Based on its recent analysis of the manufacturing execution systems (MES) market, Frost & Sullivan has recognized Apriso’s FlexNet for its 2008 Frost & Sullivan Global MES Product of the Year Award. FlexNet, Apriso’s innovative operations execution platform, has strategically bundled production (MES), warehouse (WMS) and quality (QMS) applications together into a single, unified manufacturing operations management solution that can provide a faster return of investment than competitive offerings, which must be delivered with multiple ‘siloed’ applications and then integrated to match functionality. Delivering more functionality than a traditional MES, FlexNet can provide higher returns to enhance a manufacturer’s profitability by improving manufacturing efficiency, material synchronization, quality, market responsiveness and return on investment of business systems.
FlexNet can help manufacturers increase adaptability by bridging the gap between enterprise applications and automation systems, creating an operations management solution for improved operational performance and profitability. With FlexNet, manufacturers can globally integrate enterprise operations to advance continuous process improvements, improve quality, and lower costs.
“While several MES products lay claim to improving operational performance, Apriso’s FlexNet stands apart from the competition based on its ability to provide a high return on investment, faster than competitive products,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Muthuraman Ramasamy. “Direct benefits include synchronized material flows, improved manufacturing efficiencies and simplified processes to establish and maintain manufacturing audit trails for regulatory compliance. Based on the high-impact, quick ROI, which can often be achieved within a six month deployment period or less, Frost & Sullivan has designated FlexNet as our Global MES Product of the Year.”
“FlexNet offers much more than just an MES, but a Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) solution that can be implemented globally for customers to have visibility and control over operations to reduce performance variability while increasing efficiency and quality,” continues Ramasamy. “FlexNet offers an outstanding value to manufacturers, as its bundled product may be implemented as an enterprise solution, offering an accelerated return on investment. By releasing idle inventories, reducing the cost of quality, and efficiently addressing regulatory requirements, cash is preserved -- a strategy that is increasingly important in times of economic uncertainty.”
A Global Platform for Manufacturing Business Process Management
Apriso’s FlexNet shares a common business process platform with a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA). This combination creates an integrated solution built specifically for enterprise manufacturers seeking to maximize their return on assets (ROA) while minimizing inventory, labor and IT costs. This solution has unparalleled cost-effectiveness, assimilating both the horizontal levels of shop-floor operations (production, warehousing, quality, maintenance and labor) and vertical levels (automation layer, plant control systems – distributed control systems, supervisory control and data acquisition, and programmable logic controllers).
Globally Integrated Operations
FlexNet covers all spheres of enterprise manufacturing, providing a globally synchronized flow of materials and information with end-to-end supply chain integration for improved handling of quality non-conformance events. It optimizes the manufacturing performance of a process, enabling diverse manufacturers to replicate best practices on a global scale to expand the financial rewards from continuous improvement programs, such as lean manufacturing. The product’s ability to provide end-to-end visibility and control into operations accelerates new product introductions and offers complete product track and traceability, which yields in improved quality and containment management. It leverages real-time integration of processes and data to improve responsiveness, reducing the cost of a possible recall, which in summation is termed as adaptive manufacturing.
“Apriso has pioneered the ‘extended-MES’ concept and has become an integral part of the value-chain of a manufacturer,” adds Ramasamy. “Apriso is a SAP, Oracle and Microsoft-certified partner. Customers worldwide have expressed immense satisfaction on the ERP and PLM integration capabilities of FlexNet, finding it the right complement to enterprise planning systems for real-time visibility and control over manufacturing operations for improved adaptability.”
About the Award
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated the most insight into the needs and product demands of its customers. The recipient company has optimized its product line by integrating products with the various price, performance and feature points required by one or more market segments. The solution is ranked for its features and its competitive advantage in the industry. On revealing exceptional responses to the needs of customers, the solution continues to improve the uptime for the process, thereby positively impacting the profitability of customers. Quality control is an essential element of satisfying customers, increasing repeat buying behavior, and assuring long-term market survival.
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About Apriso Corporation
Apriso Corporation (apriso.com) 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 170 customers in 41 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Its customers include General Motors, Lear, Honeywell, L'Oreal, Trixell, Lockheed Martin, Becton Dickinson, Saint-Gobain, Novelis and Essilor.
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