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Apriso Accelerates Move to Paperless Manufacturing with FlexNet 9.6

  Apriso Accelerates Move to Paperless Manufacturing with FlexNet 9.6

Latest release of company’s enterprise IT platform streamlines adoption of
paperless manufacturing while accelerating New Product Introduction through
greater process re-use, consistency and global distribution

Business Wire

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- October 29, 2012

Apriso, the leading provider of manufacturing software solutions, today
announced general availability of FlexNet 9.6, the company’s next generation
manufacturing software platform that offers much more than traditional
Manufacturing Execution Systems. New capabilities offer greater benefits to
more widely adopt paperless manufacturing processes. The greater process
efficiency and standardization that is now possible also meets business needs
for faster, more effective New Product Introduction (NPI) while increasing
responsiveness to market change.

To succeed in manufacturing, companies need the aptitude to innovate and the
capability to flawlessly execute. Effective execution of these qualities
results in the delivery of the right new product to the right market, faster
than the competition. Manufacturers operating on a global scale are further
challenged to innovate and collaborate across multiple geographies while
ensuring consistent production and product quality, regardless of point of
manufacture, all while maintaining brand integrity and achieving regulatory
compliance at the lowest total cost.

Realizing a Paperless Manufacturing Environment

Apriso’s FlexNet 9.6 more readily supports conversion to paperless
manufacturing environments. Enhanced role-based electronic work instructions
(eWI) can more easily be updated by business users, without the need for IT
involvement. This eWI improvement is especially useful for manufacturers in
highly regulated industries including aerospace and defense, medical device
and automotive, as it allows for greater process reusability and
standardization across sites, simplifying continuous improvement without
impacting current orders.

“Paper-based processes cannot keep pace with the rate of change and fluid
nature of today’s manufacturers that work across sites with a global supply
chain. What typically results are wasted resources, costs, time and effort,
severely limiting global process and quality standardization,” explained John
Fishell, vice president of product management at Apriso. “When FlexNet 9.6 is
implemented as a platform for paperless manufacturing, considerable process
flexibility and efficiency can be unlocked, resulting in improved product
quality, on-time performance and operational agility.”

Accelerating New Product Introduction (NPI)

Apriso’s Manufacturing Intelligence solution, or MPI 2.0 (see prior
announcement), provides real-time visibility and improved decision support to
better enable flawless operations execution. Apriso’s MPI 2.0, combined with
the upgraded FlexNet 9.6, provides manufacturers with a better feedback loop
that can increase collaboration between engineering and manufacturing to build
new products right the first time – at highest possible quality for the lowest
cost. FlexNet 9.6 improves the efficiency of releasing new products to
manufacturing by improving change management process efficiency to reduce
latency between engineering and manufacturing, critical when launching new
products. Better linking the definition of manufacturing processes from
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) to manufacturing ensures process adherence
to reduce time to market.

Support for Windows 8

Apriso's FlexNet offers a unified suite of manufacturing software applications
that lets organizations better synchronize their global operations – within
the plant, between plants, and across their product supply network. As a
Windows 8 application, FlexNet 9.6 will continue to support Apriso’s strategy
of offering seamless integration to Microsoft applications and Windows users
by providing an infrastructure for its customers’ mobile, desktop and shop
floor devices. Apriso’s FlexNet 9.6 also offers mobile access for Apple and
Android users.

To summarize, FlexNet version 9.6 offers the following benefits:

Better support for paperless manufacturing:

  *Easier modification of role-based electronic work instructions (eWI) by
    line-of-business users
  *Track quality defects with Visual Quality Defect Tracking (vQDT), a visual
    digital representation of where quality defects occur for quality
    improvement (see announcement)
  *Expanded real-time visibility into manufacturing process performance and
    intelligence

Accelerated New Product Introduction (NPI):

  *Expanded business process re-use, standardization and collaboration
  *Better change and process management capabilities for continuous process
    improvement
  *Greater linking of manufacturing process definitions from Product
    Lifecycle Management (PLM) to ease process adherence and enforcement

For more information, please visit
http://www.apriso.com/products/flexnet_platform/flexnet_96.php.

About Apriso Corporation

Apriso is a software company dedicated to helping its customers transform the
performance of their global manufacturing operations. It does so by enabling
manufacturers to achieve and sustain manufacturing excellence while adapting
quickly to market changes. FlexNet, Apriso's manufacturing software, uniquely
enables companies to manage processes and share best practices across their
operations with its BPM platform-based architecture. Apriso supports
continuous improvement initiatives by delivering visibility into, control over
and synchronization across manufacturing and the product supply network.
Apriso serves nearly 200 customers in 40+ countries across the Americas,
Europe, Asia and Africa. Customers include GM, Tesla Motors, Volvo CE, Cummins
Inc., L'Oréal, Luxottica, Lockheed Martin, Bombardier, Textron Systems, MBDA
and Saint-Gobain. Learn more at: apriso.com. Visit our blog at
apriso.com/blog.

Apriso and FlexNet are registered trademarks of Apriso Corporation. All other
trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective
owners.

Contact:

Gutenberg Communications
Michael Gallo, +1 (212) 239-8594
mgallo@gutenbergpr.com
or
Apriso Corporation
Gordon Benzie, +1 (562) 951-8054
gordon.benzie@apriso.com