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Wire Belt Company of America Sees Dramatic Results After
March Implementation of VISUAL Easy Lean™



Hampton, NH (USA), August 30, 2004 — Lilly Software Associates, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise and supply chain solutions for manufacturers and distributors, today announced that Wire Belt, the world’s leading supplier of Flat-Flex® wire belts to the food processing industry and others, has achieved dramatic results after implementing VISUAL Easy Lean.

“In the last three years in our business, there have been more and more dogs chasing fewer sticks,” said David Greer, President, Wire Belt. “To maintain existing customers and gain new ones in this highly competitive environment, where products are often perishable and downtime can cost customers hundreds of dollars per minute, rapid delivery is everything. We knew that to stay ahead of our competition we had to squeeze the slack out of our system, without hurting our already strong on-time performance record.”

VISUAL Easy Lean has helped Wire Belt do just that. Since implementing in March 2004, a process that took only four days from start to finish, the company has decreased lead times by 20 percent and reduced inventory by 15 to 20 percent. In addition, Lilly’s solution has helped Wire Belt increase revenues without having to enhance its labor force, with Greer citing an associated throughput increase of between 10 and 15 percent.

“This is the best thing we’ve done in a long, long time. We’ve saved a lot of money by simply allowing the software to do what it’s supposed to do,” he said. “We’ve improved throughput by making what we’ve needed to make instead of spinning our wheels just to put stuff on a shelf. Easy Lean really turned things around for us. We wish we’d done it sooner.”

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, as has been the case with Wire Belt. “Both VISUAL and the Lilly team have been wonderful to work with. We’ve been very happy to enter the 21st Century with this system, versus the outdated system we were using. It’s a powerful tool.”

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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