Software provides control capabilities for manufacturers.

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Xfactory v2.0 manufacturing execution system software provides real-time visibility and decision making, performance monitoring, analysis and reporting, data management, and ease of deployment. KPI (Key Performance Indicators) Dashboard Module allows historical data to be used on factory floor to analyze performance. Data Warehouse Module allows data from production database to be stored to archive database. It supports Microsoft SQL 7.0 (or later) and Oracle 8I databases.




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USDATA's Xfactory 2.0(R) Helps Manufacturers Respond in Difficult Times



Latest MES Product Release Expands Knowledge and Control Capabilities for Manufacturers

RICHARDSON, Texas, November 6, 2001 -USDATA Corporation, a leading supplier of industrial automation software solutions, announced the worldwide release of the newest version of its innovative manufacturing execution system (MES) software, Xfactory 2.0.

"We are pleased to introduce Xfactory 2.0 as part of the USDATA family of software because it provides our customers with unprecedented knowledge and control of the products they produce and the processes they manage," said Tim Davis, vice president of
development and marketing, USDATA. "With the release of Xfactory 2.0, USDATA continues its tradition of developing flexible state-of-the-art software and perpetuates USDATA's commitment to meeting market demands for the latest Internet technology."

With more than three thousand installations of Xfactory already in place, manufacturers have clearly embraced Xfactory as a basis on which to build their MES solutions. "We've implemented Xfactory in the past and are excited about the strong capabilities USDATA has added to Xfactory 2.0 that allow our customers to reduce liability exposure, reduce costs, and increase competitiveness," said Gamal Balady, CEO, MASS GROUP. "MASS GROUP has had a great experience with the newest Xfactory software and we believe it will further extend USDATA's leadership in the MES space."

Greg Gorbach, Director of E-Business at ARC Advisory Group, states, "This release builds out Xfactory in exactly the areas manufacturers need to focus on today. The new modules
enhance real-time visibility and decision making, performance monitoring, analysis and reporting, data management, and ease of deployment. With Xfactory 2.0, manufacturers can respond to difficult times by becoming more efficient, more responsive, and more effective -all of which will serve them well when things improve."

Many new and advanced features contribute to the improved performance, capability and extensibility of Xfactory 2.0 including:

* Several new Role-based Clients have been added to increase effectiveness by delivering relevant and important information that workers can process quickly and analyze closely, promoting better informed business decisions. This also simplifies the installation and maintenance of clients across the entire enterprise. These include Automated, Shop Floor, Plant Information, Production Configuration, Process Control, and Process Configuration clients. An updated installation utility allows easy installation of only the items required at a particular station.

* The KPI Dashboard Module provides the knowledge needed to increase revenues and lower cost by giving access to Key Performance Indicators (K(PIs). It allows historical data collected by Xfactory to be effectively used on the factory floor by a production manager to analyze performance on a particular route, step, or product. The KPI data can be viewed in a variety of charts or as tabular data.

* The new bi-directional Genealogy Module helps reduce defects and liability. This Work-in-Process (WIP) analysis and reporting tool can access historical and real-time information about products as they move through the production process. Forward
genealogy shows which products were made from specific consumables. Reverse genealogy shows which consumables went into a product. Both Microsoft SQL 7.0 (or later) and Oracle 8I databases are supported.

* New Web Reports increase competitiveness by enabling individuals to quickly obtain specific, in-depth perspectives on production and inventory conditions through a wide selection of pre-configured Key Performance Indicator (KPI) web accessible reports. These can be used standalone or can be easily integrated into a company's current Intranet and Internets.

* A new Data Warehouse Module allows data from the production database to be "warehoused" or stored to an archive database. It supports both Microsoft SQL 7.0 (or later) and Oracle 8I databases.

* The Real-time Production Module provides better control of processes by displaying a variety of views of the current status of the manufacturing process in action, giving its users extensive real-time knowledge about production status. With
this module, a user can check the status of a particular order, monitor the maintenance requirements of a specific piece of equipment, monitor throughput, consumption rates, inventory levels, or view any other data item of interest.

* An updated Software Developer's Kit (SDK) contains methodology, instructions, and samples that allow system developers to deliver solutions that more quickly increase company revenue and competitiveness. The SDK has been greatly
enhanced with the addition of sample projects, documentation, and a wide range of examples to speed development efforts.

* A new Save and Restore utility includes various resources to help administrators deploy Xfactory solutions. Save and Restore is used primarily to save or restore Xfactory data; however, it is capable of working with any database table.

"We are proud of the work we've done on Xfactory 2.0," said Davis. "We know that users will be as pleased as we are with the enhancements." To view more information about Xfactory 2.0 visit http://usdata.com/xf.

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