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Flexcut Implements Lilly Software’s
VISUAL Repetitive Manufacturing™



Hampton, NH (USA), August 23, 2004 — Lilly Software Associates, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise and supply chain solutions for manufacturers and distributors, today announced that Flexcut Tool Company, Inc., an Erie, Pennsylvania-based provider of wood carving tools and accessories, has chosen to implement VISUAL Repetitive Manufacturing.

 “Over the years, our old system simply became inadequate in terms of inventory control,” said David Bennett, President, Flexcut. ”We were trying to push a large volume of tools through in a ‘just in case’ scenario, and we were overwhelmed. Lilly’s solution came along ‘just in time.’”

While Bennett refers to his former method of manufacturing as “seat of the pants,” independent consultants he hired actually identified the system he was using as Kanban-oriented. On their advice to continue building upon the lean practices he’d already started, Bennett began looking for a powerful, affordable Kanban-based solution and made the decision to purchase VISUAL Repetitive Manufacturing.

“When we began, we were actually operating in a fairly lean fashion, but as we grew and our products became more diverse, we found ourselves moving in the other direction,” said Bennett. “We needed a system that would allow us to make fewer parts, but at the right time. That’s why we chose VISUAL. While it’s too soon to talk about specific results, our people have embraced it and we expect to see a significant reduction in inventory in the near future.”

“Manufacturers in a variety of industries have chosen the powerful features and functionality of VISUAL Enterprise™ to help them streamline their processes,” said David Mueller, Product Manager, Lilly Software. “In today’s competitive manufacturing environment, where on-time delivery performance is the key to success, lean-enabled solutions are fast becoming the systems of choice for manufacturers. VISUAL Repetitive Manufacturing continues to expand LSA’s leadership in addressing the needs of the industrial sector.”

VISUAL Repetitive Manufacturing is a responsive, demand-driven “pull” system that cuts lead times and WIP in half. By transporting its leading graphical interface to the kanban production methodology, now depicting it visually, Lilly Software’s industry leading system perfectly mimics shop floor activities and helps manufacturers easily control the flow of materials throughout their facilities. The result is improved responsiveness to customers and suppliers, and procedures that result in product quality excellence.

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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