Isuzu Picks Apriso for Manufacturing Operations Management


Combined solution targets manufacturers seeking to accelerate innovation and new product introductions by integrating manufacturing operations with process planning applications

LONG BEACH, CA - February 3, 2010 - Apriso®, a leading provider of manufacturing software solutions for sustained operational excellence, today announced Isuzu has selected and implemented Apriso's FlexNet to manage production of their KD (knock-down) parts at overseas factories. The implementation is now live, after being put into operation in four months.

"We needed to improve both business processes and IT systems to adapt faster to increased distribution challenges. Apriso now plays a critical role in helping Isuzu to reduce time before shipping, decrease inventory and improve profits," says Kenichiro Yabuki, Group Leader, Overseas Information System Group, System and Business Restructure Promotion Department at Isuzu.

Isuzu is using Apriso's FlexNet, a manufacturing and logistics operations management system, to automatically obtain distribution status information of KD parts from existing systems. Differences between planned and actual results are analyzed and acted upon immediately, helping to improve operational efficiency, quality and customer satisfaction.

Isuzu has improved visibility to planned and actual KD parts distribution at each of their plants with Apriso - from the shop floor to distribution. Through this expanded visibility, Isuzu's processes have been enhanced, resulting in greater overseas production efficiency and profits.

NSSOL, an Apriso partner, implemented the solution at Isuzu in just under four months. Now the new system is fully operational, it is possible to check the distribution status of KD parts from a single terminal, instead of three terminals with the old system. By getting actual information in almost real-time, users see delivery delays immediately - and can take immediate action to remedy a situation.

"We can improve the accuracy of vessel stow plans with detailed distribution information on when and where KD parts are arriving. We can also develop more effective plans to bring standardization and efficiency to our business processes by analyzing the differences between planned and actual results," says Yasuyoshi Nishigaki, System and Business Restructure Promotion Department at Isuzu.
Isuzu is now considering additional Apriso applications to manage arrival information at overseas factories. Apriso's Business Process Management (BPM) based systems can help improve efficiency and accuracy of Isuzu's existing shipping systems.
"We are very pleased with the success Isuzu has already achieved with Apriso and NSSOL, having successfully completed the first phase of their operational excellence plan," commented Gerry Fosnick, General Manager APAC Region, Apriso. "The success of this deployment is expected to enable continued process improvements across Isuzu's operations, helping them to expand industry best-practices throughout their manufacturing operations."

About Apriso

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 175 customers in 41 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Its customers include General Motors, Lear, Honeywell, L'Oréal, Trixell, Lockheed Martin, Becton Dickinson, Saint-Gobain, Novelis and Essilor. For more information, please go to www.apriso.com.

Media Contact:
Gordon Benzie
Apriso Corporation
(562) 951-8054
gordon.benzie@apriso.com

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