Rules-Driven Product Management Benefits Engineer-To-Order Manufacturers As Customer Success Data Grows

WAKEFIELD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 24, 2005— Results for several rules-driven product management (RPM) engagements led by RuleStream Corporation outline several benefits resulting from RPM implementations in engineer-to-order operations.

RuleStream's RPM solutions have helped clients achieve:

-- Reduction of lead times by up to 60 percent

-- Increase of sales win rates by 20 percent

-- Reduction of engineering costs by 75 percent

-- Decrease in design times by 80 percent

-- Elimination of Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) and work stoppages by 95 percent

These benefits are outlined in case studies available on the RuleStream website at www.rulestream.com. The case studies describe the successes of RuleStream clients including Lytron, Interior Concepts and Babcock & Wilcox.

Rules-driven product management (RPM) was more visible than ever during the first quarter of 2005, according to RuleStream. RPM is an emerging category of enterprise software that allows discrete manufacturers to automate sales, engineering and manufacturing processes, resulting in the ability to respond to customer-specific orders more rapidly, accurately and cost-effectively.

RPM was the subject of in-depth reports from CIMdata and Tech-Clarity, and was highlighted in articles appearing in publications including Manufacturing Business Technology, IEN, Machine Design, Managing Automation and Design News.

RuleStream and its customers actively participated in several industry shows, including National Manufacturing Week, ASME Power 2005 and SolidWorks World 2005. In addition to adding Everbrite to its customer list, RuleStream also highlighted two other new customers--Fresno Valves and CampbellRhea--who have recently adopted RPM to streamline their ETO operations.

RuleStream also announced the appointment of Rick Smith and Bernard Pezzimenti to new positions in the company during the first quarter--Rick Smith was promoted to vice president, professional services, and Bernard Pezzimenti was appointed vice president, research and development.

"We're very pleased with the increased recognition rules-driven product management and RuleStream has received," said Dave Vredenburgh, RuleStream's chief executive officer. "The momentum we began in 2004 continues, and the customers who joined with us last year are already seeing significant benefits from implementing our solutions."

About RuleStream

RuleStream is the only choice when discrete manufacturers need to respond to customer-specific orders more rapidly, accurately and efficiently. RuleStream's patent-pending software technology automates complex decisions for design, quotation and manufacturing processes. This delivers improved sales win rate, shorter lead times, and more precise quotations while lowering costs through increased productivity, reduced engineering times and fewer errors.

RuleStream ensures that decisions incorporate the most up-to-date product-based intellectual property, employing a breakthrough user environment that allows subject matter experts to easily capture rules about requirements, best practices, and capabilities for engineering, manufacturing and sales.

RuleStream's customers include innovators like Fresno Valves & Castings, Interior Concepts, Lytron, UNEX, and other mid-sized companies in a broad range of industries. RuleStream customers also include business leaders like General Electric, Lockheed Martin, NASA and The Babcock & Wilcox Company. For more information visit www.rulestream.com.



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