"The momentum Apriso is now experiencing is the result of a market transformation that began over a year ago, when we recognized a shift from using MES as a tactical, plant level program to a strategic enterprise application," explained Jim Henderson, president and CEO of Apriso. "By placing an expanded emphasis on our strategic alliances and global implementation partners, we are able to better serve the global manufacturing community."
The implications of globalization and the necessity for adaptive manufacturing have expanded the need for enterprise-wide systems integration. Manufacturers must develop, implement and maintain highly responsive IT systems to synchronize their planning and operations execution needs in order to minimize inventory levels, reduce product development life cycles, and shorten time to global market for new products. Each of these market pressures is driving the need for better global visibility -- and the IT systems -- to support this vision.
Examples of global manufacturers who have started or expanded their FlexNet(R) deployments in the second quarter to embrace this philosophy include:
-- BAT -- global manufacturer, distributor and exporter of cigarettes now has four Apriso FlexNet locations live and is adding a fifth site in Singapore, resulting in 40% of all production volume running through FlexNet
-- A Global Leading Engine Manufacturer -- designer, manufacturer, distributor and servicing agent of engines and related technologies has completed its pilot program, created a Center of Excellence for manufacturing operations and is now deploying FlexNet at its second site in the UK, based on best practices learned and now implemented
-- MBDA -- a leading global missile manufacturer jointly owned by BAE Systems, EADS and Finmeccanica is using the enhanced features of FlexNet to shorten their process lifecycle workflows between their MES and PLM systems, demonstrating the need for integration which extends beyond just ERP
-- Saint-Gobain Sekurit -- one of the top 3 glass manufacturers in the world has increased its total number of FlexNet locations to 45. Saint-Gobain Sekurit has unified its manufacturing and logistics operations execution to be totally integrated with its SAP ERP system
-- A Major US Based Manufacturer of "Over the Counter" Medical Products -- America's leading manufacturer of store brand vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements, as well as a leading supplier of over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, added new FlexNet licenses to reflect a growing need for continued integration between ERP and their production environment
-- World's Largest Automobile Manufacturer -- Powertrain division recently expanded their number of FlexNet software licenses to ensure complete integration across their operations execution systems and ERP
-- Amica Wronki -- a leading producer of household appliances has begun its FlexNet implementation to consolidate disparate MES systems while integrating MES into their ERP systems, which will ultimately be performed over several sites
Product and Service Methodology Launches
Apriso recently announced general availability of FlexNet 9.4, providing a new standard for their business process-centric operations execution solution. Upgraded FlexNet applications include Business Process Builder 2.0, Quality Management 2.1, and Machine Integrator 2.0. These upgraded applications within Apriso's Operations Execution System (OES) work together to deliver improved performance, expanded user visibility and real-time integration capabilities to a manufacturer's shop-floor automation layer.
An important breakthrough contributing to the company's momentum has been the institutionalization of a 'Core' methodology of OES implementation. Recognizing that a quicker return on investment is only possible through timely implementation, Apriso's proven implementation strategy helps manufacturers accelerate and better integrate ERP with manufacturing and operations.
Apriso's Core program is a unique implementation methodology designed to quickly take advantage of Apriso's FlexNet platform. Applying an 80/20 rule, a Core implementation approach identifies the approximate 80 percent of consistent business processes performed throughout the manufacturing environment -- across all locations -- as a Core system. These standardized business processes and performance measurements (KPIs) are then packaged and distributed enterprise wide, yet remain sufficiently flexible to accommodate future updates.
Apriso Corporation is a software company dedicated to providing competitive advantage for its customers. It does so by enabling organizations to adapt quickly and easily to market changes and unexpected events. Apriso's FlexNet platform provides visibility, adaptability and real-time control of manufacturing operations across the enterprise and supply chain network. This is accomplished by integrating planning, execution and control, increasing operational efficiency and eliminating errors in the production process. Apriso serves more than 160 customers in 40 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia, powering more than 600 installations worldwide. Its customers include General Motors, Lear, Honeywell, Microsoft, L'Oreal, Lockheed Martin, Becton Dickinson, Rubbermaid, Saint-Gobain, Novelis and Essilor.
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Gordon Benzie, 562-951-9054