Server accelerates implementation of enterprise software.

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Used to install 4C@Site(TM), nTegrator(TM) consists multi-threaded Java-application server, comprised of input and output channels; and administrator, which configures all aspects of nTegrator. Software provides real-time scheduling, monitoring and tracking of manufacturing status. It easily exchanges data with other applications, including ERP, MES, finite scheduling, and factory-floor data collection.



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nMetric's(TM) 4C(TM) Easily Exchanges Data with Other Enterprise Applications; nTegrator(TM) Reduces Effort and Accelerates Implementation of 4C@Site/Quickly Leverages Legacy Systems



COSTA MESA, CALIF. - January 21, 2003 - nMetric today announced that mid-sized manufacturers can implement real-time scheduling, monitoring and tracking of manufacturing status faster and easier with nTegrator, 4C@Site's tool for exchanging data with other applications, including ERP, MES, finite scheduling, factory floor data collection and other presently-used enterprise systems. No programming is required.

"nTegrator reduces the effort required to get our 4C solution up and running quickly," explains Tom Carpenter, nMetric CEO. "It is a standard tool which speeds up our application's XML connection, letting mid-sized and smaller manufacturers minimize their investments in ERP or other enterprise software and systems while keeping up with market demands their present systems never anticipated. With their legacy system and 4C, they can switch from build-to-stock methods of forecasting to build-to-order, embrace the concept of vendor managed inventory, compete in real time, and affordably leverage the Internet-based supply chain. As a result of using nTegrator to quickly install 4C@Site, these companies will achieve lower costs, a faster time-to-benefit and increased returns-on-investment."

The nTegrator tool consists of two components, a server and administrator. The server is a multi-threaded Java application comprised of input and output channels. Each channel is represented by a thread, or process, in the server and processes a specific interface transaction definition. Each channel also defines the event that triggers the interface definition, the method of retrieving or receiving the appropriate data, the process for transforming the data into standard or custom XML business documents, and the method for posting the resulting document.

The administrator is a Java application, which is used to configure all aspects of the nTegrator.

According to Carpenter, nTegrator lets companies quickly get the most out of the systems they already have rather than having to invest in a new system, aggravating all those in non-manufacturing areas comfortably using the present software, yet meet the needs of the new supply chain millennium. "Interestingly, they simply need to view their present enterprise system in a new light," Carpenter instructs. "No longer is it the provider of answers; it is the provider of data used by 4C@Site, which affordably ties their shop floor to the supply chain and alerts all members of their chain to potential problems with present orders as well as prospective opportunities for new orders. "Instead of traditional hindsight-oriented models, 4C is forward-looking," adds Carpenter. "It's 'capable to build' feature allows users to access the system via wireless or network connected devices and instantly determine if the facility is capable of delivering a new order by a specific date, considering all resources and factors that might affect the ability to produce and deliver." Once installed, smaller manufacturers can schedule, monitor, track and optimize their shop floors and related activities in real-time. They can institute instant individual and departmental "messaging" and collaboration regarding the status of work orders, shop operations, equipment availability and related resources availability. The "always on" engine allows management to receive immediate and continuous information concerning the current and future performance and integrity of shop floor activities. 4C reveals their contentions for resources, monitors the entire process and sends alerts (email, cell phone, PDA, etc.) when unexpected events create delays or contentions in the delivery schedule.

About nMetric
nMetric's 4C system is the only software that provides mid-sized and smaller manufacturers with live scheduling, monitoring and tracking, messaging updates and analyses so that they can completely oversee all steps of their manufacturing process and proactively supervise the dynamics of their supply chain in real time to accurately predict what will happen. Company headquarters are at 3070 South Bristol Avenue, Costa Mesa, Calif. 92626. Phone is 888-561-9700. Website is www.nmetric.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION-

Tom Carpenter
nMETRIC
714-424-4400
tom.carpenter@nmetric.com

Tom Brigham
BRIGHAM SCULLY
818-716-9021
tbrigham@brighamscully.com

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