Software provides SPC attribute analysis.

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Illuminator(TM) v9.5 connects to data sources that impact production, enabling real-time visibility to manufacturing performance and supply chain execution. Key Performance Indicator module is extended to provide LiveOEE(TM), which connects to scheduling, product, control and quality systems to calculate and distribute Operational Equipment Effectiveness in real-time. Software adds data access to over 30 factory automation systems. Quality Portal option includes full range of analysis tools.



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Lighthammer Announces Illuminator(TM) Version 9.5



Illuminator Adds LiveOEE(TM), Enhanced Connectivity, and SPC Attribute Analysis

Exton, PA - November 25, 2002
Lighthammer, the leading supplier of Manufacturing Intelligence software, announces the release of Illuminator(TM) Version 9.5. Illuminator connects to all data sources that impact production, enabling real-time visibility to manufacturing performance and supply chain execution. Because Illuminator leverages the investment in existing systems and networks, it requires less than 30 days to benefit, creating immediate business return to any manufacturing organization.

Illuminator Version 9.5 extends the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) module to provide LiveOEE(TM), the first thin client platform for real-time Operational Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). LiveOEE(TM) connects to scheduling, product, control and quality systems to calculate and distribute OEE in real-time, giving actionable information to employees that manage and impact this important metric. With LiveOEE's web-centric architecture, manufacturing enterprises can easily provide OEE visibility at the equipment, line, plant and enterprise level, enabling the entire company to act from a common point of view.

Additionally, Illuminator 9.5 delivers broader connectivity adding data access to over 30 additional factory automation systems such as; Honeywell PHD, Foxboro AIM, Citect, Emerson Process Automation's DeltaV, Honeywell TDC3000, ABB ControlIT, ABB InformIT, Automsoft Rapid and other process historians. With version 9.5, Lighthammer has added OPC and OPC HDA to its family of generic connectors which includes ODBC, SQL and XML. "Integrating plant data into a consolidated web view increases our customers' competitive advantage by delivering real time strategic information to many casual users in the enterprise", commented Frank Platt - Lighthammer VP of Sales.

Finally, Illuminator 9.5 offers increased capabilities within Illuminator's Quality Portal option which now includes a full range of analysis tools including support for the X-Bar, EWMA, Median, Histogram, and Box-and-Whiskers variable type SPC charts as well as, the P, U, Np, and C attribute type charts. The quality option allows the user to apply SPC/SQC analysis to data from any system that Illuminator can connect to and provide alerts on any SPC calculation allowing for real-time feedback enhancing customer service and driving continuous improvement initiatives.

Lighthammer continues to expand its diverse customer base with new orders from Timken, CSR Fibre Cement, Tampa Bay Water, Philips, Rayonier and Unilever. These applications drive continuous improvement through quality tracking, online OEE monitoring and enhanced supply chain visibility.

Background Information:
Lighthammer Software Development Corp., a privately held corporation headquartered in Exton, PA., is the leading independent supplier of web products for manufacturing. Lighthammer's Illuminator, the world's first Manufacturing Intelligence Portal, enables real-time visibility to manufacturing performance and supply chain execution enabling companies to maximize their asset effectiveness and drive continuous improvement initiatives. Illuminator is currently is use at more than 250 sites worldwide and has been selected by more than 100 of the Fortune 500 manufacturers as a Manufacturing Intelligence solution.

Further information on Lighthammer and its products can be found at www.lighthammer.com.

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