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ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING - ERP NEWS

Verndale Products Plans to Roll Over Competition with the Selection of Enterprise 21 ERP Software from Technology Group International

Toledo, Ohio - Technology Group International (TGI), a leading ERP software solution provider, today announced that Verndale Products, Inc. has selected TGI's Enterprise 21 ERP software solution to assist in managing Verndale's manufacturing and supply chain operations. Originally founded by LaVerne and Marlene Johnson in 1958, the Detroit, Michigan based company has been manufacturing roller processed whole milk powder for multiple generations. The company produces high quality milk powder used by a variety of chocolate manufacturers across the United States.

The decision to purchase an ERP system did not come lightly for the company. Fred Kreger, General Manager at Verndale Products, stated the company decided to purchase an ERP system because the firm is “undergoing a generational change in ownership and needed to transition from a closely held system to a multiple participant system.” Kreger knew this transition would be impossible to manage without a robust computer system to help manage their production and distribution operations. In addition to the management changes, Fred state that Verndale Products also “wanted to closely scrutinize all areas of the business to see what products are really driving our business.” As with many manufacturers, documenting system requirements and reviewing software vendors was outside their internal expertise, so the Verndale team consulted with the staff of Plante & Moran Management Consulting. The newly formed project team selected Enterprise 21 after reviewing a number of supplier quotes and product demonstrations.

According to Kreger, Verndale selected Enterprise 21 and TGI for reasons beyond that of mere product functionality. “All of the vendors we looked at seemed like they could fill our relatively simple needs. The people at TGI, their professionalism, and the quick responses we received from any question we had, drove our decision.” With the implementation of the new package, Verndale hopes to gain additional flexibility and time savings. As Kreger frankly put it, the implementation relates to “costs, costs, costs.” He said “we hope to make better decisions based on information we pull from our operating costs.”


About Technology Group International, Ltd.
Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Technology Group International is a proven technology leader delivering Tier 1 application software functionality at a price performance level that can be readily accepted by organizations of all sizes. Specializing in software systems for small and mid-market manufacturing and distribution companies, TGI's integrated Enterprise Series software suite is a complete business process management solution. The product offering includes Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Warehouse Management System (WMS), Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS), Decision Support System (DSS), Business Intelligence, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), and eCommerce. TGI implements, maintains, enhances, and supports its packaged distribution and manufacturing software solutions directly and via its channel partners. Additional information is available at www.tgiltd.com.


SYSPRO Is A SOA Front Runner, Says Leading Research Firm

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- SYSPRO, a leading producer of enterprise software for the SMB market, said the company has been recently cited by AMR Research as being on the “forefront” of SOA technology.

In an April 5, 2006 AMR Research article, “SOA May Be an Early Hit in the Midmarket," author Dennis Gaughan names SYSPRO as one of two midmarket ERP vendors which have made transitions to SOAs [Service Oriented Architectures.] “Both companies,” he says, “have been at the forefront of distributed computing and SOA.”

In the article, Gaughan says, “SOA might level the playing field, making it quicker and less expensive for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) to assemble and maintain innovative software that provides competitive advantage.”

SYSPRO, in fact, showcases the ability of SYSPRO Enterprise Software to serve as the foundation for SOA in a recently published book. Titled, SYSPRO on SOA -- A Guide to Service Oriented Architecture, the 200 page book, written by noted technical author and information architect Sean Wheller, describes SOA in-depth and its importance as a competitive tool for businesses of all sizes. The book underscores the ability of SYSPRO Enterprise Software to help companies achieve SOA, citing examples how SYSPRO software has enabled various types of businesses around the globe to integrate people, processes and strategic information to maximize operational efficiencies, enhance the customer experience and facilitate growth.

Joey Benadretti, president SYSPRO USA, says of the book: “It presents the complex subject of SOA in 'layman's' terms, providing numerous case studies of how the functionality incorporated within SYSPRO is enabling customers to leverage SOA to better compete in their respective markets.”

According to Wheller, “Service Oriented Architecture involves creating networked business software services that can be used on many different platforms by many different applications. It is an architectural platform that takes c-commerce and ERP and provides greater integration and easier deployment of functionality.” Wheller discusses SOA and the “extended enterprise”and the important role that SYSPRO ERP and SYSPRO e.net solutions provide in these arenas, which form the basis of SOA.

“SYSPRO on SOA - A Guide to Service Oriented Architecture” is divided into several parts, including: The history of business computing; The “extended enterprise” and the “business drivers” that are forcing businesses to “connect all the pieces;” What is SOA and why it's critical for business success; SOA challenges and benefits; SOA supporting concepts and technologies; SOA security, models and implementation and examples of SOA.

The book is available to interested parties. Call SYSPRO at 1-800-369-8649 or email info@us.syspro.com

About SYSPRO

Since its inception in 1978, SYSPRO has been delivering state-of-the-art business solutions to some of the world's leading companies. As a global leader in the production of world-class ERP software, the company now caters to the specialized needs of 12,000 licensed companies in more than 60 countries worldwide. SYSPRO is marketed globally through regional territory distribution centers in the US, Canada, Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia and the UK.

SYSPRO is a fully integrated business software solution that provides complete control over the planning and management of all facets of business including accounting, manufacturing and distribution operations in a variety of industries. SYSPRO is located at 959 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 www.syspro.com. For more information, contact: Stan Goodrich, 1-800-369-8649 or Stanley.Goodrich@us.syspro.com

All company names and products mentioned in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.


ADVANCED PLANNING AND SCHEDULING - EXAMPLE

Waterloo Manufacturing Software Releases Version 5.1 of TACTIC

Waterloo Manufacturing Software announces the release of version 5.1 of its TACTIC software. TACTIC is a Windows based advanced planning and scheduling (APS) system. TACTIC is designed to integrate with manufacturing business systems, to enhance their value, or to operate as a stand-alone production scheduling, order promising, and capacity planning system. TACTIC features a sophisticated what-if capability. This capability allows manufacturers to quickly generate and choose alternate schedules, while considering the limited or finite capabilities of their material, tools, labor and machines.

Manufacturers use TACTIC to consistently quote competitive lead times and ensure on-time delivery without excessive inventory, underutilized equipment, high expediting costs, or inefficient labor. When customer changes or shop floor problems occur, they use TACTIC to assess the impact and to minimize any negative consequences.

About Waterloo - Waterloo Manufacturing Software develops and markets TACTIC to discrete part manufacturing companies worldwide. The principals of Waterloo Manufacturing Software have been developing and helping companies implement high quality manufacturing software for more than fifteen years. TACTIC and associated technical support services are offered to manufacturing companies from offices located in Boston, Cleveland and Los Angeles. For more information about Waterloo Manufacturing Software or TACTIC contact: cjmurgiano@waterloo-software.com.
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CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

Digisoft Computers Inc. - eTelescript - Web-Based Call Center Software Solution Released by Digisoft Computers Inc.

Digisoft Computers Inc. unveiled today its latest technologically innovative web-based call center software application, eTelescript. The solution features a browser-based, interactive agent interface and campaign management application. Designed to maintain central control of a virtual call center, eTelescript provides the flexibility to maximize the potential of home agents, remote call centers and global calling campaigns.

eTelescript provides an ideal solution for businesses with multi-site call centers, remote agents/management or global corporations. Unlimited scalability, minimal hardware requirements and an open system design provide advantages in these operating environments.

Housed on a Web server and built on Microsoft's .NET platform, eTelescript provides users unrestricted secure access to view and manipulate their data. The server can be centrally located within a corporate intranet network or can be opened up to the public Internet, enabling secure access from anywhere. Integrated telephony features synchronize with the agent module to provide
telephony to local and remote agents. "Digisoft is proud and excited that we are able to provide a revolutionary web-based call center solution to an industry we
have served for nearly fifteen years. In eTelescript, we have succeeded in establishing a robust application that enables call centers to compete on every level", remarked Robert Garber, Executive Vice President of Digisoft.

eTelescript provides the capability to empower remote global agents and call center supervisors. A unique web-based GUI interface enables campaigns to be developed and published on the Internet quickly. With browser-based administrative control, supervisors are able to remotely manage virtually all contact center functions.
Digisoft Computers, Inc. manufactures a leading PC-based call center, predictive dialer and CRM software solution. Digisoft's Telescript (tm) was first released in December 1989 and currently supports call centers in twenty-three countries on four continents. With 17 industry-bestowed awards, Digisoft's products are widely
known as a flexible, robust system designed to immediately increase call center productivity. For additional information, please contact Andrew Davidson at 212-687-1810 x 105. Tell him you learned of this from WWW.LeanMean-Manufacturing.com.


FORECASTING

Logistics Planning Associates, LLC announces the release of PSI Planner ™ version 5.0.

PSI Planner is a high tech, low cost Supply Chain Planning software system for Windows®. It features fully integrated Sales Forecasting, Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP), Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) and Master Production Scheduling modules. PSI Planner is also has a Web enabled module for easy collaboration.

PSI Planner software is designed for Manufacturers, Distributors and Retailers with multiple production and distribution sites who would like their Production, Sales and Inventory functions to operate more efficiently. Users will be able to improve their customer service levels while simultaneously increasing inventory turns. It is both easy to install and use.

Some of the New Features in PSI Planner version 5.0 include:

• Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) calculation

• Capability to store management forecast adjustments separately from statistical forecasts and then measure the accuracy of both.

• Environment test option to automatically identify any conflicts with the users operating system for maximum performance.

These and other enhancements are in addition to our already outstanding features that make PSI Planner the best Supply Chain Planning software value on the market today.

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COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN/ENG. CAD/CAE NEWS

PartMaker Version 8 to Debut at Westec 2007

Fort Washington, PA - PartMaker Inc. will unveil its latest release, Version 8 of its PartMaker® CAD/CAM software for CNC Mills, Lathes, WireEDM, Turn-Mill Centers and Swiss-type lathes at Westec 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. PartMaker Version 8 features a wide range of improved functionality including enhancements including the introduction of the PartMaker Full Machine Simulation module which allows the user to view a photo realistic 3D model of the machine for which they are programming a part.

This new simulation module will provide improved error checking and collision detection to PartMaker users by allowing them to perform an even more robust machining simulation than currently offered in PartMaker. The machine model being simulated incorporates machine specific tool holders and attachments to assure that any possible collisions that could occur on the machine will be detected off-line on the user's PC. The ability to detect such problems off-line is beneficial for CNC programmers and machinists because it means they will have to spend less time in setting up new jobs and performing dry runs to assure there are no collisions on the machine.

“The ability to simulate machining of a programmed part using a true machine model off-line will allow PartMaker users to turn their Windows desktop into a 'virtual machine',” according to Hanan Fishman, the company's President. “Such accurate machine simulation will give the user unprecedented confidence that the program they generate off-line with PartMaker will work flawlessly on the machine.”
Other than full machine simulation, PartMaker Version 8 includes a vast number of enhancements to all PartMaker modules.

More on PartMaker

PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features. It thus relieves the user from reentering the same features information for subsequent parts. It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions.

PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for Turn-Mills and Swiss-type lathes with its patented Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling. It assures quicker learning and easier use. It makes an extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data. Synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved by a few mouse clicks. Press Contact: PartMaker Inc. - Hanan Fishman, President. Phone/Fax: (215) 643-5077 ext. 204/(215) 653-0105


New PLM Software Developed Specifically for Small Business PDXpert Offers Fast, Affordable “Download & Run” Product Management

CASTLE ROCK, Colorado, -- Active Sensing, Inc. (ASI) today released PDXpert® PLM product lifecycle management software, which is specifically designed to meet the requirements of growing companies.

Until now, many PLM solutions sold to smaller companies have been repackaged versions of enterprise-class software, simply concealing irrelevant features while still demanding an expensive IT infrastructure. Usability is often sacrificed, and training and support costs increased, by deploying heavy 1990s-era Java clients, web servers and database servers. Even the purchase can be time-consuming: suppliers emphasize process over results with uninformative websites, multiple sales calls, complicated service proposals, and annoying license negotiations.

In contrast, PDXpert PLM has been designed to address smaller companies' data management processes: it's simple to use and flexible to apply while improving product data accessibility and security. PDXpert PLM offers true PLM capabilities: document and part definition, bill of materials (BOM) management, electronic file library (vault), and change forms with approval workflow. Its rich client includes advanced features like free-form text searches; category-based item numbering; drag-and-drop construction of parts and bills of materials; unique undo/redo editing; user-defined custom properties; and easy data export.

Equally important, ASI has streamlined the entire evaluation, purchase and support experience to reflect a smaller company's acquisition needs. ASI's website offers immediate access to product literature; free, fully-functional evaluation software via download; helpful technical installation and configuration documentation; attractive no-haggle pricing; and flexible perpetual- and subscription-based licensing alternatives. Questions are answered by a friendly, knowledgeable support team.

A complete single-user PDXpert PLM system can be installed for just US$999, and volume discounts reduce licenses to as little as US$499 per user; maintenance contracts are optional. An all-inclusive subscription license costs as little as US$25 per month, well below ASP-hosted PLM systems. PDXpert PLM is available now at the www.BuyPLM.com website.

About Active Sensing, Inc.

Since 1994, Active Sensing, Inc. (ASI) has been providing affordable product management solutions for manufacturing companies around the world, from start-ups to the Fortune 500. Unique in the PLM industry, ASI strives for a simple, no-hassle PLM experience with fully-functional evaluation systems that can be downloaded and tried prior to purchase; published prices and discounts; choice of perpetual or subscription licenses; simple installation; and straight-forward application administration and simple user interface. For more information, please visit their website www.BuyPLM.com, send an email inquire SalesInfo@ActiveSensing.com or, in the U.S., call toll-free 1-800-9-BUY-PLM (international: +1-805-504-9536).Media contact: Ed Allwein, Director, Active Sensing, Inc. +1 (805) 504-9536, extension 707 Ed.Allwein@ActiveSensing.com

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DEMAND FLOW MANUFACTURING - FLOW NEWS

Softbrands' Demand Stream Selected by Whip Mix

SoftBrands, a global leader in enterprise software for businesses in the manufacturing and hospitality sectors, today announced that Whip Mix has selected Demand Stream as it's lean automation solution. Demand Stream is designed to Minimize inventory levels, reduce production lead times and automate the shop floor functions with purchasing and planning functions.

Whip Mix chose Demand Stream to assist in reaching its goals of company-wide involvement in reduction of customer lead-time, increasing productivity and reduction in inventory through better planning parameters and improved collaboration with its suppliers.

For more than 85 years, Whip Mix has manufactured innovative, dependable laboratory equipment and supplies for the dental profession. Products such as casting investments, gypsums, articulators, vacuum Mixing equipment, model trimmers, vibrators, waxes, burnout ovens and furnaces for both pressing and porcelain are distributed worldwide through over 400 dealers.

"With Demand Stream, Whip Mix will be able to inject speed into their supply chain while providing operational efficiencies and profits. Whip Mix's decision to adopt Demand Stream illustrates the growing
and strategic use of proper technology to enable, sustain and enhance the benefits of lean manufacturing," said Doug McGregor, general manager Demand Stream.

About SoftBrands - SoftBrands is dedicated to helping its customers maintain a balance in today's global world, allowing customers to deliver on the benefits of real-time, demand-driven variability to their customers.

SoftBrands Inc. is a global leader in providing manufacturing solutions for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) worldwide currently focused on the hospitality and manufacturing industries. With more than 5,000 customers in over 60 countries now actively using its manufacturing (Fourth Shift (tm), Fourth Shift Edition (tm), Evolution, Demand Stream and hospitality products, SoftBrands has established a worldwide infrastructure for distribution, development and support of enterprise software. The company, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has over 500 employees with branch offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. (Additional information at www.softbrands.com)
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MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING-MFG/ENG NEWS

Asset and Maintenance Management

Industrial Automation

Manufacturing Execution Systems

Statistical Process Control

ASSET AND MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT

POPE & TALBOT SELECTS SPL® ENTERPRISE ASSET & WORK MANAGEMENT

Lumber and Pulp Company to Standardize Work Processes at all North American Mills with SPL Solution.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, - SPL WorldGroup today announced that Pope & Talbot, Inc. has chosen SPL® Enterprise Asset & Work Management (EAM) to replace several disparate work management systems at its pulp and saw mills in the United States and Canada. The decision to standardize on SPL's solution across eight mills was the result of a substantial evaluation process.

Pope & Talbot's growth through acquisition resulted in a diversity of information systems and divergent business processes. Consequently, the need was identified to consolidate on a single work management, inventory and purchasing solution in order to streamline operations, reduce operating costs, and increase efficiencies. After a substantial needs analysis and thorough vendor review, SPL was selected as the optimal enterprise solution.

“A clear majority of our evaluation team felt that SPL was the superior product,” said Jon Deitz, vice president of information technology for Pope & Talbot. “We were impressed with its ease of use and the flexibility built into every step of the workflow process. The robust functionality of SPL's purchasing sub-system is a double value-add for us in that it will serve as the cornerstone of our corporate purchasing system, while also providing the much needed integration with our maintenance management. Implementing SPL across our operations provides a leap forward for us in standardization and functionality.”

Dave Mulit, president of SPL Synergen, SPL's Enterprise Asset & Work Management Business Unit, commented, “We are proud that our product withstood intensive evaluation and was chosen to provide the basis for Pope & Talbot's operational improvements. Extending the SPL solution throughout its wood and pulp divisions will empower Pope & Talbot to reduce costs and increase performance while maintaining product quality. System consolidation enables process manufacturers like Pope & Talbot to secure economies of scale and a centralized view of the business. We are pleased to expand our partnership with this visionary company.”

About Pope & Talbot:

Pope & Talbot was founded in 1849 and produces market pulp and softwood lumber at mills in the U.S. and Canada. Markets for the Company's products include the U.S., Europe, Canada, South America, Japan and the other Pacific Rim countries.

About SPL EAM

Launched in 1986, SPL Enterprise Asset & Work Management (EAM) is a best-of-breed software solution from SPL WorldGroup that is designed to optimize capital resources for asset intensive industries.

About SPL
SPL (www.splwg.com) delivers the proven software applications that help organizations around the world achieve competitive advantage and excellence in business performance, while ensuring a lower total cost of technology ownership. SPL solutions in customer care and billing, enterprise asset and work management, mobile workforce management, and outage and distribution management are specifically designed for utilities and asset intensive organizations. Working with systems-integration and technology partners around the world, SPL has an unparalleled record of implementation success. SPL focuses on clients' return on investment and fosters long-term relationships based on confidence and trust. Visit SPL at www.splwg.com or call +1-866-468-6775 (San Francisco), +33-1-4445-6600 (Paris), or +61-2-8258-8200 (Sydney). Within the US and Canada, call +1-800-275-4775.
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INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION

Canary Labs Releases Version 6.1 to deliver the information needed to succeed from the plant floor environment to the executive office.

Martinsburg, PA. Canary Labs? trending software products are the software building blocks that make up Canary?s full service Flite Solutions. Clients have the option of purchasing the specific products needed. Along with consulting and implementation services and world class customer support, no other industry solution provider of trending software offers greater confidence in successfully achieving business goals.

Some of the additional features included in the v.6.1 release are the data replication session configuration of historians, status of client activity and performance monitoring, and the ability to combine multiple data files for easier data management.

The challenge of operating facilities in an increasing competitive market requires smooth integration of process data between the executive and the operations function, as plants operate closer to their design constraints and increase flexibility to respond quickly to changing markets and plant conditions. Rapid and accurate awareness and exchange of information, as well as rapid response to that information, will spell the difference between a profitable and a failed enterprise.

The Canary software is designed and complies with the latest OPC standards and specifications, DA (Data Access) and HDA (Historical Data Access).

Trend Historian acquires data through OPC servers and stores the data in a historical database that is designed to handle the volume of data generated by process applications. It also serves historical and real-time data to Trend Link or any OPC-HDA client application in addition to providing replication functions to other Trend Historian(s).

Trend Calc is used to scale raw inputs into engineering values, compute data based on two or more different inputs, compute data based on historical data (hourly averages) and complex, multi-step calculations.

Trend Export enhances exporting functionality to CSV or XML format and also has the ability to export from any OPC-HDA complaint server. The result output can be automatically formatted into Excel or other applications such as Crystal Reports.

Trend Link is the power tool needed to view, analyze and report trend information.

Trend Web is an internet browser viewer to access and view trend charts from anywhere in the world and at anytime.

About Canary Labs:
Canary Labs is the premier provider of historical trending tools and related services with proven software for plant and business solutions, and years of industry expertise and trust. Canary?s loyalty and commitment to their customers is unsurpassed. The practical solutions from Canary can help meet even the largest challenges. Rely on Canary?s unique expertise and comprehensive historian/trending solutions.

Canary Labs has been providing critical solutions since 1985 that utilize the latest technology and has shipped over 10,000 units to 22 countries worldwide improving its customer?s processes and profitability. Canary products have been used in a wide variety of industrial applications such as pipelines, refineries, pharmaceutical, semiconductors, pulp and paper, steel, glass, water and wastewater, and various other industries.

For more information or a free evaluation of the Canary software, contact Ed Stern at Canary Labs, Inc., PO Box 208, Brownstone Building, Martinsburg, PA 16662, Telephone: 814-793-3770. Web site http://www.canarylabs.com, E-mail: info@canarylabs.com

Wonderware's New QI Analyst Software Supports Enterprise Quality Initiatives

LAKE FOREST, Calif. -- Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys, today announced the release of version 8.0 of QI Analyst software, which features many new enterprise-level quality management functions that enable plant personnel to proactively manage process variations in a standardized way, minimizing system setup, maintenance and training costs. QI Analyst 8.0 software provides companies a single integrated and highly productive software toolset that incorporates plant-floor, IT and business systems.

QI Analyst software is Wonderware's comprehensive real-time statistical process control (SPC) client software that is an integral component of Wonderware's Production and Performance Management Software Solutions. The software provides a broad range of real-time SPC analysis methods, enabling industrial manufacturers to achieve the benefits of real-time SPC and quality analysis.

"QI Analyst software is the quality management element of Wonderware Production and Performance Management Software Solutions and is designed to improve management of operational processes in manufacturing," said Jim Frider, marketing manager for Wonderware's Production and Performance Management Software Solutions. "By providing the data source connectivity required in today's highly distributed IT environments, QI Analyst software enables companies to gain a competitive advantage in their industry."

With SPC quality management solutions, people can access important process and plant data sources. QI Analyst software is specifically designed to connect to the widest range of data sources available, enabling systems to be configured to collect data from multiple sources and create an integrated quality database, enhancing system performance. Version 8.0 can alternately be configured to remotely connect to existing data sources to minimize data redundancy.

QI Analyst software is designed to provide customers with tools that offer the data source connectivity required by today's highly distributed IT environments. Enhancing the competitive advantage of manufacturers, QI Analyst software delivers a comprehensive library of plant performance statistics that can be displayed for the overall process, a given plant or process area or unit, or for any individual process parameter. Using these analysis methods contributes toquality consistency, lower production costs and improved production competitiveness.

In addition, operators and other plant decision-makers can easily monitor important process variations with the software's new SPC Alarm Viewer control. The Alarm Viewer control can be incorporated into HMI screens, such as Wonderware's InTouch software, or into Web pages, enabling operators to immediately detect SPC alarm violations and more quickly address issues. Once an indicator shows a change in status, the operator can simply click on it to show the complete SPC control chart. This ActiveX control also can be added to a Web-based plant information portal, permitting remote decision-makers to scan the plant's process variation levels with minimum time and effort.

Working in tandem with the Alarm Viewer control is the new ChartService. This service, based on the Microsoft Windows operating system, automatically monitors process and plant data in the background, and saves valuable IT resources by not requiring QI Analyst software to run on every PC in the plant. Running on a server, ChartService efficiently evaluates process and plant data, updates chart data and alarms, and communicates results to distributed clients.

"The Alarm Viewer control is designed to dramatically improve the efficiency of operators when monitoring quality parameters," Frider said. "Simple green light/red light indicators can be easily aggregated into a single InTouch HMI screen or Web page. As a result, people can monitor the status of a large number of important quality parameters at a single glance. If quality violations occur, plant personnel can click on the indicator to quickly drill down and bring up the live SPC chart associated with the indicator. All of the detailed information is provided to help operators make well-informed decisions about how to address the problem."

About Wonderware and Invensys
Visit www.wonderware.com/about_us/news/wwinvensys.
Media/Analyst Contact: Kari Garcia -- for Wonderware, Comm Strategies (949) 459-9696, ext. 244 kjgarcia@commstrategies.com


MANUFACTURING EXECUTION SYSTEMS

CIMx Introduces Interax™ Version 5.1, Affordable Paperless Manufacturing

Cincinnati, OH: CIMx, LLC announced today the immediate release of Interax 5.1. Continuing on its integrated process and planning theme, Interax 5.1 expands a company's abilities in shop floor management, integration, industry regulations and reporting.

Over the past year, CIMx has worked closely with their customer base and industry experts to understand and develop key enhancements for Interax. This new release now contains:

• increased visibility and management of work orders on the shop floor,
• expanded shop floor tracking ability,
• improved visibility to the shop floor through a single screen,
• and advanced tools for creating and managing data.

Version 5.1 adds Interax Work Manager to the software suite, allowing users to manage the shop from a single screen. With a single point of entry, users can create and split orders, monitor individual job status and as-built production records, and make immediate adjustments on job schedules. With this comes expanded order management functionality for managing multiple quantity orders.
The user has an accurate view of the shop floor, and the ability to immediately
make decisions to reduce production delays.

In today's global manufacturing market, manufacturers must improve production throughput, reduce scrap and rework without increasing overhead and costs, and maintain industry requirements. “Interax version 5.1 puts CIMx in the forefront of paperless manufacturing systems, enabling manufacturers to manage, control and disseminate key data on-time” said Kristin McLane, President of CIMx.
“Integrating information from planning to production allows for complete visibility.”

About CIMx - CIMx provides a rich set of integrated solutions for managing production-critical manufacturing information. Interax uses the same technology that CIMx implements at Fortune 100 customers like GE-Aircraft Engines, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, and Ford Motor Company for the small to mid-size market. Interax provides controlled paperless work instructions and collects production data from the shop floor. This solution is an execution system that is easy to implement and simple to configure. A leader in paperless manufacturing solutions, CIMx software has been proven to enable customers to produce products better, cheaper, and faster by providing the right information to the right person at the right time. CIMx can be reached at 1-877-FOR CIMX or on the web at www.cimx.com.


STATISTICAL PROCESS CONTROL

ASI DataMyte announces new Inspect™ 3.0 visual attribute data collection software, designed to reduce the costs associated with scrap, rework, warranty claims, and production bottlenecks.

Inspect evolves from the PlantMan™ Inspect software package created by Information Technologies, Inc., and acquired by ASI DataMyte in December 2002. The 3.0 release is the first full ASI DataMyte release of the product with enhanced functionality for defect tracking. Inspect works with any manufacturing operation and is gaining momentum in non-automotive operations such as electronics, medical device manufacturing and food packaging and processing plants.

Inspect is an extremely valuable tool for collecting, analyzing and reporting defect-related data in applications where part and assembly defect information is critical to the production of quality parts. Visual defect identification and control is as easy as touching the screen. Defects can be found, flagged, and a record sent to rework in a matter of seconds. Automated routing for rework is an option that can be purchased with the system.

One of Inspect's principal strengths is its easy-to-use operator interface. Inspect software displays digital images of the part or assembly to be inspected and uses simple touch screen tools to identify and evaluate defects.

Inspect software can be run on a DataMyte Industrial Data Assistant tablet as a terminal services application. This provides the ideal mobile solution for remote plant floor inspections or yard audits. With the IDA's radio frequency card, the user can send and receive information from anywhere on a wireless network.

Data is stored in an SQL database, available for immediate access from any web browser via reporting software. The software also includes a large range of defect reporting tools and an interface to e-mail, paging and other electronic notification tools.

Inspect software is easily configurable for any application where collection and analysis of production defects is required. Typical applications are in automotive and heavy truck assembly and in part stamping and painting applications.

ASI DataMyte, Inc. is the world leader in providing quality-related data collection, analysis and reporting solutions, as well as quality planning and control tools, to virtually every segment of the manufacturing industry. Our customers include virtually all of the leading U.S. and European automotive, aerospace manufacturers but also food and beverage, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. ASI DataMyte products and services are sold and supported by a worldwide network of direct representatives and distributors. ASI DataMyte headquarters are located in Plymouth, MN, USA . For more information contact Dane Barrager at 248-543-6040. Tell him you learned of this from WWW.LeanMean-Manufacturing.com.


Major Micro Systems announces the newest edition of its popular SPC software - SPC Express for Windows - Release 5.

In addition to remaining extremely practical and easy-to-use, several new features have been added to help both beginning and expert users. New features include: Password Protection, External Document Interface (including CAD drawings and digital camera images), Layout Libraries, extensive Out-of-control Logging, and Email Notification. Data can be entered via keyboard or a variety of electronic sources including gages and CMM's. A plant-wide monitoring option is also available. As always, Tech Support and consulting is free to all users. Visit their website at www.MajorMicro.com for additional information and free trial software. Tell them you learned of this from WWW.LeanMean-Manufacturing.com.


CPM Discrete Market To More Than Double.

Primary beneficiaries will be semiconductor, electronics, aerospace and automotive manufacturers. Worldwide shipments of collaborative production management (CPM) software & services for discrete industries, which exceeded $400 million in 2000, will increase to nearly $1 billion in 2005 at a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 20 percent, according to the ARC Advisory Group's new Collaborative Production Management Systems for Discrete Manufacturing Global Outlook. "The semiconductor market, currently the largest industry sector at almost half of the total CPM market, will remain the largest industry sector in 2005, but electronics, aerospace & defense, and automotive industries will see faster growth," "These high growth industries will present more opportunities for new entrants and cross-industry solutions and will promote a maturation of the market."

Manufacturers continue to look for ways to squeeze efficiency out of their production facilities and better manage their supply chain. ERP solutions attempted to solve this problem and managed to bring order to the cost accounting aspect of manufacturing. Supply chain solutions have drilled down another layer and have made significant progress on the management of the inventory and logistics issues. But neither of these solutions address the need for real-time production visibility, production execution, optimization, and data collection to analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of manufacturing operations – functions desperately needed as users attempt to implement make-to-order and just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing processes.

CPM solutions, with their ability to access real-time plant floor data and combine it with information from engineering, ERP, and supply chain systems, gives production personnel guidance and direction in order to reduce errors, increase production rates, and minimize idle resources, Newer, Internet-based CPM solutions also provide collaboration tools to tighten the supply chain. Over the next five years, CPM will grow at rate of almost 20 percent as manufacturers recognize and appreciate the value offered by these solutions."

Consolidation has started in the CPM market with semiconductor equipment manufacturers acquiring major CPM suppliers. In the next few years, this is likely to spread to the electronics, automotive, and aerospace markets. CPM systems, as they expand in functionality, will become more adaptable to a variety of industries and manufacturing models. This will support the attempt of vertical, niche suppliers to cross over into other industries. New entrants will appear in the form of small, startup software firms, or large automation and enterprise solution providers incorporating or acquiring CPM functionality to expand their market presence.

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LOGISTICS NEWS

Supply Chain Management

Transportation Management

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

New WMS Release Enables Companies to Offer Value Added Services; Includes RFID and Voice-Enabled Technology

CHICAGO - Click Commerce, Inc. (Nasdaq: CKCM), a leading provider of on-demand supply chain management solutions, has released MOVE version 8.1 of its warehouse management software. MOVE 8.1 enables companies to offer innovative value added services and provides support for radio frequency identification (RFID) and voice-enabled operations in the warehouse.

MOVE 8.1's value added services provide companies a way to differentiate from their competitors by offering their customers unique capabilities. Some of these services include customer personalization, complex final assembly and light manufacturing operations, and support for reverse logistics requirements in the service supply chain.

This release also provides RFID capabilities integrated with basic warehouse operations such as receiving, putaway, picking and shipping, and is an upgrade to the Intelligent Supply Chain solution offered by Click Commerce. In partnership with Vue Technology, the Intelligent Supply Chain is a cost-effective, RFID-integrated solution that increases productivity and inventory accuracy in the warehouse. It also enables the ability to pull inventory through the supply chain network based on real-time demand demands to avoid stock-outs. The solution is designed to deliver increased customer service levels, and lower supply chain costs.

In addition, the release further enhances MOVE's voice functionality, which creates a dialogue between warehouse employees and MOVE. MOVE 8.1 utilizes a voice-directed interface that allows warehouse employees to speak vital warehouse information about inventory operations into a headset, rather than inputting the information into a cumbersome hand-held device. The solution, which includes technology from Vocollect, results in increased labor productivity, improved inventory accuracy, and better safety for the company's warehouse workers. Customers using the Click Commerce voice solution are experiencing productivity improvements within a short period of time.

According to a September 2005 research article, “Talk to Me, Supply Chain: Warehouse Workers Find Their Voice (Technology),” by Greg Aimi of AMR Research, “Voice-directed work in the warehouse is delivering direct benefit in increased productivity, inventory and fulfillment accuracy, and workforce safety.”

“Our customers are asking us to help them differentiate themselves, to help them find additional ways to gain market share and grow sales,” said Steve Cole, senior vice president of product management. “MOVE 8.1 is a direct response to these requests and offers a best-in-class warehouse management solution that delivers value for our customers.”

The new release integrates with the Click Commerce Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). The ESB enables extensible markup language (XML), electronic data interchange (EDI), or flat file communications between the warehouse management system and external systems. Most warehouse management solutions require a middleware provider, which can be costly. With the Click Commerce ESB, companies can easily integrate MOVE 8.1 with other applications. The solution is based on open standards, which enables it to be modified to meet a customer's specific needs.

The Click Commerce ESB uses Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), which enables composite applications. The ESB integrates Click Commerce applications to work as a suite of products. It leverages web services and Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) to orchestrate the flow of information between Click Commerce applications.

“With the Click Commerce ESB, companies can integrate Click Commerce solutions according to their own business processes, instead of being forced to work in a predefined framework,” said Cole.

About Click Commerce - Click Commerce, Inc., (Nasdaq: CKCM), a leading provider of on-demand supply chain management solutions, enables millions of users in 70 countries to collaborate, in real time, with business partners across the extended enterprise. Click Commerce solutions support the unique business processes of multiple industry segments such as manufacturing, aerospace and defense, high-tech, and research and healthcare. Click Commerce enables corporations including Alaska Airlines, BASF, Citibank, Delphi, Eastman Kodak Company, Jabil Global Services, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Pier 1, Ryder, and Verizon to coordinate and optimize business processes, accelerated revenue, lower costs, and improve customer service. More information can be found at www.clickcommerce.com. Click Commerce Media Relations: Nellie Vallieres, 312-377-3944 / nellie.vallieres@clickcommerce.com


RedPrairie Corporation Acquired by Francisco Partners. Closed Merger Advances RedPrairie's Ability to Accelerate its Rapid Growth Through Acquisitions and Organic Expansion

Waukesha, WI - RedPrairie Corporation, a global leader in supply chain technology solutions that enable business process transformation, announced today that Francisco Partners, one of the world's largest technology-focused private equity funds, has closed its merger transaction to acquire RedPrairie. The transaction will enable RedPrairie to accelerate its already rapid growth rate while enhancing its strong focus on customer results.

According to RedPrairie Company Leader John Jazwiec, "RedPrairie has consistently grown 30 percent each year for the last three years, well ahead of our industry. However, we had reached an inflection point that required enhanced funding options. This transaction will strengthen RedPrairie's ability to leverage its leadership position and signifies a further step in our growth strategy." "By joining with Francisco Partners," adds Jazwiec, "we can continue to put the long-term interests of our customers, partners, shareholders and employees foremost in our sights. This provides RedPrairie the resources and flexibility to quickly respond to investment opportunities, customer requirements and market forces."

Comments David Golob, general partner of Francisco Partners, "We look for companies like RedPrairie that are poised to break out from the competition through superior technology and
service, and those backed by strong management teams focused on the needs of the markets they serve. We believe RedPrairie is best positioned in its industry to address market opportunities and
leverage its unparalleled customer base for long-term value creation. Francisco Partners is excited to provide resources to enable their accelerated growth and we look forward to working with their experienced and forward-thinking management team."

Says Jazwiec, "This merger is in the best interest of our customers, partners and employees. Our partners and customers will continue to benefit from our strong working relationships, seasoned management team and leading edge technologies. Our employees will continue to experience the security of working within a stable and growing enterprise and the opportunities associated with our unique RedPrairie culture. And RedPrairie will be able to take the next logical step in fulfillment of the strategic vision we have established."

Comments Greg Aimi, Research Director at AMR Research; "This acquisition reduces risk for RedPrairie customers. We expect that RedPrairie and Francisco Partners will pursue an aggressive growth strategy. Customers and prospects should expect the following: global expansion, innovation and potential acquisitions. No matter what, we expect that the customers should finish ahead. Aimi, Greg. AMR Research Report: AMR Research, April 2005.

About Francisco Partners - Francisco Partners is one of the world's largest technology-focused investment firms. It invests in public and private technology companies at inflection points, where its strategic insight and long-term focus give it a differentiated view of investment value. Francisco Partners provides transformational capital by working in close concert with the management team to reposition, recapitalize, or otherwise rejuvenate companies to support strong long-term value creation. For additional information, visit www.franciscopartners.com <http:// www.franciscopartners.com/>.

About RedPrairie Corporation - For over 30 years RedPrairie has enabled leading global companies to create competitive advantage through supply chain excellence. RedPrairie's comprehensive technology solutions provide rapid and sustainable return on investment by optimizing the performance of people, places and processes. RedPrairie provides industry-tailored solutions for diverse markets, including consumer goods, direct to consumer and traditional retail, food and beverage, high tech / electronics, third party logistics, industrial / wholesale, automotive and service parts, and pharmaceuticals. For additional information, call 1.877.733.7724, or access www.RedPrairie.com.

Radcliffe Inc., a leading software : services company, announced today the launch of Synchronicity 3.0, an enterprise supply chain solution for the third party logistics marketplace.

This launch is part of Radcliffe’s ongoing strategy to offer leading edge technology that provides direct benefits to the warehousing and distribution marketplace. One of the key enhancements in this version is WebRF, which extends the web-based architecture to include radio frequency (RF) terminals. This feature simplifies the implementation process and allows our ASP customers to operate in a secure environment without expensive Virtual Private Network hardware. Currently, WebRF supports both text based and Pocket PC terminals. Enhancements have also been made to the Event Monitoring module. Users have the ability to set up ‘triggers’ that, when met, automatically send exception and summary reports to user interfaces such as email or Synchronicity’s Dashboard. The graphical Dashboard is customizable, allowing users to organize frequently used information on one screen. This makes reporting and analysis more efficient, as key information is always readily available. “Synchronicity 3.0 is our delivery mechanism for the future,” explains Tom Wise, Radcliffe’s Senior Vice President. “Built on a completely web-based architecture, Synchronicity is easily customized allowing us to smoothly and reliably enhance our software. Simply put, this means we can provide the applications, functionality and technology our customers require both now and in the future.” Designed specifically for 3PL providers, Synchronicity 3.0 is based on an accumulation of industry knowledge from third party logistics experts, as well as Radcliffe’s extensive experience within the warehousing industry. About Radcliffe Radcliffe Inc. delivers a balanced ratio of technology, expertise and support that always yields positive predictable business results. Offering supply chain execution software, project management expertise and SAP professional services, Radcliffe has gained experience in a vast range of vertical markets including food, beverage, third party logistics, utilities, education, government, financial and consumer/industrial products. Founded in 1991, the company has established a strong North American presence with over 175 clients and offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Minneapolis and Dallas. For more information visit www.RadcliffeInc.com. Tell them you learned of this from WWW.LeanMean-Manufacturing.com.


RiverOne - ViaSat Accelerates Growth with High-Velocity, Low-Touch Supply Chain Strategy Powered by RiverOne. Proven Supply Chain Control Solution Will Enable Satellite Communications Provider To Meet Growing Business Demands Without Capital Expansion.

APICS International Conference and Exposition, San Diego, Calif. - ViaSat Inc., an innovative supplier of satellite, encryption, and other wireless communication products, has entered into an agreement with RiverOne, a supplier of next-generation supply chain management software and services for companies involved in electronics manufacturing, to build its new high-velocity supply chain using the RiverOne INTERACTIVE solution.

This will allow ViaSat to rapidly take advantage of the burgeoning demand for wireless communications in both the commercial and government sectors by quickly ramping up product delivery without investing in additional employees or equipment. RiverOne INTERACTIVE will enable ViaSat to create and drive a multi-tiered supply chain while also leveraging its current investment in internal solutions, such as Oracle ERP.

"Our RiverOne implementation, called V-Chain (tm), enables us to take advantage of our tremendous corporate growth opportunities by building a network of outsourced partners - yet work as closely with them as if they were part of our own organization," said Ray Barger, director procurement at ViaSat. "This brings efficiency, enabling us to grow without the overhead of additional hires and capital equipment. RiverOne also benefits our partners by making ViaSat easier and less expensive to do business with."

"While many companies are retro-fitting their supply chains, ViaSat is in the unique position of building a new foundation from the ground up which leverages the most advanced supply chain concepts and tools," said Chris Smith, CEO for RiverOne. "Their commitment to supply chain excellence is commendable, and we are honored to be the linchpin in their new strategy."

ViaSat RiverOne INTERACTIVE - available as a hosted or licensed software solution -- is a web-native supply chain control system that integrates connectivity, execution, planning, and metrics into a single backbone for structured collaboration 'outside the four walls.' With INTERACTIVE, ViaSat will be able to connect its Oracle ERP system to electronic manufacturing service (EMS) partners, key component suppliers, distributors, and third-party logistics providers via any method (RosettaNet, XML, EDI, Excel and Flat File, and Web interface), then coordinate and monitor activities.

Only 45 days after the initial implementation, ViaSat went live with automated demand forecast delivery via RiverOne INTERACTIVE using a Web interface. Soon INTERACTIVE will enable a third-party logistics provider to manage a ViaSat warehouse, and run 2-way shipping requests/shipping confirmations directly in and out of ViaSat's internal system.

About RiverOne - RiverOne provides supply chain management software and services for manufacturers to control processes between customers and suppliers. Customers realize immediate value by deploying the industry's only proven Supply Chain Control System, featuring integrated planning, execution and analysis, all leveraging a shared connectivity and event management platform. RiverOne customers have complete control over all customer and supplier interactions including forecasting, planning, fulfillment, procurement and replenishment activities, resulting in dramatic improvements in fulfillment performance, procurement efficiency and inventory control.

All products mentioned in the release are trademarks or registered trademarks of RiverOne Inc. All other trademarks, trade names, and/or product names are used solely for the purpose of identification and are the property of their respective owners. To learn more about our solutions, contact Matt Paye at 949-856-4221. Tell him you learned of this from WWW.LeanMean-Manufacturing.com.


Supply Chain Process Management Market to Quadruple to $518 Million by 2006.

The Supply Chain Process Management (SCPM) market, which exceeded $125 million in 2000, will more than quadruple to $518 million by the end of 2005, growing at a Cumulative Average Growth Rate (CAGR) of just under 33 percent, according to a new study by the ARC Advisory Group. Note: ARC has an 18-year history of excellent forecasting accuracy and has quantitative analysis to substantiate this one.

SCPM, also called Supply Chain Event Management and Supply Chain Visibility, provides alerting, alert resolution logic, and extended supply chain visibility into inventory in motion (incoming raw materials and outbound finished goods), inventory at rest (inside a factory and inventory in Distribution Centers), and a real-time view of Key Performance Indicators (KPI), according to the Supply Chain Process Management Global Outlook.

"This type of solution improves customer satisfaction by helping companies to drive strong performance on the perfect order metric, which is an order delivered on time, in the quantities ordered, with no unauthorized substitutions, with the correct Value Added Services executed, and with the correct billing," according to the study's author, ARC Director of Supply Chain Solutions. "The payback appears to fall into four categories: reductions in inventory, elimination of sources of order fulfillment variance and automation of processes (with an attendant reduction in headcount), and the reduction in the number of costly returns."

SCPM, which is a young and immature market, appears to offer the same kind of robust payback offered by Supply Chain Planning (SCP), a market that grew at about a 40 percent CAGR over the first six-to-seven years of its existence when it offered a payback in less than one year for a high percentage of customers. Although the forecast for SCPM is among the highest growth rates of all software industries, "if subsequent ROI research shows that the payback period is in fact similar to or better than SCP," Banker says, "then a growth rate of closer to 40 percent would be warranted. Also contributing to the strong growth of this market are the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Planning (SCP), and Warehouse Management System (WMS) suppliers that will offer this solution. Initially, they will sell into their installed base. In such situations, sales are much easier."

TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

Varsity Logistics Fortifies Partnership with UPS

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (PRWEB) - Varsity Logistics, Inc., the leader in integrated shipping solutions for the IBM iSeries, announced that it has reinforced its leading position by being chosen to join the UPS Ready™ Program. The program was created to provide a collaborative structure between UPS and third party vendors to offer shipping and visibility solutions, representing the entire portfolio of UPS services, for the benefit of customers worldwide. The companies approved for the program complete a detailed screening process to ensure UPS specific standards are met and once approved, the companies become UPS licensed solution providers.

As a UPS Ready Program participant, Varsity is further enabled to provide UPS customers with the latest, most robust, and most stable transportation management solutions for their enterprises. By integrating UPS functionality with the Varsity ShipSoft™ software, customers benefit from shipment rule compliance, up to date rating, real time transit, track and trace, enhanced customer service, ease of use, and more.

“Varsity's inclusion in the UPS Ready Program furthers their commitment to offer UPS' entire portfolio of services to the marketplace, leading to streamlined supply chain processes. Our mutual customers benefit from greater customer service, improved costs of doing business, as well as enhanced functionality within their enterprise and Web applications,” said Jordan Colletta, Vice President of Customer Technology Marketing for UPS.

“Since 1989, Varsity has been committed to providing best-of-breed transportation management solutions and accompanying customer and professional services. We are excited to increase this level of commitment to our current and future UPS customers,” said Julian Thomas, Director of Product Management at Varsity Logistics. “With a 15 year history of working closely with UPS, extending our relationship through the UPS Ready Program will give our shared clients greater functionality, a richer feature set, and deeper insight into their logistics processes resulting in better business decisions throughout their supply chain,” concluded Thomas.

About Varsity Logistics
Founded in 1989, Varsity Logistics, Inc. is the leading provider of IBM iSeries-based shipping systems. Varsity's software supports the full spectrum of parcel, truckload, and LTL shipments, including rate shopping, manifesting, parcel packing, international shipments, and invoice auditing. Deployed in more than 1,000 distribution sites, Varsity helps North American organizations of all sizes improve shipping efficiencies, increase customer satisfaction, and reduce shipping expense. Varsity is based in San Francisco, California. www.varsitylogistics.com


MicroAnalytics, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of its 3.0 version of the TruckStopsÆ Routing & Scheduling Software.

This new version offers enhanced itinerary generating capabilities in addition to the ability to output route data via ODBC. These new enhancements allow TruckStops users more flexibility in both data exchange and itinerary generating functions.

TruckStops' interface to Microsoft's MapPoint product has been enhanced to allow users to seamlessly access turn-by-turn driving directions, turn-by-turn maps as well as street-level distance calculations from within the TruckStops user interface. Maps and driving directions can be printed from within the TruckStops interface or emailed to other parties. All of this functionality is available both for the United States and Canada, allowing greater flexibility for both domestic and Canadian customers in the itinerary generating process. These enhancements also give users more choice in the itinerary-generating tool they wish to use with TruckStops.

The ODBC functionality introduced into TruckStops in a previous version release has now been enhanced to allow users to not only bring data into the TruckStops system using ODBC but now to also output route information using ODBC communication. Users can bypass the data export process altogether and have their data save out to another ODBC compliant database quickly and easily.

Available for Windows 95/98/ME/XP/NT/00, TruckStops can be used either dynamically, for scheduling vehicles on routes that change daily, or strategically, for planning and updating fixed delivery routes.

MicroAnalytics has produced high-quality, affordable logistics software since 1984. The company helped pioneer the development of PC-based routing systems and is recognized as the leading software provider with over 2,400 systems distributed worldwide. In addition to the TruckStops system, MicroAnalytics publishes and markets the OptiSite® Distribution Planning Model, GeoNet™ Location Databases and the BUSTOPS® Student Transportation Management System. The company operates offices in Arlington, Virginia; Toronto, Ontario; and London, England. Agents in Europe, South America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore represent MicroAnalytics. The Arlington, Virginia headquarters may be reached at 703-841-0414. Tell them you learned of this from WWW.LeanMean-Manufacturing.com.


UPS Logistics Technologies - The Inbound Logistics editorial team has selected UPS Logistics Technologies as a 2004 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider.

"Given the dynamism in the logistics technology segment, it's impressive to see UPS Logistics Technologies providing the kinds of solutions INBOUND LOGISTICS readers need", stated Felecia Stratton, Editor of INBOUND LOGISTICS. "It's tough to keep up with customer needs in any environment, but the speed with which change is happening is a testament to UPS Logistics Technologies' ability to keep pace and in some cases anticipate customers' evolving needs. For that reason, INBOUND LOGISTICS editors have recognized UPS Logistics Technologies as one of this year's Top 100 Logistics IT companies."

As a subsidiary of one of the world's largest logistics companies, United Parcel Service, UPS Logistics Technologies delivers transportation and logistics solutions that directly impact a company's bottom line.

From its inception, UPS Logistics Technologies has been focused on developing products and solutions to improve the operational efficiency of distribution companies. This concentrated focus has produced industry leading software solutions that enable highly efficient order-to-delivery processes. Solutions include street-level route optimization, territory planning, mobile delivery execution, real-time wireless dispatch and GPS tracking.

UPS Logistics Technologies' products are in use with more than 1,300 installations worldwide and manage more than 60,000 vehicles daily. Customer Service is available 24 x 7 to customers in need of assistance. For over 16 years, these solutions have helped elevate the customer experience while lowering transportation costs.

About UPS Logistics Technologies - UPS Logistics Technologies is a subsidiary of UPS (NYSE: UPS). The company provides transportation and logistics solutions that contribute to the operational efficiency of distribution companies, by improving routing, scheduling and real-time dispatch and tracking of delivery vehicles. This concentrated focus has resulted in the development of industry leading software solutions that enable highly efficient order-to-delivery processes. The company's solutions include street-level route optimization, territory planning, mobile delivery execution, real-time wireless dispatch and GPS tracking.

To learn more about our solutions, please call us at 410-847-1900, or email us at market@upslogistics.com. Tell them you learned of this from WWW.LeanMean-Manufacturing.com.

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