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Lilly Software Announces Lean Solution that Delivers Results in 30-90 Days.


25 February 2004, Hampton, NH (USA)Lilly Software Associates is proud to officially announce VISUAL Easy Lean™, a fast-implementing scheduling method integrated into VISUAL Enterprise™ that supports the principles of Lean Manufacturing. Lilly Software worked with its customers to develop a solution with effective Lean techniques that offers immediate improvements in lead-times and on-time delivery. VISUAL Easy Lean supports both make-to-order and make-to-stock companies that are struggling to overcome market constraints in order to increase sales.

“We’ve seen significant performance results for our customer in 30-90 days,” says Scott Rich, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Lilly Software Associates. “The changes were so dramatic, that it allowed our customers to significantly modify their value propositions to their prospects to outmaneuver the competition and win new business.”

Unlike traditional scheduling solutions, VISUAL Easy Lean focuses on pulling materials through the shop. These pull techniques use market demand as the trigger for releasing material and setting priorities on the shop floor. This keeps inventory levels low and the ability to respond to customers high. By incorporating shipping and inventory buffers into the schedule, the system allows companies to protect customer due dates, as well as protect the availability of raw materials, purchased parts, common subassemblies, replacement parts, and finished goods.  

“This solution has already helped several manufacturers consistently achieve on-time delivery for their long-term customer commitments,” says Rich. “VISUAL Easy Lean has enabled them to decrease lead-times and Work-in-Process and avoid chaotic situations on the production floor. With fast turn-around times, companies can capitalize on their ability to deliver on short notice and drive more money to the bottom line.”

The tools in VISUAL Easy Lean connect production planning and execution processes, allowing departments to work together to dramatically reduce the time every order spends waiting to be worked on. It includes business measurements and detailed reports that highlight when companies should start jobs and when they can expect to finish. With more flexibility in their schedules, companies can also respond to unexpected rush orders and take on more business without increasing their current resources.

VISUAL Easy Lean is now available as standard functionality within VISUAL Enterprise.

About Lilly Software Associates

Lilly Software Associates, Inc. provides a complete line of enterprise and supply chain solutions for manufacturers and distributors. The VISUAL Enterprise™ suite of products helps companies capture and analyze real-time data about all their business processes using ERP, Project Management, Business Performance Management, Quality Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Warehouse Management System capabilities. From award-winning software to strategies in Lean Manufacturing and TOC, Lilly Software offers companies the tools they need for higher productivity and profitability.

Most VISUAL® applications run on Windows® 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, UNIX®, LINUX, Novell®, using SQLBase®, Microsoft SQL Server®, or ORACLE® relational databases.

Lilly Software has received many industry awards for its products, service, and financial growth since its inception. Most recently, the company has been voted one of the Top 10 Best of Breed solutions for manufacturing by readers of Consumer Goods Technology, listed in Software Magazine's Top 500, selected as a Top 100 Logistics Information Technology Provider in Inbound Logistics, listed in the Top 100 Application Vendors in Supply Chain e-Business, included in MSI's Top 100 for its eighth year, and ranked as one of Start magazine's Hottest Companies.

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