Program helps streamline fuse inventory.

Press Release Summary:

MRO Plus analyzes list of on-hand fuse inventory, identifies duplicate products from different manufacturers, and provides recommendations to reduce SKUs. Program can identify old or obsolete products with inadequate performance. When compatible match can be made, MRO Plus makes recommendations for replacing current fuse inventory with Indicator fuses, which feature darkened window that immediately identifies fuses that need to be replaced.

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Streamline Your Inventory and Reduce Costs with MRO Plus and Littelfuse

Des Plaines, IL., January 1, 2004 -The POWR-GARD division of Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ/NMS:LFUS) introduces MRO Plus (Material Reduction Opportunity Plus). The MRO Plus program was designed to help inventory managers at industrial manufacturing facilities streamline their inventory and reduce costs through a simple analysis of their annual fuse usage. It provides the customer with a detailed report that shows how converting to Littelfuse products will allow them to consolidate their inventory, cut costs and reduce downtime while improving productivity and plant safety.

MRO Plus analyzes a list of on-hand fuse inventory, identifies duplicate products from different manufacturers, and then provides recommendations to reduce SKU's. It also identifies old or obsolete products with inadequate performance to help plant electricians ensure that they are using the most modern and safest circuit protection available.

When a compatible match can be made, MRO Plus makes recommendations for replacing current fuse inventory with the innovative Littelfuse Indicator fuses. Indicator products have a proven track record of reducing downtime and improving productivity by allowing maintenance personnel to immediately locate blown fuses. The Indicator's darkened window immediately identifies which fuse needs to be replaced so maintenance personnel can restore production lines more quickly than with conventional non-indicating fuses, resulting in dramatic improvements on a company's bottom line.

To simplify fuse storage and simplify a conversion to Littelfuse products, the MRO Plus program can generate bar-coded labels for storage bins and inventory cribs with the appropriate Littelfuse part numbers. These labels are available in a variety of sizes and can contain the customer's internal part number and storage location, the Littelfuse part number, product information, bar code and competitive cross reference information.

MRO Plus was designed with customer convenience in mind. Simply supply Littelfuse with a bill of material or an inventory list in Excel format and MRO Plus will do the rest. The Excel worksheet must include one colunm that only contains the competitive part number information. In the end, the customer will have fewer dollars tied up in fuse inventory, less part numbers to maintain, and better circuit protection in their facility.

For more information on the new MRO Plus program, or to have your fuse inventory analyzed, contact the POWR-GARD Products Division of Littelfuse, Inc., 800 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines, IL 60016; 1-800-TEC-FUSE (phone), 1-800-522-POWR (FAX), or visit the Littelfuse Web site at

Littelfuse is a global company offering the broadest line of circuit protection products in the industry. In addition to its Des Plaines world headquarters, Littelfuse has manufacturing facilities in England, Ireland, Switzerland, Mexico, China and the Philippines, as well as ir. Des Plaines and Arcola, Illinois and Irving, Texas. It also has sales, engineering and distribution facilities in the Netherlands, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Brazil.

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