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North American Manufacturer Improves Performance with Lilly Software Associates’ Lean Manufacturing Solution


Hampton, NH (USA), June 15, 2004Lilly Software Associates, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise and supply chain solutions for manufacturers and distributors, is proud to announce that Advanced Tooling Specialists, Inc. (ATS), a Wisconsin-based specialty tool manufacturer, has realized remarkable improvements in both throughput and on-time delivery after implementing VISUAL Easy Lean™.


“We’re now seeing huge profits due to increased throughput,” said Jim Luebke, President of ATS, just months after implementation. “Based on two years ago when we were at the same level, we can handle 25 percent more volume with the same number of people, and we’re seeing probably 40 percent more to the bottom line. Capacity in the shop seems about 50 percent of what I was doing before, yet the bottom line is much bigger.”


Luebke had certain criteria in mind when he began evaluating lean manufacturing software. It had to be easily adaptable to ATS’ unique and varied manufacturing environment. It had to include multiple accounting features. And, since ATS was already a Lilly Software customer, it had to integrate seamlessly with its VISUAL Enterprise™ system. For these reasons and more, Luebke chose VISUAL Easy Lean.


Since implementation, Luebke has discovered that his company’s newfound capability to quote faster delivery times has resulted in customers paying a premium price for his product. “We’ve become more opportunistic,” he explains. “I’m actually holding back about 25 percent capacity for certain types of projects, because I find that at times when I peak that capacity for expediting something special, I’m able to get superior dollars for it. Customers are willing to pay a premium now because they know we can build a more efficient machine. They know we can deliver on time.”


Based on a “pull” versus “push” scheduling method, VISUAL Easy Lean helps companies dramatically reduce lead times, increase on-time delivery performance, improve productivity and profitability, and enhance customer service. Manufacturing companies around the world have experienced remarkable results almost immediately after implementing the solution, and ATS was no exception. “Our company lives and breathes the VISUAL® system now,” said Luebke. “It does a great job for us.”

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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