LONG BEACH, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dec. 13, 2005— FlexNet(TM) Version 9.3 is now available directly from Apriso Corporation and from resellers, the company announced today. This upgrade to the widely used software solution helps manufacturing and logistics professionals meet planned and unplanned challenges in their operations with greater agility and confidence, thereby leveraging unforeseen events to gain competitive advantage.
Introduced in 2002, FlexNet is a highly pliable execution software
that can be deployed stand-alone or to extend the value of an
organization's ERP, CRM, PLM or other business systems. The software
is both a broad strategic operations execution platform that ties
together the diverse activities of a manufacturer's operations, as
well as a modular suite of applications that can be deployed as needed
to provide a tightly coordinated manufacturing solution.
Built for Adaptability, Agility
FlexNet 9.3 has been built for adaptive manufacturing -- an
emerging strategy driven by operations execution systems that provide
the flexibility, visibility and integration required to support
constantly changing business requirements. The results are optimal
efficiency, quality and responsiveness, which can translate into
higher profitability and customer satisfaction.
"Manufacturing organizations are feeling new pressures on their
operations from new market requirements, increased compliance needs,
more widely distributed manufacturing operations and other factors,"
says Greg Gorbach, vice president of collaborative manufacturing, ARC
Advisory Group. "Companies that can react to those market changes
faster than their competitors can, and adapt their processes to take
advantage of those changes, will be at a competitive advantage."
At the heart of the FlexNet platform is Process Builder(TM), an
authoring tool that enables electronic process "flows" to be deployed
to workstations both within the facility's four walls and out to the
manufacturer's extended supply chain. The ability to quickly change
these global processes without enlisting IT support empowers
manufacturers to quickly respond to strategy shifts, changing market
conditions and unexpected events.
New in FlexNet Version 9.3
Version 9.3 includes more than 160 new, pre-built "flows." A full
range of modules that automate primary functions is offered with this
release. The modules include:
-- FlexNet Production - an adaptive manufacturing execution
system (MES) that offers real-time control over manufacturing
processes and operations; continuously monitors and tracks
work orders, schedules, and production tasks.
-- FlexNet Warehouse - an RFID-ready, specialized warehouse
management system (WMS) that integrates inbound and outbound
logistics with warehouse operations; and streamlines flow of
materials through extended supply network for added speed and
-- FlexNet Quality - an automated, flexible and paperless quality
management system (QMS) that tracks SPC trends, finds defects,
pinpoints their root causes at specific operational points;
alerts supervisors to take corrective action for process
anomalies; and links non-conformance, corrective
action-preventative action (NC-CAPA) into production.
-- FlexNet Maintenance - seamlessly integrates asset management
and maintenance execution (MMS) into production, logistics,
and field services operations; automatically detects processes
and workflow required to keep equipment performing at peak
efficiency; and collects "as-maintained" history on serviced
-- FlexNet Reporting - a business intelligence application that
collects real-time operations and execution data; continuously
aggregates, distills and updates performance data; and
features meaningful dashboards and KPIs and drill-down
capability for root cause analysis.
-- FlexNet Global Process Management - a composite solution that
automates engineering change orders, genealogy and
traceability; facilitates full revision control & approval;
supports global deployment; manages process and product
changes driven by design integrity, inventory, cost control;
configures document control. Integrates with third-party
About FlexNet(TM) Technology
FlexNet leverages service-oriented architecture (SOA), an approach
that makes integrating disparate point solutions and machine
interfaces easy. The product's Process Builder provides true business
process management (BPM) functionality by giving non-technical
personnel dynamic authoring capabilities, which enables quick response
to changing business conditions while maintaining continuous
A Simplified, Standardized IT Infrastructure
Proliferation of disparate IT point solutions is one of the most
common barriers to supply chain efficiency. The daunting task of
maintaining dozens of applications often prevents manufacturing
organizations from implementing Lean, continuous improvement and other
Further, analysts have estimated that each integration on a plant
floor costs an average of $150,000 per year to maintain. Multiplied by
even a small number of applications, the growing appeal behind IT
consolidation and rationalization at the operations level is quickly
FlexNet helps reduce an organization's total cost of IT ownership
and can simplify its infrastructure by consolidating applications to a
common data source. As a result, organizations can spend more time and
financial resources adapting to business changes and driving
continuous improvement. The platform is designed to provide a common
interface to legacy and "best of breed" applications, and 24x7 uptime,
even when the ERP system or WAN goes down.
FlexNet is built on a unified database model that incorporates
Apriso's 13+ years of cumulative industry experience. Its
industry-specific features make the solution a natural fit for
regulated manufacturers, such as automotive, aerospace & defense and
medical device, that need to comply with governmental or customer
mandates, such as parts traceability, product genealogy and time &
-- FlexNet helps decrease exposure to warranty and recalls,
reduce the cost of compliance with government- and
customer-imposed mandates, and cost-effectively improve
quality and customer satisfaction.
-- FlexNet offers interlocking traceability across product and
processes, and genealogical consistency across suppliers.
-- FlexNet's help cost-effectively improve production and process
control through the software's process enforcement features.
The solution also helps improves operational efficiency
through direct and indirect labor, equipment and scrap
"FlexNet is the industry's first truly adaptive software platform
for agile manufacturing," says Jim Henderson, president and chief
executive officer, Apriso Corporation. "We developed the platform to
help our customers meet the planned and unplanned challenges they face
every day. Organizations that create an infrastructure that
accommodates changes rapidly and seamlessly are the ones that thrive.
For them, change becomes a competitive advantage."
Pricing and Availability
FlexNet is sold directly by Apriso and through certified
resellers. Pricing is based upon the number of applications purchased
and company size. For further information, call 888-400-7587.
About Apriso Corporation
Apriso Corporation is a software company dedicated to providing
competitive advantage for its customers. We do this by enabling
organizations to adapt quickly and easily to market changes and
unexpected events; providing end-to-end, real-time control of
manufacturing operations across the entire enterprise; lending
visibility across the entire supply network; tightly integrating
planning, execution, and control; increasing operational efficiency;
and eliminating errors in the production process.
Apriso operates in nine countries across the Americas, Europe and
Asia-Pacific. The company has more than 140 customers and powers more
than 400 installations worldwide. Its customer base includes such
global companies as General Motors, Lear, Honeywell, Microsoft,
L'Oreal, Lockheed Martin, Becton Dickinson, Baker Hughes,
International Paper, Rubbermaid, Matsushita Avionics Systems,
Saint-Gobain, Pechiney, and Essilor. For more information, visit the
Apriso Web site at
Apriso is a registered trademark of Apriso Corporation. FlexNet is
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