Apriso Announces Industry's First Operations Execution Solution for Global Manufacturing; Latest Version of FlexNet Incorporates Apriso's Extensive Experience and Deep Expertise Synchronizing Multi-Site Rollouts for Manufacturing Leaders.
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Manufacturers with distributed enterprises have a powerful new way to integrate and standardize operations across multiple plants and geographies, Apriso(R) Corporation announced today. The company has released FlexNet(R) Global Manufacturing Suite(TM), making FlexNet the first complete operations execution solution for deploying, managing and monitoring manufacturing processes and performance within a single plant or across the enterprise or extended supplier network.
Best-in-class manufacturers have learned to manage their global manufacturing operations Manufacturing operations concern the operation of a facility, as opposed to maintenance, supply and distribution, health, and safety, emergency response, human resources, security, information technology and other infrastructural support organizations. as a single cohesive supply network, which requires integrating product supply processes across locations. The Suite acts as an integration layer across "siloed" operations and systems, empowering manufacturers to synchronize See synchronization. activities throughout their operations and extended enterprises so they work as a cohesive whole.
Since its inception in 1992, Apriso has deployed multi-site, global software implementations for many of the world's leading manufacturers. Apriso has leveraged that expertise in creating the Global Manufacturing Suite, three separate but fully integrated modules that support the key requirements of global manufacturers for plant control and data reporting:
--Global Process Manager -- Facilitates fast, reliable deployment and management of process flows within a facility, an enterprise, and a supply network; manages FlexNet configurations to ensure system synchronization (1) See synchronous and synchronous transmission.
(2) Ensuring that two sets of data are always the same. See data synchronization.
(3) Keeping time-of-day clocks in two devices set to the same time. See NTP. across distributed manufacturing computing environments.
--Global Production Manager -- Tracks and traces materials and products across the manufacturer's enterprise and those of suppliers and contract manufacturers;
--Global Performance Manager -- Built on a robust KPI KPI Key Performance Indicator
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2. (body) SPC - Software Productivity Centre.
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4. and quality for resources, material, labor and machines, both locally and across multiple locations.
"Manufacturers with distributed enterprises need two things to operate efficiently and remain competitive: a single platform flexible enough to coordinate activity across multiple plants and geographies; and the technology infrastructure to manage multiple, disparate deployments with agility," says Jane Biddle, vice president of manufacturing research, Aberdeen Group Aberdeen Group is a provider of business-related research services. It has its headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts and belongs to the Harte-Hanks group. Founded in 1988, Aberdeen's research is used by over 2. . "The Apriso platform is flexible for local implementation, yet global in its ability to provide visibility into, and drive decisions down to, the individual plant floor, whether the plant is in Chicago or Shanghai."
Key Features of This Release
Apriso has deployed wide scale implementations for such global manufacturers L'Oreal, Essilor, International Paper, GM and Becton Dickinson BD (NYSE: BDX), is a medical technology company that manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs 27,000 people in nearly 50 countries. , which typically include multiple instances of FlexNet for 24x7 availability. Deploying processes, products and performance KPIs across locations, to accelerate adoption of "best practices" and sustain Lean or Six Sigma Not to be confused with Sigma 6.
Six Sigma is a set of practices originally developed by Motorola to systematically improve processes by eliminating defects. A defect is defined as nonconformity of a product or service to its specifications. initiatives, has required manufacturing IT staffs to ensure the appropriate configuration of each instance of FlexNet.
Based on that experience, Apriso has enhanced FlexNet to include a configuration management and deployment application that supports real-time deployments of full FlexNet solutions, regardless of customization levels, with support for single- and multi-production server environments. Updating configurations network-wide is now faster, more manageable and more reliable. The new capability:
--automates the identification of configuration entities needed to be deployed to external systems; identifies all dependencies across entities; and provides wizards for manual intervention;
--automatically builds and transports a deployment package for distribution within a plant or across firewalls;
--deploys the package on the destination server automatically, according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. defined schedules or manually, as appropriate;
--manages a full FlexNet implementation, including processes, products, configuration data, dictionary data, software fixes, data access components, SQL SQL
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The current release also expands FlexNet's visualization capabilities with easier distribution of KPI data, helping ensure consistency of performance monitoring enterprise-wide. The release also includes significant process-authoring improvements, such as traceability of execution activity, sub-operation drill-downs, and the option to test processes before they are deployed.
Define Best Practices Locally, Deploy Globally
Powered by Global Process Manager, FlexNet provides the ability to actively manage processes and best practices on a global scale, ensuring consistency across an evolving manufacturing base. Using the application, supervisory personnel can define and perfect processes in one location and deploy them instantly to multiple sites and geographies throughout their operations, and those of suppliers and customers. The system has full revision control Revision control (also known as version control (system) (VCS), source control or (source) code management (SCM)) is the management of multiple revisions of the same unit of information. and accelerates new product introduction and time-to-volume production by integrating with third-party PLM/PDM systems, and managing operational data across the supply network.
Global KPIs Provide "A Single Version of the Truth In computerized business management, svot, or Single Version of the Truth, is a technical concept describing the sequence and structure of a database formed by a particular but arbitrary sequencing of records. "
A key difference between the Apriso platform and competing solutions is the ability to not only view KPIs and plant activity, but to actively manage the definition, deployment and calculation of KPIs and, therefore, performance across facilities and suppliers.
The key to this capability is Apriso's unified data model, which enables -- and enforces -- uniform material flow and "a single version of the truth" in all operational areas. Global Performance Manager creates consistent KPI standards for every location, so every plant measures information accurately and the same way. Then, the software rolls the real-time information up to the business level where executives can make real decisions, based on real information, and take immediate action.
A Complete View into Product History
Global Production Manager provides a global, real-time view into manufacturing operations and those of suppliers. The software gives complete work-in-progress production visibility and traceability across sites and multiple companies, with full material synchronization and manufacturing bill of materials A manufacturing bill of material (MBOM) is a type of bill of material reflecting the product as planned by manufacturing engineering, also referred to as the "as manufactured" bill of material. (MBOM MBOM Manufacturing Bill Of Materials ). The configurable visual controls make driving business process improvement and aligning global organizations easy.
The FlexNet platform features complete genealogy genealogy (jē'nēŏl`əjē, –ăl`–, jĕ–), the study of family lineage. Genealogies have existed since ancient times. and traceability across the entire manufacturing operation where needed, and offers a multi-level "as built" history for products several layers deep into the assembly process. The system has full alert and dashboard features and can record and manage deviations and exceptions across the supply chain.
Enterprise Operations Execution in Action
Apriso is a pioneer in enterprise operations execution solutions for global manufacturing, the next generation of manufacturing execution systems –
Manufacturing execution system (MES) describes a set of integrated functions within a packaged software system or it can also describe the accumulated functionality within the production management infrastructure of a manufacturing or production company. . The company has deployed more multi-site rollouts than any other software vendor in its class -- some consisting of more than 80 sites. Forward-looking organizations have turned to Apriso for the system flexibility, global process management capabilities, and tight ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) An integrated information system that serves all departments within an enterprise. Evolving out of the manufacturing industry, ERP implies the use of packaged software rather than proprietary software written by or for one customer. integration needed to support a broad range of operational activity and coordinate that activity on a global basis:
--Valeo (top 10 Tier I automotive supplier in Europe) -- 77 sites for shop floor and warehouse, in multiple languages;
--Microsoft Corp. -- operations standardization and control for 85 plants in 24 countries; a single solution that tracks more than 200 million certificates of authenticity to better than 99.9 percent accuracy in near-real time;
--Saint-Gobain (world's largest supplier of automotive glass) -- machine utilization, labor and other resources across more than 45 sites;
--GM Powertrain (supplier of engines, transmissions, castings and components for GM vehicles) -- traceability (spill containment) across more than 29 facilities;
--International Paper (one of the world's largest providers of paper products) -- 80 sites across manufacturing, logistics, and maintenance execution (including a comprehensive deployment of RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) A data collection technology that uses electronic tags for storing data. The tag, also known as an "electronic label," "transponder" or "code plate," is made up of an RFID chip attached to an antenna. )
"We continue to see more customers demanding a solution that manages activity not only within the four walls of their local operations, but also coordinates product supply across multiple sites of their extended supply chains so the enterprise works together," says Jim Henderson
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1. To occur at the same time; be simultaneous.
2. To operate in unison.
1. network of locations whose processes work in synergy."
Pricing and Availability
FlexNet Global Manufacturing Suite is sold directly by Apriso and through certified resellers. Pricing is based upon the number of applications and site licenses 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 that by enabling organizations to adapt quickly and easily to market changes and unexpected events; providing visibility and real-time control Real-time control is a popular term for a certain class of digital controllers. For effective digital control, it is critical that sample time be constant. Real-time control achieves nearly constant sample time. See also
Apriso operates in nine countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia, serves more than 150 customers in 35 countries and powers more than 500 installations worldwide. Its customers include General Motors, Lear, Honeywell, Microsoft, L'Oreal, Lockheed Martin For the former company, see .
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a leading multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta. , Becton Dickinson, International Paper, Rubbermaid, Saint-Gobain, Novelis and Essilor. www.apriso.com.
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