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Outbound Productivity Suite v2.2 plans, schedules, and manages order processing across multiple picking zones. Enhancements in latest version include finite short-interval scheduling, schedule deviation detection, schedule deviation alarming, and ability to modify plans and schedules in real time. When exception is detected, it provides onscreen notification and alerts via pager, cellular telephone, and PDAs. Software interfaces to WMS, legacy, or ERP systems.



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FKI LOGISTEX REAL TIME SOLUTIONS RELEASES OPS VERSION 2.2



New and enhanced feature set increases outbound productivity in distribution centers and warehouses

Emeryville, CA, May 21, 2002: FKI Logistex (LSE: FKI.L) member company, Real Time Solutions, a leading developer and provider of order filling solutions, announces the release of Outbound Productivity Suite (OPS) Version 2.2, a breakthrough development that increases outbound productivity in distribution centers and warehouses. OPS 2.2 plans, schedules, and manages the coordinated execution of order processing across multiple picking zones while integrating the facility's software, mechanical, and picking systems through application of proven interfaces.

This latest release of the company's successful OPS software incorporates previous technical advancements such as its multi-lingual graphic user interface, streamlined batch picking, and order consolidation systems found in version 2.1 while adding substantial new and upgraded features and functionality. New features found in OPS 2.2 include finite short-interval scheduling, schedule deviation detection, schedule deviation alarming, and the ability to modify plans and schedules in real time.

Finite Scheduling of Resource-Balanced Workplans Smoothes and Increases Throughput

OPS 2.2 provides the ability to plan and schedule the simultaneous execution of work components from multiple waves across an unlimited number of picking technologies. Finite short-interval scheduling provides the foundation for an early warning system for schedule deviations. By generating finite short-interval schedules, OPS can detect when anomalies occur during the execution of a workplan and can pinpoint precisely where the problem exists. This enables the system operator to take proactive measures to prevent work stoppages and late deliveries. With control at a granular level, exceptions can be detected earlier, problems can be quickly evaluated and proactive remedial actions can be implemented. In addition, OPS 2.2 provides the ability to completely re-plan and reschedule the order processing workload in real time without canceling and re-releasing waves.

Management By Exception Provides Greater Freedom and Flexibility

OPS 2.2 is designed to offer system operators greater freedom and flexibility in exception management by providing live, preemptive error notification. When an exception is detected, OPS not only provides onscreen notification, but can send out alerts via pager, cellular telephone, and PDA's, as well. By harnessing the power of today's cutting-edge communications technology, OPS enables operators to perform real time error correction.

"With our real time exception reporting via pagers, cell phones, and PDA's, we unchain system operators from their desks and put them back onto the plant floor, where they belong," said Tom Williams, director of strategic business development for Real Time Solutions. "OPS allows supervisors to focus on plant operations instead of having to spend their time monitoring a computer screen."

Seamless Integration With Legacy, ERP, and WMS Systems

OPS' cutting-edge technology streamlines order picking throughout the distribution center through finite capacity workload planning, coordinating time-phased task releases, managing conveyor system routing, and providing real time exception management feedback to system operators via a single interface to the Warehouse Management System (WMS), host legacy, or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. OPS provides the tools needed to quickly and easily balance workloads, minimize walk times, and increase overall order filling efficiency and accuracy.

As a non-inventory based suite of productivity modules, OPS can efficiently run all outbound activities, including the gathering and relaying of real time status updates. OPS generates real cost savings by sparing operators the need to develop prohibitively expensive and risky custom software modifications.

"OPS interfaces easily and effectively with existing WMS, host legacy, or ERP systems," said Williams. "We provide all of the functionality of a WMS at a price point that is reasonable and cost-effective. OPS is truly a complete outbound productivity solution."

OPS played a key role in Discount Auto Parts'(TM) (now Advance Auto Parts(TM)) new award-winning Gallman, MS distribution center. As the integrator with the WMS for all of the picking technologies used in the Gallman facility, OPS was responsible for a 70% jump in productivity for picking from pallet flow racks and 44% more efficiency for picking from case flow racks over the company's old DC. OPS was integrated effortlessly with the existing WMS, enabling the facility to ramp up quickly to meet demand.

"In 30 years experience, this is the easiest facility I have ever brought online," said Roy Martin, Discount Auto Parts' vice president of supply chain and logistics.

About Real Time Solutions

Real Time Solutions systems are installed and maintained in over 280 sites in North America, Latin America, and Europe, with more than one million lights installed. Key products include OPS, EASYPICK and EASYPUT order fulfillment systems, RF carts with lights, and voice and light trees on carousels, each providing real-time management tools to help balance work load distribution, monitor order completion, and track productivity.

Real Time Solutions, an FKI Logistex company, is the leading developer and provider of hardware and software order filling solutions that increase productivity and accuracy in warehouses and distribution centers. Real Time Solutions, which has been evolving paperless picking solutions for more than a decade, currently has more than 100 employees in two California facilities.

For more information on OPS contact Tom Lagaly at Real Time Solutions at 510-985-6300 or email Info@realtime-ptl.com or visit www.picktolight.com.

About FKI Logistex

FKI Logistex is a leading supplier of integrated material flow solutions for distribution, baggage handling, freight, parcel, and manufacturing applications. FKI Logistex supplies its customers with an integrated set of leading edge technologies in high-speed sortation, conveyor systems, carousels, palletizing, paperless pick products, AS/RS, controls, order processing software, warehouse control systems, and total materials handling automation.

FKI Logistex is a part of FKI plc (LSE: FKI.L) a UK-based international engineering group. FKI Logistex is comprised of the industry's most successful and recognized brands, including Alvey Systems, Cleco, Crisplant, Automation Division (incorporating Buschman and Mathews Operations), Integration Division, Real Time Solutions and White Systems.

For more information contact: FKI Logistex, 1500 Lebanon Road, Danville, KY, 40422, telephone (877)-935-4564; visit fkilogistex.com; or email fkilogistex@fkilogistex.com.

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