will have on their ability to cut costs.”

After estimating how much money the proper application of GD&T; can save a company annually, the calculator compares that figure with an approximate cost to provide employees with training in GD&T; fundamentals, advanced concepts, and tolerance stacks. These courses constitute a core education in GD&T;, but ETI also offers classes in Statistical Tolerance Stacks, an ASME/ISO Comparison, and Solid Model Tolerancing (Y14.41-2003).

ETI has been in the GD&T; training business for 20 years. They provide hands-on workshops at locations around the world. ETI offers skills testing with every workshop, and all of their courses can be customized to include a company’s drawings and parts.

For more information about GD&T;, visit their website (www.etinews.com). To inquire about a custom training program, call 800-886-0909

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CMS Consultants and GRSI Team Up to Provide Complete Warehouse and Shipping Management Control

New partnership benefits companies requiring materials handling automation.

Springfield, VA (PRWEB) March 21, 2022 -- CMS Consultants Inc., developer of WorldLink, a leading enterprise middleware shipping solution, added GRSI to its Certified Solution Provider Program. GRSI is the developer of FastTrak, GRSI’s flagship warehouse control software solution, and the company brings 18 years of materials handling automation expertise to its sales of the CMS product line.

“GRSI’s products and services broaden the automation options for shipping and warehouse operations,” said Wil Fekeci, CMS Consultants president. “A combined CMS and GRSI solution gives customers a complete warehouse to shipping solution.”

Larry Kuhn, GRSI president said, “WorldLink expands our product offerings. We’ll utilize the application to extend the functionality of FastTrak, allowing us to strengthen our shipping offering to our customers. Additionally, we know there are a number of existing CMS customers that will be interested in our warehouse automation solution. It’s a win-win-win for customers, GRSI, and CMS.”

The two companies also gain synergies from sharing some common partners and existing customers.

About CMS Consultants, Inc.
CMS Consultants is a logistics management innovator, providing transportation, shipping and logistics solutions to more than 400 customers worldwide. With more than 16 years in the shipping management industry, CMS is a long-time shipping solution reseller and developer noted for industry excellence. The company’s competitive advantage is its focus on the business management aspects of its customers’ shipping solutions, also providing powerful enhancements to heighten a company’s shipping efficiency and customer service capabilities, and readily enabling the ability to analyze the vast collection of shipping data.

CMS satisfied customers number more than 400 customers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Customers include many Fortune 500 companies.

About GRSI
GRSI is a leading-edge developer of material handling automation, and software/controls solutions. With more than 18 years experience in its industry, GRSI solutions enable the automation, integration and coordination of the sub-systems within a company’s warehouse and integrates to Host systems, warehouse management systems (WMS), and modern enterprise software systems (ERP).

GRSI customers include Fortune 500 customers in locations around the world.

For Information Contact:
CMS Consultants, Inc.
Kathy Herrmann, Director of Marketing and Channel Sales
(703) 455-8292, x114
www.cmsconsultants.com

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Knowledge Management Solutions, Inc. (KMSI), Announces the Election of MG (RET) Robert H. Scales, Jr. PhD to it's Board of Directors

(PRWEB) March 21, 2022 -- KMSI is pleased to announce the election of MG (RET) Robert H. Scales, Jr. PhD as a member of KMSI’s Board of Directors. Dr. Scales is currently the President of COLGEN, Inc., and recently served as President and CEO of Walden University and President of Capstar Government Services (CGS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Educational Testing Services. Dr. Scales also sits on the Army Science Board, and the Board of Directors of Northrop Grumman Corporation and The National Technical University. Prior to joining the private sector, Dr. Scales served over thirty years in the Army, retiring as a Major General. He is a sought-after lecturer to academic, government, military, and business groups in the United States, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America. Dr. Scales is the author of several books on military history, serves as a senior military analyst for National Public Radio and Fox News Network and is a frequent commentator and consultant for other major media networks on issues relating to military history and defense policy. He is a graduate of West Point and earned his PhD in history from Duke University.

“KMSI is extremely pleased to have Dr. Scales join the KMSI’s Board of Directors,” said Jack Lee, KMSI’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to significantly leveraging his leadership capabilities, experience and knowledge as KMSI continues to expand its presence in the advanced distributed learning marketplace.” Phil Garfinkle, a member of KMSI’s Board and principal of Gabriel Venture Partners, added “I look forward to working with Dr. Scales. His extensive experience and reputation for providing insightful direction to learning and technology-focused organizations will make him a key management of our leadership team.” In his acceptance of his election to the Board, Dr. Scales said “It is a pleasure to work with an energetic and experienced management team who are building a solid reputation in the industry. I hope to make a significant contribution to their continued success in expanding their presence in the enterprise learning marketplace and to executing their aggressive business strategy.”

About Knowledge Management Solutions, Inc.
Knowledge Management Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative knowledge and learning management solutions for Fortune 2000 companies and Government agencies. For more information, please visit www.kmsi.us

KMx is available to all government agencies via the General Services Administration (GSA) Contract GS-35F-0461M with Velocite Systems, Inc.

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Frost & Sullivan India Manufacturing Excellence Awards, 2005

India’s manufacturing sector has often been accused of having failed to capitalize on the in-built advantages of cheap labor, skilled manpower, and abundant natural resources. Instead, it has been the services sector (offshoring services, BPOs, and IT) that has leveraged the country’s traditional strengths, begging the question of why India has failed to optimize on its vast pool of skilled and economical manufacturing talent.

(PRWEB) March 21, 2022 -- Against this backdrop, Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, established the India Manufacturing Excellence Awards (IMEA) in 2004, to honor both market leaders and emerging companies in India’s manufacturing sector. With the mission "to recognize the Indian Manufacturing Capability and assess its Global Competitiveness," the IMEA awards recognize the select few who have achieved and sustained manufacturing excellence. Companies shortlisted for IMEA awards have been typified by the due diligence, perseverance, foresight, and dedication required to develop a successful manufacturing organization and promote continuous learning.

Recipients of Frost & Sullivan’s IMEA 2004 were chosen by an Executive Committee comprising industry representatives and felicitated at a glittering awards ceremony held in Mumbai. Among the companies presented these prestigious awards included Moser Baer; Tata Motors; Marico Industries Limited, Goa; Rane (Madras) Limited, Mysore; Solectron Centum Electronics Ltd; Aditya Cement (a unit of Grasim Industries, Ltd.); Delphi-TVS Diesel Systems Ltd; and Wipro Limited - computer factory.

Receiving the Corporate Platinum Award in IMEA 2004, Mr. J.M. Thatte of Tata Motors Limited remarked,”This award signifies public recognition of our efforts to successfully implement mass production processes with a high level of automation. While auto industry experts have been appreciative of the status of our operations for some time now, an award such as this has helped the public become more aware of the extent of work done. The very survival of our business in this fiercely competitive industry depends on our ability to manage manufacturing in line with the global trends of productivity and efficiency. We would just hope to better all our efforts.”

“It is wonderful to see the recipients of Frost & Sullivan’s IMEA 2004 working with increased confidence due to higher employee morale, enhanced client relationships as well as better investor relations,” says R. Rao, Head Process Consulting, Frost & Sullivan, India.

IMEA 2005 is ready to be kickstarted with interested companies invited to send in their applications by March 31st 2005. Starting April, shortlisted companies will be assessed by a panel of experts with recipients to be conferred the awards at a gala to be held in November of this year.

About Frost & Sullivan Awards - Frost & Sullivan awards are presented to companies that demonstrate excellence in their industry, commending diligence, commitment, and innovative business strategies required to advance in the global marketplace. Frost & Sullivan rigorously analyzes specific criteria to determine award recipients in a variety of regional and global markets. These awards recognize the superior planning and execution of product launches, strategic alliances, distribution strategies, technological innovations, customer service, and mergers & acquisitions. A host of other crucial marketing factors such as leadership, strategy, service, innovation, integration, and development are also recognized. The companies that are commended as award recipients are those with the diligence, perseverance, and dedication required to develop a successful business plan and excel in the increasingly competitive global marketplace.

About Frost & Sullivan - Founded in 1961 in New York, Frost & Sullivan is a global growth consulting company, supporting clients' expansion for more than four decades. In India, our market expertise covers a broad spectrum of verticals (technology, healthcare, automotive, chemicals, industrial and process consulting) while our portfolio of advisory competencies includes custom strategic consulting, market intelligence, summits & conferences and management training. Our mission is to forge partnerships with our clients' management teams to deliver market insights and to create value and drive growth through innovative approaches.

Frost & Sullivan's network of consultants and analysts spans the globe with offices in every major country.www.frost.com

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Encompix ETO ERP Meeting to Focus on Project Reserved Inventory

Encompix ETO ERP Meeting to Focus on Project Reserved Inventory

(PRWEB) March 21, 2022 -- Whether a senior Engineer-to-order executive, IT manager, or ETO ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) end-user, the Encompix Customer Conference will provide immediate value. The conference is being held in Dearborn Michigan, May 9 – 11, 2005

The agenda includes sessions that cover financial accounting, job costing, inventory, material planning, engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, CRM, reporting, and information technology.

- Job Costing Redesign
- Contribution Reporting
- Redesign
- Mfg. Part Processing
- Project Reserved Inventory
- E-BOM
- 3D CAD/PLM/Document
- Management
- Financial Enhancements
- Encompix CRM
- Time & Material Focus
- Microsoft and Encompix

Benefits:
- Get updates on Encompix future technology direction
- Learn about version 9.3
- Review new product offerings from Encompix partners
- Input your ideas into future product development
- Obtain best practices from other customers, partners and industry experts
- Network with your peers in your industry
- Meet with all key Encompix personnel

Early Bird Registration is being accepted until April 8, 2005; the fee is $595. Regular Registration is being accepted until April 22, 2005; the fee is $695.

The conference fee covers:
- Dinner at Automotive Hall of Fame
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday
- All special events
- Breakfast Wednesday
- All conference materials

For more conference information go to http://www.encompix.com/conf2005/2005confinvite.pdf or inquire with Heather Lucas

Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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Engineer-to-Order Manufacturer Big Sky Chooses Encompix

PRWEB) March 21, 2022 -- Most ETO (Engineer-to-Order) firms take at least twelve months to decide on the appropriate ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system. This lengthy process is due to the fact that many ERP vendors claim to be ETO savvy and are not in fact. There are exceptions to the rule. Recently, Big Sky Engineering (www.bigskyeng.com) located in Middleton, Wisconsin, just outside of Madison in south-central Wisconsin, made an important technology decision relatively quickly.

Formed in 1997, with the goal of providing economical automation solutions to the ever-changing packaging industry, Big Sky picks standard, off-the-shelf components whenever possible to simplify maintenance and eliminate machine downtime; however all of the machines are built with future retooling in mind. Their primary market is packaging automation machinery for consumer goods companies (such as SC Johnson).

Chief engineer for Big Sky, Peter Dettmer originally contacted Cincinnati-based ETO ERP leader Encompix (www.encompix.com) via their website in November 2004. Encompix, which usually serves the mid-market ETO manufacturer was hesitant to pursue this opportunity because of Big Sky’s small size and spent much effort pre-qualifying. However, due to Big Sky’s recent explosive growth and plans for future growth, Encompix considered this a deal worth pursuing. Despite a much higher price point than the competitors, the functionality demonstrated in the Encompix overview session made Big Sky’s decision quite easy. To keep sales costs down, Encompix combined a site survey and demonstration into a one day session. The three owners of Big Sky were heavily involved in the process and able to negotiate directly to get this deal closed by mid-February 2005. In return for a discount, Big Sky agreed to purchase one extra user and pay in full for software and maintenance by March 15. Encompix crafted a somewhat revised implementation plan for this smaller than usual customer.

Big Sky’s Rationale for ETO ERP Encompix Selection:
- Experience with manufacturers similar to their business
- Ability to integrate with Inventor
- Obvious understanding of the way they conduct business

The Encompix initial implementation is for eight concurrent users with an agreement to protect the user price for the first year. Encompix has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects the commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing. Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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Beach Access Software Explains Why Other Software Vendors Overlook the Small Manufacturer

PRWEB) March 21, 2022 -- Rocky Smolin, founder of Beach Access Software and maker of E-Z-MRP software for small manufacturers explains why it is a challenge to create a manufacturing system that gives a small manufacturer the information they need without overwhelming them with the operational complexity and the drain on resources that characterize most MRP and ERP products.

Smolin determined what a small manufacturer really needed to know about their operation could be boiled down to four questions:

1) What do I need to make?
2) What do I need to buy?
3) When do I need to make it?
4) When do I need to buy it?

The faster and easier they could get the answers to these questions, the happier a small manufacturer would be. E-Z-MRP reduces all of the inputs to the MRP formula to Supplies (quantities on hand, on order, in WIP, etc) and Demands (sales orders, forecasts, and dependent demands calculated by MRP). All of the data required to maintain the manufacturing database is done through just two simple screens.

Priced at $2995, the E-Z-MRP system is a fraction of the cost of systems with similar power and capabilities. It will run on any Windows-based PC or network, and requires only Access 2000 or Access XP to run. No on-site or remote training is required. A comprehensive user manual with tutorials provides all the required instruction.

For more information, and user testimonials, visit the company’s web site: http://www.e-z-mrp.com, or call 858-259-4334

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March 20, 2022

Encompix ETO ERP Meeting to Focus on Manufacturing Part Processing

(PRWEB) March 20, 2022 -- Whether a senior Engineer-to-order executive, IT manager, or ETO ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) end-user, the Encompix Customer Conference will provide immediate value. The conference is being held in Dearborn Michigan, May 9 – 11, 2005

The agenda includes sessions that cover financial accounting, job costing, inventory, material planning, engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, CRM, reporting, and information technology.

•Job Costing Redesign
•Contribution Reporting
•Redesign
•Mfg. Part Processing
•Project Reserved Inventory
•E-BOM
•3D CAD/PLM/Document
•Management
•Financial Enhancements
•Encompix CRM
•Time & Material Focus
•Microsoft and Encompix

Benefits:
• Get updates on Encompix future technology direction
• Learn about version 9.3
• Review new product offerings from Encompix partners
• Input your ideas into future product development
• Obtain best practices from other customers, partners and industry experts
• Network with your peers in your industry
• Meet with all key Encompix personnel

Early Bird Registration is being accepted until April 8, 2005; the fee is $595.
Regular Registration is being accepted until April 22, 2005; the fee is $695.

The conference fee covers:
• Dinner at Automotive Hall of Fame
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday
• All special events
• Breakfast Wednesday
• All conference materials

For more conference information go to http://www.encompix.com/conf2005/2005confinvite.pdf or inquire with Heather Lucas

Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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March 18, 2022

All You Gotta Do is Ask

A new book on Change Management tells how to release the vast creative intelligence locked within each individual. When workers are simply asked for their ideas and allowed to implement those ideas themselves a dynamic change takes place for both the individual and the organization.

Vancouver, WA (PRWEB) March 18, 2022 -- “All You Gotta Do Is Ask explains how to promote large number of ideas from your employees, something most organizations do very poorly, if at all. The people who manage such organizations are either unaware of the power of employee ideas, or they don’t know how to tap it. This easy-to-read book will show you why it is important to have a good idea system, how to set one up, and what it can do for you, your employees, and your organization. You will become a much more effective manager as a result. Your people will be happier, you (the manager) will be less stressed, and your unit’s performance will rise to levels you could not have come close to in any other way.” – Alan G. Robinson, professor University of Massachusetts and author of Ideas Are Free.

Over 100 years ago Frederick Taylor and Lillian and Frank Gilbreth developed Scientific Management, the Division of Labor and Process Improvement. Henry Ford used the concepts to build the world’s largest manufacturing company. But, jobs were simple, repetitive and boring. Workers hated it. Ford Motor had a 50% turnover rate until Henry doubled people’s wages. Yes, American industry grew enormously wealthy from this new system. But, manufacturing jobs became “deadly,” and society suffered from the lack of “dignified,” work. From highly skilled craftsmen people were now told to “Leave your brains at home!”

Finally after 100 years it is all changing now! A new level of respect is coming to the workplace as senior managers are beginning to recognize the latent talent locked within their workers.

Toyota, one of the world’s richest manufacturing companies, has two pillars for their success, the pursuit of excellence, through: Lean – the elimination of all non-value adding wastes and “Respect for People.” Most American companies today are pursuing Lean or Lean Six Sigma but very few understand the critical other part – getting people involved at work and empowering them to make their work easier, more interesting and allowing them to build their skills and capabilities through their own creative ideas. “Without empowering all workers to fully participate in creative problem solving you will never be able to sustain your improvement activities,” says Norman Bodek co-author of this new book. “How can you attain six sigma or zero defects unless everyone is part of the process?”

But something new is happening. ArvinMeritor, an automobile parts supplier, for example, received 21 ideas in writing from the average employee and saved $4,285 per employee. Subaru a year ago received 108 ideas per employee and saved over $5,000 per employee. Imagine how people feel when they are asked to submit and implement their ideas. Imagine how they feel when management not only asks but listens to them. This very simple process is dynamically changing the workplace. Instead of people always waiting to be told what to do, they are now beginning to lead the improvement process.

All You Gotta Do Is Ask will become your personal guide book to implement a very powerful employee involvement process at your company. Read the book and learn the very simple steps to make it happen.

All You Gotta Do Is Ask is written by Chuck Yorke and Norman Bodek. Chuck is an organizational development and performance improvement specialist at Technicolor Corporation. Norman is president of PCS Inc. and the former owner of Productivity, Inc. – Press, creator of the Shingo Prize for manufacturing excellence and the author of The Idea Generator - Quick and Easy Kaizen and Kaikaku The Power and Magic of Lean.

“A very simple approach and a very powerful message centering on the brainpower each employee can bring to work and how leaders can tap into it.” – David Veech, Manager, Lean Certification Programs, University of Kentucky

The press can obtain a copy of the book from PCS Press, 360-737-1883, e-mail protected from spam bots. Others can buy the book from http://www.pcspress.com/allyougottadoisask.html

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Voltaix Approved for Customized Training Grant Through State of New Jersey Department of Labor

Voltaix, Inc., a leading manufacturer of chemicals and gases for the semiconductor and photovoltaics industries, today announced that they have been approved for a Customized Training Grant through the State of New Jersey Department of Labor.

North Branch, NJ (PRWEB) March 18, 2022 -- Raritan Valley Community College of North Branch, NJ, is the training provider and will work closely with Voltaix over the next year to provide training to enhance employee performance. Training will include Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, Lean Manufacturing, Team Building, Technical Writing, and Problem Solving, as well as various courses to increase computer skills of Voltaix employees.

“The award of this training grant will enable us to empower our employees to provide leading edge products and service to our customers”, said Dr. Matthew Stephens, Chief Operating Officer of Voltaix.

Further information about Voltaix is available at www.voltaix.com

Voltaix is recognized worldwide for manufacturing high purity specialty gases and chemicals that enhance the performance of electronic and photonic devices. Its products include germane, silicon tetrafluoride, trimethyl silane (3MS), and Silcore® . Voltaix deploys proprietary manufacturing technologies to provide highly consistent products tailored to increase manufacturing yields, throughput, and device performance.

Silcore® is a trademark of ASM International, N.V.

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Voltaix Undertakes Six Sigma Initiative to Enable Deeper Customer Relationships

Voltaix, Inc., a leading manufacturer of chemicals and gases for the semiconductor and photovoltaics industries, today announced that fifteen Voltaix employees have received Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.

North Branch, NJ - This training will enable deeper customer support relationships and improved product solutions for Voltaix partners, whether value-added suppliers or end users.

“Six Sigma will enable the Voltaix team to deploy problem-solving tools to improve product consistency and usability, which translates to yield and throughput improvements for our customers,” commented Dr. Matthew Stephens. “Yield and throughput are more important than ever, given the high capital equipment expenditures associated with 300mm wafer processing. Further, new technology integration issues drive the need for closer customer-supplier relationships.

“I would like to thank the new green belts for expressing their commitment to Improving Semiconductor Performance™ by dedicating personal time to obtain this certification.”

Further information about Voltaix is available at www.voltaix.com

Voltaix is recognized worldwide for manufacturing high purity specialty gases and chemicals that enhance the performance of electronic and photonic devices. Its products include germane, silicon tetrafluoride, trimethyl silane (3MS), and Silcore® . Voltaix deploys proprietary manufacturing technologies to provide highly consistent products tailored to increase manufacturing yields, throughput, and device performance.

Silcore® is a trademark of ASM International, N.V.

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Hardy Instruments Partners with B+L to Reach European Market

(PRWEB) March 18, 2022 -- Hardy Instruments and B+L Industrial Measurements announce a cooperation to deliver industrial weighing and tension control equipment to the European market. San Diego based Hardy Instruments will work with B+L, located in Heidelberg, Germany, to develop variations of existing Hardy process weighing and tension control instrumentation, and to create new designs for the European market. This new product line will be branded B+L HARDY and marketed exclusively by B+L Industrial Measurements. Existing Hardy Instruments customers will enjoy improved sales and service support throughout Europe, while B+L customers will gain a full line of industrial weighing instrumentation to choose from.

B+L, formerly known as the Weighing Electronics Branch within Bran & Luebbe, has over 35 years of experience in weighing, thousands of customers and a strong presence in the European market. B+L will focus the majority of its resources to marketing, supplying and handling presale and post-sale support for the new B+L HARDY instrumentation. The German company will also play an active role in the creation of new products and will work with European agencies to attain the proper certifications and approvals for use in various applications.

Hardy Instruments, a leader in industrial weighing and tension control instrumentation, is well known for bringing innovative solutions to the process industry including WAVERSAVER® technology, which ignores vibration for accurate readings, C2® Second Generation Calibration which allows calibration without the use of test weights, and IT® Integrated Technician which facilitates troubleshooting from the front panel of the instrument or over a network.

Dave Ness, president of Hardy Instruments, says, “We have long thought of B+L as Hardy's equivalent in the European market, and we are very honored and excited to be working with them. The value that both organizations bring to the table creates a selection of products and services that well exceeds that of each individual company.”

Leo Baartmans, managing director of B+L adds, “When we chose Hardy Instruments as our partner, we based our decision on Hardy’s strong dedication to the process weighing market. For us, this is a great opportunity to serve those markets in Europe, where we are traditionally strong. In addition, we see this as a chance for the development of products for global markets.”

Information of the B+L HARDY products can be found on the B+L website at www.bl-im.de. For corporate information about Hardy Instruments, Inc., visit www.hardyinstruments.com

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400 is Magic Number to Transition to E-Kanban

(PRWEB) March 18, 2022 -- Multiply the number of (suppliers) X (number of parts they supply) X (number of times the part is ordered per month).

Each order is a fax. If a manufacturer has 5 suppliers each supplying 20 different part numbers and they send a kanban signal once per week, 400 signals per month are being sent or about 20 faxes per day.

Fax kanban is not Efficient and not Lean

At ten minutes per fax, someone is spending 3.5 hours per day in administration time. That inefficiency results in less time to utilize more suppliers or improve the relationships with existing suppliers.

Furthermore, even if 99% of those faxes are trouble free procurement signals, four faxes per month are going to be problematic and dilute the entire rationale for a lean manufacturing operation. Suppliers claim they did not receive the fax kanban; suppliers cannot make the shipment date requested and expedited shipping fees are incurred, or worse, there will be a stockout which will negatively impact customer service levels.

According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), the leading e-kanban provider in North America, “Signum, our electronic kanban system gives manufacturers a heads up to which of those four faxes might be the problem and then frees you up to deal with them because our system has dealt with the other 396 kanban signals with zero effort.” Bayer also noted that process improvement with existing suppliers will further reduce lead times and inventory levels and bring more suppliers onto the system.

The “Success Paradox” of e-Kanban
Bayer refers to this e-kanban Lean manufacturing efficiency as the “success paradox”. According to Bayer, “The more it works the more you want to do it. The more you do it the less time you have to do it because of the administrative overhead required to manage it. It appears as if the natural cutoff point is 400 faxes per month. At 100 a month, secretaries manage it. 200-300 buyer planners deal with it, but hate it. Over 400 per month and something has to be done.”

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Encompix Engineer-to-Order ERP Meeting May 9 - 11

(PRWEB) March 18, 2022 -- Whether a senior Engineer-to-order executive, IT manager, or ETO ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) end-user, the Encompix Customer Conference will provide immediate value. The conference is being held in Dearborn Michigan, May 9 – 11, 2005

The agenda includes sessions that cover financial accounting, job costing, inventory, material planning, engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, CRM, reporting, and information technology.

- Job Costing Redesign
- Contribution Reporting
- Redesign
- Mfg. Part Processing
- Project Reserved Inventory
- E-BOM
- 3D CAD/PLM/Document
- Management
- Financial Enhancements
- Encompix CRM
- Time & Material Focus
- Microsoft and Encompix

Benefits:
- Get updates on Encompix future technology direction
- Learn about version 9.3
- Review new product offerings from Encompix partners
- Input your ideas into future product development
- Obtain best practices from other customers, partners and industry experts
- Network with your peers in your industry
- Meet with all key Encompix personnel

Early Bird Registration is being accepted until April 8, 2005; the fee is $595. Regular Registration is being accepted until April 22, 2005; the fee is $695.

The conference fee covers:
- Dinner at Automotive Hall of Fame
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday
- All special events
- Breakfast Wednesday
- All conference materials

For more conference information go to http://www.encompix.com/conf2005/2005confinvite.pdf or inquire with Heather Lucas

Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing. Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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Encompix Engineeer-to-Order Configurator Automates Pre-Manufacturing Process

(PRWEB) March 18, 2022 -- Encompix (www.encompix.com) is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Encompix ETO Configurator as part of the lead Engineer-to-Order Enterprise Resource Planning product suite. Based on Configure One's Concept product it is specifically designed for engineer-to-order manufacturers. Unlike most product configurators that can handle only simple configuration challenges, the ETO Configurator tackles the very complex product rules normally associated with engineer-to-order, project-based or custom manufacturers.

Encompix's ETO configurator dramatically reduces the time it takes to go from a customer's initial request for a quote to when the product is actually shipped by streamlining and automating much of the pre-manufacturing process. This includes the creation of quotes, sales and production drawings, routings, and bills of material. The data is seamlessly integrated with other Encompix components and is used to create a routing and a complete indented BOM in Encompix.
By automating sales and engineering tasks, the Encompix ETO Configurator helps speed up responses to quotation requests, free up engineering personnel, decrease errors and rework, and reduce overall lead time.

For more information on this exciting product, please contact Eric Binning at 513-733-0066 x 21

Encompix has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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ETO ERP Leader Encompix Selected by Big Sky

PRWEB) March 18, 2022 -- Most ETO (Engineer-to-Order) firms take at least twelve months to decide on the appropriate ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system. This lengthy process is due to the fact that many ERP vendors claim to be ETO savvy and are not in fact. There are exceptions to the rule. Recently, Big Sky Engineering (www.bigskyeng.com) located in Middleton, Wisconsin, just outside of Madison in south-central Wisconsin, made an important technology decision relatively quickly.

Formed in 1997, with the goal of providing economical automation solutions to the ever-changing packaging industry, Big Sky picks standard, off-the-shelf components whenever possible to simplify maintenance and eliminate machine downtime; however all of the machines are built with future retooling in mind. Their primary market is packaging automation machinery for consumer goods companies (such as SC Johnson).

Chief engineer for Big Sky, Peter Dettmer originally contacted Cincinnati-based ETO ERP leader Encompix (www.encompix.com) via their website in November 2004. Encompix, which usually serves the mid-market ETO manufacturer was hesitant to pursue this opportunity because of Big Sky’s small size and spent much effort pre-qualifying. However, due to Big Sky’s recent explosive growth and plans for future growth, Encompix considered this a deal worth pursuing. Despite a much higher price point than the competitors, the functionality demonstrated in the Encompix overview session made Big Sky’s decision quite easy. To keep sales costs down, Encompix combined a site survey and demonstration into a one day session. The three owners of Big Sky were heavily involved in the process and able to negotiate directly to get this deal closed by mid-February 2005. In return for a discount, Big Sky agreed to purchase one extra user and pay in full for software and maintenance by March 15. Encompix crafted a somewhat revised implementation plan for this smaller than usual customer.

Big Sky’s Rationale for ETO ERP Encompix Selection:
1) Experience with manufacturers similar to their business
2) Ability to integrate with Inventor
3) Obvious understanding of the way they conduct business
The Encompix initial implementation is for eight concurrent users with an agreement to protect the user price for the first year. Encompix has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects the commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing. Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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E-Z-MRP Seeks German Distributor for Exclusive License Agreement

E-Z-MRP Seeks German Distributor for Exclusive License Agreement

(PRWEB) March 18, 2022 -- E-Z-MRP, (www.E-Z-MRP.com), the reasonably priced manufacturing software system announced today that it is seeking to sign an exclusive German Distributor License Agreement.

Rocky Smolin, President of E-Z-MRP recently announced an aggressive growth strategy for the low end manufacturing software giant. “With so many international manufacturing companies now working with American businesses, there is an increasing demand for accountability and report tracking. Our extensive growth in China has made other international markets interested in distributing E-Z-MRP.”

E-Z-MRP was designed to make it easy to add and support foreign languages. With the success of the Chinese translation project E-Z-MRP is seeking to add additional foreign languages to the system through cooperative ventures with distributors in foreign countries.

E-Z-MRP is an integrated manufacturing system that includes all the functions needed to control manufacturing operations. E-Z-MRP is designed for small manufacturers – from startup to $20 million. It works just as well in job shop or build to order environments as in build to stock or build to forecast operations. E-Z-MRP has been successfully implemented in a remarkable variety of small manufacturing companies.

The E-Z-MRP package includes a full-featured Bill of Materials processor, plus a material planning and tracking module which tracks all sales orders, forecasts, work orders (planned, firm, and released), purchase orders, shortages, raw materials, and finished goods inventories. It also records a complete audit trail on all inventory transactions. Also included: a physical inventory function, a purchase order module for printing purchase orders, and a recently added capacity planning module.

Price of E-Z-MRP is $2,995. Support for the first year is free. After, the support fee is $300 annually. E-Z-MRP with two full years of support can be leased at $169.96 per month

Posted by Industrial at 03:09 AM | Comments (0)

March 17, 2022

Remote Backup Systems, Inc. and Rackspace Managed Hosting Announce Solution Partnership, Co-Marketing Activities

Remote Backup Systems, Inc. and Rackspace Managed Hosting agree to marketing alliance designed to increase targeted exposure for both companies.

Memphis, TN (PRWEB) March 17, 2022 -- Remote Backup Systems, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of RBackup™ remote backup software and Rackspace Managed Hosting, the fastest growing managed hosting company, today announced a Solution Partnership designed to add value for their current clients and to increase targeted exposure for both companies.

“Considering that Rackspace is firmly established as the leader in the Managed Hosting marketplace and that RBS is sunsetting our hosted server option, it was a logical next step for our organization.” said Tommy Gardner, RBS’ Director of Sales and Marketing. “We are very pleased with the results they have provided for our clients in the past, and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

“Rackspace’s Partner Program provides a range of support and incentives to our extensive base of resellers, systems integrators and software vendors," said Scott White, Partner Program Manager, Rackspace Managed Hosting. “We look for synergistic relationships with industry leaders like RBS that enable us to add greater value to our customer base while offering award-winning products, services and additional levels of sales and marketing support to our partners.”

Under the terms of the partnership, Remote Backup Systems’ clients will receive discounted hosting rates and a complimentary month of hosting at Rackspace facilities. Rackspace clients will benefit from the agreement by receiving pricing concessions, incentives and discounts of up to 50% from retail prices on RBS’s industry-leading RBackup Remote Backup software.

About Remote Backup Systems, Inc.
Remote Backup Systems, Inc. is the global leader in the distribution of Client and Server software to rapidly deploy a high reliability, high security Internet-based online backup service, and a robust range of support services including national customer referrals. With over 6,500 subscription-based remote backup services in 64 countries, RBS founded the online data backup industry and leads the market with experience, innovation, and support. Contact RBS at 800-945-4491 or visit us online at http://remote-backup.com

About Rackspace Managed Hosting
Rackspace Managed Hosting™ is the fastest-growing managed hosting provider for customers of all sizes - from start-ups to enterprise customers. Founded in 1998, Rackspace has built a world-class service organization based on its philosophy of Fanatical Support™. The company offers a wide range of managed services for enterprise hosting platforms and currently hosts 15 percent of the Fortune 100 Companies. For more information, visit www.rackspace.com, or call 800-961-2888

Contact: Scott White
Rackspace Managed Hosting
1.800.961.2888 x 4456
http://rackspace.com

Contact: Tommy Gardner
Remote Backup Systems, Inc.
Online Backup Software
901-850-9920
http://remote-backup.com

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Safety.BLR.com Helps Employers with this Challenge: How to Deliver Required OSHA Training to a Growing Population of Hispanic Workers

Safety.BLR.com has just created a Spanish Resources Center to help employers keep up with the challenge of keeping a rapidly growing multilingual workforce in compliance with OSHA’s safety and health requirements.

Old Saybrook, CT (PRWEB) March 17, 2022 -- Experts at OSHA recognize the problem, but busy employers are the ones trying to cope with it. Immigrants make up an estimated 14 percent of the U.S. workforce, and nearly half of them are considered to have limited proficiency in English. That translates into a big challenge for employers: how to keep a multilingual workforce in compliance with OSHA’s stringent safety and health requirements.

Fortunately for employers, Safety.BLR.com, the website for safety professionals that makes training and compliance easier, has just created a Spanish Resources Center at http://safety.blr.com/spanish.cfm. The Center includes Spanish training handouts and quizzes on 54 OSHA topics. It also features news, white papers, forms, guidance documents, regulatory activity, and agency directives and interpretations to help manage occupational safety and health for the Spanish-speaking workforce.

Steve Quilliam, editor at Safety.BLR.com, commented on the site’s new Resources Center: “OSHA requires companies to make sure their employees understand safety training and follow OSHA requirements. That obligation doesn’t change if their employees have a limited understanding of English. So with its prewritten training materials and handouts, our new Spanish Resources Center can be a helpful solution to this challenge.”

The 54 training topics in the Resources Center include Spanish handouts and quizzes on confined spaces, defensive driving, electrical safety, and eye protection.

Sample safety meeting for Hispanic workers:
To help employers get their training started, BLR has made available a sample hazard communication training meeting in English and Spanish, similar to those available at Safety.BLR.com. To download this free sample, go to www.blr.com/81001600/PRS3

About BLR
Old Saybrook, Conn.-based BLR produces plain-English compliance and training resources for safety, environmental, HR, and compensation managers. For a free catalog, call 800-727-5257 or visit www.BLR.com

Contact:
Safety.BLR.com Managing Editor Steve Quilliam
860-510-0100 x 2148

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TCR Engineering Introduces Comprehensive Inspection Services in India

TCR Engineering Services undertakes inspection and quality assurance services in India meeting international and client defined standards.

(PRWEB) March 17, 2022 -- TCR Engineering Services, a reputed and independant ISO 17025 certified material testing laboratory, today expanded its service offering to include a comprehensive inspection and quality assurance services.

This new service will help retailers, trading partners, importers and manufacturers assess product quality and meet the regulatory requirements of their industry vertical. The independent, third-party quality assurance services, provided by the TCR Engineering Services inspection team will result in improved product quality, with a reduction in customer complaints, noncompliance and product recalls.

The inspection and quality assurance services from TCR Engineering in India include, Factory Audits, OEM Development, Raw Material Inspection, Initial Production Check, In-Production Check, Random Inspection and Loading Supervision.

The inspection services team will be supported by expert engineers and TCR Engineering Services state-of-the-art materials testing laboratory in Mumbai, India.

The on-site inspection team from TCR will cover all states across India. The pricing structure for the on-site inspection services is set competitively and is based on man-day charges.

To know more about TCR Engineering and its service offering, please visit http://www.tcreng.com

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Fastening Technology and Bolted Joint Design Seminar Schedule Announced For 2005

Comprehensive Two-day Seminar Explores the Science of Fastening Technology and Mechanical Joining and Offers Practical Problem Solving Techniques

(PRWEB) March 17, 2022 -- SeminarsForEngineers.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sensor Products LLC, announces its 2005 Fastening Technology and Bolted Joint Design seminar schedule in association with Clemson Edupro Inc. Focusing on proper tightening methods, selecting optimal fasteners for design, calculating safety factors and limitations and evaluating dissimilar materials for thermal expansion and galvanic properties, this seminar also incorporates the most recent techniques and guidelines from both international and domestic engineering societies and research groups.

Instructed by Bengt Blendulf, a renowned authority on fastening technology and bolted joint design, this popular course has proven to be an essential resource for engineers involved in design, manufacturing and assembly, standardization, testing, quality control, maintenance or any technical aspect of fasteners and bolted joints.

Dates and locations of the 2005 Fastening Technology and Bolted Joint Design Seminars are:

April 13-14, 2005 Detroit, Michigan
June 2-3, 2005 Orlando, Florida
October 26-27, 2005 Chicago, Illinois

Information about this and other technical seminars is available at www.SeminarsForEngineers.com or by contacting Bill Ebner at 1.973.560.9092

About SeminarsForEngineers.com
SeminarsForEngineers.com, headquartered in East Hanover, New Jersey USA, was founded in 2003 by Sensor Products LLC as a useful information resource for their clientele. Focusing on specialized engineering topics, these two-day technical courses are designed to disseminate the most current and comprehensive information available and provide practical problem solving techniques for a broad spectrum of manufacturing and R&D; professionals. Topics ranging from Fastening Technology and Bolted Joint Design and Static & Dynamic Sealing to Web Handling and Converting and Composite Materials Design, Testing & Fabrication are taught by the foremost authorities in their fields. Company website: www.SeminarsForEngineers.com

About Sensor Products LLC
New Jersey based Sensor Products LLC, established in 1990, is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of tactile pressure sensing solutions. Their customized and off-the-shelf products are installed within all of the Fortune 500 industrial companies as well as thousands of smaller manufacturing firms. Their sensors are used in applications as diverse as tire testing to semiconductor manufacturing and from R&D; labs to space missions. Additionally, Sensor Products provides in-house and on-site stress and pressure mapping analysis, as well as a variety of regional technical seminars. Visit them at www.sensorprod.com

Media Contact:
Heather D. Brown
Sensor Products LLC USA
Public Relations Specialist

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Kulicke & Soffa Sells Wedge Bonder Designs to Orthodyne Electronics

Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: KLIC) today announced the sale of its wedge bonder technology to Orthodyne Electronics located in Irvine, California. The sale includes both the design of wedge bonding machines and the licensing of intellectual property.

(PRWEB) March 17, 2022 -- Jack Belani, K&S; senior vice president, Wire Bonding Division and Corporate Marketing noted that “Since wedge bonders represented less than 1% of our sales last year, it makes more sense for us to focus our R&D; resources on our major product lines including ball bonders and test products. We will, however, continue to sell refurbished machines and support our installed base with spare parts and service. Additionally, we will also sell our existing wedge bonder models for a period of approximately 2 years, during which period Orthodyne will continue to develop and enhance their product portfolio with K&S;’s technology. We are pleased to be working with Orthodyne, whom we believe is well positioned to continue to serve the marketplace with Wedge bonders.”

Gregg Kelly, president of Orthodyne notes, “Wedge bonding equipment is our company’s primary focus. The new technology and designs purchased from K&S; will enhance our product offerings and allow our engineers to create new, best-in-class machines that have their roots in both K&S; and Orthodyne designs. We look forward to extending our leading market position as we focus on wedge bonding solutions for our customers.”

About Kulicke & Soffa
Kulicke & Soffa (NASDAQ: KLIC) is the world's leading supplier of semiconductor wire bonding assembly equipment. We believe K&S; is the only major supplier to the semiconductor assembly industry that provides customers with semiconductor wire bonding equipment along with the complementing packaging materials and test interconnect products that actually contact the surface of the customer's semiconductor devices. The ability to control all of these assembly related products is unique to Kulicke & Soffa, and allows us to develop system solutions to the new technology challenges inherent in assembling and packaging next-generation semiconductor devices. Test interconnect products include a variety of wafer probe cards, ATE interface assemblies, and PC boards for wafer testing, as well as test sockets for all types of packaged semiconductor devices. Kulicke & Soffa's web site address is http://www.kns.com

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E-Z-MRP Seeks Dutch Distributor for Exclusive License Agreement

E-Z-MRP, (www.E-Z-MRP.com), the reasonably priced manufacturing software system announced today that it is seeking to sign an exclusive Dutch Distributor License Agreement.

(PRWEB) March 17, 2022 -- E-Z-MRP, (www.E-Z-MRP.com), the reasonably priced manufacturing software system announced today that it is seeking to sign an exclusive Dutch Distributor License Agreement.

Rocky Smolin, President of E-Z-MRP recently announced an aggressive growth strategy for the low end manufacturing software giant. “With so many international manufacturing companies now working with American businesses, there is an increasing demand for accountability and report tracking. Our extensive growth in China has made other international markets interested in distributing E-Z-MRP.”

E-Z-MRP was designed to make it easy to add and support foreign languages. With the success of the Chinese translation project E-Z-MRP is seeking to add additional foreign languages to the system through cooperative ventures with distributors in foreign countries.

E-Z-MRP is an integrated manufacturing system that includes all the functions needed to control manufacturing operations. E-Z-MRP is designed for small manufacturers – from startup to $20 million. It works just as well in job shop or build to order environments as in build to stock or build to forecast operations. E-Z-MRP has been successfully implemented in a remarkable variety of small manufacturing companies.

The E-Z-MRP package includes a full-featured Bill of Materials processor, plus a material planning and tracking module which tracks all sales orders, forecasts, work orders (planned, firm, and released), purchase orders, shortages, raw materials, and finished goods inventories. It also records a complete audit trail on all inventory transactions. Also included: a physical inventory function, a purchase order module for printing purchase orders, and a recently added capacity planning module.

Price of E-Z-MRP is $2,995. Support for the first year is free. After, the support fee is $300 annually. E-Z-MRP with two full years of support can be leased at $169.96 per month.

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Pronto ERP Lands Another Canadian Account

(PRWEB) March 17, 2022 -- Frank Brasier & Sons Limited (www.frankbrasier.com) selected ERP (enterprise resource planning) leader PRONTO North America (www.PRONTOerp.com) to efficiently monitor the Brampton and Windsor, Ontario manufacturing operations. Brasier is a high quality cutting tools and sawing solutions provider to industry professionals since 1955

The primary reasons the Canadian firm chose PRONTO-Xi ERP versus other systems include:
• A fully integrated system allowing all facets to communicate efficiently and effectively; other systems had components yet were not fully integrated.
• Product and Inventory Control with Serial Number tracking (a crucial element in an operation with significant parts.)
• The ability to add a custom modification to calculate saw blade inventory
• The ability to add a service module (critical for customer satisfaction and tracking).
• Operates on multiple platforms, and integrates with Microsoft desktop products.

PRONTO North America, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is the North American Master Distributor of PRONTO-Xi, a comprehensive software system allowing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to effectively manage all phases of the supply chain. Far beyond just another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, PRONTO-Xi’s financial and distribution applications are unique and have provided maximum return on investment for a wide variety of organizations since 1976. From PRONTO Planning to PRONTO Production; from PRONTO Forecasting Management to PRONTO Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP); from PRONTO Advanced Warehousing to PRONTO Quality Management System (QMS), the cross-section and breadth of integrated elements addressed by PRONTO-Xi is unmatched in the marketplace and justifies the company’s natural leadership role as the best fully integrated business software solution for more than a quarter century. PRONTO North America is quickly emerging as the distribution sector ERP leader.

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March 16, 2022

Lorachell International is Proud to Announce Sourcevietnam.com has launched in time for LA Fashion Week.

Lorachell International has taken a unique role in offering outsourcing capabilities to United States Apparel Wholesalers and manufacturers. Currently, they offer one price, one contact outsourcing to Vietnam, a growing manufacturing partner in the International Outsourcing market

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 16, 2022 -- Lorachell International has taken a unique role in offering outsourcing capabilities to United States Wholesalers and manufacturers. Currently, they offer one price, one contact outsourcing to Vietnam, a growing manufacturing partner in the International Outsourcing market.

Lorachell retains offices in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Los Angeles to facilitate a complete sourcing solution in both countries. Lorachell handles everything from sourcing to production, to distribution. Lorachell is committed to maintaining high quality control standards, cost efficient production, and on time shipping.

Although, classified as a Consultant organization, Lorachell approaches outsourcing in a different context. Our feeling is companies’ need or want a streamlined process, whereas they would have one company to pay, one contact to manage the process, and hold liable without having to navigate the complex realm of International Law and Incoterms.

Lorachell offers its services for a nominal set-up cost, and bills on a per piece basis allowing wholesalers and retailers alike to build in this cost to their pricing tiers. Reflective of our efforts, dictate this pricing matrix, as with larger volume we will have a more time consuming role of participation, thus defining our compensation. In addition, to alleviate the feeling of alienation to small and medium businesses this pricing will allow small businesses to compete in their respective pricing matrix.

Due to the effects of ‘Do Moi’ The Vietnamese government has offered enticing incentives making Vietnam one of the leading countries for outsourcing. A control is now in place to recognize and protect intellectual properties, and has increasingly become an enticing destination for foreign investment. Studies show countries such as China, Taiwan, and India have increasingly outsourced contracts originating from the U.S. and EU to Vietnam saving on labor rates and entering a virtually untapped educated labor pool.

Eric N. Stevens President of Lorachell International stated, “Vietnam has been one of the best kept secrets in the outsourcing industry. Albeit because of historical animosity, or our late diplomatic normalization the US are years behind countries such as China, Taiwan, India and Australia who have set up factories in duty free investment zones. Walk into any major retailer at this time and you will see clothing lines with the Made In Vietnam tag. Companies in the US are now starting to see the value in outsourcing to Vietnam. I intend to bring Lorachell International to the forefront of the outsourcing effort, to essentially change the business model of outsourcing and minimizing the cost and need to go through several different entities to manufacture products overseas. Navigating the International Laws and different business protocols are sometimes enough to discourage entrance into overseas markets. I intend to withdraw that thinking as a reason not to outsource. Sourcevietnam.com is a vehicle aimed at bringing more companies to the realization that Vietnam is indeed a large player in the Outsourcing Industry. “

Lorachell International will compliment the launch of sourcevietnam.com with a marketing campaign aimed at trade websites, the apparel industry, home accessory and gift industries.

For further Information please contact our Public Relations Director Lorraine Clifton at 818-718-7432

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Expanded Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Medical Device & Skin/Cosmetic Training from the Center for Professional Innovation & Education (CfPIE)

The Center for Professional Innovation and Education (CfPIE) is expanding its European pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and skin/cosmetic training course offerings. Course topics will range from current good manufacturing practices (GMP) and drug development training to regulatory affairs and quality assurance. Expanded courses begin in May, 2005

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) March 16, 2022 -- The Center for Professional Innovation & Education announces the expansion of its training programs and educational offerings in Europe. CfPIE will provide its broad array of in-depth training courses in Europe to professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and skin/cosmetic industries. These courses cover a multitude of topics in the field of clinical research and development, GMPs and GLPs, drug development and regulatory affairs. CfPIE educational conferences are designed to address the latest issues affecting R&D;, quality assurance, manufacturing and regulatory affairs and increase the knowledge base of each attendee.

Training courses provided by CfPIE have been utilized by over 600 corporations, federal and state governments and numerous non-profit agencies. A number of these organizations have designated CfPIE as their primary provider of external training. “We have been consistently ranked as one of the premier providers of training and educational services with both our extensive public course schedule and our customized on-site programs,” said Mark G. Mazzie, Managing Director, CfPIE. “In addition to the 120 public programs scheduled in North America and Europe during 2005, we will deliver over 150 on-site programs designed to meet the specific needs of our clients.”

Courses in Europe will begin on May, 2005 and initially consist of May 24 & 25, 2005 - Stability Testing of Proteins, Peptides & Other Biomolecules; May 26 & 27, 2005 - Writing Effective Standard Operating Procedures & Other Process Documents; May 26 & 27, 2005 - International GMPs for Biopharmaceuticals & Biologics; May 30 & 31, 2005 - Effective Document Management for the Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Medical Device Industries; May 30 – June 1, 2021 - Biostatistics for Non-Statisticians; June 2 & 3, 2005 - Understanding and Interpreting Data & Results in Medical Literature

For further information, contact us at 610-688-1708 or e-mail protected from spam bots. To register online, please visit CfPIE.com

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ETO ERP Meeting: Review New Product Offerings from Encompix Partners

Whether a senior Engineer-to-order executive, IT manager, or ETO ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) end-user, the Encompix Customer Conference will provide immediate value.

(PRWEB) March 16, 2022 -- Whether a senior Engineer-to-order executive, IT manager, or ETO ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) end-user, the Encompix Customer Conference will provide immediate value. The conference is being held in Dearborn Michigan, May 9 – 11, 2005

The agenda includes sessions that cover financial accounting, job costing, inventory, material planning, engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, CRM, reporting, and information technology.

• Job Costing Redesign
• Contribution Reporting
• Redesign
• Mfg. Part Processing
• Project Reserved Inventory
• E-BOM
• 3D CAD/PLM/Document
• Management
• Financial Enhancements
• Encompix CRM
• Time & Material Focus
• Microsoft and Encompix

Benefits:
• Get updates on Encompix future technology direction
• Learn about version 9.3
• Review new product offerings from Encompix partners
• Input your ideas into future product development
• Obtain best practices from other customers, partners and industry experts
• Network with your peers in your industry
• Meet with all key Encompix personnel

Early Bird Registration is being accepted until April 8, 2005; the fee is $595. Regular Registration is being accepted until April 22, 2005; the fee is $695.

The conference fee covers:
• Dinner at Automotive Hall of Fame
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday
• All special events
• Breakfast Wednesday
• All conference materials

For more conference information go to http://www.encompix.com/conf2005/2005confinvite.pdf or inquire with Heather Lucas

Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing. Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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Encompix Introduces Engineeer-to-Order Configurator

Encompix (www.encompix.com) is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Encompix ETO Configurator as part of the lead Engineer-to-Order Enterprise Resource Planning product suite.

(PRWEB) March 16, 2022 -- Encompix (www.encompix.com) is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Encompix ETO Configurator as part of the lead Engineer-to-Order Enterprise Resource Planning product suite. Based on Configure One's Concept product it is specifically designed for engineer-to-order manufacturers. Unlike most product configurators that can handle only simple configuration challenges, the ETO Configurator tackles the very complex product rules normally associated with engineer-to-order, project-based or custom manufacturers.

Encompix's ETO configurator dramatically reduces the time it takes to go from a customer's initial request for a quote to when the product is actually shipped by streamlining and automating much of the pre-manufacturing process. This includes the creation of quotes, sales and production drawings, routings, and bills of material. The data is seamlessly integrated with other Encompix components and is used to create a routing and a complete indented BOM in Encompix.

By automating sales and engineering tasks, the Encompix ETO Configurator helps speed up responses to quotation requests, free up engineering personnel, decrease errors and rework, and reduce overall lead time.
For more information on this exciting product, please contact Eric Binning at 513-733-0066 x 21 or e-mail protected from spam bots.

Encompix has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

Posted by Industrial at 12:37 AM | Comments (0)

Bayer on E-Kanban

Multiply the number of (suppliers) X (number of parts they supply) X (number of times the part is ordered per month)

(PRWEB) March 16, 2022 -- Multiply the number of (suppliers) X (number of parts they supply) X (number of times the part is ordered per month).

Each order is a fax. If a manufacturer has 5 suppliers each supplying 20 different part numbers and they send a kanban signal once per week, 400 signals per month are being sent or about 20 faxes per day.

Fax Kanban is Not Efficient and Not Lean. At ten minutes per fax, someone is spending 3.5 hours per day in administration time. That inefficiency results in less time to utilize more suppliers or improve the relationships with existing suppliers.

Furthermore, even if 99% of those faxes are trouble free procurement signals, four faxes per month are going to be problematic and dilute the entire rationale for a lean manufacturing operation. Suppliers claim they did not receive the fax kanban; suppliers cannot make the shipment date requested and expedited shipping fees are incurred, or worse, there will be a stockout which will negatively impact customer service levels.

According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), the leading e-kanban provider in North America, “Signum, our electronic kanban system gives manufacturers a heads up to which of those four faxes might be the problem and then frees you up to deal with them because our system has dealt with the other 396 kanban signals with zero effort.” Bayer also noted that process improvement with existing suppliers will further reduce lead times and inventory levels and bring more suppliers onto the system.

The “Success Paradox” of e-Kanban
Bayer refers to this e-kanban Lean manufacturing efficiency as the “success paradox”. According to Bayer, “The more it works the more you want to do it. The more you do it the less time you have to do it because of the administrative overhead required to manage it. It appears as if the natural cutoff point is 400 faxes per month. At 100 a month, secretaries manage it. 200-300 buyer planners deal with it, but hate it. Over 400 per month and something has to be done.”

Posted by Industrial at 12:36 AM | Comments (0)

March 15, 2022

SwiftCD Powers New Build-To-Order CD from DriverGuide.com

Thanks to SwiftCD (www.SwiftCD.com), computer users everywhere can now build a personalized 'Must-Have' CD-ROM containing up to 200 essential drivers, direct from DriverGuide.com

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 15, 2022 -- Every computer user has likely experienced the frustration that comes with lacking just the right hardware driver files - at worst, it's a situation that can cause headaches, data loss, and hours of painstaking work. But now leading industry resource DriverGuide.com can help computer users everywhere avoid those headaches by creating and saving their own custom-output CDs, thanks to the on-demand technology offered by SwiftCD (www.SwiftCD.com). Best of all, customers pay only a nominal shipping and handling fee.

The cornerstone of DriverGuide.com's valuable assortment of discussion boards, files, links and how-to articles is its massive database archive of drivers and resources - over 300,000 to date. The archive is the largest and most comprehensive on the Web, serving over 40 million Windows, Mac, and Unix/Linux users worldwide. The addition of SwiftCD's formidable on-demand technology means that DriverGuide.com members can now receive physical copies of essential drivers (and other files and programs) for safekeeping and immediate access.

"We're delighted to be able to use our specialized patent-pending build-to-order, on-demand technology to support DriverGuide.com and its superb resources," comments Jason Foodman, Chief Executive Officer of SwiftCD. "It's a quick, easy and affordable option that's perfect for those customers with dialup connections - or who simply prefer backup or physical delivery of their drivers on disc."

Obtaining a DriverGuide.com CD powered by SwiftCD is simple:
- To get started, the user simply visits www.DriverGuide.com, then clicks "Join for free" to create a new customer login and password.

Once the new login is created and membership info has been received via e-mail, the user logs in via "Member Login".

- Once logged in, the user can access, browse, download or archive the vast array of driver files and other software titles offered by DriverGuide.com. The site not only includes the files themselves, but also a host of valuable articles, manufacturer information, links, and associated tips.

- Next, to build a customized CD full of DriverGuide files to be shipped right to the user's door, the user builds a list from DriverGuide.com's vast assortment of driver files. It's easy to choose up to 200 files for writing to CD. As a bonus, the CD will also contain an assortment of highly useful free programs to sample. These include such well-known titles as ZoneAlarm, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition, Spybot - Search & Destroy, Opera, DivX Player, the Google Toolbar 2.0, and many more.

- When the user has finished selecting files, he simply clicks "Burn file to CD," then follows the instructions to complete a quick and easy checkout process.

SwiftCD will ship the customer's personalized new CD within 48 hours of the first working day after the receipt of order and payment. Shipping times may vary by location, but can be as fast as 3-5 days in the United States, or up to two weeks for international delivery.

Lifetime membership in DriverGuide.com is free, and users pay only the Shipping and Handling charges ($6.99 US, $8.99 International, per CD). DriverGuide CD is currently available to Internet Explorer users only.

About DriverGuide.com
DriverGuide.com (www.DriverGuide.com) is the Internet's leading source for computer device drivers. The website provides an archive of over 300,000 drivers for free to its nearly 40 million registered members. Over 140,000 downloads are performed daily. In addition to downloads, DriverGuide provides a knowledgeable and free support community, and offers a driver tool kit to assist users. Users of DriverGuide range from IT professionals who maintain PCs for their organizations, to average PC users who maintain their home systems. DriverGuide has received a "Best of the Web" ranking from PC World magazine, and was named one of the eight best sites for computing help and advice by PC Magazine.

About SwiftCD.com
A division of DigitalSwift Corporation, SwiftCD (www.SwiftCD.com) is the world leader in the manufacturing fulfillment of build-to-order CDs and DVDs. With a patent-pending manufacturing concept serving the worlds of downloadable software and music, SwiftCD has revolutionized both industries. It combines this concept with a highly effective and attractive "pay as you go" business model. SwiftCD's manufacturing and physical delivery services empower businesses to deliver more personalized, individual CDs and DVDs to their customers faster -- while generating significant new revenue for SwiftCD's clients.

Every CD at SwiftCD is individually produced to order with custom label and contents, and seamless, dynamic label and content options allow for individual content. The company offers large-scale CD/DVD replication, as well as small-scale CD/DVD duplication services, blended with warehousing and logistics programs. In addition, SwiftCD handles all aspects of order fulfillment including online tracking, reporting, and customer service, and offers additional inventory, manufacturing, warehousing, or fulfillment services, as needed.

For more information on SwiftCD, please call Jason Foodman at (770) 922-4007. For more background materials on SwiftCD.com, please contact Angela Mitchell at e-mail protected from spam bots, or call (904) 982-8043 -- or visit www.SwiftCD.com

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Robert A. Cameron & Associates Announces An Online 360 Degree Program that Provides An Assessment Of A Manager’s Leadership Skills As Perceived By Others

An effective leadership development program should include an assessment of a manager’s strengths and weaknesses by the people they work with. Perception equals fact so knowing how others evaluate the manager’s skills helps bring focus to the leadership areas needing the most development.

(PRWEB) March 15, 2022 -- Robert A. Cameron & Associates offers an innovative online leadership development program through Profiles International’s unique Checkpoint 360 Degree Feedback System. The program combines direct feedback by direct reports, peers, and supervisor, with a personalized program for developing specific leadership skills based on that feedback. By learning the perceptions of the people around the leader you can identify and capture both the leader’s strengths as well as areas that require development.

Employees don't quit companies, they quit managers. That is why it is critical to discover how a manager's perception of themselves compares to the perception their peers, subordinates, and superior have of them. Perception equals fact, but unless it is measured, it can’t be changed. The result of not knowing a manager’s perceived weaknesses is typically employee turnover, particularly within the ranks of your top performers.

Deploying the 360 degree survey is very easy. Leaders and the people who they interact with the most participate in a 20 minute online survey that evaluates 18 critical skill sets. Anonymity is maintained by grouping the participants' answers. A powerful, full color report is created showing areas of alignment as well as gaps in the perception of their skills. This report provides tangible information to help the leader as well as the organization improve. From that point, leaders are able to participate in an individualized Skillbuilder series of programs to build on the area identified through the Checkpoint 360 Degree Feedback System.

Leadership skill sets assessed in the Checkpoint 360:
• Listens to others
• Processes information
• Communicates effectively
• Instills trust
• Provides direction
• Delegates responsibly
• Adjusts to circumstances
• Thinks creatively
• Builds personal relationships
• Facilitates team success
• Works efficiently
• Works competently
• Takes action
• Achieves results
• Cultivates individual talents
• Motivates successfully
• Displays commitment
• Seeks improvement

This validated assessment provides a very complete analysis as to where a manager's performance is rated by the people they work with, and by themselves. More effective managers will impact a business in a number of positive ways, most notably employee retention and the bottom line.

For more information on this leadership development assessment contact Robert A. Cameron & Associates, Weston FL, a Strategic Business Partner of Profiles International. They work with employers to help them increase the effectiveness of their employee selection and development. They can be reached at 954-385-8701 or at www.racameron.com

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Encompix Introduces ETO Configurator

Encompix (www.encompix.com) is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Encompix ETO Configurator as part of the lead Engineer-to-Order Enterprise Resource Planning product suite. Based on Configure One's Concept product it is specifically designed for engineer-to-order manufacturers.

(PRWEB) March 15, 2022 -- Encompix (www.encompix.com) is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Encompix ETO Configurator as part of the lead Engineer-to-Order Enterprise Resource Planning product suite. Based on Configure One's Concept product it is specifically designed for engineer-to-order manufacturers. Unlike most product configurators that can handle only simple configuration challenges, the ETO Configurator tackles the very complex product rules normally associated with engineer-to-order, project-based or custom manufacturers.

Encompix's ETO configurator dramatically reduces the time it takes to go from a customer's initial request for a quote to when the product is actually shipped by streamlining and automating much of the pre-manufacturing process. This includes the creation of quotes, sales and production drawings, routings, and bills of material. The data is seamlessly integrated with other Encompix components and is used to create a routing and a complete indented BOM in Encompix.

By automating sales and engineering tasks, the Encompix ETO Configurator helps speed up responses to quotation requests, free up engineering personnel, decrease errors and rework, and reduce overall lead time.
For more information on this exciting product, please contact Eric Binning at 513-733-0066 x 21

Encompix has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing. Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

Posted by Industrial at 10:48 PM | Comments (0)

E-Z-MRP Seeks Belgian Distributor for Exclusive License Agreement

(PRWEB) March 15, 2022 -- E-Z-MRP, (www.E-Z-MRP.com), the reasonably priced manufacturing software system announced today that it is seeking to sign an exclusive Belgian Distributor License Agreement.

Rocky Smolin, President of E-Z-MRP recently announced an aggressive growth strategy for the low end manufacturing software giant. “With so many international manufacturing companies now working with American businesses, there is an increasing demand for accountability and report tracking. Our extensive growth in China has made other international markets interested in distributing E-Z-MRP.”

E-Z-MRP was designed to make it easy to add and support foreign languages. With the success of the Chinese translation project E-Z-MRP is seeking to add additional foreign languages to the system through cooperative ventures with distributors in foreign countries.

E-Z-MRP is an integrated manufacturing system that includes all the functions needed to control manufacturing operations. E-Z-MRP is designed for small manufacturers – from startup to $20 million. It works just as well in job shop or build to order environments as in build to stock or build to forecast operations. E-Z-MRP has been successfully implemented in a remarkable variety of small manufacturing companies.

The E-Z-MRP package includes a full-featured Bill of Materials processor, plus a material planning and tracking module which tracks all sales orders, forecasts, work orders (planned, firm, and released), purchase orders, shortages, raw materials, and finished goods inventories. It also records a complete audit trail on all inventory transactions. Also included: a physical inventory function, a purchase order module for printing purchase orders, and a recently added capacity planning module.

Price of E-Z-MRP is $2,995. Support for the first year is free. After, the support fee is $300 annually. E-Z-MRP with two full years of support can be leased at $169.96 per month.

Posted by Industrial at 10:47 PM | Comments (0)

System CAD – New Generation of EDA Tools

TurboTools™ Corporation is introducing the next generation of engineering automation solutions that go beyond the capabilities of traditional EDA applications. TurboTools™ introduces System CAD (SCAD) as an entirely new method of managing all activities during system design and manufacturing processes.

(PRWEB) March 15, 2022 -- With release of CablEquity™, the first product in the SystemEquity™ family, TurboTools is the first company in the industry that introducing the next generation of engineering automation solutions that go beyond the capabilities of traditional EDA applications. The SystemEquity is defining the new market segment for EDA tools called System CAD or SCAD. TurboTools views SCAD as an entirely new method of managing system design and manufacturing processes. Design of modern electro-mechanical equipment has become a complex task where competitive pressures demand rapid introduction of innovative products. To be a market leader a company has to operate quickly and efficiently reducing costs and streamlining the take to market process. The challenges are therefore to improve the speed and effectiveness of the product development process, radically reduce the time taken to create new innovative designs, and provide significant savings across every part of the design to manufacturing cycle. Early adopters of CablEquity reported numerous competitive advantages and business benefits:

Bridging the gap between MCAD and ECAD.
While traditional software tools have provided support to individual parts of the design process but have offered little in the way of true integration, CablEquity not only bridges the gap between MCAD and ECAD tools, but also manages both disciplines under one umbrella. By providing seamless imports and export to and from leading CAD tools CablEquity eliminates opportunities for human mistakes.

Accelerated take to market process.
The CablEquity’s interactive design environment reengineers the electrical design process so that a higher quality of design can be achieved in a much shorter period of time. Engineers can easily design, represent and verify the entire electrical system working through a series of steps that capture and enforce design requirements.

Rapid return on investment.
Drastically reducing the time required to design and document complex hardware electrical systems while having an incredibly short learning curve, CablEquity is a revolutionary tool that allows engineers to develop new products much quicker than before. Since the time required to generate all supporting documentation is reduced from days to minutes, the tool overcomes the traditional inefficiency from resistance to changes in specifications. Costly post-production mistakes are eliminated by validation at the concept stage.

Streamlined business processes.
As a true SCAD system, CablEquity allows optimization of the design process across the full spectrum of design challenges such as components cost, electro-mechanical parameters, weight minimization, and so on. In addition, powerful PLM capabilities enable leveraging of previous designs and encapsulating preferred design methodologies in future products.

To optimize operational efficiency and minimize development costs, electronics and technology companies need to automate key business processes associated with their product lifecycle. An integrated design environment, or SCAD, is guaranteed to accelerate product introduction, improve product margins, or integrate a complex supply chain. SCAD tools, when mature enough, will take the leading role in the design and manufacturing cycle.

For on-line evaluation of fully functional CablEquity™ contact TurboTools™ Corporation at (415) 759-5599 or visit http://www.turbotools.com to schedule FREE server access.

About TurboTools Corporation
Established in 1999 with main offices in San Francisco CA, since 2002 TurboTools™ Corporation has been revolutionizing design, documenting and manufacturing processes for Hardware Electrical Systems through innovative, proprietary products and technologies. The company is a leader in the Electronic Interconnection, EDA, CAD/CAM and PLM markets. TurboTools™ currently offers industry-leading products for designing any kind of electromechanical process equipment, instrumentation, assemblies, systems and products for any industry worldwide. For further information about TurboTools™ Corporation and advanced technology included with CablEquity™ visit TurboTools™ web site at http://www.turbotools.com

Posted by Industrial at 10:46 PM | Comments (0)

Success Paradox of E-Kanban

According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), the leading e-kanban provider in North America, “Signum, our electronic kanban system gives manufacturers a heads up to which of those four faxes might be the problem and then frees you up to deal with them because our system has dealt with the other 396 kanban signals with zero effort.” Bayer also noted that process improvement with existing suppliers will further reduce lead times and inventory levels and bring more suppliers onto the system.

(PRWEB) March 15, 2022 -- Multiply the number of (suppliers) X (number of parts they supply) X (number of times the part is ordered per month).

Each order is a fax. If a manufacturer has 5 suppliers each supplying 20 different part numbers and they send a kanban signal once per week, 400 signals per month are being sent or about 20 faxes per day.

Fax Kanban is not Efficient and not Lean.

At ten minutes per fax, someone is spending 3.5 hours per day in administration time. That inefficiency results in less time to utilize more suppliers or improve the relationships with existing suppliers.

Furthermore, even if 99% of those faxes are trouble free procurement signals, four faxes per month are going to be problematic and dilute the entire rationale for a lean manufacturing operation. Suppliers claim they did not receive the fax kanban; suppliers cannot make the shipment date requested and expedited shipping fees are incurred, or worse, there will be a stock out which will negatively impact customer service levels.

According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), the leading e-kanban provider in North America, “Signum, our electronic kanban system gives manufacturers a heads up to which of those four faxes might be the problem and then frees you up to deal with them because our system has dealt with the other 396 kanban signals with zero effort.” Bayer also noted that process improvement with existing suppliers will further reduce lead times and inventory levels and bring more suppliers onto the system.

The “Success Paradox” of e-Kanban

Bayer refers to this e-kanban Lean manufacturing efficiency as the “success paradox”. According to Bayer, “The more it works the more you want to do it. The more you do it the less time you have to do it because of the administrative overhead required to manage it. It appears as if the natural cutoff point is 400 faxes per month. At 100 a month, secretaries manage it. 200-300 buyer planners deal with it, but hate it. Over 400 per month and something has to be done.”

Posted by Industrial at 10:45 PM | Comments (0)

March 14, 2022

ETO ERP Meeting to Focus on MicroSoft and Encompix

Whether a senior Engineer-to-order executive, IT manager, or ETO ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) end-user, the Encompix Customer Conference will provide immediate value. The conference is being held in Dearborn Michigan, May 9 – 11, 2005

(PRWEB) March 14, 2022 -- Whether a senior Engineer-to-order executive, IT manager, or ETO ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) end-user, the Encompix Customer Conference will provide immediate value. The conference is being held in Dearborn Michigan, May 9 – 11, 2005

The agenda includes sessions that cover financial accounting, job costing, inventory, material planning, engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, CRM, reporting, and information technology.

• Job Costing Redesign
• Contribution Reporting
• Redesign
• Mfg. Part Processing
• Project Reserved Inventory
• E-BOM
• 3D CAD/PLM/Document
• Management
• Financial Enhancements
• Encompix CRM
• Time & Material Focus
• Microsoft and Encompix

Benefits:
• Get updates on Encompix future technology direction
• Learn about version 9.3
• Review new product offerings from Encompix partners
• Input your ideas into future product development
• Obtain best practices from other customers, partners and industry experts
• Network with your peers in your industry
• Meet with all key Encompix personnel

Early Bird Registration is being accepted until April 8, 2005; the fee is $595.
Regular Registration is being accepted until April 22, 2005; the fee is $695.

The conference fee covers:
• Dinner at Automotive Hall of Fame
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday
• All special events
• Breakfast Wednesday
• All conference materials

For more conference information go to http://www.encompix.com/conf2005/2005confinvite.pdf or inquire with Heather Lucas

Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing. Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

Posted by Industrial at 10:40 PM | Comments (0)

ETO ERP Encompix Introduces Configurator

Encompix (www.encompix.com) is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Encompix ETO Configurator as part of the lead Engineer-to-Order Enterprise Resource Planning product suite. Based on Configure One's Concept product it is specifically designed for engineer-to-order manufacturers. Unlike most product configurators that can handle only simple configuration challenges, the ETO Configurator tackles the very complex product rules normally associated with engineer-to-order, project-based or custom manufacturers.

(PRWEB) March 14, 2022 -- Encompix (www.encompix.com) is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Encompix ETO Configurator as part of the lead Engineer-to-Order Enterprise Resource Planning product suite. Based on Configure One's Concept product it is specifically designed for engineer-to-order manufacturers. Unlike most product configurators that can handle only simple configuration challenges, the ETO Configurator tackles the very complex product rules normally associated with engineer-to-order, project-based or custom manufacturers.

Encompix's ETO configurator dramatically reduces the time it takes to go from a customer's initial request for a quote to when the product is actually shipped by streamlining and automating much of the pre-manufacturing process. This includes the creation of quotes, sales and production drawings, routings, and bills of material. The data is seamlessly integrated with other Encompix components and is used to create a routing and a complete indented BOM in Encompix.

By automating sales and engineering tasks, the Encompix ETO Configurator helps speed up responses to quotation requests, free up engineering personnel, decrease errors and rework, and reduce overall lead time.
For more information on this exciting product, please contact Eric Binning at 513-733-0066 x 21

Encompix has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

Posted by Industrial at 10:38 PM | Comments (0)

E-Z-MRP Seeks French Distributor for Exclusive License Agreement

E-Z-MRP, (www.E-Z-MRP.com), the reasonably priced manufacturing software system announced today that it is seeking to sign an exclusive French Distributor License Agreement.

(PRWEB) March 14, 2022 -- E-Z-MRP, (www.E-Z-MRP.com), the reasonably priced manufacturing software system announced today that it is seeking to sign an exclusive French Distributor License Agreement.

Rocky Smolin, President of E-Z-MRP recently announced an aggressive growth strategy for the low end manufacturing software giant. “With so many international manufacturing companies now working with American businesses, there is an increasing demand for accountability and report tracking. Our extensive growth in China has made other international markets interested in distributing E-Z-MRP.”

E-Z-MRP was designed to make it easy to add and support foreign languages. With the success of the Chinese translation project E-Z-MRP is seeking to add additional foreign languages to the system through cooperative ventures with distributors in foreign countries.

E-Z-MRP is an integrated manufacturing system that includes all the functions needed to control manufacturing operations. E-Z-MRP is designed for small manufacturers – from startup to $20 million. It works just as well in job shop or build to order environments as in build to stock or build to forecast operations. E-Z-MRP has been successfully implemented in a remarkable variety of small manufacturing companies.

The E-Z-MRP package includes a full-featured Bill of Materials processor, plus a material planning and tracking module which tracks all sales orders, forecasts, work orders (planned, firm, and released), purchase orders, shortages, raw materials, and finished goods inventories. It also records a complete audit trail on all inventory transactions. Also included: a physical inventory function, a purchase order module for printing purchase orders, and a recently added capacity planning module.

Price of E-Z-MRP is $2,995. Support for the first year is free. After, the support fee is $300 annually. E-Z-MRP with two full years of support can be leased at $169.96 per month.

Posted by Industrial at 10:36 PM | Comments (0)

Transitioning from Fax Kanban to E-Kanban

According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), the leading e-kanban provider in North America, “Signum, our electronic kanban system gives manufacturers a heads up to which of those four faxes might be the problem and then frees you up to deal with them because our system has dealt with the other 396 kanban signals with zero effort.”

(PRWEB) March 14, 2022 -- Multiply the number of (suppliers) X (number of parts they supply) X (number of times the part is ordered per month).

Each order is a fax. If a manufacturer has 5 suppliers each supplying 20 different part numbers and they send a kanban signal once per week, 400 signals per month are being sent or about 20 faxes per day.

Fax Kanban is not Efficient and not Lean.

At ten minutes per fax, someone is spending 3.5 hours per day in administration time. That inefficiency results in less time to utilize more suppliers or improve the relationships with existing suppliers.

Furthermore, even if 99% of those faxes are trouble free procurement signals, four faxes per month are going to be problematic and dilute the entire rationale for a lean manufacturing operation. Suppliers claim they did not receive the fax kanban; suppliers cannot make the shipment date requested and expedited shipping fees are incurred, or worse, there will be a stock out which will negatively impact customer service levels.

According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), the leading e-kanban provider in North America, “Signum, our electronic kanban system gives manufacturers a heads up to which of those four faxes might be the problem and then frees you up to deal with them because our system has dealt with the other 396 kanban signals with zero effort.” Bayer also noted that process improvement with existing suppliers will further reduce lead times and inventory levels and bring more suppliers onto the system.

The “Success Paradox” of e-Kanban

Bayer refers to this e-kanban Lean manufacturing efficiency as the “success paradox”. According to Bayer, “The more it works the more you want to do it. The more you do it the less time you have to do it because of the administrative overhead required to manage it. It appears as if the natural cutoff point is 400 faxes per month. At 100 a month, secretaries manage it. 200-300 buyer planners deal with it, but hate it. Over 400 per month and something has to be done.”

Posted by Industrial at 10:34 PM | Comments (0)

Pronto Performance Proves Perfect For Poppa Corn

Poppa Corn Company Ltd. selects ERP (enterprise resource planning) leader PRONTO North America (www.PRONTOerp.com) to efficiently monitor their two locations in Mississauga and Ottawa, Canada.

(PRWEB) March 14, 2022 -- Poppa Corn Company Ltd. selects ERP (enterprise resource planning) leader PRONTO North America (www.PRONTOerp.com) to efficiently monitor their two locations in Mississauga and Ottawa, Canada. Poppa Corn sells concession and fun foods, equipment for making pop corn, slushies, coffee, and candy floss. The company’s distinctive Poppa Corn logo has appeared in major movies.

The lack of integration in other ERP systems made the selection of PRONTO ERP obvious. Poppa Corn realized unique benefits in the PRONTO-Xi implementation:
• Serial Number tracking and rental controls is essential in concession business model.
• Inventory Control is critical in a wide variety of retail items.
• Custom modification for Truck delivery routes was a built-in part of the PRONTO-Xi system, whereas other vendors required a third party bolt-on solution.
• Integrated system with access from both locations was a critical product feature that no other vendors provided.

PRONTO North America, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is the North American Master Distributor of PRONTO-Xi, a comprehensive software system allowing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to effectively manage all phases of the supply chain. Far beyond just another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, PRONTO-Xi’s financial and distribution applications are unique and have provided maximum return on investment for a wide variety of organizations since 1976. From PRONTO Planning to PRONTO Production; from PRONTO Forecasting Management to PRONTO Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP); from PRONTO Advanced Warehousing to PRONTO Quality Management System (QMS), the cross-section and breadth of integrated elements addressed by PRONTO-Xi is unmatched in the marketplace and justifies the company’s natural leadership role as the best fully integrated business software solution for more than a quarter century. PRONTO North America is quickly emerging as the distribution sector ERP leader.

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March 13, 2022

VyMaC Corporation Celebrates 365 Days Without A Loss Time Accident

VyMaC Corporation, the nation's largest mattress industry sewn kit and components supplier, has been committed to educating and improving workplace safety. All employees have eagerly focused their efforts on making VyMaC Corporation a safe and enjoyable place to work. As a result, the Company recently celebrated 365 days without a loss time accident.

(PRWEB) March 13, 2022 -- VyMaC Corporation, the nation's largest mattress industry sewn kit and components supplier, has been committed to educating and improving workplace safety. All employees have eagerly focused their efforts on making VyMaC Corporation a safe and enjoyable place to work. As a result, the Company recently celebrated 365 days without a loss time accident. VyMaC employs over 60 individuals, comprised of production, manufacturing, over-the-road drivers and office personnel, who have all come together to make the workplace environment a safer place for all.

"VyMaC Corporation has never attained 365 days without a loss time accident throughout the Company's 46-year history," said Robert Blau, Director of Human Resources. In 2004, the Company recorded only three accidents, a major improvement over 2003."This tremendous accomplishment is a result of our employee's commitment to improving their work environment. Our manufacturing division is constantly in contact with moving parts, pieces, and sewing needles. With this renewed focus, all of our employees are now conscious of how to create and maintain a safe environment," adds Blau. He continues to explain that employees were alerted of the safety issues affecting the company during the 2004 Annual Meeting, where all employees receive an overview of the Company's performance from the previous year. Shortly thereafter, VyMaC's safety initiatives began. "Each employee has been empowered to not only bring issues to the forefront, but to take charge and work together to make VyMaC a safe and enjoyable place to work. None of this could have been possible without the support and buy-in from our senior management. Our focus on safety truly involved all employees. Without everyone's commitment, we couldn't have achieved such a huge milestone," said Blau.

The main focus for VyMaC Corporation has been on safety education. The Company formed a Safety Committee, a cross-functional group of employees that educates, inspects and calls attention to workplace safety. The committee meets once a month and is tasked with continuing education and maintenance of safety in the workplace. From safety inspections to on-site training, the committee focuses on maintaining a safe environment throughout the VyMaC campus.

The Safety Committee is also responsible for implementing safety initiatives that involve all employees, such as "safety bing0," a program that revolves around the theory that while people create the problem of unsafe work habits, they can also provide the solution. "Safety is everyone's responsibility. Without the cooperation of all our employees, we wouldn't be a success," adds Blau.

In 2004, VyMaC also completed its ISO 9000 recertification. The ISO 9000 standard is implemented by over 600,000 organizations in 150 countries and has become an international reference for quality management requirements in business-to-business dealings.

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E-Z-MRP Seeks Australian Distributor for Exclusive License Agreement

PRWEB) March 13, 2022 -- E-Z-MRP, (www.E-Z-MRP.com), the reasonably priced manufacturing software system announced today that it is seeking to sign an exclusive Australian Distributor License Agreement.

Rocky Smolin, President of E-Z-MRP recently announced an aggressive growth strategy for the low end manufacturing software giant. “With so many international manufacturing companies now working with American businesses, there is an increasing demand for accountability and report tracking. Our extensive growth in China has made other international markets interested in distributing E-Z-MRP.”

E-Z-MRP is an integrated manufacturing system that includes all the functions needed to control manufacturing operations. E-Z-MRP is designed for small manufacturers – from startup to $20 million. It works just as well in job shop or build to order environments as in build to stock or build to forecast operations. E-Z-MRP has been successfully implemented in a remarkable variety of small manufacturing companies.

The E-Z-MRP package includes a full-featured Bill of Materials processor, plus a material planning and tracking module which tracks all sales orders, forecasts, work orders (planned, firm, and released), purchase orders, shortages, raw materials, and finished goods inventories. It also records a complete audit trail on all inventory transactions. Also included: a physical inventory function, a purchase order module for printing purchase orders, and a recently added capacity planning module.

Price of E-Z-MRP is $2,995. Support for the first year is free. After, the support fee is $300 annually. E-Z-MRP with two full years of support can be leased at $169.96 per month.

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Encompix ETO ERP Meeting May 9 - 11

(PRWEB) March 13, 2022 -- Whether a senior Engineer-to-order executive, IT manager, or ETO ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) end-user, the Encompix Customer Conference will provide immediate value. The conference is being held in Dearborn Michigan, May 9 – 11, 2005

The agenda includes sessions that cover financial accounting, job costing, inventory, material planning, engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, CRM, reporting, and information technology.

•Job Costing Redesign
•Contribution Reporting
•Redesign
•Mfg. Part Processing
•Project Reserved Inventory
•E-BOM
•3D CAD/PLM/Document
•Management
•Financial Enhancements
•Encompix CRM
•Time & Material Focus
•Microsoft and Encompix

Benefits:
• Get updates on Encompix future technology direction
• Learn about version 9.3
• Review new product offerings from Encompix partners
• Input your ideas into future product development
• Obtain best practices from other customers, partners and industry experts
• Network with your peers in your industry
• Meet with all key Encompix personnel

Early Bird Registration is being accepted until April 8, 2005; the fee is $595.

Regular Registration is being accepted until April 22, 2005; the fee is $695.

The conference fee covers:
• Dinner at Automotive Hall of Fame
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday
• All special events
• Breakfast Wednesday
• All conference materials

For more conference information go to http://www.encompix.com/conf2005/2005confinvite.pdf or inquire with Heather Lucas

Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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March 12, 2022

E-Z-MRP Seeks Spanish Translation and Distributor for Exclusive License Agreement

E-Z-MRP, (www.E-Z-MRP.com), the reasonably priced manufacturing software system announced today that it is seeking to sign an exclusive Spanish Translation and Distributor License Agreement.

(PRWEB) March 12, 2022 -- E-Z-MRP, (www.E-Z-MRP.com), the reasonably priced manufacturing software system announced today that it is seeking to sign an exclusive Spanish Translation and Distributor License Agreement.

Rocky Smolin, President of E-Z-MRP recently announced an aggressive growth strategy for the low end manufacturing software giant. “With so many international manufacturing companies now working with American businesses, there is an increasing demand for accountability and report tracking. Our extensive growth in China has made other international markets interested in distributing E-Z-MRP.”

E-Z-MRP was designed to make it easy to add and support foreign languages. With the success of the Chinese translation project E-Z-MRP is seeking to add additional foreign languages to the system through cooperative ventures with distributors in foreign countries. The South American, Mexican, and Latin American markets are particularly important to the expansion of E-Z-MRP.

E-Z-MRP was designed to make it easy to add and support foreign languages. With the success of the Chinese translation project E-Z-MRP is seeking to add additional foreign languages to the system through cooperative ventures with distributors in foreign countries.

E-Z-MRP is an integrated manufacturing system that includes all the functions needed to control manufacturing operations. E-Z-MRP is designed for small manufacturers – from startup to $20 million. It works just as well in job shop or build to order environments as in build to stock or build to forecast operations. E-Z-MRP has been successfully implemented in a remarkable variety of small manufacturing companies.

The E-Z-MRP package includes a full-featured Bill of Materials processor, plus a material planning and tracking module which tracks all sales orders, forecasts, work orders (planned, firm, and released), purchase orders, shortages, raw materials, and finished goods inventories. It also records a complete audit trail on all inventory transactions. Also included: a physical inventory function, a purchase order module for printing purchase orders, and a recently added capacity planning module.

Price of E-Z-MRP is $2,995. Support for the first year is free. After, the support fee is $300 annually. E-Z-MRP with two full years of support can be leased at $169.96 per month.

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March 11, 2022

Howard Computers First to Offer 1.6TB of Storage in a 1U Form Factor Server

Howard Computers leapfrogs the competition with their NX20 and NX400 servers – both offering 1.6TB of storage in a 1 U form factor. These servers are ideal for any business environment demanding performance, vast amounts of storage, but with limited space.

(PRWEB) March 11, 2022 -- Howard Computers®, a leading manufacturer and reseller of computer hardware and related equipment, introduced today a 1 U form factor server with a colossal 1.6 TB (Tera Bytes) of storage. Available in Howard’s NX20 and NX400 servers, these robust systems provide users with dramatically more storage space in the same small form factor.

“By offering this amount of storage in these two servers, we are leading the industry in server technology,” said Tony Thornton, Howard Computers’ Vice President of Engineering. “For example, when you compare our NX20 and NX400 servers to Dell’s Poweredge 750 with a maximum 500 GBs of storage and Gateway’s 9315 with a maximum 1.2 TB of storage, the facts speak for themselves. Our customers, in some cases, will receive nearly twice the amount of storage space than these comparably-priced systems.”

Built and supported by Howard’s 100% US-based workforce, the NX20 and NX400 servers are ideal for use as a streaming-video server or as the backbone of any business continuance/disaster recovery plan. They also easily adapt to virtually any business environment demanding performance, vast amounts of storage, but with limited space.

“Our customers rely upon our researching, developing, providing, and then supporting superior products and services,” said Everett E. ‘Robbie’ Robinson, IV, Howard Computers’ Marketing Communications Manager “and this new offering is just another example as to why they do so. They know that when they do business with us, they have a committed-technology partner that will provide them with technology ahead of the curve.”

About Howard Computers
Howard Computers, founded in 1998, is a division of Howard Industries, a 500-million dollar, privately held company headquartered in Laurel, MS. Like its sister divisions, Howard Transformers, Howard Ballast Products, Howard Lighting Products, and Howard Medical Technologies, Howard Computers is committed to creating, providing, and supporting superior products and services that meet or exceed the needs of its customers.

In addition to over 190,000 different product offerings ranging from laptops, desktops, servers, networks, and networking services that satisfy the demands of every home or business to rugged notebooks and mobile medical carts that enable healthcare personnel to focus on patient care with confidence and fewer medical errors – Howard Computers provides tomorrow’s technology today.

For more information about Howard’s NX20 and NX400 servers, visit www.HowardComputers.com/pr or call them toll free at 888-912.3151

Visit www.HowardComputers.com/pr to find the solutions you’ve been missing.

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Imaje Thinks "Outside the Box" With the New High Resolution 4040 Outer Case Coder

The new Imaje 4040 outer case coder combines high-resolution piezo inkjet technology with very dark oil-based inks to create high definition coding for porous surfaces.

(PRWEB) March 11, 2022 -- With the ability to print high quality text, complex graphics and barcodes (with CEN/ANSI Grade readability) the Imaje 4040 offers manufacturers an extensive choice of character sets and fonts enabling quality customisation of their secondary packaging.

Imaje UK Sales Manager, Steve Ellison, believes the 4040 will encourage companies to move away from using pre-printed outer cases. “Personalising an outer case to the high quality required by many manufacturers is difficult to achieve and many companies opt for pre-printed cases to guarantee this quality. The Imaje 4040 allows manufacturers to achieve the same high quality personalisation in-house, thereby reducing their secondary packaging costs.”

With a vertical resolution of 180dpi, the 4040 can print up to 71mm height with a single print head, but has the ability to drive up to 4 print heads to cope with very large personalised messages as well as simultaneous printing on both sides of the same packing case.

Based on the user-friendly Windows XP format, creating and editing messages with the 4040 is simple. This is further enhanced with the wide VGA screen and WYSIWYG display.

The 4040 offers a wide choice of communication ports and, with the optional floor stand, integration into any production line is guaranteed.

The Imaje 4040 requires minimal maintenance. The oil-based inks, available in black, red, green and blue, are supplied in 500ml sealed bags that are quick and easy to replace.

The Imaje 4040 will be of particular interest to major firms in the food and beverage industries, where quality barcodes and personalisation is highly demanding.

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March 10, 2022

A3 Technologies is an "Approved GE Vendor"

A3 Technologies is pleased to announce that it has been added to the "Approved Vendor List" for General Electric.

(PRWEB) March 10, 2022 -- "A3 has completed several Outsourced Engineering" projects for GE and this approval is the result of quality engineering work and continued customer satisfaction", stated Alan Morris, VP of Engineering for A3. “Our diverse engineering competence and ability to provide project level focus for GE and their internal resources has resulted in GE continuing to rely on A3 Technologies for Outsourced Engineering. A3 provides technical leadership and decision making criteria while working with the GE project Team”.

A3 Technologies, Inc. is a premier integrator of mobile data management systems; developing, deploying and servicing productivity solutions based on diverse wireless technologies, innovative software applications for portable barcode devices and RFID for mobile asset tracking and asset security. A3 provides customer-specific solutions in route accounting, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, logistics and other industries to improve the productivity of mobile workers.

For more information:
Robin Ryan, A3 Technologies
Sales Associate
Tel: (704) 708-8100
Fax: (704) 708-8557

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Frank Brasier & Sons Ltd. Choose PRONTO ERP

(PRWEB) March 10, 2022 -- Frank Brasier & Sons Limited (www.frankbrasier.com) selected ERP (enterprise resource planning) leader PRONTO North America (www.PRONTOerp.com) to efficiently monitor the Brampton and Windsor, Ontario manufacturing operations. Brasier is a high quality cutting tools and sawing solutions provider to industry professionals since 1955. The primary reasons the Canadian firm chose PRONTO-Xi ERP versus other systems include:
- A fully integrated system allowing all facets to communicate efficiently and effectively; other systems had components yet were not fully integrated.
- Product and Inventory Control with Serial Number tracking (a crucial element in an operation with significant parts.)
- The ability to add a custom modification to calculate saw blade inventory
- The ability to add a service module (critical for customer satisfaction and tracking).
- Operates on multiple platforms, and integrates with Microsoft desktop products.

PRONTO North America, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is the North American Master Distributor of PRONTO-Xi, a comprehensive software system allowing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to effectively manage all phases of the supply chain. Far beyond just another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, PRONTO-Xi’s financial and distribution applications are unique and have provided maximum return on investment for a wide variety of organizations since 1976. From PRONTO Planning to PRONTO Production; from PRONTO Forecasting Management to PRONTO Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP); from PRONTO Advanced Warehousing to PRONTO Quality Management System (QMS), the cross-section and breadth of integrated elements addressed by PRONTO-Xi is unmatched in the marketplace and justifies the company’s natural leadership role as the best fully integrated business software solution for more than a quarter century. PRONTO North America is quickly emerging as the distribution sector ERP leader.

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March 09, 2022

Alicat Scientific Inc. Granted ISO 9001:2000 Certification for Excellence in Quality Control

As of February 10, 2005, Associated Offices Quality Certification (AOQC) has certified Alicat Scientific Inc. to be ISO 9001:2000 compliant. The certification encompasses all business, engineering, and production functions of Alicat Scientific Inc.

Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) March 9, 2022 -- As a result of a continuing commitment to excellence in customer service, engineering, and quality control, Alicat Scientific Inc. has attained ISO 9001:2000 certification. ISO certification represents a tremendous milestone for Alicat's quality standards. Alicat has conformed to high internal standards of quality for more then a decade and the ISO certification marks the continuing evolution and improvement of quality standards for Alicat.

Donald Hughes, president of Alicat Scientific said "The level of commitment from all of Alicat's employees was the driving force behind Alicat's success at achieving ISO certification. The ISO certification is a testament to each employee's commitment to this company and its customers. I am very proud of every member of the Alicat team for achieving this tremendous goal."

As a shining example of Alicat’s commitment to the needs and requirements of its customers, ISO certification serves to reinforce and strengthen that reserve.

"The ISO certification is a necessary step in maintaining footing in the global marketplace" says Shailesh Patel, Alicat's director of business development, "customers are demanding greater levels of quality from manufacturers. In today's global environment a company has to be competitive on several levels, quality and customer satisfaction being the top. ISO is an additional assurance to customers that they are dealing with an organization that takes quality very seriously."

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Packaging & Design Summit; June 27-29; Hard Rock Hotel

March 2005 — Almost every consumer product is packaged in some way. So much so that we as consumers sometimes take it for granted, and have come to expect it to maintain freshness; to protect the contents, the customer and even the environment. It must let you know what’s it is and what’s in it. It must be convenient yet sturdy, capable of travel. Yet be functional and innovative. It must adapt to the needs of the consumer and it must adapt right now. The package and design executive is not only faced with the expectations of the demanding customer but the expectations of their respective companies.

(PRWEB) March 9, 2022 -- The unique format of the summit is a combination of keynote presentations and conference sessions, networking activities, and one-on-one business meetings. Attendees at the Packaging & Design Summit will take information on best practices, and innovations back to the office from keynote presenters Chris Hacker, SVP, Marketing and Design at AVEDA Corporation (The Esteé Lauder Companies); Nitin Dalvi the Director in Corporate Package Innovation Group at The Coca Cola Company; and Bud Babcock, Manager of Logistics Packaging and Product ID with The Procter and Gamble Company. Joining them are distinguished presenters from Hallmark Cards, Hewlett Packard and The Gillette Company. One-on-One business meetings with leading service and technology providers create awareness of the services and technologies available to assist the executive with satisfying customer demands and attaining corporate goals. Networking activities built right into the individualized itinerary provide the opportunity for attendees to connect and forge new relationships. At this year’s special networking activity – Casino Night at the Hard Rock - attendees can expect to meet with senior executives from companies like Pfizer, PPG Industries, Gerber, Creo, Fossil, KT Industries, RadioShack, KT Industries, Neutrogena, and The E&J; Gallo Winery.

Corporations are demanding increased time-to-market, new and improved less costly materials, an answer or update on where they stand with RFID/EPC, all the while keeping branding in mind. The Packaging & Design Summit takes place June 27-29 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida will provide the middle and senior package, design and marketing executive with the strategies needed to satisfy both the consumer and the company. The summit’s five (5)-track conference program will focus on innovation, packaging for the global marketplace, streamlining processes, RFID/EPC, and strategic partnerships. The summit is produced by marcus evans, a leading business intelligence company.

The Packaging and Design Summit is co-located with the BrandSLAM Summit, and network with attendees can participate in sessions from either conference program.

About Marcus Evans
marcus evans, one of the world’s leading business information companies, is dedicated to the provision of global business intelligence and information to assist in strategic and effective
www.packaginganddesignsummit.com

www.marcusevans.com
decision-making. Established in 1983, the company’s international network of offices creates major sector-focused events for business learning and networking opportunities across a variety of industries and professions.

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March 07, 2022

egrips® Technology Wins the Product Design and Development Engineering Silver Award

egrips® technology, a super-grippy, silicone-based material providing users a slip-free grip for their cell phones and PDAs, wins the Product Design and Development Engineering Silver Award.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 7, 2022 -- Flexible Innovations Limited, developer of egrips® technology, announced today at the National Manufacturing Week (booth #2811) that it is awarded the Product Design and Development Magazine’s 10th Annual Engineering Silver Award. The winners were chosen from a list of 40 nominees by the readers of Product Design and Development Magazine. This award honors engineers and the products they design. The contest was open to any design engineering team working in the United States that developed a creative and innovative product sold between September 2003 and August 2004.

egrips® technology is a thin, super-grippy, silicone-based material from which egrips® appliqués are made. egrips® appliqués adhere to cell phones, PDAs, handheld devices, medical assistive devices and sporting equipment, providing a better grip and keeping the device from slipping from your hand or off your console.

Visit Product Design and Development Magazine in booth #2811 during the National Manufacturing Week (http://www.manufacturingweek.com/) in Chicago on March 7-10 to get a free egrips® appliqué and watch an interview with Fred Antonini, developer of egrips® technology.

About egrips®
Flexible Innovations Limited, a leader in development of advanced materials, created egrips® technology, a very thin silicone based product with unique features used to manufacture egrips® appliqués. egrips® appliqués safeguard mobile phones, smart phones, PDAs, and other handheld and medical electronic devices from potentionally damaging falls by giving users a better grip. With egrips® appliqués attached, devices don’t slide out of user’s hands or off the edges of slippery surfaces.

For critical applications, such as canes and walkers, egrips® technology provide a more secure firm hold on the device for added safety. The egrips® can also be applied to sporting goods, such as the grips for tennis rackets, the facing for tournament ping pong paddles, golf clubs, and baseball bats; and it provides extra safety on bicycles, motorcycles, Motocross bikes, and scooters. New applications for egrips® technology currently being developed include pistol grips for paintball guns and a super-glide mouse pad for precision cursor control with both optical and non-optical mice. Visit http://www.egrips.com

About Product Design & Development
Product Design & Development, a product news publication provides comprehensive coverage of new technology, systems, materials and components that design engineers need to be able to complete their design projects and get their designs into production and in the market faster and more economically. Their editors provide product, trend and application information for designing for both the industrial and consumer markets. Design engineers look to Product Design & Development for solutions on designing for the aerospace, automotive, appliance, motion control, medical, industrial automation, robotics, telecommunication, consumer electronics, sports and recreation equipment, marine and toy markets. Visit http://www.pddnet.com

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A3 Technologies Secures New Fortune 500 R&D; Project

”This is the third R&D; project for this customer,” stated Alan Morris, VP of Engineering for A3. “This client has been very pleased with the innovative thinking and technical competence of A3’s Engineering group.

(PRWEB) March 7, 2022 -- A3 also understands that “Time-to-Market” has tremendous value and try to work with even the most aggressive schedules. In this case A3’s Engineering Team enables the customer to have resources assigned that are focused without internal interruptions. Decisions must be based on clear assessments of functionality, component costs, development labor trade-offs, location of manufacture, strategic sourcing, and end of life alternatives for future support. Multi Continent conf calls and web tools allow all team members (from various companies / divisions) to share documentation. Information access and flow is key to projects of this scale. Obviously, when working in an R&D; environment, many of our customers forbid any discussion of project specifics and some prefer that we not even mention them by name. We respect that.”

A3’s internal Engineering development services are pretty unique in our industry,” commented Steve Allen, President of A3 Technologies. “While we provide valuable outsourced engineering services to select clients, these same engineers are available and ready to customize a solution for our data collection customers. Those solution providers who can only pull answers off-the-shelf quickly discover that the “one size fits all” mentality rarely meets the customer’s requirements or expectations. That’s why A3 has been successful in many complex applications and why our customers keep coming back.”

A3 Technologies, Inc. is a premier integrator of mobile data management systems; developing, deploying and servicing productivity solutions based on diverse wireless technologies, innovative software applications for portable barcode devices and RFID for mobile asset tracking and asset security. A3 provides customer-specific solutions in route accounting, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, logistics and other industries; all aimed at improving the productivity of the mobile worker.

For more information:
Robin Ryan, A3 Technologies
Sales Associate
Tel: (704) 708-8100
Fax: (704) 708-8557

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Poppa Corn Concession Leader Selects PRONTO ERP

Poppa Corn Concession Leader Selects PRONTO ERP

(PRWEB) March 7, 2022 -- Poppa Corn Company Ltd. selects ERP (enterprise resource planning) leader PRONTO North America (www.PRONTOerp.com) to efficiently monitor their two locations in Mississauga and Ottawa, Canada. Poppa Corn sells concession and fun foods, equipment for making pop corn, slushies, coffee, and candy floss. The company’s distinctive Poppa Corn logo has appeared in major movies.

The lack of integration in other ERP systems made the selection of PRONTO ERP obvious. Poppa Corn realized unique benefits in the PRONTO-Xi implementation:
• Serial Number tracking and rental controls is essential in concession business model.
• Inventory Control is critical in a wide variety of retail items.
• Custom modification for Truck delivery routes was a built-in part of the PRONTO-Xi system, whereas other vendors required a third party bolt-on solution.
• Integrated system with access from both locations was a critical product feature that no other vendors provided.

PRONTO North America, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is the North American Master Distributor of PRONTO-Xi, a comprehensive software system allowing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to effectively manage all phases of the supply chain. Far beyond just another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, PRONTO-Xi’s financial and distribution applications are unique and have provided maximum return on investment for a wide variety of organizations since 1976. From PRONTO Planning to PRONTO Production; from PRONTO Forecasting Management to PRONTO Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP); from PRONTO Advanced Warehousing to PRONTO Quality Management System (QMS), the cross-section and breadth of integrated elements addressed by PRONTO-Xi is unmatched in the marketplace and justifies the company’s natural leadership role as the best fully integrated business software solution for more than a quarter century. PRONTO North America is quickly emerging as the distribution sector ERP leader.

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March 06, 2022

Canadian Palletized Assembly System Chooses ERP Leader Encompix

Canadian Palletized Assembly System Chooses ERP Leader Encompix

(PRWEB) March 6, 2022 -- SYSTEMATIX INC. (www.systematix-inc.com) is located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the "Technology Triangle" of Ontario, with excellent Universities and a multitude of high tech supporting industries within minutes of the corporate manufacturing facility. SYSTEMATIX has manufactured, installed, and serviced complex factory automation systems for customers in many areas of North America, and around the world.

Recently, the world class designer and manufacturer of factory automation machinery, including specialty robotic assembly and test systems for the plastic, electronic, window/door and automotive industries since 1988 selected new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) technology to maintain their position as an industry leader.

Assembly systems that utilize asynchronous or synchronous fixed pallet conveyors to transport assemblies from one process station to another are part of the SYSTEMATIX manufacturing product. Typical applications include part assemblies that require multiple, complex assembly operations, including testing, inspection and verification. No two pallet conveyers are identical.

SYSTEMATIX provides turnkey solutions to satisfy our customers' most difficult challenges since innovative designs are uniquely utilized. This ETO (Engineer-to-Order) environment created a technology selection challenge for the company, since many ERP vendors claiming to address the ETO market have not managed to do so.

According to TR Cutler, spokesperson for the ETO Institute (www.etoinstitute.org), “The challenges that SYSTEMATIX face as an engineer-to-order manufacturers are not unique. Finding technology solutions that claim ETO functionality is not always validated. Only a few vendors actually understand and provide appropriate answers for the ETO sector. Their eventual selection makes great sense.”

After careful consideration the Canadian Robotic firm selected Encompix ETO ERP. Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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March 05, 2022

Engineer-to-Order ERP Encompix Perfect Fit for Palletized Assembly System

Engineer-to-Order ERP Encompix Perfect Fit for Palletized Assembly System

(PRWEB) March 5, 2022 -- SYSTEMATIX INC. (www.systematix-inc.com) is located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the "Technology Triangle" of Ontario, with excellent Universities and a multitude of high tech supporting industries within minutes of the corporate manufacturing facility. SYSTEMATIX has manufactured, installed, and serviced complex factory automation systems for customers in many areas of North America, and around the world.

Recently, the world class designer and manufacturer of factory automation machinery, including specialty robotic assembly and test systems for the plastic, electronic, window/door and automotive industries since 1988 selected new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) technology to maintain their position as an industry leader.

Assembly systems that utilize asynchronous or synchronous fixed pallet conveyors to transport assemblies from one process station to another are part of the SYSTEMATIX manufacturing product. Typical applications include part assemblies that require multiple, complex assembly operations, including testing, inspection and verification. No two pallet conveyers are identical.

SYSTEMATIX provides turnkey solutions to satisfy our customers' most difficult challenges since innovative designs are uniquely utilized. This ETO (Engineer-to-Order) environment created a technology selection challenge for the company, since many ERP vendors claiming to address the ETO market have not managed to do so.

According to TR Cutler, spokesperson for the ETO Institute (www.etoinstitute.org), “The challenges that SYSTEMATIX face as an engineer-to-order manufacturers are not unique. Finding technology solutions that claim ETO functionality is not always validated. Only a few vendors actually understand and provide appropriate answers for the ETO sector. Their eventual selection makes great sense.”

After careful consideration the Canadian Robotic firm selected Encompix ETO ERP. Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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March 04, 2022

PFSweb Breaks Through to Profitability in 2004 - Record Revenue and Net Income of $1.1 Million

PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW), which IPO'd in December 1999, reports its first profitable year and sustainable profitability, with record revenue and net income for the Fourth Quarter. The share price, $3.28 at the market close, zoomed up in after-hours trading: After Hours (RT-ECN): 3.80 0.52 (15.85%). The global business process outsourcer (BPO), is known for e-commerce fulfillment and supply chain management, as well as its many blue chip clients, such as IBM, Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, a Fortune 500 company and the U.S. Government. It projects earnings per share in 2005 of 0 cents to 3 cents.

Plano, TX (PRWEB) March 4, 2022 -- PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW), a global provider of integrated business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions, today reported its results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021

PFSweb’s consolidated results were as follows (In millions, except per share data):
Quarter Ended Year Ended
Dec. 31, 2004 Dec. 31, 2004
Product Revenue $72.0 $267.5
Service Fee Revenue, excluding affiliate $12.3 $42.1
Net income before interest, taxes,
depreciation and amortization $2.8 $7.1
Net income $1.1 $0.2
Net income per share $0.05 $0.01

The consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2004, reflects $130.3 million in total assets, including $17.0 million in cash, of which $3.4 million is restricted, and shareholders’ equity of $29.9 million, or $1.39 per share.

“We are extremely pleased with the December quarter and year-end results,” said Mark C. Layton, Senior Partner and Chief Executive Officer of PFSweb. “Our team continues to achieve significant milestones for our company, including:
• Full year profitability – 2004 is the first fiscal year we have reported net income since our IPO and represents a $4.0 million improvement from our 2003 results.
• Consecutive profitable quarters – The December quarter results represent record net income from ongoing operations and the third consecutive quarter that we have reported profitable results.
•Record revenues – Our consolidated revenue for the December quarter was $87.1 million, the highest level in our history.
• Strong new business activity – We were very successful during 2004 with new contract signings. In addition, our lead and proposal pipeline remains robust, including currently pending proposals for more than $30 million in annual service fees.”

“Our service fee revenues, excluding affiliate, for the December quarter were $12.3 million, a record quarterly level for our service fee business segment,” stated Tom Madden, Senior Partner and Chief Financial Officer of PFSweb. “These results included the benefit from several incremental projects. During the quarter, we also generated increased service fee revenue from some of the new contracts signed during 2004.”

“We had our best year ever for gaining new client relationships,” Layton said. “During 2004, PFSweb was successful in winning new contracts with an estimated value exceeding $20 million in annual service fees based on current client projections. These new relationships include Raytheon Aircraft Company, FLAVIA® Beverage Systems, René Furterer USA, CHiA’SSO and other unnamed clients including a Fortune 500 consumer products firm, a major nutraceutical company, a prepaid wireless provider and a healthcare payment provider. Due to contractual agreements, we are often prohibited from mentioning new clients by name. Service fee revenues invoiced from these new contracts in 2004 were approximately $5.0 million, including $2.9 million during the December quarter. We currently expect to invoice more than 80% of the annual run-rate of these new contracts in 2005.

“We continue to expand our operations and technology infrastructure to meet existing and new client growth requirements. As we announced in November 2004, we leased an additional facility in Southaven, Miss., just a short distance from our distribution hub in Memphis, Tenn. This new facility became operational in January 2005. Also during the December 2004 quarter, we expanded this facility to accommodate a new service parts facility for one of our large, existing clients. We continue to evaluate our facilities to ensure our infrastructure and available space meet the needs of our current and prospective clients.”

“To support our new client relationships, we incurred additional capital expenditures during the December quarter, primarily to support the incremental business in our new Southaven distribution center,” added Madden. “Upon completion, which is expected to occur during the first and second quarters of 2005, we expect the total capital expenditures to support this facility will total approximately $6 million. We financed a significant portion of these expenditures via the issuance of $5 million of Mississippi taxable revenue bonds. We have classified $1.3 million of the bond proceeds as restricted cash at December 31, 2004, as the proceeds are restricted specifically for payment on capital additions or as repayment on the outstanding bonds. The bond financing provides us the flexibility to use our cash for operations and other growth opportunities.

“We also amended and extended our financing agreement with Comerica Bank. This agreement provides for up to $5 million of available financing under a revolving working capital line of credit through 2007 and a $1 million equipment line of credit through June 2008. Our existing credit facilities provide us with a solid financial foundation to support our current business level. As we continue to grow, further expansion efforts may require us to seek additional financing sources, such as bank, equity or lease financing, to maintain our existing cash levels.”

“We are very pleased with our 2004 financial results and the progress we continue to make,” Layton said. “As we look ahead, in 2005 our goal is to capitalize on our growth momentum and client diversity by targeting a much broader group of Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies. We believe our experience and technology offering allow us to market our services to many other industry segments, including aerospace, healthcare, automotive and large equipment manufacturers. Additionally, in 2005 we will focus our efforts to increase the number of large value contracts that we pursue. We believe this strategic avenue provides us the greatest ability to leverage our team of experts. We are targeting to win new business in 2005 with annual, run-rate service fees of $25 million, only a portion of which would result in invoiced activity during 2005. We currently estimate that the new contracts won in 2004 and in 2005 will yield gross margins ranging from 25% to 35% once fully operational. Certain of these contracts may require incremental implementation costs.

“Our service fee business growth rate target is 25% to 35% for 2005, and we expect single-digit growth from our product revenue business. While we expect this incremental service fee revenue to yield increased gross profit, we expect this profit will be offset somewhat by incremental investments to implement new contracts, investments in infrastructure and sales and marketing to support our targeted growth and professional fees related to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. We also expect interest costs to increase in 2005 due to higher interest rates. For fiscal 2005, we are currently targeting earnings per share between $0.00 and $0.03, excluding the impact of any non-cash compensation-related charges.

“We reiterate that the March quarter has been and is expected to continue to be our weakest quarter due to seasonal fluctuations of certain clients. However, we do not expect this seasonality factor to be as significant in 2005 due to product release schedule changes from certain of our clients. We continue to target a significantly improved result for the March 2005 quarter as compared to the March 2004 results.

“Our many strengths continue to put us in front of prospective clients with an advantage over our competition,” Layton emphasized. “Everything we offer is ‘world class,’ which has allowed us to develop a reputation as a high quality service provider. Our business solutions are custom tailored to meet each client’s specific needs. Our systems can easily converse with virtually any IT platform. Most importantly, our people are experts in their fields of discipline. From technology to logistics to customer contact, we offer our clients the world’s leading solutions design talent.”

The Company has modified its financial statement presentation of certain liabilities such that it now classifies amounts outstanding under inventory financing arrangements with IBM Credit as a component of vendor accounts payable. Historically, the Company has reported these amounts as short-term debt.

The Company’s billings for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses, including travel, and certain third-party vendor expenses such as shipping and handling costs and telecommunication charges, are included in pass-through revenue. Historically, the related reimbursable costs were reflected as pass-through charges and reduced total gross service fee revenue in computing net service fee revenue. The Company has modified its financial statement presentation and now classifies the related reimbursable costs as a component of cost of pass-through revenue. The impact of this reclassification is to increase total revenues and total costs of revenues, but the gross profit earned on service fee revenues remains unchanged.

Conference Call Info:
PFSweb will hold a conference call Friday, March 4, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. To ensure attendance on the call, plan to dial in by 9:50 a.m. to (973) 582-2703. Ask to be placed on the PFSweb Earnings Release Conference Call. The call also can be heard “live” by accessing the Company’s website, www.pfsweb.com, at the time of the call. Two hours after the conference, a recorded playback can be heard for 14 days at (877) 519-4471, using the confirmation number 5776543. Check www.pfsweb.com and our March 1, 2022 investor conference call press release for more details on the call.

About PFSweb, Inc.
When the world’s brand names need proven, fast and secure business infrastructure to enable traditional and e-commerce strategies, they choose PFSweb for comprehensive outsourcing solutions. The PFSweb team of experts designs diverse solutions for clients around a flexible core business infrastructure. PFSweb provides solutions that include: professional consulting services, order management, web-enabled customer contact centers, customer relationship management, international distribution services, kitting and assembly services, managed web hosting and site design, billing and collection services and ERP information interfacing utilizing the Entente Suite (SM).

Our services are provided to a multitude of industries and company types, including such clients as Adaptec (NASDAQ: ADPT), FLAVIA® Beverage Systems, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), iGo/Mobility Electronics (NASDAQ: MOBE), International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), Nokia (NYSE: NOK), Pfizer, Inc. (NYSE: PFE), Raytheon Aircraft Company, René Furterer USA, Roots, Inc., Smithsonian Institution and Xerox (NYSE: XRX).

The matters discussed in this news release (except for historical information) and, in particular, information regarding estimates, future revenue, earnings and business plans and goals, consist of forward-looking information under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to and involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, our ability to retain and expand relationships with existing clients and attract new clients; our dependence upon our agreements with IBM; our reliance on the fees generated by the transaction volume or product sales of our clients; our reliance on our clients’ projections or transaction volume or product sales; our client mix and the seasonality of their business; our ability to finalize pending contracts; the impact of new accounting standards and rules regarding revenue recognition, stock options, and other matters; changes in accounting rules or current interpretation of those rules; the impact of strategic alliances and acquisitions; trends in the market for our services; trends in e-commerce; whether we can continue and manage growth; changes in the trend toward outsourcing; increased competition; our ability to generate more revenue and achieve sustainable profitability; effects of changes in profit margins; the customer concentration of our business; the unknown effects of possible system failures and rapid changes in technology; trends in government regulation both foreign and domestic; foreign currency risks and other risks of operating in foreign countries; potential litigation involving our e-commerce intellectual property rights; our dependency on key personnel; our ability to raise additional capital or obtain additional financing; our relationship with and our guarantees of the working capital indebtedness of our subsidiary, Supplies Distributors; and our ability or the ability of our subsidiaries to borrow under current financing arrangements and maintain compliance with debt covenants; and whether outstanding warrants issued in a prior private placement will be exercised in the future. A description of these factors, as well as other factors, which could affect the Company’s business, is set forth in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003.

In addition, some forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expected or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason, even if new information becomes available or other events occur in the future. There may be additional risks that we do not currently view as material or that are not presently known.

To find out more about PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW), visit our Web site at www.pfsweb.com. The PFSweb web site is not part of this release. PFSweb and GlobalMerchant CommerceWareTM are registered trademarks of PFSweb, Inc. IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corp. All rights reserved.

Contacts:
Mark C. Layton, Senior Partner and Chief Executive Officer, or Thomas J. Madden, Senior Partner and Chief Financial Officer,
(972) 881-2900
Or
Preston F. Kirk, APR, Investor/Public Relations,
Kirk Public Relations, Austin TX,
(830) 693-4447

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Major Aerospace Company Selects Datamatics’ TC-1™ System for Workforce Management Needs

Vought Aircraft Industries, a manufacturer of critical components for commercial and military aircraft, has selected Datamatics' TC-1™ for capturing and processing workforce related data.

Fords, NJ (PRWEB) March 4, 2022 -- Vought Aircraft Industries, a manufacturer of critical components for commercial and military aircraft, has selected Datamatics’ TC-1™ Labor Management System for a full rollout to all of its locations. Over the next several months, the TC-1™ system will be implemented at Vought facilities in Georgia, Florida, Texas, and California.

TC-1™ is a state of the art solution for capturing and processing workforce related data. It offers automated end-to-end management of employee time, integrating a wide range of data collection devices and applying even the most extensive work rules and benefit policies to generate detailed management reports and process data for export to payroll, HR, and other internal systems.

Vought was originally introduced to TC-1™ as the result of an acquisition. Back in 2003, Vought acquired Aerostructures, a Nashville company, which had already implemented TC-1™. Aerostructures selected TC-1™ to replace another product that required heavy customization to meet the company’s operational needs.

As J. Jack Schultz, a financial analyst for Aerostructures and now Vought explains, “We were looking for a more cost effective system and were amazed to discover that most of the customizations we had been paying for are available right off the shelf in the TC-1™ product.” Aerostructures evaluated five different systems and ultimately decided on TC-1™ .The comparative advantages of TC-1™, with its wide range of configuration options, soon became apparent to the company’s new owner.

Vought is a major aviation contractor, best known for supplying component parts for Boeing, Airbus, and Gulfstream passenger jets, as well as the C130 military transport plane and a group of fighter planes, including the F-14 Tomcat, the F-15 Eagle, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It has a total workforce of more than 6,000 employees, a size that presents significant challenges in tracking and controlling labor costs.

In Schultz’s view, two ingredients account for the strong appeal of TC-1™ system at Vought. “To begin with, the system is user-friendly. TC-1 has great help features and is easy to use. You can look at a week at a time, and the time punches and absences are all shown on one screen. Moreover, users can customize the look and feel of the screens they access the most. Some of our staff have redesigned the office view with the colors of their favorite football teams.”

The other advantage of TC-1™ Schultz cites is the high level of service and support provided by the software’s developer, Datamatics. “Any time we have a question or need help with something, we always get a prompt response. The service is always very good. When we call about a problem, within minutes someone is on the line with us, working to resolve it.”

Compliments like that are music to the ears of Norman C. Heinle, the president of Datamatics Management Services, Inc., the company that develops, installs, and supports TC-1™. “Providing the highest quality services to our clients is our top priority,” he explained. “We want to help our clients reach higher levels of success through automated labor management.”

Datamatics Management Services, Inc. is a New Jersey-based software development and management consulting company. Datamatics' TC-1™ Labor Management System is a leading software package used in thousands of businesses, including QVC, Jet Blue, and Armed Forces Savings Bank. TC-1™ automates employee scheduling, attendance record keeping, benefit accrual tracking, and cost allocation. Datamatics also offers an ASP service, TimesheetPlus™, to businesses looking for an outsourced solution to workforce management.

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“Competitive Edge” to Feature Logic Motor Company

Logic Motor Company, based out of Youngstown, OH, produces some of the finest custom motorcycles for discriminating clients.

Deerfield Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 4, 2022 -- Platinum Television Group is pleased to announce the selection of Logic Motor Company for its innovative, educational television series, Competitive Edge. The company will be featured in a segment on “Custom and Production Motorcycles” in the American Motorcycle series.

Logic Motor Company, based out of Youngstown, OH, produces some of the finest custom motorcycles for discriminating clients, and is an industry leader in the motorcycle-manufacturing field.

Logic was started two years ago by “Big Rick” Hoffman and Keith Zuck. Collectively, they have 40 years of bike building experience. Their self-description is: ”bikers building bikes for the biker enthusiasts.” The performance and way their motorcycles handle is above and beyond what is expected, and the attention to details is unparalleled. There is extra detail to individual finishes in order to set each finished cycle apart from others.

Logic Motor Company is listed in the National Automobile Dealers Association (N.A.D.A) and Kelley Blue Book. Therefore their motorcycles are manufacture titled, easily financed and insurable.

Logic sponsored the cult-followed High Definition television series "Toy Show” presented by the International Sports and Media Group, Inc. “Big Rick”, owner of Logic, said, of the show, “(It) really entertains and educates the viewer about the real builders and the real culture. They actually capture the lifestyle the way it was meant to be seen; unbiased, real and unscripted. We love those guys for making our reality entertaining."

Logic Motor Company is also involved in an upcoming project labeled “Rewriting the Book on Custom Motorcycles.” The segment for PTG will show the actual way they build to order, and feature all the latest technology and performance features with explanations. The show will air on a combination of national (Speed Channel, ESPN2 and Fox Sports Net) channels as well as in many of the top 100 markets locally on cable networks.

For more information, see www.logicmotors.com

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Hankscraft Inc. Expands Synchronous Motor Manufacturing Facilities in China

Hankscraft Inc. announces the expansion of a new synchronous motor assembly line.

Reedsburg, WI (PRWEB) March 4, 2022 -- Hankscraft Inc. announces the expansion of a new synchronous motor assembly line. The new assembly line is an addition to Hankscraft’s existing operations in China.

Hankscraft has been in business for over 50 years and has manufacturing plants in Reedsburg and Random Lake, Wisconsin as well as China. Hankscraft’s factory in China, Han Ke, is a Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise (WOFE) which is owned and operated by Hankscraft, a US company headquartered in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Han Ke was formed to produce motors, electronics and sub assemblies in April, 2003.

Han Ke’s General Manager, Jonathan Funkhouser, said “Our new production line compliments our ability to supply our customers on both sides of the world.” Joe Hennessy, Vice President of Hankscraft’s Global Manufacturing Group agreed saying, “The reason we expanded our production line was because of increasing market demand in China. This also supports our other capabilities such as electronics, plastic molding and assembly.” Mr. Funkhouser added, “Our strength has been using western manufacturing principles here in China”.

With Hankscraft’s molding and electronics capabilities, their customers are asking for support beyond just motors. Hankscraft manufactures entire assemblies and appliances for customers around the globe. Hankscraft’s core capabilities include AC Synchronous motor manufacturing in a wide variety of voltages including 24V, 120V and 230V for the international markets.

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March 03, 2022

Windshield Repair Equipment Manufacturer Headed to China

Delta Kits, Inc. To Hold Windshield Repair Training Class April 16-17 in China

Eugene, OR (PRWEB) March 3, 2022 -- Delta Kits, Inc. and ShiJiaZhuang Autoglass Info & Tech Co., Ltd., their Master Distributor in China, are conducting a 2 day windshield repair technical training course on April 16-17, 2005 in ChangSha China. Along with two intense days of hands on repair training and factory certification, the trip also provides an opportunity for the US based Delta Kits, Inc. to see the unique market and requirements of their Chinese customers.

“As China’s economy continues its incredible growth, the number of automobiles continues to grow as well. With this growth comes the need for products and technicians to service the glass on those vehicles. Delta Kits is making sure that those technicians have the knowledge and skill required to do great windshield repairs,” says Matt Larson Vice President of Training and Sales for Delta Kits, Inc.

Delta Kits has been a premier supplier of windshield repair products since 1984.

For more information on the Delta Kits line of windshield repair products or the Delta Kits Windshield Repair Training, visit www.deltakits.com or call them toll free at 1.800.548.8332

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Armedia Announces Regulatory Compliance Success

The Armedia regulatory compliance team recently successfully concluded a 21 CFR 11 compliance development and validation effort for Atlanta based pharmaceutical, Mikart, Inc.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 3, 2022 -- “The biggest challenge was dispelling the myth that compliance validation is a one-time event where everything is done in a few weeks and we are good to go,” said Joe Tribble, Mikart Operations Manager. “Validation is just the starting point; the entire lifespan of the system requires a constant human adherence to the plans and guidance defined during the validation event. Realizing this, Armedia developed a process for Mikart to manage security and operation of our electronic systems to ensure compliance on a day-to-day basis.”

Mikart is also expanding the capabilities of its Documentum Enterprise Content Management system and engaged Armedia to help in this endeavor. With the use of Documentum Control Manager, Armedia automated Mikart’s Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) processing to eliminate previously manual tasks that were lengthy and cumbersome. Under the new process SOPs are created and automatically routed for approvals (via electronic workflow) and capture electronic signatures as they are approved. The automated process places the current-version of an SOP into a central repository to revise and edit, and subsequently moves approved versions of SOPs to a read-only location for consumption.

The immediate benefits to Mikart include:
• Assurance that SOPs are always current for employees
• Rapid approval of SOPs, especially important updates to them
• A time-stamped audit trail to mitigate risk
• Electronic signature upon approval

“We are very pleased to have helped Mikart achieve new efficiencies in their SOP processing and FDA compliance,” said Jim Nasr, Armedia Chief Executive Officer. “Mikart’s investment in improved processes and supporting technologies provides them a strong foundation for long-term operational compliance and effective electronic document management. We look forward to helping Mikart meet any additional requirements in the future.”

About Mikart
Mikart is a recognized leader for providing formulation development, contract manufacturing and packaging services to the pharmaceutical industry. They offer a broad range of capabilities including product development, analytical services, solid and liquid oral dose manufacturing, packaging and regulatory services.

About Armedia
Armedia is a leading consulting and integration firm, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, specializing in content management and content related solutions. Armedia's mission is to provide world-class solutions for clients to automate the creation, capture, organization and presentation of their intellectual assets. Armedia has offices in Atlanta, GA and Fairfax, VA

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Cyco Software to Present at National Manufacturing Week in Chicago

Cyco Software will present three sessions at National Manufacturing Week, March 7-10 in Chicago, IL. Visit Cyco Software and Hagerman & Company in booth 3724 at the National Design and Engineering Show, which is one of eight shows organized during this national event.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 3, 2022 -- Cyco Software, a leading provider of Engineering Data Management (EDM) solutions, announced today that its representatives will be hosting several conference presentations during National Manufacturing Week that will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, March 7-10. In partnership with Hagerman & Company, Cyco Software also exhibits its data management solutions for small to medium-size manufacturing companies in booth 3724 at the National Design and Engineering show, which is one of eight shows organized during this national event.

Cyco Software will be presenting the following sessions in room 405B at the McCormick Place Convention Center:
"Lessons from the 2003 U.S. Blackout - Access to Accurate Technical Documents to Quickly Restore Operations" (Wednesday, 3/9/2021 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.)

Description: During 2003's blackout, fifty million people were without power in eight states and parts of Canada. The Anderson Economic Group estimated that the blackout reduced US earnings by $6,4 billion. While it took only hours for the power grid to shut down, it took 4 days to restore power to all homes and businesses.

It comes as no surprise that proper asset management is crucial to have fast access to reliable infrastructure and engineering information in times of an emergency, such as a massive blackout or terror attack, to assure effective restoration capabilities.

Allowing facility managers to quickly pull up accurate technical documentation from their data management system will save valuable time and provide an automated safeguard when dealing with major shutdowns of crucial infrastructure systems.

"Regain Your Competitive Edge by Increasing Efficiency, Reducing Costs and Shorten Your Lead Times" (Thursday, 3/10/2021 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.)

Description: Daratech Inc., a leading provider of information technology market research and technology assessment, forecasts the PLM market will grow at an annual rate of approximately 8% through 2008. This presentation discusses what engineering data management (EDM) and product lifecycle management (PLM) means to your organization, and how it can create new levels of efficiency to remain competitive.

"Hidden Costs Decrease Project Margins. Where Are These Hidden Costs and What Can Be Done About Them?" (Wednesday, 3/9/2021 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.)

Description: During the course of a manufacturing project often money is wasted. Many of the costs associated with the project are hidden due to a lack of documentation. As a result, errors can occur that range from hardcopies printed too often to a faulty prototype that has to be discarded. Also, what is considered normal daily routine can potentially cost a lot more than needed simply because the routine itself is not as efficient as it could be. In this presentation, Cyco will discuss what to do about these hidden expenses so that companies can cut project costs, which will lead to healthy project margins.

About Cyco Software
Cyco Software provides Engineering Data Management (EDM) and Application Integration solutions for multiple vertical industries, including manufacturing, energy, government, pharmaceutical, retail and telecommunications. Cyco Software has almost two decades of industry experience with more than 16,000 clients and over 275,000 users in 50+ countries worldwide. The company has offices in the USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Korea, Russia and The Netherlands, and an extensive global network of established partners around the world. Cyco Software ensures a high level of service and support on a truly worldwide scale for its leading software solutions Cyco AutoManager Meridian and Cyco AutoManager TeamWork. For more information, please visit www.cyco.com, or call (800) 323-2926 ext 110 (Americas) or +31 (0) 70 413-3700 (Europe).

About Hagerman & Company
Hagerman & Company's eight offices throughout the Midsouth and Midwest provide firms with consulting, training, and support services along with industry leading software solutions from Autodesk, Pathtrace and Cyco Software. Our focus is to increase productivity in your organization. Call us toll free at 800/422-0313 or visit our website at www.hagerman.com

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Web-Based Fundamentals of GD&T; Course Available

ETI’s online GD&T; course is a convenient and affordable GD&T; training option.

(PRWEB) March 3, 2022 -- Effective Training Inc. (ETI) has added a new web-based course to their extensive list of GD&T; products and services. The Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing online course is based on Y14.5M-1994 and includes 28 student-focused lessons covering the basic rules, definitions, and concepts of GD&T.; It is offered exclusively at the ETI Learning Center (www.etilearn.com)

The highly interactive GD&T; course takes approximately 28 hours to complete. It features audio narration, instant lesson feedback, and quizzes that reinforce the material. Lessons contain geometric control application and inspection examples and 3-D solid part images. Other course highlights include user-friendly navigation, detailed full-color graphics, technical animations, and a full glossary of GD&T; terms. Over 100 tolerancing insights from GD&T; expert and ETI president Alex Krulikowski are also included.

"Students can take the course online at home, at school, or at work through a series of interactive lessons," said Krulikowski, noted educator and author of GD&T; training books and software. "Users receive a ‘hands-on’ approach to learning with animations that show exactly how a symbol is interpreted. Students can visualize and understand concepts more readily while they learn at their own pace. The web-based course is a convenient and affordable GD&T; training option.”

ETI also offers a web-based course on the GM Global Dimensioning and Tolerancing Addendum used in the auto industry. It provides an in-depth look at the major areas of impact the addendum has on drawings that use ASME Y14.5M-1994 and explains the differences between the GM, Ford, and Chrysler GD&T; addendums.

The Fundamentals of GD&T; web-based course will be available online to individuals, educational institutions, and organizations in the second quarter of 2005. ETI provides student support for all of their training through a discussion board and a variety of other resources. More information about the elearning courses is available at the ETI Learning Center or at ETI’s main website (www.etinews.com). Call 800-886-0909 for details about quantity discounts and pricing.

Effective Training, Inc. is a world leader in the field of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, having sold more than 100,000 books, CD-ROMs, videos and other training materials worldwide.

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PRONTO ERP Make the Cut for Sawing Solutions Provider

(PRWEB) March 3, 2022 -- Frank Brasier & Sons Limited (www.frankbrasier.com) selected ERP (enterprise resource planning) leader PRONTO North America (www.PRONTOerp.com) to efficiently monitor the Brampton and Windsor, Ontario manufacturing operations. Brasier is a high quality cutting tools and sawing solutions provider to industry professionals since 1955. The primary reasons the Canadian firm chose PRONTO-Xi ERP versus other systems include:

- A fully integrated system allowing all facets to communicate efficiently and effectively; other systems had components yet were not fully integrated.
- Product and Inventory Control with Serial Number tracking (a crucial element in an operation with significant parts.)
- The ability to add a custom modification to calculate saw blade inventory
- The ability to add a service module (critical for customer satisfaction and tracking).
- Operates on multiple platforms, and integrates with Microsoft desktop products.

PRONTO North America, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is the North American Master Distributor of PRONTO-Xi, a comprehensive software system allowing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to effectively manage all phases of the supply chain. Far beyond just another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, PRONTO-Xi’s financial and distribution applications are unique and have provided maximum return on investment for a wide variety of organizations since 1976. From PRONTO Planning to PRONTO Production; from PRONTO Forecasting Management to PRONTO Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP); from PRONTO Advanced Warehousing to PRONTO Quality Management System (QMS), the cross-section and breadth of integrated elements addressed by PRONTO-Xi is unmatched in the marketplace and justifies the company’s natural leadership role as the best fully integrated business software solution for more than a quarter century. PRONTO North America is quickly emerging as the distribution sector ERP leader.

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March 02, 2022

Marketing Publicity Firm Releases Special Report

"The Five Major Marketing Mistakes Manufacturers Make and What to Do About it."
Report discloses secrets to successful marketing public relations that can improve the quality of leads, accelerate sales, and create expansion.

Torrance, CA (PRWEB) March 2, 2022 -- ¾Power PR, Inc., an industrial marketing public relations firm, today announces the immediate availability of a new report entitled, "The Five Major Marketing Mistakes Manufacturers Make and What to Do About It." For any manufacturer doing $5-$100 million annual “gross,” hoping to expand at an annual rate of 25%, this fast-reading report succinctly reveals methods to avoid common pitfalls while amping up the effectiveness of a company’s marketing publicity.

In thirteen short pages, this report compiles a wealth of information, making it a valuable resource for marketing personnel who seek marketing publicity. It sets the stage by advising marketing executives to first search the Internet to determine who the competition is on a worldwide basis—beyond just traditional, local competitors.

The report then goes on to itemize five major marketing publicity relations mistakes, starting with “Number One: Spending Too Much Money on Traditional Advertising and Not Enough on Public Relations.”

“Unless your company is the undisputed leader in your market category, then you must do PR first,” says the report's author John W. Elliott, founder of Power PR “PR is ‘third party’ endorsement, and it is this kind of endorsement that generates credibility.”

With the voice of experience—Power PR has placed more than 15,000 published articles since 1994—Elliott goes on to explain how marketing publicity can shorten the sales cycle because published stories educate prospective customers about a company’s technology while adding tremendous third-party credibility. This means the leads from publicity will be of high quality, improving the efficiency of sales staff so that they can spend more time talking with qualified prospects about bids, quotes and proposals, instead of making cold calls.

"I was speaking to one of my salesmen recently and he told me that the phone was ringing off the hook and that a lot of the responses were coming from your publicity efforts. Keep up the good work," comments Doug Commette of Gusmer Corporation, a Power PR client that supplies polyurethane spray, pour and injection equipment.

"Seeing your product over and over in multiple places gets people talking—that's what publicity does,” adds Eric Rosenthal, principal of Magnet Paints, a provider of premium industrial maintenance coatings. “I get calls from people saying, 'I see you everywhere, so I finally decided to call you.’"

By taking advantage of the marketing public relations principals outlined in this special report, many industrial clients have already profited handsomely. One Power PR client went from a $15 million annual “gross” to over $100 million annually over a seven-year span. Immediate acquisition of this industrial marketing report can speed the expansion of many other firms and help ensure that they do not stumble on the same pitfalls that cause competitors to lose market share.

The Special Report about avoiding marketing publicity mistakes is available at no charge call Power PR, Inc. at (310) 787-1940 and ask for a hard copy to be sent by mail.

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Leading Hydraulic Hose Standardizes on Pronto ERP

(PRWEB) March 2, 2022 -- Alfagomma America, Inc. (www.alfagomma.com), manufacturer and distributor of hydraulic hose assemblies for OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) selected ERP (enterprise resource planning) leader Pronto North America (www.Prontoerp.com) to efficiently monitor the U.S. operation. With several other worldwide locations of Alfagomma successfully utilizing Pronto since 2003, Alfagomma America objectively reviewed and select Pronto-Xi based on its broad functionality for both the manufacturing and distribution markets.

Dino Sacchetti, Financial Controller and Systems Manager, insisted that, “Pronto suits the needs of a typical Alfagomma branch, that is, a mid-size assembly or distribution operation.” Sacchetti continued, “Pronto has continued to enhance the system over the years, both functionally and technically.” Sacchetti also noted the Pronto competitive pricing made the decision easy.

Other benefits Alfagomma realized during the Pronto-Xi implementation included rich functionality, flexibility, and strong integration with the Microsoft desktop tools.

Pronto North America, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is the North American Master Distributor of Pronto-Xi, a comprehensive software system allowing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to effectively manage all phases of the supply chain. Far beyond just another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, Pronto-Xi’s financial and distribution applications are unique and have provided maximum return on investment for a wide variety of organizations since 1976. From Pronto Planning to Pronto Production; from Pronto Forecasting Management to Pronto Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP); from Pronto Advanced Warehousing to Pronto Quality Management System (QMS), the cross-section and breadth of integrated elements addressed by Pronto-Xi is unmatched in the marketplace and justifies the company’s natural leadership role as the best fully integrated business software solution for more than a quarter century. Pronto North America is quickly emerging as the distribution sector ERP leader.

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March 01, 2022

Pragmaxis LLC Announces New Consulting Practice Focused on Indirect Sales Strategy

Management consulting firm offers specialized planning and execution services exclusively focused on solving the business strategy, marketing, sales, product management and performance improvement challenges of companies with indirect sales channels

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 1, 2022 -- Pragmaxis LLC announced today the dedication of a new consulting practice offering a broad range of strategic and operational consulting services specifically targeted to help corporate and divisional executives solve the complex front-office business challenges associated with successfully managing their indirect sales channels. The consulting services focus on 7 facets of organizational success:

1) Strategy & goals
2) Voice of the customer
3) Rationalizing, aligning and pricing products/services to optimize demand
4) Creating and sustaining competitive differentiation
5) Expanding value creation and channel profitability
6) Understanding the end-to-end activity chain/ecosystem the business is part of
7) Execution and operationalization

The new consulting practice was launched in response to demand for a white paper published earlier this year titled “Forward Thinking: How New Business Models and Marketing Automation Tools Will Shift the Balance of Economic Power in Indirect Sales Channels.”

The white paper describes the changes that have made new business models possible and outlines the strategic roadmap for companies to get – and keep – a leg up on their competition. It also identifies the business capabilities required to proactively address competitive threats and discusses how proven e-business tools can level the playing field for smaller companies competing with much larger rivals. The white paper makes a compelling case for executives to rethink some long-held beliefs about who their customers are and where value is created in their business activities.

According to Peter Balbus, Managing Director of Pragmaxis, “The world of indirect sales – industries where the primary sales channels are agents, dealers, VARs or other resellers – is experiencing unprecedented business pressures that demand new ways of thinking about their go-to-market approaches and managing the value chain.” Even in the most traditional industries, companies are finding significant new sources of revenues and competitive differentiation by integrating 21st century technologies and business concepts into their operations. Balbus advises, “Successful businesses realize that they cannot afford to stand on the sidelines and wait to see what their competitors are going to do before they decide how to act themselves.”

Among the services offered by Pragmaxis is a cost-effective 30-45 day diagnostic for identifying those areas in a client business operation with the greatest opportunities for improvement. The diagnostic also assesses the readiness of a company to take advantage of new business models and technologies to drive significant top-line growth and suggests steps client executives should consider for advancing their organizations to the next stage in their evolution.

About Pragmaxis LLC
Pragmaxis LLC is a management consulting firm that specializes in assisting executives in defining and operationalizing top-line growth initiatives, eBusiness and marketing automation strategies for Fortune 1000 corporations. The firm helps senior executives understand how their industries are likely to change in the next 2-5 years and what steps they should implement today to achieve and sustain competitive advantage in the future. Primary industries served include manufacturing, logistics and distribution, financial services, consumer packaged goods, retail, high-tech, IT, electronics and telecommunications.

Senior practitioners at Pragmaxis have worked for firms including Booz-Allen & Hamilton, CSC Index, Nolan Norton & Co. and KPMG Strategic Services prior to joining the firm.

For more information please visit: www.pragmaxis.com

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Invistics® Founder Joins National Science Foundation Committee

Invistics, developer of manufacturing performance management software, announced today that founder Tom Knight has been invited to join the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) March 1, 2022 -- Invistics, developer of manufacturing performance management software, announced today that founder Tom Knight has been invited to join the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs.

Knight and other members of the panel represent the broad community served by the SBIR/STTR programs at NSF. Their insight and advice on small business programs help the SBIR/STTR programs meet federal legislation consistent with the NSF mission.

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress to promote the progress of science and is the major funding source for cutting-edge fundamental research in many fields including mathematics, physical science, computer science, engineering and the social sciences.

"The NSF and its SBIR program provide incentives to small companies enabling them to undertake research and development with great promise, but also great risks that might otherwise inhibit discoveries," says Knight. "It is quite an honor to be one of the companies chosen to participate in this prestigious group and I’m thrilled to be a part of something that has the potential to positively impact our industry as well as others."

"We are pleased that Tom Knight, a true entrepreneur with the keen desire and ability to transform discoveries into commercial success, has agreed to join our eclectic panel of advisors to the SBIR/STTR programs at NSF," says Kesh S. Narayanan, director Industrial Innovation, NSF. "We look forward to his contributions to further strengthen the NSF small business programs benefiting our nation during this critical era of innovation."

About Invistics
Invistics is the leading provider of manufacturing performance management software designed specifically for high-mix manufacturing environments. The Flow Path Management System® helps companies analyze and improve factory performance to achieve significant reductions in inventory while responding more quickly and reliably to customer demand. Utilizing Invistics solutions, customers have achieved over 99% on-time deliveries while reducing inventory by an average of 50% and cutting cycle times by more than half. Developed by experienced manufacturing veterans and leading operations scholars, the Flow Path Management System leverages years of expertise to overcome the obstacles of implementing lean manufacturing techniques in highly complex environments.

Editors Note:
Invistics, Flow Path Management System, Execution Workbench and Performance Workbench are trademarks or registered trademarks of Invistics Corporation. Any other trademarks, company and product names are recognized as proprietary to their owners.

Public Relations Contact:
Therese Aleman
Invistics Corporation
5445 Triangle Pkwy., Suite 300
Norcross, GA 30092
770-559-6386
770-653-2050 (direct)

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SwiftCD Expands Ordering, Integration and Reporting Tools for Cust

To better serve its many large-scale corporate and institutional customers worldwide, SwiftCD® (www.SwiftCD.com) has unveiled an impressive new suite of integration capabilities, as well as a number of additional service enhancements to its patent-pending Build-to-Order technology.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 1, 2022 -- To better serve its many large-scale corporate and institutional customers worldwide, SwiftCD® has unveiled an impressive new suite of integration capabilities, as well as a number of additional service enhancements to its patent-pending Build-to-Order technology. SwiftCD (www.SwiftCD.com) is a branch of DigitalSwift Corporation, and is the leader in on-demand CD/DVD manufacturing and fulfillment. The company offers a full range of logistics, manufacturing, warehousing and fulfillment services.

Many of the new integration capabilities are part of SwiftCD's unique XML-based Web Services (SOAP), and greatly extend the support options and capabilities already available to commercial and institutional customers, while even further streamlining the flexibility and ease of SwiftCD's order transmission process.

"SwiftCD continues to grow at a rapid pace, and we're committed to taking our customers with us," comments Jason Foodman, Chief Executive Officer. "By expanding on our already robust order transmission and integration capabilities, we enable our vendors deliver more personalized, and just plain more products to their customers. We've also further enhanced our patent-pending build-to-order process allowing more customization by our clients."

New key capabilities include:
• Special Custom CD Contents, written "on the fly" -- Building on the existing patent-pending Build-To-Order technology SwiftCD offers, this exciting new option allows SwiftCD customers to send an HTML menu for each CD burned and shipped by SwiftCD, and to then customize the Contents Menu for 20-plus items on the CD in a few simple steps.

• Dynamic Logo URLs -- For our on-demand CD and DVD manufacturing customers, this enhancement means that up to three dynamic logo URLs can now be sent with each order. SwiftCD will then automatically download the logos and print them on the CD label in predefined locations.

• Return Address Flexibility and Automation -- Up to three return address lines may now be sent with each order. SwiftCD can then use this dynamic return address to print a customized return address label for each individual mailer, as well.

In addition, SwiftCD's patent-pending Build-To-Order technology has also been extended. These new features include:
•Custom Script Capability -- SwiftCD will initiate a custom script from the customer's remote server when an order is received. This script can, in turn, be used to assemble customized CD content for the order, such as a CD HTML menu which has been customized with the purchaser's name.

•Hyperlink Availability (for Build-a-CD Assembly) -- SwiftCD now has the capability to include custom hyperlinks inside the Build-a-CD assembly pages.

By adding these new features and extensions, SwiftCD continues to build upon its leadership position in the CD/DVD duplication, replication and logistics/fulfillment industry.

About SwiftCD.com
A division of DigitalSwift Corporation, SwiftCD (www.SwiftCD.com) is the world leader in manufacturing and on-demand fulfillment of dynamic and build-to-order CDs and DVDs.

In 2000, SwiftCD introduced its now patent-pending on-demand, built-to-order manufacturing concept into the world of downloadable software and music -- a concept it combines with a highly effective and attractive "pay as you go" business model. SwiftCD's manufacturing and physical delivery services empower businesses to deliver more personalized, individual CDs and DVDs to their customers faster -- while generating significant new revenue for SwiftCD's clients.

Every CD at SwiftCD is individually produced to order with custom label and contents, and seamless, dynamic label and content options allow for individual content. The company offers large-scale CD/DVD replication, as well as small-scale CD/DVD duplication services, blended with warehousing and logistics programs. In addition, SwiftCD handles all aspects of order fulfillment including online tracking, reporting, and customer service, and offers additional inventory, manufacturing, warehousing, or fulfillment services, as needed.

For more information on SwiftCD, please call Jason Foodman at (770) 922-4007. For more background materials on SwiftCD.com, please contact Angela Mitchell at e-mail protected from spam bots, or call (904) 982-8043 -- or visit www.SwiftCD.com

SwiftCD® and DigitalSwift®, and are the registered trademarks of DigitalSwift Corporation.

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Webcom, Inc. Joins Siebel Alliance Program as a CRM OnDemand Software Partner

Webcom, Inc.’s WebSource CPQ Solution Complements Siebel Business Applications

Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) March 1, 2022 -- Webcom, Inc., a leader in simplified quote-to-order enablement for the selling of complex products and services today announced that it has joined the Siebel Alliance Program as a CRM OnDemand Software Partner with a focus on the SMB market. Siebel Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEBL) is a leading provider of business applications software and hosted CRM solutions. This alliance delivers a solution that allows small and medium size companies using Siebel CRM OnDemand to move quickly from opportunity to quote.

Siebel Systems provides organizations with a proven set of industry-specific best practices, CRM applications software, and business processes, enabling corporations to sell to, market to, and serve customers across multiple channels and lines of business. Webcom, Inc.’s products provide the ability to configure, price, quote and propose their offerings across multiple sales and distribution channels, anytime, anywhere. With WebSource CPQ, Webcom complements and extends Siebel CRM OnDemand by allowing customers to go from opportunity to quote to order without any duplication of effort or data.

WebSource CPQ simplifies the opportunity-to-order process for the interactive selling of complex products and services. Deployed in an on-demand or on-premise model, WebSource CPQ allows users to configure, price, quote and propose their offerings with nothing more than a browser. WebSource CPQ not only handles the traditional bill of material, routing and diagram generation tasks frequently associated with product configurators, but also addresses the guided selling, proposal generation and multi-level channel management tasks associated with sales configurators. The solution helps drive increased revenues and margins, increased customer satisfaction, reduced costs and improved productivity. In addition, the solution automates quoting, quote revisions, the quote approval process, as well as guided selling and self service applications.

“Webcom is partnering with Siebel Systems to provide Global 2000 companies with WebSource CPQ, which insures speed, accuracy, and consistency of creating quotes and proposals for companies with some level of complexity in terms of products, sales hierarchy, discounting rules, pricing rules and channels, whether you supply complicated equipment, software or service proposals,” said Aleks Ivanovic, founder and CEO of Webcom, Inc.

“Siebel Systems’ partnership with Webcom, Inc. addresses the on-demand needs of our customers, including timely and accurate quotes and proposals,” said Catherine Cherubino, VP of Alliances and Channels, OnDemand and SMB at Siebel Systems. “Through this alliance, our joint customers will have a more accurate view of their customers and therefore realize a competitive advantage by being able to better understand and serve them.”

Siebel Systems forms alliances with proven technology leaders to deliver tangible business benefits throughout the enterprise. By choosing Siebel business applications and validated partner solutions, Siebel Systems’ customers can pursue a best-of-class software acquisition strategy. The Siebel Validation Program applies rigorous technical scrutiny to evaluate the integration of third-party solutions with Siebel business applications. Integrations that meet the strict testing criteria are validated and documented by the Siebel Validation Program. Webcom, Inc. has committed to submitting WebSource CPQ for validation early in Q2 2005

About Webcom, Inc.
Webcom, Inc. provides software solutions that simplify the quote-to-order process for the selling of complex products and services. Requiring only a browser, WebSource CPQ allows customers to configure, price, quote and propose their offerings across multiple sales and distribution channels, anytime, anywhere. WebSource CPQ not only handles the traditional bill of material, routing and diagram generation tasks frequently associated with product configurators, but also addresses the guided selling, proposal generation and multi-level channel management tasks associated with sales configurators. The solution helps drive increased revenues and margins, increased customer satisfaction, reduced costs and improved productivity. Companies utilizing Webcom’s products and services include Rockwell Automation, Danfoss, Corning Cable Systems, Verity, Grayhill and GE Industrial Systems. Founded in 1997, Webcom is a privately held corporation headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with offices in the USA and Europe. For more information, visit Webcom at www.webcominc.com or call 414-273-4442 (toll free 877-508-6323)

Press Contact:
Webcom, Inc.
Chris Lesar
(262) 617-8231

Siebel is a trademark of Siebel Systems, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other product and company names mentioned are the property of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.

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Minienvironments: Best Practices for Energy Efficient Design, Construction and Operation

A2C2 Magazine, a Vicon Publishing, Inc. publication, will host a special workshop on the best practices for energy efficient minienvironments on April 7, 2022 in San Diego, as part of the TurnKey Conference. Lead by Dr. Tengfang Xu, PE, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for sharing knowledge and stimulate discussion among participants about emerging technologies and strategies for achieving energy efficiency while maintaining effective contamination control in minienvironments.

Amherst, NH (PRWEB) February 28, 2022 -- A2C2 Magazine, a Vicon Publishing, Inc. publication, will host a special workshop on the best practices for energy efficient minienvironments on April 7, 2022 in San Diego, as part of the TurnKey Conference. Lead by Dr. Tengfang Xu, PE, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for sharing knowledge and stimulate discussion among participants about emerging technologies and strategies for achieving energy efficiency while maintaining effective contamination control in minienvironments.

Supported by the California Energy Commission, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, a Sempra Utility, and Southern California Edison, this workshop is designed for suppliers, end-users, designers, facility managers, consultants, and strategic managers, and will cover the following topics:

• Preview of PIER Program in Minienvironment and Contamination Control Technology
• Case Studies on Minienvironment Energy Performance: Approaches, Findings, and Recommendations
• Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Minienvironment Planning and Installation
• Energy Programs in California Utility Companies
• Design for Contamination Control and Efficiency
• Participant Forum: to discuss industrial trends, emerging techniques, and strategies for better efficiency. The team will explore future opportunities toward sustainable development in controlled environments.

Workshop Presenters
Dr. Tengfang Xu, PE, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
Paul Roggensack and Tony Wong, PE, California Energy Commission, Sacramento, CA
Michael D. Jue, PE, Jazz Semiconductor, Newport Beach, CA
Dr. Sameer Abu zaid, Asyst Technologies, Freemont, CA

The one day workshop registration fee of $645 includes a continental breakfast, break, and lunch. For more information or to register for workshop, contact Mary Williams at 603-672-9997 x113

Published monthly by Vicon Publishing, Inc., A2C2 Magazine provides technical information on contamination prevention, detection, and control, as well as associated products, to professionals responsible for cleanrooms and other critical environments. Coverage includes facility and process equipment design and construction, cleaning, monitoring, isolation technology, materials, packaging, apparel, consumables, protocols, validation, and regulatory standards. Additional information can be found at www.a2c2.com

For More Information Contact:
David Kruger
Marketing Director
Vicon Publishing, Inc.
603-672-9997 x107
www.a2c2.com

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Safety Firm Launched To Support Small and Mid-Size Comp

J & M Safety Consulting, LLC owned by Mike DeVivo in Waterbury Connecticut has been launched to support small and mid-sizes companies in preventing employee injuries and reduce the cost of those injuries. According to DeVivo, “When a company makes safety part of its process, injuries are reduced and money is saved for other business purposes. The company can provide ways to make working safe an expectation rather than some distant far away function.”

(PRWEB) March 1, 2022 -- J & M Safety Consulting, LLC owned by Mike DeVivo in Waterbury Connecticut has been launched to support small and mid-sizes companies in preventing employee injuries and reduce the cost of those injuries. According to DeVivo, “When a company makes safety part of its process, injuries are reduced and money is saved for other business purposes. The company can provide ways to make working safe an expectation rather than some distant far away function.”

Using a cost calculator on the J & M website at www.jmsafety.com, a company can input their costs of an injury and margin, and be able to calculate how much in sales is needed to recapture the cost of a particular injury. In addition it can be used to see how much in sales is needed to cover Worker’s Compensation premiums or increases in those premiums.

J & M Safety Consulting, LLC can benefit clients by assisting them in reducing the cost of injuries, lower Worker’s Compensation costs and have fewer OSHA concerns. This includes providing customized safety policies and training. By doing this, clients can add value to their company with increased productivity and lower overall costs. The client can then concentrate on their core business. DeVivo further states that “small and mid-size companies are under extreme pressure to cut costs to stay in business. A safety program that has the elements of visible management support for effective work safety policies and training, can contribute to these types of companies staying in business.”

J & M Safety is also General Industry Standards Outreach Trainer for OSHA Standards. There are ten and thirty hour courses available. Participants receive an OSHA Completion card and benefit from learning how to recognize, control and prevent hazards. These courses can be tailored for management or production employees.

The company also can support its clients and others by offering J.J. Keller, Safety, Human Resources, Hazardous Material, Security and Construction training CDs and compliance materials. Included in the product line are recordkeeping products and online training courses.

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February 28, 2022

Plastic Manufacturing Experts Launch Consulting Business for the Medical Supply Industry

As a niche consulting firm, Austoah Manufacturing provides targeted solutions and support for pharmaceutical and medical device companies looking to outsource their project management needs.

Matthews, NC (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) February 28, 2022 -- Austoah Manufacturing announced the launch of their new plastic’s consulting business for the medical and life sciences industries. Founded by Marc and Shannon Norman, Austoah offers pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers a comprehensive package of consulting services to meet their project management needs. "Our experience in this industry has taught us that a quality plastic product must be supported with knowledgeable and dedicated management."

Austoah provides consulting services in all areas of plastics covering everything from idea, design, development and production. Their experts can assist with material specification and analysis, failure analysis and reliability, part design and analysis, tooling design and analysis, process development and analysis, training and troubleshooting. Having this broad area of expertise ensures that Austoah can meet the comprehensive needs of all their clients.

Meeting those needs includes offering project evaluation and leadership services. Companies who purchase large quantities of a particular plastic product may be able to save thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars in purchasing costs by manufacturing the product themselves. Austoah can evaluate the existing product, perform the necessary research and then lead the production process for the company. According to Mr. Norman, "Most of the time small modifications can be made to the product to allow independent manufacturing of the item. When spending millions of dollars on such products, we can assist in identifying cost-saving options."

As project team leaders, Austoah ensures that supplier errors are kept to a minimum. Monitoring implementation of first-articles or standard operating procedures, data acquisition, measurements, documentation tracking, sampling data, tool validation, and revision control are critical activities that Austoah oversees as part of its project management process. This promotes a smooth transition for the overall manufacturing process and supports their client’s need to get accurate and cost-effective results.

The principal consultant, Marc Norman, has over 15 years of experience in the plastic manufacturing industry covering the areas of injection molding, product sampling, verification of automation, material research and testing, and training of suppliers. Mr. Norman has the hands on experience, education and resources that are demanded of an expert in this field. His proven success record includes managing projects for clients such as Schering Plough, Baxter Medical, Medtronics, Gelman, Abbott, Eli Lilly, Johnson and Johnson, Hufriedy, Glaxo, 3M. Carbomedic and many others.

In addition to consulting services, Austoah has also launched the first of its own products for the medical and life science industry. They are offering high quality, polypropylene boxes for storage of 15 ml and 50 ml laboratory tubes. The storage boxes are ideal for storing and transporting tubes in the laboratory or hospital setting. The storage boxes can be maintained under refrigeration or freezing conditions. They can also withstand autoclaving conditions without any damage. These storage boxes can be used to replace the standard cardboard box utilized in many laboratories today. According to the Normans’, "Cardboard boxes can cause particulates and higher mold counts in lab environments. These plastic storage boxes alleviate this contamination problem." Moreover, when cardboard boxes become wet, they break down and lose their shape eventually requiring them to be thrown out. This means that labs are continuously purchasing new cardboard boxes to replace the worn out ones. This expense and wasted time can be avoided by using Austoah’s plastic storage boxes. For more information on these storage boxes, visit http://www.austoah.com/page2.html

About Austoah Manufacturing
Founded in 2004, Austoah Manufacturing, Inc. provides consulting services specifically for medical plastic manufacturing. Their clients include pharmaceutical and medical device companies who outsource plastic components as part of their product development and manufacturing processes. For more information, please visit http://www.austoah.com.

Contact Information:
Marc Norman
Austoah Manufacturing, Inc.
704-506-7378
http://www.austoah.com

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Experts to Demystify the Challenges of Lead-Free Wave Soldering

Free, Live Webcast Seminar... Thursday, March 17th – 11 a.m. to Noon, U.S. E.T.
SMT manufacturing experts will explore and demystify the challenges of lead-free wave soldering in a free, live webcast seminar on Thursday, March 17, 2005, at 11 AM, U.S. Eastern Time.

Franklin, MA (PRWEB) February 28, 2022 -- SMT manufacturing experts will explore and demystify the challenges of lead-free wave soldering in a free, live webcast seminar on Thursday, March 17, 2005, at 11 AM, U.S. Eastern Time.

Hosted by process knowledge experts in lead-free manufacturing and presented by Speedline Technologies, the one-hour webinar will help participants determine if their wave soldering process is truly ready for the transition to lead-free materials. To dispel the many misconceptions about the equipment requirements for lead-free wave soldering, participants in the webinar will gain a bottom-line understanding of what is really required for the transition.

Topics will include:
· Wave solder equipment configurations
· Flux chemistries and solder alloys
· Material/Equipment interaction
· Defect reduction

The free webinar will feature live discussions of process challenges, new technologies, and how-to implementation information – as well as participant questions and answers. Participation is as easy as visiting a website and dialing a toll-free telephone number. To register, or for more information, visit http://www.speedlinetech.com/seminars on the Web, or call +1 508-541-4749

Future webinar topics and dates are scheduled as follows. All are one-hour sessions and are set to begin at 11 AM, U.S. E.T.
· Thurs., Apr. 14: Lead-Free Reflow Soldering
· Thurs., May 19: Lead-Free Reflow Soldering Power & Nitrogen Consumption
· Thurs., Jun. 16: Underfill Dispensing
· Thurs., July 21: Fine Pitch Printing
· Thurs., Aug. 18: Lead-Free Overview
· Thurs., Sept. 15: Lead-Free Wave Soldering
· Thurs., Oct. 20: Lead-Free Reflow Soldering
· Thurs., Nov. 17: Tin Whiskers
· Thurs., Dec. 15: Fine Pitch Printing

About Speedline Technologies
Speedline Technologies is the global leader in process knowledge and
expertise for the PCB assembly and semiconductor industries. Based in
Franklin, Massachusetts, U.S.A., the company markets five best-in-class brands — Accel microelectronics cleaning equipment; Camalot dispensing systems; Electrovert wave soldering, reflow soldering, and cleaning equipment; MPM stencil and screen printing systems; and Protect global services, support, and training solutions. Speedline was named as the “2005 Surface Mount Technology Company of the Year” by Frost & Sullivan.

For more information, visit us at http://www.speedlinetech.com, or contact us at:
· USA: Speedline Technologies, 16 Forge Park, Franklin, MA 02038 USA, Tel: 1-508-520-0083, Fax: 1-508-520-2288
· Europe: Speedline Technologies GmbH, Im Gefierth 14, 63303 Dreieich, Germany, Tel: +49 (0)6103/832-0, Fax: +49(0)6103/832-299
· Asia: Speedline Technologies Asia Pte Ltd, 150 Kampong Ampat, #05-08 KA Centre, Singapore 368324, Tel: 65-6286-6635, Fax: 65-6289-9411

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Register Now for a 2-Day FDA QSR Training Program

QARA Compliance Connection is offering a 2-Day FDA QSR Training course at the Wyndham Harbour Island Hotel in Tampa, Florida on April 28-29th, 2005. This course is intended to provide medical device professionals with a thorough knowledge and practical understanding of the FDA's Quality System Regulation.

(PRWEB) February 28, 2022 -- QARA Compliance Connection is offering a 2-Day FDA QSR training program for professionals involved in the manufacturing of medical devices and compliance with FDA's Quality System Regulation (QSR). This course provides participants with an in-depth knowledge and perspective of the FDA's Quality System Regulation (QSR) in order to enable personnel to implement an FDA compliant quality management system.

Course Highlights Include:
- Review each of the QSR subparts in-depth;
- Outline the FDA Quality System Inspection Technique (QSIT);
- Provide tips for compliance;
- Review common auditor/inspector questions;
- Provide real world examples and interactive discussion on compliance;
- Discuss organizational benefits of compliance;
- Review key terms and definitions;
- and more

This seminar is ideal for those individuals responsible for complying with the regulations as well as those individuals involved in the development, implementation, auditing and maintenance of a company's quality management system.

For more information, contact QARA Compliance Connection, Inc at:
Tel: (813) 784-8457
Web: http:www.qaracc.com

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Materials Manager Makanik of KOYO USA Implements Lean Solutions

(PRWEB) February 28, 2022 -- Koyo Steering Systems (www.koyousa.com) with manufacturing headquarters in Daleville, Virginia, originally signed up with Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com) e-kanban system, Signum, to help manage the flow of some 3000 faxes per day that were being sent to thirty key suppliers on kanban. Koyo, a very lean organization, was internally relying on visual signals to trigger supplier replenishment of consumed inventory. Management of this volume of cards was unwieldy and error prone. Although the visual system was maintaining the flow of inventory, it was at great administrative expense.

Koyo’s first phase was to bring in Signum and migrate the manual faxbans onto an electronic kanban platform that included bar code scanning of inventory, consumption, and automatically conveying that kanban signal to suppliers.

After several months in production, a new Materials Manager, Mark Mekanik, who had come from a more traditional manufacturing environment, was hired to oversee the raw material and purchased parts warehouse. Very early Mekanik discovered that it was impossible to get answers to the seemingly simple questions of:

- How much inventory of part number “X” does KOYO have on hand?
- How much is on order?
- When will it arrive?

These were questions that were easily answered in Mekanik’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) experience, but seemed quite elusive in this flow-oriented kanban replenishment environment.

Mekanik immediately initiated a project that would integrate Signum, Datacraft Solutions’ e-kanban system, with KOYO’s ERP system, Syteline. The goal of this project was to develop a “perpetual inventory system” that would provide answers to key inventory questions, while not disrupting the value the company received from the electronic kanban platform. Koyo went live with this integrated system right after the New Year.

The new workflow has material handlers scanning all products removed from the warehouse and consumed during KOYO’s manufacturing processes. This single activity debits Syteline’s warehouse inventory (of a kanban quantity of material), and checks for a valid blanket purchase order; issues a kanban order to the appropriate supplier. After the agreed upon lead time, the supplier’s shipment arrives on KOYO’s loading dock. Two simple bar code scans, once upon consumption and once upon receipt, serve to manage the entire replenishment process. KOYO now has a streamlined electronic kanban replenishment process and a perpetual inventory system.

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PRONTO ERP Selected by Poppa Corn Concession Leader

Poppa Corn Company Ltd. selects ERP (enterprise resource planning) leader PRONTO North America (www.PRONTOerp.com) to efficiently monitor their two locations in Mississauga and Ottawa, Canada. Poppa Corn sells concession and fun foods, equipment for making pop corn, slushies, coffee, and candy floss. The company’s distinctive Poppa Corn logo has appeared in major movies.

(PRWEB) February 28, 2022 -- Poppa Corn Company Ltd. selects ERP (enterprise resource planning) leader PRONTO North America (www.PRONTOerp.com) to efficiently monitor their two locations in Mississauga and Ottawa, Canada. Poppa Corn sells concession and fun foods, equipment for making pop corn, slushies, coffee, and candy floss. The company’s distinctive Poppa Corn logo has appeared in major movies.

The lack of integration in other ERP systems made the selection of PRONTO ERP obvious. Poppa Corn realized unique benefits in the PRONTO-Xi implementation:
•Serial Number tracking and rental controls is essential in concession business model.
•Inventory Control is critical in a wide variety of retail items.
•Custom modification for Truck delivery routes was a built-in part of the PRONTO-Xi system, whereas other vendors required a third party bolt-on solution.
•Integrated system with access from both locations was a critical product feature that no other vendors provided.

PRONTO North America, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is the North American Master Distributor of PRONTO-Xi, a comprehensive software system allowing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to effectively manage all phases of the supply chain. Far beyond just another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, PRONTO-Xi’s financial and distribution applications are unique and have provided maximum return on investment for a wide variety of organizations since 1976. From PRONTO Planning to PRONTO Production; from PRONTO Forecasting Management to PRONTO Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP); from PRONTO Advanced Warehousing to PRONTO Quality Management System (QMS), the cross-section and breadth of integrated elements addressed by PRONTO-Xi is unmatched in the marketplace and justifies the company’s natural leadership role as the best fully integrated business software solution for more than a quarter century. PRONTO North America is quickly emerging as the distribution sector ERP leader.

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Cartesian Robots Articulate Need for ERP Engineer-to-Order Leader Encom

(PRWEB) February 28, 2022 -- Systematix INC. (www.systematix-inc.com) is located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the "Technology Triangle" of Ontario, with excellent Universities and a multitude of high tech supporting industries within minutes of the corporate manufacturing facility. Systematix has manufactured, installed, and serviced complex factory automation systems for customers in many areas of North America, and around the world.

Recently, the world class designer and manufacturer of factory automation machinery, including specialty robotic assembly and test systems for the plastic, electronic, window/door and automotive industries since 1988 selected new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) technology to maintain their position as an industry leader.

The robotics division of Systematix utilizes six axis, SCARA and Cartesian robots in a wide variety of applications from automotive to medical. Typical uses include part handling between multiple machining centers and reducing the tooling needs by adding flexibility in robotic mounting.

Systematix provides turnkey solutions to satisfy our customers' most difficult challenges since innovative designs are uniquely utilized. This ETO (Engineer-to-Order) environment created a technology selection challenge for the company, since many ERP vendors claiming to address the ETO market have not managed to do so.

According to TR Cutler, spokesperson for the ETO Institute (www.etoinstitute.org), “The challenges that Systematix face as an engineer-to-order manufacturers are not unique. Finding technology solutions that claim ETO functionality is not always validated. Only a few vendors actually understand and provide appropriate answers for the ETO sector. Their eventual selection makes great sense.”

After careful consideration the Canadian Robotic firm selected Encompix ETO ERP. Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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February 27, 2022

A3 Technologies Completes Wireless Installation

A3 Technologies has just completed the deployment of a new wireless data collection system for a major chemical manufacturer in Georgia, Chemtall Incorporated, a division on SNF Inc.

(PRWEB) February 27, 2022 -- Chemtall’s new inventory tracking system, based on the Dolphin 9500 from Hand Held Products and centered around a Cisco wireless infrastructure, interacts directly with Chemtall’s MRP system for inventory control and logistical tracking.

“This is a great example of how A3’s Mobile Product Solutions and Custom Engineering experience enable clients to accurately track their assets and products”, stated Alan Morris, Vice President of A3 Technologies. “Chemtall needed a portable wireless scanning system which would seamlessly collect data at the dock, track assets through the manufacturing process, process for shipping, and print a label on the go. This process was mapped out in detail with Chemtall to accurately match their business process. A3’s Custom Engineering team created the application for the client devices as well as integrated A3’s Remote Server Application for handling the real time exchange of data in and out of the customer’s database.”

For the Wireless Site Survey, Chemtall used A3’s Professional Services Group to test the Warehouse and Manufaturing Areas for an efficient coverage pattern for uninterrupted connectivity to the network. Due to the varying size of inventory products and location, multiple environment scenarios had to be modeled and tested to insure wireless coverage.
To complete the project, the team from A3 provided classroom training for the employees on how to operate the system including:

-Instruction on the operation of the Dolphin 9500
-How to use the custom .Net Application
-How to use the Zebra Bluetooth Printers

The IT department received additional training on supporting the database and administrative practices. A3 was able to provide all of those services – on time and on budget.”

A3 Technologies, Inc. is a premier integrator of mobile data management systems; developing, deploying and servicing productivity solutions based on diverse wireless technologies, innovative software applications for portable barcode devices and RFID for mobile asset tracking and asset security. A3 provides customer-specific solutions in route accounting, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, logistics and other industries; all aimed at improving the productivity of the mobile worker.

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Lean Manufacturing Software OnDemand

FactoryDNA Delivers Enterprise-Level Quality, Rapid Deployment and Low Total Cost of Ownership

(PRWEB) February 27, 2022 -- “We have been able to implement FactoryDNA’s OnDemand Enterprise in a matter of days and have created tremendous savings for our clients,” said Masaki Imai, Founder of the Kaizen Institute. “FactoryDNA’s unique lean expertise combined with a best practices platform for lean manufacturing is helping us implement lean manufacturing quicker and make the gains stick.”

FactoryDNA (http://www.factorydna.com)delivers the functionality and performance of an enterprise-class manufacturing application, but can be implemented in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions. OnDemand Enterprise is a feature-rich, hosted software solution that enhances the results and sustainability of lean manufacturing initiatives by empowering manufacturers with innovative lean tools. These tools include:

• Seamless Data Synchronization with Enterprise Systems – Built from the ground up to compliment existing systems, OnDemand Enterprise enables rapid synchronization with ERP, APS, MES and others.
• Policy Deployment and Modeling – OnDemand Enterprise allows companies to model their operation, create what-if scenarios, perform lean accounting, and generate scorecards to be used in establishing a lean implementation roadmap.
• Lean Manufacturing Decision Support – OnDemand Enterprise offers a powerful engine to support the analysis, design and management of different build-models using pull-based manufacturing techniques.
• Real-Time Visibility – Key metrics such as inventory turns, service levels, operating costs, and lead-times can be viewed in real-time through configurable dashboards.

“FactoryDNA is revolutionizing the manner in which the food and consumer goods industry manages their factories and supply chains,” said John McCook, former executive of Unilever companies. “Corporations like Wal-Mart are quickly forcing companies to change from a push system to a Demand Driven environment with a direct connection back to the factory. OnDemand Enterprise offers companies the best tools for accelerating that conversion.”

“Our mission is to deliver lean software and services to power lean enterprises,” said Richard Lebovitz, Chief Executive of FactoryDNA. “OnDemand Enterprise is the first genuine lean software solution that was built to support lean conversions from beginning to end. Everything before it has been too expensive, taken too long to implement and didn’t provide the right tools to accelerate lean benefits and make them sustainable. OnDemand is going to change the manufacturing software market permanently.”

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February 26, 2022

PRONTO ERP Wins Canadian Cutting Tool Business

(PRWEB) February 25, 2022 -- Frank Brasier & Sons Limited (www.frankbrasier.com) selected ERP (enterprise resource planning) leader PRONTO North America (www.PRONTOerp.com) to efficiently monitor the Brampton and Windsor, Ontario manufacturing operations. Brasier is a high quality cutting tools and sawing solutions provider to industry professionals since 1955

The primary reasons the Canadian firm chose PRONTO-Xi ERP versus other systems include:
•A fully integrated system allowing all facets to communicate efficiently and effectively; other systems had components yet were not fully integrated.
•Product and Inventory Control with Serial Number tracking (a crucial element in an operation with significant parts.)
•The ability to add a custom modification to calculate saw blade inventory
•The ability to add a service module (critical for customer satisfaction and tracking).
•Operates on multiple platforms, and integrates with Microsoft desktop products.

PRONTO North America, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is the North American Master Distributor of PRONTO-Xi, a comprehensive software system allowing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to effectively manage all phases of the supply chain. Far beyond just another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, PRONTO-Xi’s financial and distribution applications are unique and have provided maximum return on investment for a wide variety of organizations since 1976

From PRONTO Planning to PRONTO Production; from PRONTO Forecasting Management to PRONTO Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP); from PRONTO Advanced Warehousing to PRONTO Quality Management System (QMS), the cross-section and breadth of integrated elements addressed by PRONTO-Xi is unmatched in the marketplace and justifies the company’s natural leadership role as the best fully integrated business software solution for more than a quarter century. PRONTO North America is quickly emerging as the distribution sector ERP leader.

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February 25, 2022

The ETO Difference: Cost Variances from Standard vs. from Original Estimate

(PRWEB) February 25, 2022 -- A repetitive manufacturer looks at cost variances from the standard; an ETO manufacturer looks at cost variances from the original estimate.

Manufacturing enterprises are far from uniform, of course, most obviously in size, resources, and end products. Behind those visible distinctions, however, are corresponding differences as well in their automation and collaboration technology needs, reflected in their respective partnerships, and in the enterprise solutions they choose to facilitate sought-after efficiencies. The interaction between suppliers and ETO (engineer-to-order) manufacturers, for example, is far more critical than that between suppliers and their repetitive manufacturer customers. In many instances, the materials requested by ETO enterprises are unique to particular jobs or applications at hand and are ordered infrequently. Lead times are typically compressed, with tight scheduling and no margin for error.

The nature of ETO manufacturing, therefore, presents its own series of challenges. A yacht builder, for example, constructs individual and exclusive custom vessels—no two luxury boats are exactly the same. Such distinctions make a tremendous difference in how midmarket ETO manufacturers handle their ERP (enterprise resource planning) and SCM (supply chain management) requirements.

According to TR Cutler, spokesperson for the ETO Institute, www.etoinstitute.org, "These types of distinctions are the precise purpose of this organization. The focus is not on manufacturing sectors, but rather the manufacturing process. There is an opportunity to consider the unique technologies and tools available for Engineer-to-Order manufactures."

Cutler estimated that there are just under 30,000 "pure" ETO manufacturers in North America yet noted, "Increasingly there are manufacturing companies that are generally repetitive in the manufacturing process yet now want to offer ETO solutions for their demanding customers."

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PRONTO ERP Selected by Leading Hydraulic Hose Manufacturer

(PRWEB) February 25, 2022 -- Alfagomma America, Inc. (www.alfagomma.com), manufacturer and distributor of hydraulic hose assemblies for OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) selected ERP (enterprise resource planning) leader PRONTO North America (www.PRONTOerp.com) to efficiently monitor the U.S. operation. With several other worldwide locations of Alfagomma successfully utilizing PRONTO since 2003, Alfagomma America objectively reviewed and select PRONTO-Xi based on its broad functionality for both the manufacturing and distribution markets.

Dino Sacchetti, Financial Controller and Systems Manager, insisted that, “PRONTO suits the needs of a typical Alfagomma branch, that is, a mid-size assembly or distribution operation.” Sacchetti continued, “PRONTO has continued to enhance the system over the years, both functionally and technically.” Sacchetti also noted the PRONTO competitive pricing made the decision easy.

Other benefits Alfagomma realized during the PRONTO-Xi implementation included rich functionality, flexibility, and strong integration with the Microsoft desktop tools.

PRONTO North America, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is the North American Master Distributor of PRONTO-Xi, a comprehensive software system allowing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to effectively manage all phases of the supply chain. Far beyond just another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System, PRONTO-Xi’s financial and distribution applications are unique and have provided maximum return on investment for a wide variety of organizations since 1976.

From PRONTO Planning to PRONTO Production; from PRONTO Forecasting Management to PRONTO Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP); from PRONTO Advanced Warehousing to PRONTO Quality Management System (QMS), the cross-section and breadth of integrated elements addressed by PRONTO-Xi is unmatched in the marketplace and justifies the company’s natural leadership role as the best fully integrated business software solution for more than a quarter century. PRONTO North America is quickly emerging as the distribution sector ERP leader.

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VA Manufacturer Finds Integration with ERP and E-Kanban

(PRWEB) February 25, 2022 -- Koyo Steering Systems (www.koyousa.com) with manufacturing headquarters in Daleville, Virginia, originally signed up with Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com) e-kanban system, Signum, to help manage the flow of some 3000 faxes per day that were being sent to thirty key suppliers on kanban. Koyo, a very lean organization, was internally relying on visual signals to trigger supplier replenishment of consumed inventory. Management of this volume of cards was unwieldy and error prone. Although the visual system was maintaining the flow of inventory, it was at great administrative expense.

Koyo’s first phase was to bring in Signum and migrate the manual faxbans onto an electronic kanban platform that included bar code scanning of inventory, consumption, and automatically conveying that kanban signal to suppliers.

After several months in production, a new Materials Manager, Mark Mekanik, who had come from a more traditional manufacturing environment, was hired to oversee the raw material and purchased parts warehouse.

Very early Mekanik discovered that it was impossible to get answers to the seemingly simple questions of:
•How much inventory of part number “X” does KOYO have on hand?
•How much is on order?
•When will it arrive?

These were questions that were easily answered in Mekanik’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) experience, but seemed quite elusive in this flow-oriented kanban replenishment environment.

Mekanik immediately initiated a project that would integrate Signum, Datacraft Solutions’ e-kanban system, with KOYO’s ERP system, Syteline. The goal of this project was to develop a “perpetual inventory system” that would provide answers to key inventory questions, while not disrupting the value the company received from the electronic kanban platform. Koyo went live with this integrated system right after the New Year.

The new workflow has material handlers scanning all products removed from the warehouse and consumed during KOYO’s manufacturing processes. This single activity debits Syteline’s warehouse inventory (of a kanban quantity of material), and checks for a valid blanket purchase order; issues a kanban order to the appropriate supplier. After the agreed upon lead time, the supplier’s shipment arrives on KOYO’s loading dock. Two simple bar code scans, once upon consumption and once upon receipt, serve to manage the entire replenishment process. KOYO now has a streamlined electronic kanban replenishment process and a perpetual inventory system.

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Scott Specialty Gases European Facility Achieves ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation

Accreditation to Manufacture Reference Calibration Gases

Plumsteadville, PA (PRWEB) February 25, 2022 -- Scott Specialty Gases recently announced that its manufacturing facility located in Breda, Netherlands recently passed an audit conducted by the Dutch Accreditation Council (RvA) leading to ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. The accreditation certifies the facility as a "competent testing and calibration laboratory." Now known as Calibration Laboratory K064, Scott's Breda facility will be permitted to manufacture and sell metrology level-2 reference materials, also known as Certified Reference Materials (CRMs).

CRMs are internationally recognized and are the equivalent of NIST-Traceable Reference Standards (NTRMs). NTRMs are level-2 reference materials that are accredited by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology. Jack de Jong, Vice President of Scott's Breda facility, stated, "This represents a major achievement for our operation. As an ISO/IEC 17025 certified testing and calibration laboratory, we can now add CRMs to our product line for sale throughout Europe to customers with environmental monitoring, petrochemical and automotive application needs." De Jong added, "It also enhances our credibility in the marketplace as a leading world supplier of many types of calibration gases that provide guaranteed 1% accuracy."

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is comprised of a network of national standards institutes from 147 countries. Their objective is to improve customer satisfaction through development of international quality management standards that relate to the manufacture and delivery of products and services. More than a half-million organizations located in more than 60 countries participate in the ISO 9000 certification process.

Scott Specialty Gases is a recognized technology leader in the development of EPA protocol gases as well as a worldwide supplier of high-purity pure gases and mixed gases for industrial, scientific, medical and semiconductor applications. Scott is also the single-source producer of gaseous Standard Reference Material candidates (SRMs) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Numerous Scott manufacturing facilities provide convenient worldwide delivery while this website empowers Scott customers to reduce operating costs via online ordering, inventory management and many other innovative eTools.

For more information about Scott products and services, browse this website, contact Scott Technical Services Group at 800-21-SCOTT

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February 24, 2022

Groundbreaking Research on ERP vs Best-of-Breed Supply Chain Software

Groundbreaking Research Finds Flawed Corporate Decisions Processes, Users Looking for Improvements from Both Types of Vendors
Detailed research with nearly 200 companies shows on the critical topic of ERP versus "best-of-breed" supply chain software applications (both planning and execution areas) shows users rate best-of-breed solutions substantially higher in most dimensions, while internal politics and lack of real facts hamper internal decision processes. This is the most comprehensive research to date on the important topic. The reports include detailed survey data, analysis and synthesis of this data, and recommends an improved framework for decision-making.

Dayton, OH (PRWEB) February 24, 2022 -- With many companies struggling with the issue of selecting ERP or best-of-breed technology vendors, on-line publisher SupplyChainDigest™ announced today the release of two major research reports that provide the most comprehensive look to date at this critical issue. The reports, based on in-depth surveys with 160 leading companies and dozens of one-on-one interviews with corporate decision-makers and other thought leaders, focus separately on Supply Chain Planning and Supply Chain Execution software areas.

Perhaps no other issue is as important right now to both end user companies and supply chain technology providers as the ERP versus best-of-breed wars. SupplyChainDigest’s research reports identify in detail how companies rate ERP versus best-of-breed solutions across both planning and execution, identify the challenges and myths companies face when making this decision, and provide an integrated framework for effectively managing the process.

Some of the key findings of the research include:
-- By a fairly substantial margin, respondents did rate best-of-breed applications substantially higher than ERP in most functional and value-related categories.
-- Many companies are using fundamentally flawed decisions processes, rife with internal politics and often absent clear facts.
-- There are exceptions. Some companies, especially those with supply chain/operational ownership of the system decision and a focus on business objectives, have been able to move beyond the politics and make highly informed decisions.
-- The “integration” issue for best-of-breed is overrated in many cases.
-- Users want both best-of-breed and ERP providers to improve. They want best-of-breed vendors to bring more knowledge about differences with ERP and how those differences really translate into value, while they want ERP providers to bring a lot more supply chain expertise to the table.

Detail on these findings, the complete survey results, and SupplyChainDigest’s decision framework for making the ERP versus best-of-breed decision are all found in the two reports. Both are available at no charge to current or new subscribers to SupplyChainDigest.

They can be accessed at www.scdigest.com

Note to editors: SupplyChainDigest president Dan Gilmore, lead author of the reports, has detailed and unique insight into this critical question of ERP versus best-of-breed. He is available for interviews to summarize the study findings and his observations.

About SupplyChainDigest
SupplyChainDigest™ is the industry’s premier interactive knowledge source, providing timely, relevant, in-context information. Reaching tens of thousands of supply chain and logistics decision-makers each week, our flagship publications - SupplyChainDigest and SupplyChainDigest – Logistics Edition, and web site (www.scdigest.com) deliver news, opinions and information to help end users improve supply chain processes and find technology solutions.

For more information, contact SupplyChainDigest at:
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Should Companies Be Allowed to Fire Smokers? Safety.BLR.com Poll Says No

After Weyco Inc., a benefits administrator in Michigan, implemented a policy prohibiting employees from smoking, even in non-work hours, Safety.BLR.com conducted a national poll of health and safety managers. The company was trying to control health care costs. The results: Employers shouldn’t be allowed to fire workers who smoke away from work, according to nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of those who responded.

Old Saybrook, CT (PRWEB) February 24, 2022 -- After an employer in Michigan implemented a policy prohibiting employees from smoking, even in non-work hours, Safety.BLR.com conducted a national poll of health and safety managers. The results: Employers shouldn’t be allowed to fire workers who smoke away from work, according to nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of those who responded.

Twenty percent of respondents said employers should be allowed to fire someone who smokes in non-work hours. The remaining 8 percent said they were unsure. Firing smokers is a hot-button topic—more than 900 people cast their votes in the poll. It was conducted during the week of February 8 by Safety.BLR.com, a website that makes safety training and compliance easier.

Something has to give in healthcare costs Weyco Inc., a benefits administrator based in Okemos, Michigan, gave workers time to quit and initiated a mandatory testing program. The founder of the company, Howard Weyers, says he’s trying to fight rising healthcare costs with the no-smoking policy. Michigan has no law protecting smokers from discrimination, but more than half of U.S. states have laws with some sort of protection.

Sean Dean, editor at Safety.BLR.com, predicted that more employers facing double-digit healthcare cost increases will implement similar policies if their state allows them. “Something has to give in healthcare, and smokers are an easy target. They tend to become sick more frequently and more seriously, miss more work, and take more breaks. We’re even beginning to see companies that are asking employees to state that none of their dependents are smokers,” he added. Critics of no-smoking policies that cover non-work hours wonder whether employers will try barring other employee activities that take place outside of work, such as alcohol consumption.

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Dj Orthopedics and e-Kanban Leader Datacraft Solutions Key Focus of AME Workshop

The Association of Manufacturing Excellence Western Region will host a two day, two plant workshop with tours. Both plants of dj Orthopedics were top 25 finalists in 2004 and the dj Orthopedics Mexico plant went on to earn a Top 10 Winner Award!

(PRWEB) February 24, 2022 -- The Association of Manufacturing Excellence Western Region will host a two day, two plant workshop with tours. Both plants of dj Orthopedics were top 25 finalists in 2004 and the dj Orthopedics Mexico plant went on to earn a Top 10 Winner Award! This workshop event held March 1 & 2, will show how dj Orthopedics went from a traditional big batch departmental operation to a lean, cell-oriented culture. Key emphasis will be placed on overall strategy, line-of-sight management, cultural change using the kaizen blitz approach, development of kanban systems, visual factory and more. According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), the e-kanban solution used by dj Orthopedics, “It is an incredible honor to have been chosen by one of the world's leading lean manufacturers to take their kanban system to the next level. Those attending the tour and workshop will learn about how kanban efficiency is at the core of lean manufacturing principles and practice."

During this event attendees will learn strategies used to move from traditional batch and queue factory to a cellular, focused factory, supply chain strategies, setting up kanban, creating scorecards for your teams and cells and measuring the right things to move toward world class performance.

dj Orthopedics is the world's largest manufacturer and seller of orthopedic braces. With plants in Vista, California and in nearby Tijuana, Mexico, dj Ortho has embraced the Kaizen Blitz continuous improvement process to reshape its enterprise. With innovative improvements to the supply chain, daily pull-based scheduling by cell, kanban systems, visual factory and more, dj Orthopedics was the only company in all of North America to have two plant finalists in IndustryWeek Best Plants of 2004 program.

Forbes selected DJ Orthopedics as #88 of the 200 best small companies in America in 2004. Leaders from the two plants are regularly asked to share best practices with other practitioners at AME national and regional events. Attendees may be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before participating in the plant tour. Also, valid passport or proof of citizenship or right to work is required for entry/exit from Mexico and US.

To register: contact Association for Manufacturing Excellence at 847-520-3282

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Kanban System by Datacraft Solutions Win VA Manufacturer’s Business

Koyo Steering Systems (www.koyousa.com) with manufacturing headquarters in Daleville, Virginia, originally signed up with Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com) e-kanban system, Signum, to help manage the flow of some 3000 faxes per day that were being sent to thirty key suppliers on kanban.

(PRWEB) February 24, 2022 -- Koyo Steering Systems (www.koyousa.com) with manufacturing headquarters in Daleville, Virginia, originally signed up with Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com) e-kanban system, Signum, to help manage the flow of some 3000 faxes per day that were being sent to thirty key suppliers on kanban. Koyo, a very lean organization, was internally relying on visual signals to trigger supplier replenishment of consumed inventory. Management of this volume of cards was unwieldy and error prone. Although the visual system was maintaining the flow of inventory, it was at great administrative expense.

Koyo’s first phase was to bring in Signum and migrate the manual faxbans onto an electronic kanban platform that included bar code scanning of inventory, consumption, and automatically conveying that kanban signal to suppliers.

After several months in production, a new Materials Manager, Mark Mekanik, who had come from a more traditional manufacturing environment, was hired to oversee the raw material and purchased parts warehouse. Very early Mekanik discovered that it was impossible to get answers to the seemingly simple questions of:

• How much inventory of part number “X” does KOYO have on hand?
• How much is on order?
• When will it arrive?

These were questions that were easily answered in Mekanik’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) experience, but seemed quite elusive in this flow-oriented kanban replenishment environment.

Mekanik immediately initiated a project that would integrate Signum, Datacraft Solutions’ e-kanban system, with KOYO’s ERP system, Syteline. The goal of this project was to develop a “perpetual inventory system” that would provide answers to key inventory questions, while not disrupting the value the company received from the electronic kanban platform. Koyo went live with this integrated system right after the New Year.

The new workflow has material handlers scanning all products removed from the warehouse and consumed during KOYO’s manufacturing processes. This single activity debits Syteline’s warehouse inventory (of a kanban quantity of material), and checks for a valid blanket purchase order; issues a kanban order to the appropriate supplier. After the agreed upon lead time, the supplier’s shipment arrives on KOYO’s loading dock. Two simple bar code scans, once upon consumption and once upon receipt, serve to manage the entire replenishment process. KOYO now has a streamlined electronic kanban replenishment process and a perpetual inventory system.

Posted by Industrial at 02:33 AM | Comments (0)

Encompix Wins Canadian Robotic ERP Engineer-to-Order Business

Systematix Inc. (www.systematix-inc.com) is located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the "Technology Triangle" of Ontario, with excellent Universities and a multitude of high tech supporting industries within minutes of the corporate manufacturing facility.

(PRWEB) February 24, 2022 -- Systematix Inc. (www.systematix-inc.com) is located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the "Technology Triangle" of Ontario, with excellent Universities and a multitude of high tech supporting industries within minutes of the corporate manufacturing facility. Systematix has manufactured, installed, and serviced complex factory automation systems for customers in many areas of North America, and around the world.

Recently, the world class designer and manufacturer of factory automation machinery, including specialty robotic assembly and test systems for the plastic, electronic, window/door and automotive industries since 1988 selected new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) technology to maintain their position as an industry leader.

The robotics division of Systematix utilizes six axis, SCARA and Cartesian robots in a wide variety of applications from automotive to medical. Typical uses include part handling between multiple machining centers and reducing the tooling needs by adding flexibility in robotic mounting.

Systematix provides turnkey solutions to satisfy our customers' most difficult challenges since innovative designs are uniquely utilized. This ETO (Engineer-to-Order) environment created a technology selection challenge for the company, since many ERP vendors claiming to address the ETO market have not managed to do so.

According to TR Cutler, spokesperson for the ETO Institute (www.etoinstitute.org), “The challenges that Systematix face as an engineer-to-order manufacturers are not unique. Finding technology solutions that claim ETO functionality is not always validated. Only a few vendors actually understand and provide appropriate answers for the ETO sector. Their eventual selection makes great sense.”

After careful consideration the Canadian Robotic firm selected Encompix ETO ERP. Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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The ETO Difference: Inventory Based on Part Number vs. Job Order

A repetitive manufacturer makes few engineering changes; an engineer-to-order manufacturer makes a significant number of engineering changes.

(PRWEB) February 24, 2022 -- A repetitive manufacturer makes few engineering changes; an engineer-to-order manufacturer makes a significant number of engineering changes.

Manufacturing enterprises are far from uniform, of course, most obviously in size, resources, and end products. Behind those visible distinctions, however, are corresponding differences as well in their automation and collaboration technology needs, reflected in their respective partnerships, and in the enterprise solutions they choose to facilitate sought-after efficiencies. The interaction between suppliers and ETO (engineer-to-order) manufacturers, for example, is far more critical than that between suppliers and their repetitive manufacturer customers. In many instances, the materials requested by ETO enterprises are unique to particular jobs or applications at hand and are ordered infrequently. Lead times are typically compressed, with tight scheduling and no margin for error.
The nature of ETO manufacturing, therefore, presents its own series of challenges. A yacht builder, for example, constructs individual and exclusive custom vessels—no two luxury boats are exactly the same. Such distinctions make a tremendous difference in how midmarket ETO manufacturers handle their ERP (enterprise resource planning) and SCM (supply chain management) requirements:
According to TR Cutler, spokesperson for the ETO Institute, www.etoinstitute.org, "These types of distinctions are the precise purpose of this organization. The focus is not on manufacturing sectors, but rather the manufacturing process. There is an opportunity to consider the unique technologies and tools available for Engineer-to-Order manufactures."

Cutler estimated that there are just under 30,000 "pure" ETO manufacturers in North America yet noted, "Increasingly there are manufacturing companies that are generally repetitive in the manufacturing process yet now want to offer ETO solutions for their demanding customers."

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February 23, 2022

Sam Bayer to Address APICS Group on February 22nd Focus: Lean Kanban

Sam Bayer, PHD, President, Datacraft Solutions will address APICS, Association for Operations Management on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Asheville, North Carolina.

(PRWEB) February 23, 2022 -- Sam Bayer, PHD, President, Datacraft Solutions addressed APICS, Association for Operations Management on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Asheville, North Carolina

Bayer is the nation’s leading authority on Rapid Application Development, having authored several books and served as frequent national public speaker. A graduate of Capella University’s School of Management, Bayer specializes in e-Business, Strategic Marketing, and IT Project Management. Sam Bayer, Ph.D., has been President of Datacraft Solutions since June of 2004. He was Founder and CEO of MarketAcuity, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in Lean Product Development and Commercialization of Technology.

Bayer has over 22 years experience in the application and commercialization of Science and Technology, with a particular focus on application software and services. In 1986, after a six-year career with IBM as a laboratory scientist and product planner, Sam co-founded Axiom Systems Inc. He led the operations of Axiom Systems’ marketing, sales and services organizations through its initial venture funding rounds and product launches, through its IPO and international market expansion three years later.

Throughout the course of the 1990’s, Bayer held a variety of management positions at AGFA, Amdahl, Sapiens and Haht Commerce. During that time, he was responsible for developing organizations, delivering products, and implementing projects that catered to the: Graphics Arts, Insurance, Finance, Academic, Transportation, Manufacturing and Process related industries. Most recently, his focus has been on eCommerce, eLearning and Supply Chain Execution applications.

Lean Kanban will be the focus of Bayer’s remarks for this APICS event which will begin promptly at 6pm. Program details:

• Discussing Kanban’s contribution to the lean journey
• Keeping the introduction of Kanban lean
• How a Lean transformation ensures a company’s survival Management’s critical support role in supporting JIT execution and Kanban
• The 3 types of Kanban systems and their major benefits and strategies for how and when to best implement
• How Kanban reveals additional sources of waste

APICS—The Educational Society for Resource Management is the recognized global leader in professional certifications, educational programs, and publications for manufacturing and service industry professionals across the entire supply chain. Founded in 1957, the society supports nearly 60,000 members in 20,000 companies worldwide. To learn more, visit the APICS community at www.apics.org

Contact: Reba [email protected] e-mail protected from spam bots to reserve seating or go to www.datacraftsolutions.com for information about Bayer and Lean Kanban.

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e-Kanban Leader Datacraft Solutions Key Focus of AME Workshop and Tours March 1 & 2

The Association of Manufacturing Excellence Western Region will host a two day, two plant workshop with tours. Both plants of dj Orthopedics were top 25 finalists in 2004 and the dj Orthopedics Mexico plant went on to earn a Top 10 Winner Award!

(PRWEB) February 23, 2022 -- The Association of Manufacturing Excellence Western Region will host a two day, two plant workshop with tours. Both plants of dj Orthopedics were top 25 finalists in 2004 and the dj Orthopedics Mexico plant went on to earn a Top 10 Winner Award!
This workshop event held March 1 & 2, will show how dj Orthopedics went from a traditional big batch departmental operation to a lean, cell-oriented culture. Key emphasis will be placed on overall strategy, line-of-sight management, cultural change using the kaizen blitz approach, development of kanban systems, visual factory and more.

According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), the e-kanban solution used by dj Orthopedics, “It is an incredible honor to have been chosen by one of the world's leading lean manufacturers to take their kanban system to the next level. Those attending the tour and workshop will learn about how kanban efficiency is at the core of lean manufacturing principles and practice."

During this event attendees will learn strategies used to move from traditional batch and queue factory to a cellular, focused factory, supply chain strategies, setting up kanban, creating scorecards for your teams and cells and measuring the right things to move toward world class performance.

dj Orthopedics is the world's largest manufacturer and seller of orthopedic braces. With plants in Vista, California and in nearby Tijuana, Mexico, dj Ortho has embraced the Kaizen Blitz continuous improvement process to reshape its enterprise. With innovative improvements to the supply chain, daily pull-based scheduling by cell, kanban systems, visual factory and more, dj Orthopedics was the only company in all of North America to have two plant finalists in IndustryWeek Best Plants of 2004 program.

Forbes selected dj Orthopedics as #88 of the 200 best small companies in America in 2004. Leaders from the two plants are regularly asked to share best practices with other practitioners at AME national and regional events.

Attendees may be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before participating in the plant tour. Also, valid passport or proof of citizenship or right to work is required for entry/exit from Mexico and US.

To register: contact Association for Manufacturing Excellence at 847-520-3282

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February 22, 2022

Webcom, Inc. Appoints Chris Lesar as Executive Vice President

Industry Veteran Fills Marketing/Alliances/Corporate Development Role and Strengthens Management Team

Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) February 22, 2022 -- Webcom, Inc., a leader in simplified quote-to-order enablement for the selling of complex products and services, announces the appointment of Chris Lesar as executive vice president. In this role, Lesar has responsibility for marketing, alliances and corporate development globally.

“Chris complements the team well, as he brings a deep understanding of the issues surrounding the selling of complex products and services,” said Aleks Ivanovic, president and founder of Webcom, Inc. “He is a tremendous addition to the management team, having already made a significant impact in our expanding globally, creating market awareness and establishing key partnerships. His keen understanding of the marketplace will help fashion product and marketing strategy to continually drive more value to our clients,” added Ivanovic.

Chris Lesar brings a wealth of experience in software commercialization. Prior to Webcom, Lesar was vice president of marketing and business development at Curl Corporation, including responsibility for Asia Pacific operations. His efforts in that region led to an acquisition by a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation. As vice president of operations for Dirig Software, Lesar drove year-on-year revenue growth of 250%, launched the industry’s first cross-platform application server management solution, and brought key partnerships with IBM Global Services, Sun and Aprisma Management Technologies to revenue production.

Before Dirig, Lesar held a number of key positions at SSA, an ERP provider, including vice president of solutions management and marketing, which oversaw product marketing, industry and solutions marketing, business development and analyst relations, as well as a two year stint in the UK as director of business consulting in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Lesar holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Operations Research and Management from the University of Wisconsin.

“I am pleased to join the Webcom team at such an exciting time in their history and help accelerate the marketplace awareness and acceptance of Webcom’s industry defining products and services,” said Lesar. “Equally impressive, as the team, is the significant value that our clients derive through the implementation of our solution, WebSource CPQ.”

About Webcom, Inc.
Webcom, Inc. provides software solutions that simplify the quote-to-order process for the selling of complex products and services. Requiring only a browser, WebSource CPQ allows customers to configure, price, quote and propose their offerings across multiple sales and distribution channels, anytime, anywhere. WebSource CPQ not only handles the traditional bill of material, routing and diagram generation tasks frequently associated with product configurators, but also addresses the guided selling, proposal generation and multi-level channel management tasks associated with sales configurators. The solution helps drive increased revenues and margins, increased customer satisfaction, reduced costs and improved productivity. Companies utilizing Webcom’s products and services include Rockwell Automation, Danfoss, Corning Cable Systems, Verity, Grayhill and GE Industrial Systems. Founded in 1997, Webcom is a privately held corporation headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with offices in the USA and Europe. For more information, visit Webcom at http://www.webcominc.com or call 414-273-4442 (toll free 877-508-6323)

Media Contact:
Webcom, Inc.
Nancy Syverson
(414) 273-4442

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Paragon Consulting Selects BlueBridge Networks™

BlueBridge Networks, LLC is has signed an agreement to partner with Paragon Consulting, Inc. a premier information technology consulting firm based in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) February 22, 2022 -- BlueBridge Networks, LLC ("BlueBridge") is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to partner with Paragon Consulting, Inc. (“Paragon”) Inc., a premier information technology consulting firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. Paragon specializes in custom software application development and business process re-engineering for a wide variety of industries. BlueBridge Networks™ becomes the provider of choice to Paragon and its clients for disaster recovery, business continuity, managed network security, data storage, and collocation services.

Mark Atwood – President and CEO of Paragon, announced, “We have found the right partner with BlueBridge Networks™ in the business continuity and disaster recovery arena, which is an excellent supplementary service for our clients.” Atwood continued, “BlueBridge’s commitment to quality dovetails perfectly with our own commitments to excellence and allows us to confidently provide a competitive solution that our clients have long requested. Partnering like this across different sectors of a common market should further solidify both firms as premier providers of IT services.”

“Our partnership with Paragon cements a formidable relationship in the healthcare, financial, and manufacturing industries,” noted Neil J. Adelman – Chief Executive Officer of BlueBridge Networks™ Adelman added, “Our agreement with Paragon also solidifies the rapport of two market-leading Cleveland, Ohio-based technology companies. It is our core philosophy to partner with high quality regional consultancies, especially one of the caliber of Paragon Consulting.”

Paragon Consulting is a premier IT consulting firm with an 11 year track record of building trusting relationships helping our clients achieve their goals using technology to help solve business problems. Their services include:
• Custom Software Application Design and Development
• Business Process Re-Engineering
• Staffing To Compliment IT Departments (Staff Augmentation)
• Web Design & Development
• Data Warehousing and Data Mining
• Information Technology Planning

For more information on Paragon Consulting, visit their website at http://www.paragon-inc.com
or contact Mark Atwood at 440-684-3101.

BlueBridge Networks™ owns and operates several state-of-the-art, carrier-class Internet Data Centers, and is a leading facilities based provider of Disaster Recovery ("DR") and Business Continuity ("BC") Services such as High Availability Collocation for mission-critical hosting, Dedicated Internet Access, Managed Network Security Services (Managed Firewall & VPN), Managed Storage: {Remote Backup, Tape Backup and Restore (TB&R;), and Storage Area Networking (SAN)}, Secure Collaboration (Secure E-mail, Web, Group Calendaring, Secure Internet Messaging, and Business Continuity.

For more information, please visit the BlueBridge website at http://www.bluebridgenetworks.com or contact Media Relations at 216 621 BLUE [2583] ext. 2222

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Datacraft Solutions President to Address NC APICS Group on February 22nd

Sam Bayer, PHD, President, Datacraft Solutions will address APICS, Association for Operations Management on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Asheville, North Carolina.

(PRWEB) February 22, 2022 -- Sam Bayer, PHD, President, Datacraft Solutions will address APICS, Association for Operations Management on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Asheville, North Carolina. Bayer is the nation’s leading authority on Rapid Application Development, having authored several books and served as frequent national public speaker. A graduate of Capella University’s School of Management, Bayer specializes in e-Business, Strategic Marketing, and IT Project Management. Sam Bayer, Ph.D., has been President of Datacraft Solutions since June of 2004. He was Founder and CEO of MarketAcuity, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in Lean Product Development and Commercialization of Technology.

Bayer has over 22 years experience in the application and commercialization of Science and Technology, with a particular focus on application software and services. In 1986, after a six-year career with IBM as a laboratory scientist and product planner, Sam co-founded Axiom Systems Inc. He led the operations of Axiom Systems’ marketing, sales and services organizations through its initial venture funding rounds and product launches, through its IPO and international market expansion three years later.

Throughout the course of the 1990’s, Bayer held a variety of management positions at AGFA, Amdahl, Sapiens and Haht Commerce. During that time, he was responsible for developing organizations, delivering products, and implementing projects that catered to the: Graphics Arts, Insurance, Finance, Academic, Transportation, Manufacturing and Process related industries. Most recently, his focus has been on eCommerce, eLearning and Supply Chain Execution applications. Lean Kanban will be the focus of Bayer’s remarks for this APICS event which will begin promptly at 6pm. Program details:

• Discussing Kanban’s contribution to the lean journey
• Keeping the introduction of Kanban lean
• How a Lean transformation ensures a company’s survival Management’s critical support role in supporting JIT execution and Kanban
• The 3 types of Kanban systems and their major benefits and strategies for how and when to best implement
• How Kanban reveals additional sources of waste

APICS—The Educational Society for Resource Management is the recognized global leader in professional certifications, educational programs, and publications for manufacturing and service industry professionals across the entire supply chain. Founded in 1957, the society supports nearly 60,000 members in 20,000 companies worldwide. To learn more, visit the APICS community at www.apics.org.

Contact: Reba [email protected] e-mail protected from spam bots to reserve seating or go to www.datacraftsolutions.com for information about Bayer and Lean Kanban

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Two Day Plant Workshop and Tours March 1 & 2 to Feature e-Kanban Leader Datacraft Solutions

The Association of Manufacturing Excellence Western Region will host a two day, two plant workshop with tours. Both plants of dj Orthopedics were top 25 finalists in 2004 and the dj Orthopedics Mexico plant went on to earn a Top 10 Winner Award!

(PRWEB) February 22, 2022 -- The Association of Manufacturing Excellence Western Region will host a two day, two plant workshop with tours. Both plants of dj Orthopedics were top 25 finalists in 2004 and the dj Orthopedics Mexico plant went on to earn a Top 10 Winner Award!

This workshop event held March 1 & 2, will show how dj Orthopedics went from a traditional big batch departmental operation to a lean, cell-oriented culture. Key emphasis will be placed on overall strategy, line-of-sight management, cultural change using the kaizen blitz approach, development of kanban systems, visual factory and more. According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), the e-kanban solution used by dj Orthopedics, “It is an incredible honor to have been chosen by one of the world's leading lean manufacturers to take their kanban system to the next level. Those attending the tour and workshop will learn about how kanban efficiency is at the core of lean manufacturing principles and practice."

During this event attendees will learn strategies used to move from traditional batch and queue factory to a cellular, focused factory, supply chain strategies, setting up kanban, creating scorecards for your teams and cells and measuring the right things to move toward world class performance. dj Orthopedics is the world's largest manufacturer and seller of orthopedic braces. With plants in Vista, California and in nearby Tijuana, Mexico, dj Ortho has embraced the Kaizen Blitz continuous improvement process to reshape its enterprise. With innovative improvements to the supply chain, daily pull-based scheduling by cell, kanban systems, visual factory and more, dj Orthopedics was the only company in all of North America to have two plant finalists in IndustryWeek Best Plants of 2004 program.

Forbes selected DJ Orthopedics as #88 of the 200 best small companies in America in 2004. Leaders from the two plants are regularly asked to share best practices with other practitioners at AME national and regional events.

Attendees may be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before participating in the plant tour. Also, valid passport or proof of citizenship or right to work is required for entry/exit from Mexico and US.

To register: contact Association for Manufacturing Excellence at 847-520-3282

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Datacraft Solution’s E-Kanban System Chosen by KOYO Steering

Koyo Steering Systems (www.koyousa.com) with manufacturing facilities in Orangeburg and Blythewood, South Carolina, originally signed up with Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com) e-kanban system, Signum, to help manage the flow of some 3000 faxes per day that were being sent to thirty key suppliers on kanban

(PRWEB) February 22, 2022 -- Koyo Steering Systems (www.koyousa.com) with manufacturing facilities in Orangeburg and Blythewood, South Carolina, originally signed up with Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com) e-kanban system, Signum, to help manage the flow of some 3000 faxes per day that were being sent to thirty key suppliers on kanban. Koyo, a very lean organization, was internally relying on visual signals to trigger supplier replenishment of consumed inventory. Management of this volume of cards was unwieldy and error prone. Although the visual system was maintaining the flow of inventory, it was at great administrative expense.

Koyo’s first phase was to bring in Signum and migrate the manual faxbans onto an electronic kanban platform that included bar code scanning of inventory, consumption, and automatically conveying that kanban signal to suppliers.

After several months in production, a new Materials Manager, Mark Mekanik, who had come from a more traditional manufacturing environment, was hired to oversee the raw material and purchased parts warehouse. Very early Mekanik discovered that it was impossible to get answers to the seemingly simple questions of:

• How much inventory of part number “X” does KOYO have on hand?
• How much is on order?
• When will it arrive?

These were questions that were easily answered in Mekanik’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) experience, but seemed quite elusive in this flow-oriented kanban replenishment environment.

Mekanik immediately initiated a project that would integrate Signum, Datacraft Solutions’ e-kanban system, with KOYO’s ERP system, Syteline. The goal of this project was to develop a “perpetual inventory system” that would provide answers to key inventory questions, while not disrupting the value the company received from the electronic kanban platform. Koyo went live with this integrated system right after the New Year.

The new workflow has material handlers scanning all products removed from the warehouse and consumed during KOYO’s manufacturing processes. This single activity debits Syteline’s warehouse inventory (of a kanban quantity of material), and checks for a valid blanket purchase order; issues a kanban order to the appropriate supplier. After the agreed upon lead time, the supplier’s shipment arrives on KOYO’s loading dock. Two simple bar code scans, once upon consumption and once upon receipt, serve to manage the entire replenishment process. KOYO now has a streamlined electronic kanban replenishment process and a perpetual inventory system.

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Jeff Craig Chooses e-Kanban by Datacraft Solutions

Ice plays an integral role in the foodservice, hospitality, supermarket and healthcare industries. It cools our carbonated beverages and bar drinks. It keeps supermarket fish and produce fresh and appetizing. It supports hospital patient care and rehabilitation therapies. Every facility mentioned above has at least one piece of ice making, ice storage, or ice dispensing equipment.

(PRWEB) February 22, 2022 -- Ice plays an integral role in the foodservice, hospitality, supermarket and healthcare industries. It cools our carbonated beverages and bar drinks. It keeps supermarket fish and produce fresh and appetizing. It supports hospital patient care and rehabilitation therapies. Every facility mentioned above has at least one piece of ice making, ice storage, or ice dispensing equipment. For over 50 years, Follett Corporation has led the industry in designing and manufacturing high quality, innovative ice storage bins, ice storage and transport systems, ice and water dispensers and ice and beverage dispensers for the foodservice, healthcare and supermarket industries. Follett’s headquarters and state-of-the art manufacturing facility are located in Easton, PA

Jeff Craig, a Senior Purchasing Agent, with Follett Ice shared how reducing inventory was to the central to company’s operation. “During 2004 one of our major objectives was to remove excess inventory from the work cells and drive them back to a central location, where they would await demand. With the decrease in available floor space and our internal success with “pull”, it seemed to be a natural progression to seek electronic kanban pull solutions.” Craig worked with other Purchasing Agents in the organization, based on years of experience in manufacturing, planning, and procurement, to develop a comprehensive “wish list” for a kanban system.

Craig noted that, “The evaluation process of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), e-kanban product Signum, took us about 2.5 months in all. The components of evaluation were to first understand the product. What will the product do; and just as important, what it won't do. Next, we asked the question, is this product useful to our organization? We then want to talk to an actual user. Seeing the system up and running was a major component to my recommendation. We then needed to evaluate our ability to support this implementation from a people resource perspective.

Craig saw the integration with their Epicor’s Avante ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) business system as a critical component. “It is unlikely we would have moved forward without a complete integration,” according to Craig. Product distinction in Quality Procurement/e-Kanban:

The big difference between the Datacraft system and the Follett Ice home grown system was the consistency Datacraft Solutions provides. Each time Follett Ice expanded their home grown system, the company was forced to add small tweaks that make each one unique. The ERP system being used did not communicate with the ERP system in the way that Datacraft Solutions does.

According to Jeff Craig the real ROI benefits of the Datacraft Solutions implementation are:
$150K inventory reduction = 57% IRR for 3 years and 71% IRR for 5 years. These calculations leave out the people time investment.

According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions, “Follett Ice using our e-kanban procurement solution represents a tremendous commitment to a lean manufacturing process.”

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February 21, 2022

Leading Kanban Expert to Address NC APICS Group on February 22nd

PRWEB) February 21, 2022 -- Sam Bayer, PHD, President, Datacraft Solutions will address APICS, Association for Operations Management on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Bayer is the nation’s leading authority on Rapid Application Development, having authored several books and served as frequent national public speaker. A graduate of Capella University’s School of Management, Bayer specializes in e-Business, Strategic Marketing, and IT Project Management.

Sam Bayer, Ph.D., has been President of Datacraft Solutions since June of 2004. He was Founder and CEO of MarketAcuity, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in Lean Product Development and Commercialization of Technology.

Bayer has over 22 years experience in the application and commercialization of Science and Technology, with a particular focus on application software and services. In 1986, after a six-year career with IBM as a laboratory scientist and product planner, Sam co-founded Axiom Systems Inc. He led the operations of Axiom Systems’ marketing, sales and services organizations through its initial venture funding rounds and product launches, through its IPO and international market expansion three years later.

Throughout the course of the 1990’s, Bayer held a variety of management positions at AGFA, Amdahl, Sapiens and Haht Commerce. During that time, he was responsible for developing organizations, delivering products, and implementing projects that catered to the: Graphics Arts, Insurance, Finance, Academic, Transportation, Manufacturing and Process related industries. Most recently, his focus has been on eCommerce, eLearning and Supply Chain Execution applications.

Lean Kanban will be the focus of Bayer’s remarks for this APICS event which will begin promptly at 6pm. Program details:
- Discussing Kanban’s contribution to the lean journey
- Keeping the introduction of Kanban lean
- How a Lean transformation ensures a company’s survival Management’s critical support role in supporting JIT execution and Kanban
- The 3 types of Kanban systems and their major benefits and strategies for how and when to best implement
- How Kanban reveals additional sources of waste

APICS—The Educational Society for Resource Management is the recognized global leader in professional certifications, educational programs, and publications for manufacturing and service industry professionals across the entire supply chain. Founded in 1957, the society supports nearly 60,000 members in 20,000 companies worldwide. To learn more, visit the APICS community at www.apics.org.

Contact: Reba Cheek to reserve seating or go to www.datacraftsolutions.com for information about Bayer and Lean Kanban.

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Leading Kanban Expert to Address NC APICS Group on February 22nd

PRWEB) February 21, 2022 -- Sam Bayer, PHD, President, Datacraft Solutions will address APICS, Association for Operations Management on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Bayer is the nation’s leading authority on Rapid Application Development, having authored several books and served as frequent national public speaker. A graduate of Capella University’s School of Management, Bayer specializes in e-Business, Strategic Marketing, and IT Project Management.

Sam Bayer, Ph.D., has been President of Datacraft Solutions since June of 2004. He was Founder and CEO of MarketAcuity, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in Lean Product Development and Commercialization of Technology.

Bayer has over 22 years experience in the application and commercialization of Science and Technology, with a particular focus on application software and services. In 1986, after a six-year career with IBM as a laboratory scientist and product planner, Sam co-founded Axiom Systems Inc. He led the operations of Axiom Systems’ marketing, sales and services organizations through its initial venture funding rounds and product launches, through its IPO and international market expansion three years later.

Throughout the course of the 1990’s, Bayer held a variety of management positions at AGFA, Amdahl, Sapiens and Haht Commerce. During that time, he was responsible for developing organizations, delivering products, and implementing projects that catered to the: Graphics Arts, Insurance, Finance, Academic, Transportation, Manufacturing and Process related industries. Most recently, his focus has been on eCommerce, eLearning and Supply Chain Execution applications.

Lean Kanban will be the focus of Bayer’s remarks for this APICS event which will begin promptly at 6pm Program details:
- Discussing Kanban’s contribution to the lean journey
- Keeping the introduction of Kanban lean
- How a Lean transformation ensures a company’s survival Management’s critical support role in supporting JIT execution and Kanban
- The 3 types of Kanban systems and their major benefits and strategies for how and when to best implement
- How Kanban reveals additional sources of waste

APICS—The Educational Society for Resource Management is the recognized global leader in professional certifications, educational programs, and publications for manufacturing and service industry professionals across the entire supply chain. Founded in 1957, the society supports nearly 60,000 members in 20,000 companies worldwide. To learn more, visit the APICS community at www.apics.org

Contact: Reba [email protected] e-mail protected from spam bots to reserve seating or go to www.datacraftsolutions.com for information about Bayer and Lean Kanban.

Posted by Industrial at 07:21 PM | Comments (0)

February 20, 2022

Howard Computers Forms Strategic Partnerships with Fujitsu, Sphere, and Enterasys

To further enrich its product and service offerings, Howard Computers has formed strategic partnerships with these industry leaders: Fujitsu, Sphere, and Enterasys

(PRWEB) February 20, 2022 -- Howard Computers® announced today that it has expanded its strategic partnerships to include Fujitsu, Sphere Communications, and Enterasys to meet the needs of its rapidly growing customer base.

“We are excited about these new business alliances and look forward to long, mutually-beneficial relationships,” said Everett E. “Robbie” Robinson, IV, Howard Computers’ Marketing Communications Manager. “Our goal is to provide our customers with superior products and services. We feel these new business relationships will allow us to continue doing what we do best while enriching our comprehensive portfolio of product offerings in areas where these new partners excel.”

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused information technology and communications solutions for the global marketplace. For more information about Fujitsu, visit our website at www.HowardComputers.com/partners

About Sphere Communications
Providing customers with powerful and innovative Voice over IP solutions is what has made Sphere Communications a leader in enterprise communications system technology. To learn more about Sphere, visit our website at www.HowardComputers.com/partners.

About Enterasys
With more than 15 years of experience and over 650 patents, Enterasys has provided secure Networks that Know™ to some of the world’s most successful companies, including many of the Fortune 500. For more information about Enterasys, visit our website at www.HowardComputers.com/partners.

About Howard Computers
Howard Computers, founded in 1998, is a division of Howard Industries, a 500-million dollar, privately held company headquartered in Laurel, MS. Like its sister divisions, Howard Transformers, Howard Ballast Products, Howard Lighting Products, and Howard Medical Technologies, Howard Computers is committed to creating, providing, and supporting superior products and services that meet or exceed the needs of its customers.

In addition to over 190,000 different product offerings ranging from laptops, desktops, servers, networks, and networking services that satisfy the demands of every home or business to rugged notebooks and mobile medical carts that enable healthcare personnel focus on patient care with confidence and fewer medical errors – Howard Computers provides tomorrow’s technology today.

Visit www.HowardComputers.com/pr to find the solutions you’ve been missing

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February 19, 2022

Rude Awakening for U.S. Manufacturers with China Operations

PRWEB) February 19, 2022 -- Many of the Chinese operations are not currently prepared to provide the reporting functionality expected by U.S. manufacturing firms. E-Z-MRP is slated to be the Low-cost, High-Value solutions leader for shifting global operations. Priced at under $3000, the immediate benefits generate an instant ROI

E-Z-MRP was first released under the DOS operating system in 1985, and achieved great success and widespread use with hundreds of customers around the world. The system has been successfully implemented in a wide variety of small manufacturing companies in such fields as medical instrumentation, appliances, automotive, pharmaceutical, woodworking and furniture construction, spraying systems, orthodontics, and firearms, as well as finding use as an instructional aid in universities. E-Z-MRP works just as well in job shop and build-to-order environments as in build-to-stock or build-to-forecast operations. The new E-Z-MRP system has now been completely rewritten using Microsoft’s Access Database Management System – a component of the popular Microsoft Office Suite – making it compatible with a wide variety of third-party products.

E-Z-MRP Product Features and Low-Cost, High-Value Pricing:
The E-Z-MRP package includes a full-featured Bill of Materials processor, plus a material planning and tracking module which tracks all sales orders, forecasts, work orders (planned, firm, and released), purchase orders, shortages, raw materials, and finished goods inventories. It also records a complete audit trail on all inventory transactions. Also included: a physical inventory function, a purchase order module for printing purchase orders, and a recently added capacity planning module.

For American manufacturers who currently have or are considering a Chinese manufacturing operation, E-Z-MRP should be implemented immediately to ensure the integrity and timeliness of reporting for all areas of the manufacturing operation.

Rocky Smolin
Beach Access Software
www.e-z-mrp.com
858-259-4334

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February 18, 2022

Northeast Rubber Products Names Lewis- Vice President

Northeast Rubber Products Inc., a leader in the industrial rubber and metal hose industry has named Mark J. Lewis its Vice President of Operations

Framingham, MA (PRWEB) February 18, 2022 -- Northeast Rubber Products Inc., a leader in the industrial rubber and metal hose industry has named Mark J. Lewis its Vice President of Operations.

“The addition of Mark to our executive staff demonstrates the Company’s continued commitment to maintaining competitive advantage, product excellence and customer satisfaction in our markets around the world,” said Mike Bacon, President of Northeast Rubber Products.

Mark’s global operational experience will provide Northeast Rubber the resources to continue to grow and improve our operations and customer satisfaction by attention to process improvement, global supply chain, logistics and operational performance added Bacon.

Mark Lewis, former Director of Operations, at Sensitech Inc of Beverly Massachusetts has led organization wide operational improvement programs for over fifteen years including Massachusetts Quality award, six sigma, 5S, Kaizen, ISO 9001 and Malcolm Baldridge National quality award programs. Lewis explained that operational process flow and control is essential not just for quality, but for profitability. It controls processes throughout all levels of the company, eliminating waste, variation and ultimately improves efficiency.” This starts with a developing key performance metrics that flow into individual responsibilities and contributions. “It is this system and subsequent improvement activities that indicates to our customers and prospective clients the level of quality and commitment they should expect in our products and services.” said Lewis.

“As we continue to grow globally our emphasis on continuous improvement activities will be an advantage,” Bacon concluded. “Mark has the proven global operations experience combined with a make it happen attitude and drive which should be a signal to all potential customers of our company’s commitment to excellence.”

Based in Framingham, Massachusetts, Northeast Rubber Products is a leader in the Industrial Rubber Products industry. The company provides products such as o-rings, industrial rubber hose & fittings, gaskets, die-cut parts, seals, sheet rubber, sponge, custom molded parts, as well as metal expansion joints, metal, rubber, and Teflon lined hose assemblies. Northeast rubber Products systems are global and by utilizing as resources the best personnel, equipment, and quality system it provides continued on-time delivery of world class products at the right price. Northeast Rubber is an ISO 9001-2000 certified company.

For more information on Northeast Rubber or any of its products and services, please call 1-800- 446-1182 or visit its web site at www.northeastrubber.com

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VPInstruments, Manufacturer of Flowmeters, Have Moved to a New Office and Expects Continuing Growth in 2005

The increasing worldwide use of the VPFlowmate in optimizing compressed air installations has been the main reason for VP Instruments (Netherlands)to move to a larger office in the last quarter of 2004. Sales are estimated to grow strongly again in 2005

(PRWEB) February 18, 2022 -- VPInstruments have moved to a new office and expects continuing growth in 2005

The increasing worldwide use of the VPFlowmate has been the main reason for VP Instruments to move to a larger office in the last quarter of 2004. Sales are estimated to grow strongly again in 2005

In the new premises in Delft, The Netherlands, 160 m2 is dedicated to the final assembly, testing and calibration. Production of subassemblies is carried out conform ISO 9001. Calibration is performed on a TUV tested, traceable compressed air calibration rig.

VPFlowMate: the energy meter for compressed air
The VPFlowmate uses a patented solid-state mass flow sensor to accurately measure air flow. The sensor is temperature compensated.

The continuing popularity of the VPFlowmate to easily save substantial amounts of energy costs in compressed air systems is proof of a well-designed and reliably manufactured product.

The VPFlowMate probe is an easy to install solution for many flow metering applications. The probe interfaces with a PC and with the industry-standard 4..20 mA output (linearized). An optional display may be selected: integrated or remote. A new software suite for installation, monitoring and compact flash® based data logging is available.

Key specs:
Flow ranges : 0..20, 0..80, 0..150 mn/sec
Pressure range : 0..16 bar
Temperature range : 0..50 oC

Van Putten Instruments seeks to establish a worldwide distribution network and welcomes enquiries for representation.

More information:
Van Putten Instruments BV
Buitenwatersloot 335
2614 GS Delft
Netherlands

Tel: +31-152131580
Fax: +31-152130669
Web: www.vpinstruments.com

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Managers Must Now Take Heed of Its Obligation to Safeguard Staff

Obligation to Safeguard Staff from Potentially Explosive Atmospheres by Complying With ATEX and DSEAR Regulations
There are clearly protection issues associated with working in potentially explosive atmospheres. This seminar deals with those issues in relation to fluid machinery, defines methods of conformity to new regulations and the essential safety requirements. A wide variety of speakers will discuss the implications of this relatively new legislation, previous experience of working under the regulations, changes that are necessary within industry as well as future proposals.

(PRWEB) February 18, 2022 -- The growing regard for safety in the workplace has led to new regulations that protect workers when operating within dangerous environments. The effect of this on fluid machinery design, manufacture, maintenance and upgrading is an issue that is taken seriously by all those within engineering. For this reason it is imperative that discussion is taking place regarding the effectiveness of these regulations, their hindrances and benefits.

The standards necessary to achieve compliance to these regulations involve measures such as risk assessments, equipment and procedures to deal with accidents, training schemes, classification of explosive atmospheres and organisational measures to reduce or eliminate such risks. The forthcoming IMechE seminar ‘ATEX and DSEAR Regulations – The Implications for Fluid Machinery’ will address these issues giving practical advice derived from recent experiences - the challenges that were faced and invaluable information on how to resolve issues currently facing the industry.

The seminar is essential for those working within fluid machinery including facility managers, operations personnel, general managers and safety officers from industries ranging from chemical manufacture to transport of flammable liquids. Speakers with experience relating specifically to ATEX and DSEAR will give their viewpoint on the regulations with opportunities for delegates to interact in question and answer sessions. With safety standards constantly being updated and reworked, now more than ever there is a clear need for those involved in fluid machinery to maintain a responsible attitude where there is a possibility for a dangerous situation to occur.

The IMechE has previously held ‘ATEX – Clarified and Updated’ which proved a resounding success, allowing delegates to gain an overview of the regulations. This coming event will again be held at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, 1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London. SW1H 9JJ. There was a clear indication that another such event should be held and we predict that tickets will be in high demand due to the nature of this topic. Early registration is recommended.

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Robert Bryson Endorses Replenishment Triggers by e-Kanban Leader Datacraft Solutions

For over 50 years, Follett Corporation has led the industry in designing and manufacturing high quality, innovative ice storage bins, ice storage and transport systems, ice and water dispensers and ice and beverage dispensers for the foodservice, healthcare and supermarket industries

(PRWEB) February 18, 2022 -- For over 50 years, Follett Corporation has led the industry in designing and manufacturing high quality, innovative ice storage bins, ice storage and transport systems, ice and water dispensers and ice and beverage dispensers for the foodservice, healthcare and supermarket industries. Follett’s headquarters and state-of-the art manufacturing facility are located in Easton, PA

Jeff Craig, a Senior Purchasing Agent, with Follett Ice shared how reducing inventory was to the central to company’s operation. “During 2004 one of our major objectives was to remove excess inventory from the work cells and drive them back to a central location, where they would await demand. With the decrease in available floor space and our internal success with “pull”, it seemed to be a natural progression to seek electronic kanban pull solutions.” Craig worked with other Purchasing Agents in the organization, based on years of experience in manufacturing, planning, and procurement, to develop a comprehensive “wish list” for a kanban system.

Craig noted that, “The evaluation process of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), e-kanban product Signum, took us about 2.5 months in all. The components of evaluation were to first understand the product. What will the product do; and just as important, what it won't do. Next, we asked the question, is this product useful to our organization? We then want to talk to an actual user. Seeing the system up and running was a major component to my recommendation. We then needed to evaluate our ability to support this implementation from a people resource perspective.

Robert Bryson, Executive Vice-President at Follett, noted that, “Follett is moving in every business process possible towards flowing and pulling product through our operation using replenishment triggers (after component or assembly consumption) rather than predicting component requirements, batching and pushing material. Datacraft Solutions will further enable and advance our processing tools and culture in this regard.”

Product distinction in Quality Procurement/e-Kanban:
The big difference between the Datacraft system and the Follett Ice home grown system was the consistency Datacraft Solutions provides. Each time Follett Ice expanded their home grown system, the company was forced to add small tweaks that make each one unique. The ERP system being used did not communicate with the ERP system in the way that Datacraft Solutions does.

According to Jeff Craig the real ROI benefits of the Datacraft Solutions implementation are: $150K inventory reduction = 57% IRR for 3 years and 71% IRR for 5 years. These calculations leave out the people time investment.

According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions, “Follett Ice using our e-kanban procurement solution represents a tremendous commitment to a lean manufacturing process.”

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E-Z-MRP Predicts China Manufacturing Sales to Exceed U.S. by 2007

(PRWEB) February 18, 2022 -- Rather than resisting the movement of American manufacturing jobs to China, E-Z-MRP founder, Rocky Smolin has developed the Chinese version of his best-selling program to address the overwhelming demand for manufacturing systems there. Smolin predicts that his Chinese version will outsell North American customers by early 2007

United States manufacturers, long accustomed to having manufacturing systems that yield accurate, timely reporting of inventory levels and requirements for production and procurement, have few options for the same capability in Chinese.

According to Smolin, “Until the translation of E-Z-MRP into both the traditional and simplified forms of Chinese, the small and medium sized Chinese manufacturing operation had no real option for implementing a manufacturing system.”

Additionally, Smolin suggests that, “as with the English version which has been in use here for nearly 20 years, the E-Z-MRP system can be implemented quickly and run by those who have had no previous experience with manufacturing systems.”

E-Z-MRP History
E-Z-MRP was first released under the DOS operating system in 1985, and achieved great success and widespread use with hundreds of customers around the world. The system has been successfully implemented in a wide variety of small manufacturing companies in such fields as medical instrumentation, appliances, automotive, pharmaceutical, woodworking and furniture construction, spraying systems, orthodontics, and firearms, as well as finding use as an instructional aid in universities. E-Z-MRP works just as well in job shop and build-to-order environments as in build-to-stock or build-to-forecast operations. The new E-Z-MRP system has now been completely rewritten using Microsoft’s Access Database Management System – a component of the popular Microsoft Office Suite – making it compatible with a wide variety of third-party products.

E-Z-MRP Product Features and Low-Cost, High-Value Pricing:
The E-Z-MRP package includes a full-featured Bill of Materials processor, plus a material planning and tracking module which tracks all sales orders, forecasts, work orders (planned, firm, and released), purchase orders, shortages, raw materials, and finished goods inventories. It also records a complete audit trail on all inventory transactions. Also included: a physical inventory function, a purchase order module for printing purchase orders, and a recently added capacity planning module.

For American manufacturers who currently have or are considering a Chinese manufacturing operation, E-Z-MRP should be implemented immediately to ensure the integrity and timeliness of reporting for all areas of the manufacturing operation.

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The ETO Difference: Inventory Based on Part Number vs. Job Order

PRWEB) February 18, 2022 -- A repetitive manufacturer's inventory is based on part number; an engineer-to-order manufacturer's inventory is based on job order.

Manufacturing enterprises are far from uniform, of course, most obviously in size, resources, and end products. Behind those visible distinctions, however, are corresponding differences as well in their automation and collaboration technology needs, reflected in their respective partnerships, and in the enterprise solutions they choose to facilitate sought-after efficiencies. The interaction between suppliers and ETO (engineer-to-order) manufacturers, for example, is far more critical than that between suppliers and their repetitive manufacturer customers. In many instances, the materials requested by ETO enterprises are unique to particular jobs or applications at hand and are ordered infrequently. Lead times are typically compressed, with tight scheduling and no margin for error.
The nature of ETO manufacturing, therefore, presents its own series of challenges. A yacht builder, for example, constructs individual and exclusive custom vessels—no two luxury boats are exactly the same. Such distinctions make a tremendous difference in how midmarket ETO manufacturers handle their ERP (enterprise resource planning) and SCM (supply chain management) requirements:
According to TR Cutler, spokesperson for the ETO Institute, www.etoinstitute.org, "These types of distinctions are the precise purpose of this organization. The focus is not on manufacturing sectors, but rather the manufacturing process. There is an opportunity to consider the unique technologies and tools available for Engineer-to-Order manufactures."

Cutler estimated that there are just under 30,000 "pure" ETO manufacturers in North America yet noted, "Increasingly there are manufacturing companies that are generally repetitive in the manufacturing process yet now want to offer ETO solutions for their demanding customers."

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February 17, 2022

Howard Industries Launches New Lighting Products Division

Howard Industries establishes a new division to meet the growing needs of its customers

(PRWEB) February 17, 2022 -- Howard Industries unveiled their new Lighting Products Division today with a formal announcement made during their group meeting at the annual NEMRA Conference in New York. The new division will produce HID Luminaires for the Utility and I/C markets and will be promoted through the network of representative agencies across the US to electrical distributors, lighting distributors, investor owned utilities, electrical cooperatives and municipalities.

“Howard Industries’ new Lighting Products Division is a natural offshoot of the Ballast Products Division,” stated Derral Ward, Howard Ballast Division’s Vice President of Sales. “Now our customers will be able to order both ballasts and luminaires on the same purchase order with confidence from their existing, trusted sales representatives – a key incentive for our entering this segment of the lighting market.”

Initial products will include Wall Packs, Floods, Vandal Canopy, Garage Lighters, Sports Lighters, High Bays, Low Bays, Dusk-to-Dawn, Temporary Construction Lights, and Portable Work Lights with complimentary products being added at a later date.

About Howard Lighting Products
Howard Industries Lighting Products is a division of Howard Industries, Inc., a diversified international manufacturing company headquartered in Laurel, Mississippi. Like its sister divisions, Howard Transformers, Howard Ballast Products, Howard Computers, and Howard Medical Technologies, Howard Lighting Products is committed to manufacturing and providing superior products that meet or exceed the needs of its customers.

For more information, visit our website at www.Howard-Ballast.com or call us toll free at (800) 956-3456

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Greatest Manufacturing Software Growth: China

(PRWEB) February 17, 2022 -- The Chinese version of E-Z-MRP, the leader in low cost MRP systems, is likely to produce more than fifty percent of the California-based software manufacturer’s revenue in 2005

E-Z-MRP was first released under the DOS operating system in 1985, and achieved great success and widespread use with hundreds of customers around the world. The system has been successfully implemented in a wide variety of small manufacturing companies in such fields as medical instrumentation, appliances, automotive, pharmaceutical, woodworking and furniture construction, spraying systems, orthodontics, and firearms, as well as finding use as an instructional aid in universities. E-Z-MRP works just as well in job shop and build-to-order environments as in build-to-stock or build-to-forecast operations. The new E-Z-MRP system has now been completely rewritten using Microsoft’s Access Database Management System – a component of the popular Microsoft Office Suite – making it compatible with a wide variety of third-party products.

E-Z-MRP Product Features and Low-Cost, High-Value Pricing:

The E-Z-MRP package includes a full-featured Bill of Materials processor, plus a material planning and tracking module which tracks all sales orders, forecasts, work orders (planned, firm, and released), purchase orders, shortages, raw materials, and finished goods inventories. It also records a complete audit trail on all inventory transactions. Also included: a physical inventory function, a purchase order module for printing purchase orders, and a recently added capacity planning module.

For American manufacturers who are considering a Chinese manufacturing operation, E-Z-MRP should be implemented immediately to ensure the integrity and timeliness of reporting for all areas of the manufacturing operation. Many of the Chinese operations are not currently prepared to provide the reporting functionality expected by U.S. manufacturing firms. E-Z-MRP is slated to be the Low-cost, High-Value solution for shifting global operations. Priced at under $3000, the immediate benefits generate an instant ROI.

Rocky Smolin
Beach Access Software
www.e-z-mrp.com
858-259-4334

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The ETO Difference: Product Lead Time in Weeks vs. Years

(PRWEB) February 17, 2022 -- A repetitive manufacturer's product lead times may be days or weeks; an Engineer-to-Order manufacturer's product lead times may be months or years.

Manufacturing enterprises are far from uniform, of course, most obviously in size, resources, and end products. Behind those visible distinctions, however, are corresponding differences as well in their automation and collaboration technology needs, reflected in their respective partnerships, and in the enterprise solutions they choose to facilitate sought-after efficiencies. The interaction between suppliers and ETO (engineer-to-order) manufacturers, for example, is far more critical than that between suppliers and their repetitive manufacturer customers. In many instances, the materials requested by ETO enterprises are unique to particular jobs or applications at hand and are ordered infrequently. Lead times are typically compressed, with tight scheduling and no margin for error.

The nature of ETO manufacturing, therefore, presents its own series of challenges. A yacht builder, for example, constructs individual and exclusive custom vessels—no two luxury boats are exactly the same. Such distinctions make a tremendous difference in how midmarket ETO manufacturers handle their ERP (enterprise resource planning) and SCM (supply chain management) requirements:

According to TR Cutler, spokesperson for the ETO Institute, www.etoinstitute.org, "These types of distinctions are the precise purpose of this organization. The focus is not on manufacturing sectors, but rather the manufacturing process. There is an opportunity to consider the unique technologies and tools available for Engineer-to-Order manufactures."

Cutler estimated that there are just under 30,000 "pure" ETO manufacturers in North America yet noted, "Increasingly there are manufacturing companies that are generally repetitive in the manufacturing process yet now want to offer ETO solutions for their demanding customers."

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Datacraft Solution’s E-Kanban System Chosen by KOYO Steering

Datacraft Solution’s E-Kanban System Chosen by KOYO Steering

(PRWEB) February 17, 2022 -- Koyo Steering Systems (www.koyousa.com) with manufacturing facilities in Orangeburg and Blythewood, South Carolina, originally signed up with Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com) e-kanban system, Signum, to help manage the flow of some 3000 faxes per day that were being sent to thirty key suppliers on kanban. Koyo, a very lean organization, was internally relying on visual signals to trigger supplier replenishment of consumed inventory. Management of this volume of cards was unwieldy and error prone. Although the visual system was maintaining the flow of inventory, it was at great administrative expense.

Koyo’s first phase was to bring in Signum and migrate the manual faxbans onto an electronic kanban platform that included bar code scanning of inventory, consumption, and automatically conveying that kanban signal to suppliers.

After several months in production, a new Materials Manager, Mark Mekanik, who had come from a more traditional manufacturing environment, was hired to oversee the raw material and purchased parts warehouse. Very early Mekanik discovered that it was impossible to get answers to the seemingly simple questions of:

• How much inventory of part number “X” does KOYO have on hand?
• How much is on order?
• When will it arrive?

These were questions that were easily answered in Mekanik’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) experience, but seemed quite elusive in this flow-oriented kanban replenishment environment.

Mekanik immediately initiated a project that would integrate Signum, Datacraft Solutions’ e-kanban system, with KOYO’s ERP system, Syteline. The goal of this project was to develop a “perpetual inventory system” that would provide answers to key inventory questions, while not disrupting the value the company received from the electronic kanban platform. Koyo went live with this integrated system right after the New Year.

The new workflow has material handlers scanning all products removed from the warehouse and consumed during KOYO’s manufacturing processes. This single activity debits Syteline’s warehouse inventory (of a kanban quantity of material), and checks for a valid blanket purchase order; issues a kanban order to the appropriate supplier. After the agreed upon lead time, the supplier’s shipment arrives on KOYO’s loading dock. Two simple bar code scans, once upon consumption and once upon receipt, serve to manage the entire replenishment process. KOYO now has a streamlined electronic kanban replenishment process and a perpetual inventory system.

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It is Becoming More Cost Effective to Move Pharmaceuticals Production Overseas. How is this Going to Affect Your Business’ Viability Now and in the Future?

Experts in the fields of Risk, Systems Thinking and Programme Management will provide insights into how these disciplines can be used to redress the balance and bring success back into pharmaceutical manufacturing.

(PRWEB) February 17, 2022 -- Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Survival in the 21st Century 6 April 2022 One Birdcage Walk, Lodnon, SW1H 9JJ. This seminar will stimulate new thinking on how to deal with the problems that are affecting the entire industry. Speakers will specifically focus on developing strategies for success within pharmaceutical manufacturing. Delegates will also benefit by obtaining an overview of what key challenges are facing the industry.

As well as will stimulating new thinking on how to deal with the problems that are affecting the entire industry, speakers will specifically focus on developing strategies for success within pharmaceutical manufacturing. Delegates will also benefit by obtaining an overview of the key challenges that are facing the industry.

For further information, please visit our webiste
www.imeche.org.uk/conferencesandevents/pharma21c

About the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
The Institution has been the home of mechanical engineers for 150 years. Around 80,000 engineers world-wide are members. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is the United Kingdom's qualifying body for mechanical engineers.

Members work in research, design, development, manufacturing, installation, commissioning, contracting, consulting and teaching in fields as diverse as lubrications, satellite launching, surgical implants and power stations. all find out about the latest developments in their own related fields through the Institution's hundreds of Conferences, Seminars and Events.

Contact Information
Victoria Gatt
Events Assistant
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Tel +44 (0)20 7973 1316

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Surprising Newsletter Headlines: BLR’s “Environmental Manager’s Compliance Advisor” Finds Not Much Has Changed 25 Years Later

The "Environmental Manager’s Compliance Advisor" is a pioneering EPA compliance newsletter that is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Published by Business & Legal Reports, Inc. (BLR), the twice-monthly newsletter finds that headlines 25 years ago and today are not that different.

Old Saybrook, CT (PRWEB) February 17, 2022 -- A relatively new Agency in 1981, The Environmental Protection Agency was being pressured by Congress’s “hammer” provisions. Basically the EPA was told to implement new regulations under RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) by specific dates, or Congress would do it for them. The result: an unprecedented flood of complicated new regulations.

Fortunately, the Environmental Manager’s Compliance Advisor came out that year with the express purpose of helping a brand new professional—the environmental manager—understand this regulatory torrent. Published by Business & Legal Reports, Inc. (BLR), the twice-monthly newsletter is celebrating its 25th year.

“We’re so proud of the Advisor,” said Bob Brady, BLR’s president and founder. “When EPA started publishing RCRA regulations for hazardous wastes in the 1980s, environmental managers were overwhelmed. The Advisor’s plain-English analysis and practical compliance advice has saved our subscribers work, helped them avoid trouble, and resulted in less pollution in American air, water, and soil.”

What will the newly inaugurated Republican President do with the EPA?
An irony of the Advisor’s long tenure as the industry’s leading newsletter is the similarity between the issues in the news in 1981 and now. For example, here are some of the stories reported in its first issue – all still topical today: Would the new Republican President (Reagan) go soft on environmental enforcement… how to respond to an EPA inspector… and small quantity generator regulations. Brady commented, “Not much has changed in 25 years. EPA still produces an avalanche of regulations. It concentrates on enforcement. And the Environmental Manager’s Compliance Advisor continues to be a practical compliance tool.”

As a special 25th anniversary celebration, BLR offers a free download of 3 Advisor issues: the first issue in 1981 (known as “Compliance Management Report”), the first issue called the Advisor in 1985, and its most recent 2005 issue. Click http://www.blr.com/80502600/WBE412 to download.

About BLR
Old Saybrook, Conn.-based BLR produces plain-English tools for environmental and safety managers. For a free catalog, call 1-800-727-5257 or visit www.BLR.com

Contacts:
BLR Editor: Clare Condon
860-510-0100, ext. 2240

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February 16, 2022

ETI’s GD&T; Pocket Guide Now Available in Spanish

Effective Training Inc. (ETI) has published a Spanish translation of the GD&T; Ultimate Pocket Guide, a 77-page booklet that’s an indispensable reference tool for anyone who uses engineering drawings.

(PRWEB) February 16, 2022 -- A Spanish language version of a valuable geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T;) resource is now available. Effective Training Inc. (ETI) has published a Spanish translation of the GD&T; Ultimate Pocket Guide, a 77-page booklet that’s an indispensable reference tool for anyone who uses engineering drawings.

The pocket guide provides a quick and easy way to access the terms and symbols used in GD&T.;

Based on the ASME Y14.5M-1994 Dimensioning and Tolerancing Standard, the guide covers the definitions, rules, and major concepts used in geometric tolerancing. It also explains each symbol and modifier with clearly illustrated examples.

“The GD&T; Ultimate Pocket Guide is a handy reference tool that can be carried on the job for easy access,” said Alex Krulikowski, president of ETI. “This translation opens the door to the Spanish-speaking community, so that they also have access to this excellent GD&T; resource. The guide is packed with information. It contains over 50 detailed drawings that illustrate concepts, sections on surface texture and composite tolerancing, and a convenient inch to millimeter conversion chart.”

Other features include examples of datum applications, a conversion chart for coordinate measurement to diameter tolerance zone, and definitions of fixed and floating fastener formulas. The Spanish language pocket guide sells for $5.75 (USD). ETI also offers a Spanish translation of their Fundamentals of GD&T; Self-Study Workbook. Both products can be purchased from the ETI website (http://www.etinews.com). Quantity discounts are available.

To find out more about ETI products and services, including the new GD&T; Trainer Professional Edition computer-based training software, call 800-886-0909. To view a complete catalog of GD&T-; and Standards-related products, or to sign up for their free online newsletter, visit their website.

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Sensor System Solutions, Inc. (SSYO.OB) Completes Reverse Merger with Advanced Custom Sensors, Inc

Sensor System Solutions, Inc. (“3S”) announced the completion of share exchange transaction with Advanced Custom Sensors, Inc. Going forward, 3S will assume and execute ACSI's business plan. 3S common stock is quoted on OTCBB and trades under the symbol “SSYO.” 3S is equipped with the technology and products to lead the emerging sensor network application industry.

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) February 16, 2022 -- Sensor System Solutions, Inc. (“3S”) announced the completion of the share exchange transaction with Advanced Custom Sensors, Inc (“ACSI”). As a result of the share exchange, Advanced Custom Sensors became a wholly-owned subsidiary of 3S. Going forward, 3S will assume and execute ACSI's business plan.

The common stock of 3S is quoted on OTCBB and trades under the symbol “SSYO.” As of February 15, 2005, the total number of outstanding shares was 59,279,241. Of the total number of shares outstanding, 4,053,786 shares are free-trading stock; the remaining 55,225,455 shares are “restricted securities” under the provision of Rule 144 and are not immediately tradable.

3S is a solution provider for sensing and control systems based in Irvine, California. Since its inception in 1996, ACSI has developed thin-film and MEMS technology resulting in automotive-qualified sensor modules. 3S also offers a series of wireless signal conditioners and wireless data acquisition modules. Based on extensive experience gained from serving its customers, 3S utilizes both software and hardware to address customer’s needs. 3S is equipped with the technology and products to lead the emerging sensor network application industry. Management believes that the market for sensor network applications will surge rapidly, largely driven by the growing applications of “machine internet users” along with the cost reduction in wireless telecommunication.

3S has three principal operating units:
• Sensor System Solution Unit;
• Automotive Unit;
• Sensor Component Unit.

"We are extremely excited about our prospects and accomplishing this reverse merger furthers the company's growth goals. Since ACSI’ inception, it has demonstrated an ability to consistently introduce new products while expanding its operation," said Michael Young, CEO of 3S.

Information about 3S is available at www.acsensor.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:
This release may contain statements we believe are, or may be considered to be, "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by use of the statements that include phrases such as we "expect," "plan," or other similar words or phrases. Similarly, statements describing our objectives, plans or goals also are forward-looking statements. All of these forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expected results expressed or implied by the relevant forward-looking statement.

Contact:
Sensor System Solutions, Inc.
Michael Young, 949-855-6688 X103

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February 15, 2022

A One-Stop Shop Solution to Plant Closings

Closing Up Gracefully’ is the Goal of the Plant Closing Solutions Consortium

Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) February 15, 2022 -- Edmond L. Prins CEO of Idled Assets Group (www.idledassets.com/pcsc.html) announced the formation of the Plant Closing Solutions Consortium (PCSC) to assist senior management of companies with the tough process of plant closings and downsizings. The consortium combines the talents and experience of Idled Assets Group, Synapse Risk Management, Brickell Realty Advisory Services, Compass Career Management Solutions to create a unique and singular comprehensive service that corporations can use to close up gracefully.

“Historically, plant closings have been handled on a decentralized basis without a unified internal corporate structure.” said Prins. The consortium seeks to help corporations integrate the needs of the corporate stakeholders with the needs of the affected stakeholders. The individual companies have come together to address outplacement and contingent liabilities such as environmental impairment, equipment, planning, finance and real estate.

Robyn Crigger, CEO of Compass Career Management (www.compasscareer.com) said, “I realized outplacement was only a part of downsizings and plant closings and I knew when we started down this course we had a product no one offers to corporations today.” Plant closings are usually broken down into real estate; the equipment and labor are handled on individual tracks. “We believe that our clients will benefit financially, time-wise and on a public relations basis by putting all of the blocks together into a cohesive business plan for execution,” added Chris Beck, CEO of Synapse Risk Management (www.synapseriskmanagement.com), a leading environmental impairment insurance and risk management firm.

PCSC will immediately market its services to the senior management of large corporations and through its combined marketing efforts will for the first time ever create and execute integrated solutions to the often contentious and lengthy plant closing process. The goal is to close up gracefully and exit a location in a manner that returns the assets to economically contributing members of the community. Experience, industry knowledge and integrity characterize the members of the consortium.

About the companies:
Idled Assets Group (http://www.idledassets.com/pcsc.html) is the pre-eminent plant closing firm. Our area of expertise is assisting senior management of Fortune 1000 companies and communities with the effects of plant and military base closures. Specifically, IAG creates and most importantly executes Managed Exit Programs. These programs are designed to help IAG’s clients deal with closing or closed locations in a manner that will reduce or eliminate contingent liabilities and generate financial return and positive community relations. Edmond L. Prins (mailto:e-mail protected from spam bots), CEO of Idled Assets Group has over 24 years of experience pioneering asset-based investment management while working at Lehman Brothers, Security Pacific Capital Markets Group and Price Waterhouse. He has assisted clients like Schlumberger, Bethlehem Steel, Sunbeam and over 100 of the Fortune 1000 companies execute programs that go beyond the real estate assets.1.877.72.IDLED

Brickell Realty Advisory Services is a boutique real estate advisory services company working with large corporations on their surplus real estate. Norman Brickell, principal has spent his entire professional career advising corporations on strategies to manage their real estate. As a former senior executive of wholly owned subsidiaries of Lehman Brothers and Metropolitan Life, Brickell was engaged by companies like Citibank, American Express and Bertlesman, AG to assist them with real estate strategy.305.281.3504

Synapse (http://www.syapseriskmanagement.com) is comprised of a family of companies working synergistically to create value utilizing integrated liability and risk management strategies. Through mergers and acquisitions, many corporations are left "holding the liability sheet" on properties that they no longer utilize. Many of these properties remain abandoned, and offer no real value to the corporation or community. Without incentives, these properties remain on their reserves until either regulatory agencies mandate action, or a developer steps forward to revitalize them.

Compounded by the increased liability reporting requirements resulting from the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation, and the potential damage to the corporate "brand" resulting from the negative perception being associated with these properties, many corporations may determine that effectively managing their environmental liability issues today can help realize long-term corporate viability in the future.

Synapse can use a number of risk management tools to facilitate property restoration and redevelopment of legacy properties. For example, through environmental liability transfers, corporate reserve accounts can be reduced, cash flow increased, and properties returned to tax rolls creating new jobs and economic opportunities for communities. ((866) 220-4665)

For over fifteen years, Compass Career Management Solutions, LLC.- Oi Partners Inc. (http://www.compasscareer.com) has provided a variety of outplacement and human resource related services. Each of these core services is truly customized to meet the specific needs of the company and participating individuals. When necessary, we design entirely new programs to meet your specific needs. This unique approach insures a highly effective and successful process. (800) 215-6410

Contact:
Edmond Prins
Idled Assets Group
561-852-0257

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Cyco Software and DataCore Technology Showcase Cyco AutoManager Asset Management Solution at MUWG 2005

Cyco Software and DataCore Technology will be showcasing the Cyco AutoManager MAXIMO Module at the MAXIMO Utility Working Group (MUWG) meeting that will be held February 15-16 at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida.

St. Petersburg, FL(PRWEB) February 15, 2022 -- Cyco Software, a leading global software company offering Engineering Data Management (EDM) solutions, announced today that it is showcasing its Cyco AutoManager MAXIMO Module at the MRO Software MAXIMO Utility Working Group (MUWG) meeting together with DataCore Technology, a specialist in implementing electronic document management systems. The event will be held February 15-16 at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida.

MUWG is an industry group representing over 135 utility companies, counties and cities throughout the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Pakistan, Japan and the Caribbean that exchange information related to the implementation and application of the MAXIMO asset management system.

Cyco Software and DataCore technology will be demonstrating the Cyco AutoManager MAXIMO Module that integrates MRO Software MAXIMO and Cyco AutoManager Meridian. This enables the maintenance data management functionality of MAXIMO to connect with the document management capabilities of Cyco AutoManager Meridian, which creates a synergistic environment that delivers a number of benefits, including:

- Eliminating the need for documentation handover from engineering to maintenance.

- Automating the change control process between Engineering and Maintenance.

- Having immediate access to all technical asset documentation (CAD drawings, schematics, notes), including correct revisions and relevant references to equipment documentation.

- Reducing process downtime and accidents due to out-of-date documentation.

- Printing fewer hardcopies for review or distribution.

- Simplifying the management of as-built records.

- Procuring the right spare parts based on accurate specifications.

DataCore Technology has built a solid reputation as a leading implementer of Cyco AutoManager Meridian in the (electric) utilities industry. Organizations such as Entergy Nuclear, Chugach Electric, Seattle City Light and New York Power Authority all rely on DataCore's expert services and Cyco AutoManager Meridian to keep a tight control on their engineering drawings and related documentation.

About Cyco Software
Cyco Software provides Engineering Data Management (EDM) and Application Integration solutions for multiple vertical industries, including manufacturing, energy, government, pharmaceutical, retail and telecommunications. Cyco Software has almost two decades of industry experience with more than 16,000 clients and over 275,000 users in 50+ countries worldwide. The company has offices in the USA, UK, Germany, Russia, Italy and The Netherlands and an extensive global network of established partners. Cyco Software ensures a high level of service and support on a truly worldwide scale for its leading software solutions Cyco AutoManager Meridian and Cyco AutoManager TeamWork.

For more information, please visit http://www.cyco.com, or call (800) 323-2926 ext 110 (Americas) or +31 (0) 70 413-3700 (Europe)

About DataCore Technology
DataCore specializes in implementing electronic data management solutions for energy, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and government organizations to help improve time to market, reduce asset maintenance costs, and comply with government regulations. DataCore operates with the highest degree of integrity, provides quality products and services, and maintains a steadfast commitment to excellence.

Cyco and AutoManager are registered trademarks of Cyco Software BV. All other trademarks are the property of their registered owners.

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Datacraft Solutions Kanban Integration to ERP Systems Secures Lean Procurement Process

Ice plays an integral role in the foodservice, hospitality, supermarket and healthcare industries. It cools our carbonated beverages and bar drinks. It keeps supermarket fish and produce fresh and appetizing.

(PRWEB) February 15, 2022 -- Ice plays an integral role in the foodservice, hospitality, supermarket and healthcare industries. It cools our carbonated beverages and bar drinks. It keeps supermarket fish and produce fresh and appetizing. It supports hospital patient care and rehabilitation therapies. Every facility mentioned above has at least one piece of ice making, ice storage, or ice dispensing equipment.
For over 50 years, Follett Corporation has led the industry in designing and manufacturing high quality, innovative ice storage bins, ice storage and transport systems, ice and water dispensers and ice and beverage dispensers for the foodservice, healthcare and supermarket industries. Follett’s headquarters and state-of-the art manufacturing facility are located in Easton, PA

Jeff Craig, a Senior Purchasing Agent, with Follett Ice shared how reducing inventory was to the central to company’s operation. “During 2004 one of our major objectives was to remove excess inventory from the work cells and drive them back to a central location, where they would await demand. With the decrease in available floor space and our internal success with “pull”, it seemed to be a natural progression to seek electronic kanban pull solutions.” Craig worked with other Purchasing Agents in the organization, based on years of experience in manufacturing, planning, and procurement, to develop a comprehensive “wish list” for a kanban system.

Craig noted that, “The evaluation process of Datacraft Solutions (www.datacraftsolutions.com), e-kanban product Signum, took us about 2.5 months in all. The components of evaluation were to first understand the product. What will the product do; and just as important, what it won't do. Next, we asked the question, is this product useful to our organization? We then want to talk to an actual user. Seeing the system up and running was a major component to my recommendation. We then needed to evaluate our ability to support this implementation from a people resource perspective.

Craig saw the integration with their Epicor’s Avante ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) business system as a critical component. “It is unlikely we would have moved forward without a complete integration,” according to Craig.

Product distinction in Quality Procurement/e-Kanban:
The big difference between the Datacraft system and the Follett Ice home grown system was the consistency Datacraft Solutions provides. Each time Follett Ice expanded their home grown system, the company was forced to add small tweaks that make each one unique. The ERP system being used did not communicate with the ERP system in the way that Datacraft Solutions does.

According to Jeff Craig the real ROI benefits of the Datacraft Solutions implementation are: $150K inventory reduction = 57% IRR for 3 years and 71% IRR for 5 years. These calculations leave out the people time investment.

According to Sam Bayer, President of Datacraft Solutions, “Follett Ice using our e-kanban procurement solution represents a tremendous commitment to a lean manufacturing process.”

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The ETO Difference: Invoicing on Delivery vs. Process Billing by Milestone

A repetitive manufacturer invoices on delivery; an engineer-to-order manufacturer does progress billing by milestone.

(PRWEB) February 15, 2022 -- A repetitive manufacturer invoices on delivery; an engineer-to-order manufacturer does progress billing by milestone. Manufacturing enterprises are far from uniform, of course, most obviously in size, resources, and end products. Behind those visible distinctions, however, are corresponding differences as well in their automation and collaboration technology needs, reflected in their respective partnerships, and in the enterprise solutions they choose to facilitate sought-after efficiencies. The interaction between suppliers and ETO (engineer-to-order) manufacturers, for example, is far more critical than that between suppliers and their repetitive manufacturer customers. In many instances, the materials requested by ETO enterprises are unique to particular jobs or applications at hand and are ordered infrequently. Lead times are typically compressed, with tight scheduling and no margin for error.

The nature of ETO manufacturing, therefore, presents its own series of challenges. A yacht builder, for example, constructs individual and exclusive custom vessels—no two luxury boats are exactly the same. Such distinctions make a tremendous difference in how midmarket ETO manufacturers handle their ERP (enterprise resource planning) and SCM (supply chain management) requirements:

According to TR Cutler, spokesperson for the ETO Institute, www.etoinstitute.org, "These types of distinctions are the precise purpose of this organization. The focus is not on manufacturing sectors, but rather the manufacturing process. There is an opportunity to consider the unique technologies and tools available for Engineer-to-Order manufactures."

Cutler estimated that there are just under 30,000 "pure" ETO manufacturers in North America yet noted, "Increasingly there are manufacturing companies that are generally repetitive in the manufacturing process yet now want to offer ETO solutions for their demanding customers."

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February 12, 2022

World Class “To Order” Strategy Proves Key to Manufacturing Profitability

(PRWEB) February 12, 2022 -- Manufacturers today face market conditions that are having a fundamental impact on profitability. Manufacturers must find new ways to improve the factors that affect their profits-namely sales volume, price, direct product costs and overhead. Keeping selling prices at optimal levels requires differentiation as opposed to commoditization. Maintaining or growing sales volume requires strong customer service and rapid response to customer needs. Keeping costs low requires reducing product costs and as well as keeping overhead expenses to a minimum.

According to Thomas R. Cutler, spokesperson for the ETO Institute (www.etoinstitute.org), “The answer to the profitability crunch may be a world class "To Order" strategy. Products produced to meet specific customer needs can command higher prices and provide sales differentiation. Unfortunately, an ineffective "To Order" program can drive complexity that increases costs and extends quotation and manufacturing lead-times-offsetting the positive impact on profitability.”

Roger Meloy, of the leading ETO ERP manufacturer, Encompix (www.encompix.com), “Whether a company chooses Engineer to Order (ETO), Make to Order (MTO), Assemble to Order (ATO) or another similar approach, an effective "To Order" strategy is essential. Automation is beginning to play a large role in allowing companies to achieve "To Order" advantages without paying the penalty of high costs and long lead-times. “

Roger Meloy
Encompix
www.encompix.com
513.733.0066

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E-Z-MRP Offers Free National PR Distribution for New Customers

PRWEB) February 12, 2022 -- Rocky Smolin, founder of E-Z-MRP (www.e-z-mrp.com), respects the hard work and dedication of the small manufacturer. “Small manufacturers face large challenges - from what they need to make and buy today to meet customer commitments to keeping control of inventory.” Smolin emphasized that small manufacturers are too often ignored by manufacturing software vendors, yet these dedicated smaller firms represent the backbone of American business.

Beyond developing the aptly named E-Z-MRP system specifically for small manufacturers - which is priced at under $3000 - Smolin recently announced that through March 31, 2022 he will have the nation’s largest manufacturing PR firm, TR Cutler, Inc. (www.trcutlerinc.com) distribute a nationwide press release for all new small manufacturing clients. According to Smolin, “If we can help drive new business to our clients it allows cost-recovery and return-on-investment to happen very rapidly.”

According to Thomas R. Cutler, “Small manufacturers have not told their story. Great products are being manufactured, and we want to help those companies who take technology improvement seriously by purchasing E-Z-MRP.”

Smolin noted, “Many small manufacturers believe their operation is too small to run manufacturing software successfully. Yet E-Z-MRP, the first product designed specifically for small manufacturers, from start-up to $15 million, has been successfully implemented in hundreds of sites around the world. Many of them were companies that had no previous experience with manufacturing software.”

The benefits of E-Z-MRP and the time-dated national FREE PR program are detailed at www.E-Z-MRP.com.

Rocky Smolin
Beach Access Software
www.e-z-mrp.com
858-259-4334

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Benchpoint™ Cuts the Risks on Multi-billion Dollar Integration Projects

Simple, but rigorous measurement can track project delivery and customer satisfaction. Benchpoint allows project managers to monitor project milestones and customer/supplier satisfaction in real time. System is individually tailored for each client

(PRWEB) February 12, 2022 -- Major international engineering projects (trains, ships, planes, cars, and infrastructure) are rarely the work of a single manufacturer.

Normally it’s a consortium of different National players, each one controlling and co-ordinating armies of sub-contractors.

The fallout, and losses when it all goes wrong are immense. And the risks are enormous. From the Bath Spa fiasco to the introduction of new express trains on the German Railways, there are many examples of losses stemming from a failure to coordinate projects and monitor customer satisfaction before it is too late.

Bench point is an inter-active system for monitoring feedback from customers and project managers in real time. It started life as a tool for finding out employee opinions.

The system can be configured to deliver a dream project control system which charts delivery and milestones across any number of project teams in different countries and companies. It also tracks internal and external customer (even supplier) satisfaction on any number of project deliverables in real time.

Project team managers and customers can see only their own project , but project managers, marketing teams, corporate head offices and the overall project co-ordinators get data on individual projects, and consolidated data for the entire project. Managers on the move can call up their data from most internet-enabled mobile phones or a PDA.

The system is flexible and can be individually tailored for any kind of project, or any kind of project control system.

Apart from providing timely data and enabling corrective action to be taken, Benchpoint™ also reduces the enormous time and paperwork required to monitor projects, and enables managers to run their projects rather than waste time on routine reports.

About the Benchpoint System of “Intelligent measurement”
Benchpoint™ also provides inter-active polls and surveys on employee attitude and customer and supplier satisfaction. Fully analyzed results can be seen in real time and selectively shared with anyone the client nominates.

Charts and data can be quickly copied into documents and presentations, or you can even run a full presentation direct from the web.

You can specify any answer condition and any combination of demographic slices.

Charts include Gap-charts, which show the differences between aspiration and performance, pies and multiple pies showing percentages of populations with different attributes etc and correlations of different x and y values.

Benchpoint ™ also provides what they call their "Nuclear Chart". This allows you to search for individuals who answered certain combinations of questions with particular responses. The chart shows the number and distribution of the people who share the attributes requested. This allows you to plot the population of, for example, future leaders or non performers in any department, or an entire organization.

All data is downloadable in spreadsheet format.

Benchpoint was designed by a team who have experienced the traumas of multi-national project control at first hand.

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February 10, 2022

The Hampshire Partners Fund VI Announces Acquisition of Solo Cup Manufacturing Facility in Massachusetts

The Hampshire Companies announced the acquisition of a 248,500 sq ft industrial building in North Andover, Massachusetts, currently fully-leased to the Solo Cup Company. The acquisition, valued at approximately $18.4 million, was made through Hampshire Partners Fund VI

(PRWEB) February 10, 2022 -- The Solo Cup manufacturing facility, located at 351Holt Road in North Andover, is a single-tenant manufacturing and distribution complex on approximately 15 acres. Located just off of Interstate 495 in this Boston suburb, with ready access to Interstates 95, and 93, the property offers a superior location for distribution throughout New England and into the Middle Atlantic States and Canada. Boston’s Logan International Airport and the nearby Lawrence Municipal Airport, as well as convenient Amtrak service, make this well-located facility even more desirable.

“The acquisition of the Solo Cup manufacturing facility in North Andover is a crystal clear illustration of The Hampshire Companies’ investment strategy,” said Norman A. Feinstein, Executive Vice President of the Hampshire Companies. “We are actively seeking out well-located facilities that are attractive to, or currently under lease to, investment-grade tenants, and add value so that our investors realize above market returns.”

Hampshire Partners Fund VI recently completed its capitalization at $235 million of equity. The goal of the Fund is to deliver superior, above-market returns to its investors through the acquisition, repositioning and operation of investment-grade properties. The focus of investment for this value-add fund is on industrial, retail and suburban office product located in the growth corridors of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The Fund is currently very active in seeking additional acquisitions throughout its targeted markets.

“With our present pipeline, Hampshire Partners Fund VI should be 40% invested by the end of the Second Quarter of 2005,” said Feinstein, who noted that, with the target leverage set at 60% to 65%, the Fund will be acquiring approximately $600 million of real estate during the three-year investment period.

“The success of our fundraising efforts puts us in an extremely competitive position relative to our competitors, as it allows us to quickly commit to opportunistic real estate investments in our core markets by having discretionary capital at our fingertips,” continued Feinstein.

The Hampshire Companies is noted for its strategic vision and superior execution. “We have built our firm on the belief that real estate is both an art as well as a science,” said James E. Hanson II, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hampshire Companies. “Our strategic vision – the ‘art,’ so to speak, allows us to seek out superior investment opportunities for our funds, and to visualize opportunities where others see only challenges. The ‘science’ is revealed in our ability and resources to execute on our strategic vision faster and with better results than most other real estate firms.”

The Hampshire Companies is a full-service, private real estate investment fund manager based in Morristown, New Jersey. The Hampshire Companies is a vibrant, dynamic organization that combines creative vision and superior execution, thereby enabling it to create and enhance value in real estate investments in order to consistently outperform the market. Additional information on The Hampshire Companies and its funds is available online at www.hampshireco.com.

Media Contact:
John Lonsdorf
R&J; Public Relations
(973) 331-1070

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Sullins’ Full Lines of Quality Connectors Now RoHS Compliant

Sullins' full lines of edgecards, headers, 2 mm Hard Metric (HM), CompactPCI(TM) connectors, and Micro Plastics product offering may be ordered in 100% RoHS-compliant packages.

San Marcos, CA (PRWEB) February 10, 2022 -- Sullins Electronics, a world leader in the design and manufacture of connectors and interconnect systems, today announced that their full lines of edgecards, headers, 2 mm Hard Metric (HM), CompactPCI(TM) connectors, and Micro Plastics product offering may be ordered in 100% RoHS-compliant packages. This initiative is testament to Sullins’ commitment to a safe workplace and global environmental responsibility, as well as to their support of customers’ compliance with the EU’s Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS). The RoHS directive bans the use of certain hazardous substances including lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), along with secondary elements defined in the directive. The directive takes effect on July 1, 2021

Sullins began its transition to lead-free products in 2003 in response to the EU directive, and as of January 1, 2005, all products are also available with RoHS-compliant technology. To simplify customers’ migration to RoHS-compliant manufacturing and associated inventory management challenges, Sullins’ packages are “backward compatible” with conventional leaded manufacturing techniques. This enables users to surface mount lead-free packages onto lead-based PCBs, and use lead-free packaging with solders containing lead. Materials used for all new products are specifically engineered to accommodate the higher temperatures employed in lead-free soldering, and are configured for temperatures that can arise during the reflow soldering (up to 260 degrees C) process.

Part numbers will change, and all RoHS-compliant parts will be clearly marked with the term “Lead-free” in accordance with JEDEC specifications. Sullins will continue to offer its remaining leaded inventory.

Sullins Electronics, Corp.
801 E. Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
888/774-3100; Fax: 760/744-6081
www.SullinsElectronics.com

Contact: Soussan Sullins

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February 05, 2022

Lumberg, Inc. Experiences Growth — Doubles Manufacturing Capacity

Lumberg, Inc. announced today that it is in the construction phase of doubling its manufacturing capacity at its corporate headquarters and production facility in Midlothian, VA. The announcement was made today by Manufacturing Manager, Mike Lueders and President, Lawson Rankin that due to tremendous sales growth; Lumberg, Inc. is expanding its operations. According to Rankin, the expansion of the production facility was necessitated due to rising sales trends.

Midlothian, VA (PRWEB) February 5, 2022 -- Lumberg, Inc. announced today that it is in the construction phase of doubling its manufacturing capacity at its corporate headquarters and production facility in Midlothian, VA. The announcement was made today by Manufacturing Manager, Mike Lueders and President, Lawson Rankin that due to tremendous sales growth; Lumberg, Inc. is expanding its operations. According to Rankin, the expansion of the production facility was necessitated due to rising sales trends. The announcement comes on the eve of Lumberg’s 20th anniversary of operating in the United States.

He stated, “This is going to be a record year for Lumberg with sales exceeding our best year since the company was founded in the U.S. in 1985.” The growth mirrors the growth of the parent company, Lumberg Holding, GmbH & Co. KG in Schalksmuehle, Germany.

Marketing Communications Department Manager, Chris Long added, ”There are a lot of reasons that explain the strong growth. Lumberg has been forging and cultivating new relationships that have fueled some of the growth. In addition, we have established new sales and distribution channels in Mexico for our Automation Components Division and this followed closely on the heels of us establishing a personnel base in Mexico for our Electronic Products Division”.

Founded in 1933, Lumberg is an ISO 9000 recognized global leader in connectors, interconnect systems, and application tooling, serving the needs of customers in Industrial Automation and Electronics markets worldwide. Lumberg's reputation is built on a strong commitment to quality and innovation. With over 2,500 employees and operations in all major regions of the world, Lumberg is committed to providing connectivity solutions with innovative, high quality products and application expertise.

Bernie Baruffalo, Lumberg, Inc. Senior Engineer and Manager of the company’s Engineering Department had another perspective to explain the growth trend saying, “Providing unique customer solutions is a key ingredient to our success. Year to date, we have custom-manufactured many new products for our customers that are not part of our stock inventory. We have always been proud of our flexibility and capability to produce new products for our customers’ unique application needs.” Mr. Long added that in addition to the planned customized products, the company continues to expand its standard product offerings, with plans to release ten new product groups focused on the Automotive and Food and Beverage industries in the upcoming year.

To meet the growing business demand, the company has added personnel in production, sales and customer service at the Midlothian facility, while plans to add to the engineering staff are moving forward. They are also in the process of adding field personnel in sales and management in both the U.S. and Mexico. Mr. Rankin summed up the news by stating, “Lumberg, Inc. is positioned very well in the market right now with the resources and offerings we can provide along with our parent company in Germany.”

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February 04, 2022

Jorvig Consulting, Inc. Announces the Release of 6 White Papers to Assist Engineering Design Teams Improve their Project Execution by Minimizing Disconnects

Jorvig Consulting, Inc. has released 6 white papers that discuss methods for improvements to a design teams effectiveness by minimizing disconnects in the product development process. The key thread that runs through all of these white papers is the necessary ownership of the design process by the design team. The design team should not assume that the details of their design process can effectively be defined and/or tracked by overall formal program management techniques.

Chandler, AZ (PRWEB) February 4, 2022 -- In most product design organizations today the technical output of the team is top notch. What tends to be an area where the teams frequently need some additional support is in the area of planning and execution to that plan. “Many organizations assume that formalized program management methodologies handle the details within design” says Jeff Jorvig, President of Jorvig Consulting, Inc. “That assumption is not necessarily valid. Design team’s must be prepared to take an active role in developing and managing their own processes for design activities to prevent unexpected surprises in their development” Jorvig continues.

Six complimentary white papers have been made available by Jorvig Consulting, Inc. that touch on several different areas and methodologies to help design organizations improve their execution through development of their design processes. The white papers can found at the Jorvig Consulting website at www.jorvigconsulting.com/position.htm . These documents were written to stimulate thinking and help you develop and refine your strategies for managing your design teams. “Unexpected surprises during design execution do not need to be the norm..” says Jorvig.

About Jorvig Consulting, Inc.
Jorvig Consulting was incorporated in July of 2004 with a primary focus on working with design teams to define, refine and improve their design processes to achieve the desired schedules.

Contact Information: Jeff Jorvig at 480-895-0478

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Midwest Equipment Selected by LegalZoom

Midwest Equipment today announced that it has been selected to be spotlighted as an entrepreneurial company by LegalZoom. Accordingly to Andrew Turner at Midwest Equipment, "We are very pleased that LegalZoom has elected to recognize Midwest Equipment. We believe that this is another indication of the value and entrepreneurial nature of our services."

(PRWEB) February 4, 2022 -- Midwest Equipment today announced that it has been selected to be spotlighted as an entrepreneurial company by LegalZoom. LegalZoom is a premier legal services company that has quickly become an online industry leader. The LegalZoom Spotlight is a collection of premier companies and innovations selected from the thousands of business entities created by LegalZoom's customers. Accordingly to Andrew Turner at Midwest Equipment, "We are very pleased that LegalZoom has elected to recognize Midwest Equipment. We believe that this is another indication of the value and entrepreneurial nature of our services."

Midwest Equipment is a privately held company that buys, sells and trades surplus manufacturing machinery. The company seeks out both traditional and entrepreneurial business opportunities in its key and extended industries. Midwest Equipment prides itself on providing its customers and clients with value-added services that positively impact their bottom line. By having unrestricted discretion in seeking, building and participating in business opportunities, Midwest Equipment provides its partnership and alliance portfolio companies with the necessary tools for success.

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Most Companies Unknowingly Overpay Workers’ Compensation Premiums

What your insurance agent doesn’t tell you about your policy might be costing your company hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Fortunately, companies with high premiums may see relief soon.

(PRWEB) February 4, 2022 -- Workers Compensation premiums are a major expense for most businesses today. This government mandated insurance is required for every business with employees and can sometimes hurt a company’s profits more than taxes. Because of heavy government involvement and confusing pricing structure, most businesses pay premiums without second-guessing their insurance agent. By whole heartedly handing over the full amount their insurance agents request of them, most business overpay their premiums by ten percent.

Workers compensation overcharges occur because of a complex system put in place and governed by clerical personnel and actuators in 50 states. Premiums are based on a complex system of calculations which take into consideration items such as: payroll amounts, experience, and other pertinent safety information. Insurance agents collect all this information when creating a policy but, according to recent studies, most insurance agents do not monitor all these variables as thoroughly as they lead us to believe. They send in auditors yearly to check certain aspect but barely scratch the surface of what might be costing your business thousands of dollars every year.

Government officials in most states are working on bills to simplify the code and save business money but many believe this is too little too late for companies that have been paying outrageous premiums for decades. Fortunately, for those companies paying the highest premium amounts, relief is available immediately. Businesses which pay out more than $30,000 annually in workers’ comp premiums can apply for a free review of their policy with Benevolent Business Services Corp. BBS will examine your policy for the previous five years to determine if you have overpaid. Besides reducing premiums for this year and beyond, they might even be able to convince your insurance company to refund a portion of what you have paid in the past. The service has been very successful so far and there are plans to begin servicing smaller companies before the end of this year. To have your policy reviewed, free of charge, you can visit BBS’s website at www.wchelp.com or call them at (877) 369-1118

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Jade Corporation Acquires NY Based Precision Stamping Company - Johnson & Hoffman Joins Ranks of Leading Machining and Manufacturing Services Company

JADE Corporation announced today that it acquired Johnson & Hoffman LLC., a leading supplier and manufacturer of complex, deep drawn and thin walled stampings serving the automotive air bag, electronic, ordnance, commercial & industrial, aerospace and defense industries.

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, PA (PRWEB) February 4, 2022 -- JADE Corporation announced today that it acquired Johnson & Hoffman LLC., a leading supplier and manufacturer of complex, deep drawn and thin walled stampings serving the automotive, electronic, ordnance, commercial & industrial, aerospace and defense industries. Johnson & Hoffman based in Carle Place, New York, provides high quality, difficult to manufacture precision stampings. With extensive IP in technology in the stamping and metallurgy of deep drawn metals and with markets to various industries including the automotive sector; the business is a strategic move to expand Jade’s existing stamping expertise and further penetrate the automotive markets. Johnson & Hoffman are specialists in deep drawn stampings for the automotive air bag industry. Additionally they produce a line of standard products which are sold through distributors.

``The acquisition brings together two companies who have complementary strengths. Jade gains the expertise and technology of a proven performer in the stamping and deep drawing markets while J&H; receives the benefits of our established worldwide marketing support and distribution channels,'' said Brian Manley, President, CEO, of Jade.``

``Johnson & Hoffman’s technology is based upon sophisticated press transfer tooling and proprietary alloys and manufacturing expertise,'' said John Delp, COO of Jade. ``We will deliver technologically superior stamped solutions that address the entire product development process from conceptualization through manufacturing, emphasizing design-for-manufacturability. This acquisition is the catalyst for Jade’s automotive stratagems and will reinforce Jade’s reputation as a value supplier.''

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The approximately 85 employees of J&H--a; fifty six-year-old, privately held company--will continue to work out of their Long Island location. J&H; has been ISO9002 and QS9000 certified since 1998.

``This acquisition is an example of Jade’s ongoing commitment to provide `best-value, complimentary crafted' solutions to its customers,'' said Greg D. Lightle, General Manager, J&H.; ``While Jade clearly possesses the financial resources to create much of the technology we provide, I believe the company deserves great credit for building its presence in this market by acquiring our proven technology and people that are already closely tied to applications and end users.''

``We're excited about the future because of the strong technical fit between our respective product lines service and the strong cultural fit between our employees,'' Lightle continued. ``People need to recognize this acquisition is more than just a purchase--it represents a commitment to supplying world-class manufacturing services to customers worldwide.''

Currently, through its existing product line, J&H; provides:
•Airbag components, Carr Teenuts and Plug Buttons®, Burst disks, Electronic connector components, Glass to Metal Seals, Igniter cups and Ordnance for the federal government, Other specialty stampings

JADE Corporation
3063 Philmont Avenue
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
215-947-3333
www.jadecorp.com
www.johnsonhoffman.com

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February 03, 2022

Invistics® Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Technology Association of Georgia names company to top 10 Innovators list.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) February 3, 2022 -- Invistics, developer of manufacturing performance management software announced this week that it has received its second Phase I award from the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF), bringing total grants from the organization to over $1.2 million.

The NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program once again recognized Invistics' leadership in solutions for manufacturing improvement. "The Invistics solution capitalizes on innovative mathematical techniques that advance the knowledge base of operations research for the benefit of complex manufacturers," says Cheryl Albus, NSF program manager.

In other news, the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) recently named Invistics one of the state’s top 10 Innovators in its first annual recognition of companies that have the ability to positively impact Georgia’s economy and promote its image of innovation. "Invistics stands out as one of the companies most likely to positively impact the market with its solution," says Tino Mantella, TAG president.

"We are proud to see Invistics recognized for its contributions to the manufacturing industry and we are honored to receive both these awards," says Tom Knight, Invistics founder.

Invistics Flow Path Management System® is a manufacturing performance management solution that allows high-mix manufacturers such as pharmaceutical companies to apply the latest improvement techniques to environments with constant change and significant variability.

About Invistics
Invistics is the leading provider of manufacturing performance software designed specifically for high-mix manufacturing environments. The Flow Path Management System® helps companies analyze and improve factory performance to achieve significant reductions in inventory while responding more quickly and reliably to customer demand. Utilizing Invistics solutions, customers have achieved over 99% on-time deliveries while reducing inventory by an average of 50% and cutting cycle times by more than half. Developed by experienced manufacturing veterans and leading operations scholars, the Flow Path Management System leverages years of expertise to overcome the obstacles of implementing advanced manufacturing techniques in highly complex environments.

Editors Note: Invistics, and Flow Path Management System are trademarks or registered trademarks of Invistics Corporation. Any other trademarks, company and product names are recognized as proprietary to their owners.

Public Relations Contact:
Tom Knight
Invistics Corporation
5445 Triangle Pkwy., Suite 300
Norcross, GA 30092
770-559-6386

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February 01, 2022

Packing Slips and Material Handling Automated by New Labeling Technology

Premier Print’s labeling technology makes parcel material handling easy with Auto Pack List, a patented system to automate packing slips and shipping labels while increasing shipment accuracy and workplace efficiency.

(PRWEB) February 1, 2022 -- Premier Print’s patented Auto Pack List vastly improves warehouse distribution with its automated packing slips and shipping label system. A case study on the system was recently discussed in the November 2004 Print Solutions Magazine.

The Auto Pack List is an industry breakthrough designed to dramatically increase profits while eliminating the manual bottleneck in traditional shipping methods. This innovative labeling system is ideal for high volume warehouse distribution as it can automatically print and apply packing slips and shipping labels on at least 20 variable height boxes per minute.

The Auto Pack List labeling technology improves shipping accuracy and efficiency and eliminates labor by automating manual tasks such as printing packing slips and placing them in plastic sleeves. It outperforms 10 manually operated manifesting stations, allowing labor to be distributed elsewhere.

“All I need is someone to throw a box on a conveyor,” said Bruce Raming, Inventor of the Auto Pack List and sales manager of Premier Print.

The labeling system is controlled by hardware and software that prints and applies a confidential packing list onto the box and then prints and applies a shipping label directly on top of the packing list in real time. The packing list remains confidential even though it is adhered to the outside of the box. The system then scans and verifies both the packing list and the shipping label to ensure they were affixed to the correct carton, utilizing true print and apply automation.

The shipping label has an outer-perimeter adhesive border around a non-adhesive center section that can be easily removed by pulling a die cut zipper. Once the shipping label is removed, the confidential packing slip is exposed. The packing slip is designed similarly to the shipping label and can be easily removed. Paper-only packing lists for record keeping purposes. Static Terms and Conditions can be pre-printed on the back of the shipping label and the packing slip.

The Auto Pack List labeling system intrigued a large, well-known multi-billion dollar computer manufacturer who worked with Raming’s system integrator through a six-month sales cycle. The integrator can combine the system with any end user’s existing software. After installing the system, the manufacturer was able to reassign eight employees per shift per conveyor line to other tasks. Pleased with the results, they immediately placed additional orders for more systems. Raming’s success with this major computer manufacturer has opened doors with similar large sized companies.

“Let me tell you how my life has changed,” Raming said. “Someone says to me they want to buy a million labels. That’s a small order.”

For more information on Auto Pack List packing slip labeling technology, including a six minute CD-ROM video presentation, samples, and ROI analysis, visit www.AutoPackList.com or contact Bruce Raming at 800-648-3677 extension 2713.

About Premier Print
Premier Print is a Chicago-based company that specializes in printing and distribution with unconditional commitment to high quality work and customer satisfaction. They consistently translate new technology into competitive business advantages for their clients. Premier Print has reinvented warehouse distribution with its Auto Pack List system.

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January 31, 2022

InPhenix Inc. Receives ISO 9001:2000 Certification

The scope of their newly recognized Quality Management System is “The Design and Manufacture of Active Optoelectronic Components and Modules.”

Livermore, CA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) January 31, 2022 -- InPhenix Inc. announced that they received ISO 9001:2000 Certification on November 12, 2004. The scope of their newly recognized Quality Management System is “The Design and Manufacture of Active Optoelectronic Components and Modules.” Intertek, an internationally accredited and highly regarded Registrar, extensively audited all of the company’s internal processes to certify that the InPhenix Quality Management System met every requirement of the ISO 9001:2000 standard.

ISO 9001:2000 is the latest international standard for Quality Management Systems set forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is recognized globally as the guideline for establishing and maintaining an effective industrial quality control program. Companies seeking certification must be able to demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products that meet customer and regulatory requirements to the satisfaction of an independent third party auditor. The Intertek audit team thoroughly examined the company’s business processes, data and records, interviewed employees and monitored the work in process at InPhenix's state-of-the-art manufacturing and research and development facility in Livermore, California.

“ISO 9001:2000 Certification represents both InPhenix’s ongoing commitment to quality and our continued commitment to the highest levels of service excellence," said David Eu, president of InPhenix. "Certification guarantees the integrity of our processes and reinforces the confidence that our customers have placed in us. Our customers know that the products and services we provide at InPhenix are recognized as being of world-class standard,” Mr. Eu added.

About InPhenix:
InPhenix, a privately held company, is a leading developer and manufacturer of Indium-Phosphide (InP) and Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) based active optoelectronic chips, devices and modules for the telecom, datacom, defense, medical and industrial markets. InPhenix’s products include Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers (SOAs), Superluminescent Light Emitting Diodes (SLEDs) and Fabry-Perot Lasers.

For inquiries regarding InPhenix products please contact:
Gene Covell, VP of Sales and Marketing
Direct: (215) 750-8088
Mobile: (215) 669-4488
Email: e-mail protected from spam bots

For general information:
Website: www.inphenix.com

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Feb 1 Deadline Ahead: Employers Must Post Injury & Illness Summaries by Feb 1, Safety.BLR.com Reminds Safety Managers

Clear a space on the company bulletin board. Safety.BLR.com reminds safety managers that OSHA regulations require that OSHA’s 300A form, a summary of all 2004 workplace illnesses and injuries, must be posted prominently in the workplace between February 1 and April 30 2005.

Old Saybrook, CT (PRWEB) January 31, 2022 -- Clear a space on the company bulletin board, folks. OSHA regulations require that OSHA’s 300A form, a summary of all 2004 workplace illnesses and injuries, must be posted prominently in the workplace between February 1 and April 30 2005. Failure to comply with OSHA recordkeeping requirements could result in fines of $10,000 (some organizations are exempt because of size or type of business).

Steve Quilliam, editor at Safety.BLR.com, a website that makes safety training and compliance easier, explained some other changes in the new law, which went into effect for injuries occurring in 2003: “One of the most confusing concepts of recordkeeping has been restricted work. The new rule,” he explained, “clarifies the definition of restricted work or light duty and makes it easier to record those cases.” Restricted work activity occurs as the result of a work-related injury or illness that keeps an employee from doing the routine functions of the job or from working the full workday.

Quilliam points out another key difference: “OSHA is trying to better define work-related injuries, to ensure that cases clearly unrelated to work are excluded.” OSHA says that an injury or illness is considered work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment caused or contributed to the condition, or significantly aggravated a preexisting condition.

The 300A summary must list the total numbers of job-related deaths, injuries, and illnesses that occurred in 2004 and were logged on the OSHA 300 form. Employment information about annual average number of employees and total hours worked is also required.

Safety Meetings and Safety Talks
Business & Legal Reports, Inc.’s website, Safety.BLR.com, features hundreds of safety meetings – in PowerPoint®, outline, or talk formats — plus safety tools like checklists and clipart. Plain-English interpretations of all federal and state OSHA regulations are also provided.

Safety.BLR.com offers a free download of its members-only summary of OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements. To get the download go to http://www.blr.com/81001600/WBS560, or call 800-727-5257

About BLR
Old Saybrook, Conn.-based BLR provides plain-English compliance and training tools for safety, environmental, HR, and compensation managers. For information and a free catalog, call 800-727-5257 or visit www.BLR.com

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January 29, 2022

World Financial News Network Starts Recommending Hydracraft Shows Bright Future

Dr. Joseph de Beauchamp of World Financial News Network started coverage and gives favorable analysis to Hydracraft shows a bright future Hydracraft developed two revolutionary innovations for the boating industry.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) January 29, 2022 -- WFNN's consistently outperforms established industry benchmark indicators. Based on in-depth research and analysis, their analysts recommend securities worldwide showing the highest probability for stock price appreciation. With constant vigil, WFNN looks for economic opportunities in the private and public company sectors.

Dr. Joseph de Beauchamp, WFNN's Chief Independent Analyst, said, “Capital account shows comparable stock might jump ten fold in the same time period. Wfnn sees the capital account moving up with equity coming in from earnings. Although a private company, WFNN saw this private company’s business model with a solid and rapid future. Hydracraft shows great promise as a leader in this sector. This company looks to grow as a market leader with a brilliant future."

For brief information of this new, dynamic company, examine: http://wfnn.info displaying in the search engine section.

About WFNN: World Financial News Network provides a unique blend of data, timely information and today's technologies to assist with up-to-the-minute investment and economic values on markets and investments around the world.

About Hydracraft: Hydracraft developed two revolutionary innovations for the boating industry. They created a variable hull and a modular construction. The Hydracraft technology developed into various product lines including recreational, racing, commercial, and military. Through a dial on the dash, the boater shapes the hull from a deep-V to flat shaped to the catamaran multi-hull. This allows selecting the perfect hull shape to match water surface conditions or the particular sport desired. The Hydracraft boat fits together fast and inexpensive, composed of buoyant, interlocking, multi-functional modules. Modularity allows the boat owner to increase or decrease the size and the appearance of the boat as desired thus minimizing storage space eliminating the need for trailers and launch ramps. Modular construction also substantially reduces manufacturing and shipping costs.

Dr. Joseph de Beauchamp
206-343-3912
1425 4th Avenue
Suite 505
Seattle, Washington 98101
http://wfnn.info

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American Dairy Moves Corporate Headquarters to China’s Capital: Beijing

American Dairy, Inc. (OTCBB: ADIY - News), one of the leading producers and distributors of milk powder and soybean products in China, announces that they have moved their corporate headquarters to Beijing,China.

(PRWEB) January 29, 2022 -- American Dairy, Inc. (OTCBB: ADIY - News), one of the leading producers and distributors of milk powder and soybean products in China, announces that they have moved their corporate headquarters to Beijing,China.

In 2004 American Dairy relocated their corporate offices from Heilongjiang Province located in the North East region of China to Beijing. The strategic decision to move from the rural province into the urban city was motivated by one main reason; to improve the quality of American Dairy’s personnel. Beijing, the capital of China, is known for its educational resources; many of China’s top universities and high level vocational schools produce much of the country’s most valuable workforce.

“To reach our full potential and to operate more efficiently and effectively, we must equip ourselves with the best human resources available.” explained Leng You-Bin, President/CEO.

The new office is located in Beijing’s Chaoyang District. Since the 1980s, 13,000 enterprises have settled in Chaoyang. It is home to more than 60 percent of the foreign business agencies in Beijing, over 3,000 foreign companies, 167 international news agencies, and two-thirds of the 158 of the global top 500 transnational companies that have invested in Beijing. (1)

Chaoyang features highly developed culture and education. In 2000, the region registered 310 primary and secondary schools and 53 institutions of higher education. With a large number of State-class cultural facilities such as Beijing Workers’ Stadium, the National Olympic Sports Center and the Capital Library, the district boasts rich cultural resources. The China International Exhibition Center, the China World Trade Center and the National Agricultural Exhibition Center hold various kinds of exhibitions each year, turning the district into a national exhibition and cultural center. (2)

In order for American Dairy to continue growing as one of the leaders in the industry, the company must increase recognition of the ‘Feihe’ brand. Immediately following the move to Beijing, American Dairy was able to strengthen the quality and size of their marketing and distribution teams. As a result, ‘Feihe’ was able to enter into new provinces and reach more consumers.

Other related companies located in Beijing, China include: Hormel Foods, Corp. (NYSE: HRL); Kraft Foods, Inc. (NYSE: KFT); Nestle (Zurich: NESN); Siemens AG (NYSE: SI); Nike, Inc. (NYSE: NKE) and Johnson & Johnson, Inc. (NYSE: JNJ).

Certain of the statements made herein constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. In such instances, actual results could differ materially as a result of a variety of factors including the risks associated with the effect of changing economic conditions in The People's Republic of China, variations in cash flow, reliance on collaborative retail partners, and on new product development, variations in new product and service development, risks associated with rapid technological change, and potential of introduced or undetected flaws and defects in products and services and other risk factors detailed in forms filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.

http://www.bjchy.gov.cn/english/asc.htm

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Multiple Examples of 24/7 Shift Schedules Are Now Available

Organizations looking for examples of 24/7 shift schedules have a new resource. Four different sets of widely-used schedules are now available (8 or 12-hour, fixed or rotating). This will reduce research time and improve the schedule selection process. The schedule packages are available from Shift Schedule Design, a company that specializes in the design of customized work schedules.

Novato, CA (PRWEB) January 29, 2022 -- Managers faced with the challenge of designing a new shift schedule for their work group now have a new resource. Shift Schedule Design has just released four sets of widely-used shift schedules:

• 8-hour, fixed schedules
• 8-hour, rotating schedules
• 12-hour, fixed schedules
• 12-hour, rotating schedules

Each package contains ten different schedules for 24/7 coverage with the same number of employees on every shift. Each schedule includes a spreadsheet showing the on-off work pattern, an explanation of how the schedule works, and the advantages and disadvantages from both business and employee perspectives. There is also a summary sheet listing key features of all ten schedules, such as the number of crews, average overtime, longest and shortest breaks, and the number of weekends off each year.

Until now, designing a new shift schedule was not an easy job. Information on the subject is scarce, and relevant examples are nearly impossible to find. Scheduling software programs will manage an existing schedule, but they won’t create a new one. Consultants that specialize in shiftwork issues usually provide much broader services than just schedule design, and their costs may be prohibitive for smaller firms.

Bruce Oliver, the founder of Shift Schedule Design, explains why he is offering these packages. “Few managers can afford to spend days or weeks searching for examples of different schedules, or trying to develop solutions on their own. We assembled these packages to make it easier to examine a variety of different shift schedules side-by-side. Since the packages are primarily intended for smaller organizations, we priced them to fit a limited budget.”

The schedule packages will facilitate the process of selecting a new schedule. They will reduce research time, provide multiple options to choose from, and make it easier to determine employee opinions and preferences. For more information, contact:

Shift Schedule Design was launched in June 2004 to help small businesses find the best work schedule for their situation. The company designs schedules tailored to meet an organization’s unique requirements and preferences. Mr. Oliver was previously employed by a leading shiftwork consulting firm. He has over 20 years of business management experience.

Contact:
Bruce Oliver
Shift Schedule Design
(415) 717-3754
www.shift-schedule-design.com

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January 28, 2022

FactoryDNA Announces First Hosted Decision Support System for Lean Manufacturing

FactoryDNA, pioneers in the field of lean manufacturing software and services, today announced general availability of the company’s flagship software solution, OnDemand Enterprise. The release of OnDemand Enterprise signals a radical departure from traditional manufacturing software models; FactoryDNA’s product is the industry’s first hosted software solution for lean manufacturing decision support. OnDemand Enterprise is focused on delivering benefits through inventory reductions, increased service levels, and improved asset/capacity utilization.

Austin, TX (PRWEB) January 28, 2022 -- “We have been able to implement FactoryDNA’s OnDemand Enterprise in a matter of days and have created tremendous savings for our clients,” said Masaki Imai, Founder of the Kaizen Institute. “FactoryDNA’s unique lean expertise combined with a best practices platform for lean manufacturing is helping us implement lean manufacturing quicker and make the gains stick.”

OnDemand Enterprise delivers the functionality and performance of an enterprise-class manufacturing application, but can be implemented in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions. OnDemand Enterprise is a feature-rich, hosted software solution that enhances the results and sustainability of lean manufacturing initiatives by empowering manufacturers with innovative lean tools. These tools include:

- Seamless Data Synchronization with Enterprise Systems – Built from the ground up to compliment existing systems, OnDemand Enterprise enables rapid synchronization with ERP, APS, MES and others.
- Policy Deployment and Modeling – OnDemand Enterprise allows companies to model their operation, create what-if scenarios, perform lean accounting, and generate scorecards to be used in establishing a lean implementation roadmap.
- Lean Manufacturing Decision Support – OnDemand Enterprise offers a powerful engine to support the analysis, design and management of different build-models using pull-based manufacturing techniques.
- Real-Time Visibility – Key metrics such as inventory turns, service levels, operating costs, and lead-times can be viewed in real-time through configurable dashboards.

OnDemand Enterprise is a J2EE application delivered via a web-hosted model. The technical architecture was carefully selected to reflect FactoryDNA’s commitment to Lean principles in every facet of modern business. This architecture allows the company to deliver a high quality product, with fast implementation times and at an extremely low price relative to traditional manufacturing software providers. Furthermore, OnDemand Enterprise allows FactoryDNA to rapidly identify and implement new product features based on customer demand rather than a developer-centric “product roadmap.”

FactoryDNA combines OnDemand Enterprise with over 20 years experience delivering world-class lean manufacturing consulting services to drive unparalleled return on investment in lean initiatives.

“FactoryDNA is revolutionizing the manner in which the food and consumer goods industry manages their factories and supply chains,” said John McCook, former executive of Unilever companies. “Corporations like Wal-Mart are quickly forcing companies to change from a push system to a Demand Driven environment with a direct connection back to the factory. OnDemand Enterprise offers companies the best tools for accelerating that conversion.”

“Our mission is to deliver lean software and services to power lean enterprises,” said Richard Lebovitz, Chief Executive of FactoryDNA. “OnDemand Enterprise is the first genuine lean software solution that was built to support lean conversions from beginning to end. Everything before it has been too expensive, taken too long to implement and didn’t provide the right tools to accelerate lean benefits and make them sustainable. OnDemand is going to change the manufacturing software market permanently.”

About FactoryDNA
FactoryDNA is a pioneer in the field of lean manufacturing software and services. FactoryDNA’s team members have implemented major lean conversions in 12 countries across multiple industries ranging from food and personal productions to automotive and heavy industry. Combining world class expertise in lean manufacturing with advances in distributed computing, FactoryDNA’s OnDemand Enterprise™ is the next generation of software to power the lean enterprise. OnDemand Enterprise is the industry’s first hosted software solution for lean manufacturing decision support. Read more about FactoryDNA and OnDemand Enterprise on the web at www.factoryDNA.com

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Sundial Time Announces RealTime™ Version 3.5

Sundial Time announces the release of their new RealTime v3.5 Time and Attendance Software System. This program addresses the massive problem of businesses that are needing more control and power within their time and attendance systems as well as from the companies that provide them. Business owners want to see stronger benefits from their software products. In a climate where the majority of a businesses costs are direct labor, discerning owners are demanding advanced tools such as biometric verification, department and job tracking, automated differential calculations and paid time off accruals. RealTime 3.5 provides these benefits, and more...

Battle Ground, WA (PRWEB) January 28, 2022 -- Sundial Announces Release of RealTime Version 3.5. The product can be viewed in detail at http://www.sundialtime.com/version35.asp

RealTime™ is a preferred Time and Attendance solution for American businesses, and today's new version will continue that great tradition. A tradition of going the extra mile for the customer. Whether it is in the thoughtful customer oriented design, the care taken to ensure that future needs are handled, or the pleasant and courteous staff, Sundial Time Systems has earned the reputation of offering more than expected.

Businesses are demanding more from their Time and Attendance systems, and from the companies that provide them. Instead of merely tracking punch data and performing accurate calculations, business owners want to see stronger benefits from their software products. In a climate where the majority of a businesses costs are direct labor, discerning owners are demanding advanced tools such as biometric verification, department and job tracking, automated differential calculations and paid time off accruals.

As the Time and attendance industry has matured, it is becoming more and more important to small and medium businesses to automate this area of their operation. Sundial Time Systems continues to meet the needs of this segment with the release of it's new RealTime™ version 3.5. Newly added capabilities include Accrual calculation and monitoring of up to 4 types of Paid Time Off, a significantly enhanced Differential component that allows for grouping of rules and application according to the day of the week that the employee works. RealTime™3.5 is further enhanced through the consolidation and simplification of user screens and work areas. These new features are in addition to the advanced feature set that RealTime™ has always been known for. Accurate calculations of hours, overtime, holidays; Easy monitoring and tracking of labor through Department and Job; Export capabilities to virtually any payroll product and numerous other benefits.

RealTime™ version 3.5, from Sundial Time Systems, brings the benefits of automation to Time and Attendance to any size company. Accurate and automated calculation of hours, determination of overtime, accumulation of accrual data, differential pay rules are just some of the emerging demands that are being met by Sundial Time Systems and RealTime™ Time and Attendance software. Demo downloads of the software can be found at http://www.sundialtime.com/edl.asp.

About Sundial Time Systems:
Sundial Time Systems is a subsidiary of Frog Hollow Software, Inc., a Washington corporation based in Battle Ground, Washington, approximately 25 miles north of Portland, Oregon.

Corporate Background:
Sundial Time Systems was founded in 1994 to develop Automated Time and Attendance systems for the clients of Professional Employers Organizations. In order to provide a broad, cross industry, solution, Sundial Time Systems has had to provide feature rich products that are affordable for small business customers. Over the years, Sundial has continually enhanced the software and time collection tools, while simultaneously lowering the cost of ownership.

For additional information please visit Sundial Time Systems on the web at http://www.sundialtime.com or contact the company toll free at 888-541-8463

Contact Information:
Gerri Coleman
Sundial Time Systems
360-687-5847
360-737-0387 FAX
http://www.sundialtime.com

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January 27, 2022

Dr. Ernest Lader is Pleased to Announce His New Book,"Powder Coat Basics"

This new publication is a study guide for Industry that is looking to train new employees or to use as refresher information. Everything is covered from the do it yourselfer to the consumate professional shop owner. Available at the Web Site Powder Coat Secrets

(PRWEB) January 27, 2022 -- The popularity and frequently used buzz words "powder paint" application has brought demand for information on the process of applying electrostatic powder paint.

Dr. Ernest Lader has written his second book in a series on the subject of powder paint application. This new book titled "Powder Coat Basics" which has just been released on the website which can be found at www.powdercoatsecrets.com/id14.html. Dr. Ernest Lader has been involved in the industry for 20 years and has personally designed numerous engineered powder application systems over this time period. He is a trainer and consultant offering his services worldwide. This is a second book in a series on electrostatic powder application technique. Powder coating today takes place in about 20 percent of paint applications and is environmentaly more acceptable as there are far less VOCs associated with the curing process.

This process has been around for a number of years however in general, no one really knows how it works. Frequently mentioned on "How To" TV shows ,there is a huge demand for information on this process. The new book describes in detail every facet of this high demand procedure.

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January 26, 2022

Engineer-to-Order ERP Leader Encompix Selected by Two Industry Leaders

(PRWEB) January 26, 2022 -- Advanced Machine and Tool Corporation (AMT), located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has selected Encompix to integrate all areas of their business under a single system. The initial sale is for a 12-user system including APS and Shop Floor Data Collection. AMT are looking to add BOMLink in the near future to integrate their design engineering with operations and eliminate redundant data entry.

From a modest beginning with only a handful of skilled toolmakers, AMT has become a world leader as a manufacturer of stator production machines for the electric motor industry. In 2000, AMT expanded the engineering building to 70,000 sq. ft. and its organization now consists of seven offices/factories, 155 employees and average annual turnover of 24 million dollars.

CP Manufacturing is the leader in the waste management and recycling equipment industry. CP Manufacturing was incorporated in 1977 and for more than 25 years has continued to lead the industry, constantly designing and engineering the next generation of recycling equipment. CP Manufacturing has built more than 200 Material Recovery Facilities worldwide. The firm introduced the world to automated aluminum can recycling in 1976.

Initially CP Manufacturing will implement an 18-user Encompix system with BOMLink and Advanced Planning and Scheduling at their National City, California location. Subsequent plans include subsidiaries in Tennessee and Washington.

Thomas R. Cutler, spokesperson for the ETO Institute (www.etoinstitute.org) said, “The ETO Institute recognizes Encompix as the clear cut leader in the Engineer-to-Order environment. The fact that both CP Manufacturing and Advanced Machine and Tool Corporation selected Encompix confirms the continuing leadership role the Cincinnati-based firm assumes in the ETO marketplace.”
Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

Contact Information:
Roger Meloy
Encompix
513 733-0066

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Compensation.BLR.com Reports Big Changes in Employee Benefits Landscape: Domestic Partnerships Benefits Rising, Healthcare Deductibles Increasing

Business & Legal Reports surveyed over 3,000 U.S. employers on employee benefit practices in late 2004; from health care and paid-time off programs to leaves of absence. Domestic partnership benefits are more common. Employee healthcare deductibles are rising. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are more popular. Sign-on bonuses are gone.

Old Saybrook, CT (PRWEB) January 26, 2022 -- Big changes are afoot in the benefits world. Employee healthcare deductibles are rising. Domestic partnership benefits are more common. And do you remember those sign-on bonuses to new employees? They’re gone.

Compensation.BLR.com, where compensation professionals go for reliable compensation data, conducted its annual Survey of Employee Benefits in late 2004.

“There are a number of startling changes in this year’s results,” commented Susan Schoenfeld, BLR’s senior compensation editor. “One of the most interesting is the increase of the number of companies offering domestic partnership benefits — only 13% of employers offered such benefits in 2003; in 2005 this figure increases to 19% for exempt employees,” she added. Domestic partnership benefits are offered to attract talent, for fairness, and local law. Healthcare insurance and leave benefits are most commonly offered.

Healthcare Deductibles Increasing
Schoenfeld pointed out the newest healthcare cost management strategy: “Employers are starting to combine health deductibles with Health Savings Accounts to reduce healthcare costs.” Employers with an employee deductible of more than $1,000 increased from 18% in 2004 to 27% in 2005, as employers hope employees will take more responsibility for their own healthcare, make fewer doctor visits, and help monitor costs. HSAs help employees manage these increased deductibles through a tax-exempt trust or custodial account.

Kiss that Porsche Goodbye
Remember those Porsches given away to lure new IT hires during the dot-com days? Compensation.BLR.com’s 2005 Survey of Employee Benefits shows that sign-on bonuses to new IT employees have run out of gas — companies offering them declined from 15% in 2003 to 3% in 2005. The drop comes as IT jobs have been outsourced to other countries and the market has softened. Sign-on bonuses for other job categories have also disappeared.

Executive Summary
Employers may obtain a free Executive Summary of BLR’s 2005 Employee Benefits Survey at http://www.blr.com/82008500/WBP1211

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January 25, 2022

Engineer-to-Order ERP Leader Encompix Creates People Focus vs. Installation Process

According to Chuck Stewart, Executive VP, with Cincinnati-based ETO ERP leader Encompix, “A successful business system implementation takes more than computer hardware and software installation. It takes people.”

(PRWEB) January 25, 2022 -- According to Chuck Stewart, Executive VP, with Cincinnati-based ETO ERP leader Encompix, “A successful business system implementation takes more than computer hardware and software installation. It takes people.”

Stewart also noted, “The people of Encompix share a background of experience working with midsize manufacturers of capital equipment.” Thomas R. Cutler, spokesperson for the ETO Institute (www.etoinstitute.org) said, “Too often business system neglect to help ETO manufacturers run their business, and instead run them out of business. After careful industry investigation we discover no ETO ERP firm had the depth of experience as Encompix employees, with an average of over 16 years experience in manufacturing.” The first step is for manufacturers to understand that they are indeed ETO and there are materials on the Encompix site as well as at the ETO Institute site that will allow manufacturers to understand the nuances and specific issues facing Engineer-to-Order companies.

Encompix (www.encompix.com) has filled the manufacturing software requirements of Engineer-to-Order companies since 1992. The company name reflects our commitment to developing business application solutions that encompass the complex areas of project-based and job-based manufacturing.

Encompix provides ETO manufacturers with a competitive advantage by improving bottom line results.

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