Composites Atlantic Adopts Intercim Pertinence Suite as Process Improvement Solution Company-Wide


    Intercim's Software Suite Puts an End to a Five-Year Recurring Defect in
    Less Than Six Weeks

    ST. PAUL, MN, June 9 /CNW/ - Intercim, LLC, a global leader in
manufacturing and production operations management software for advanced and
highly regulated industries, announced today that Canada-based Composites
Atlantic Limited (CAL) has implemented its Pertinence Suite(R) powered by
Velocity(TM) to provide continuous improvement and real-time execution to the
shop floor.
    CAL is a leader in the design, test, certification and manufacturing of
composite parts for the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) industry. The company
recently signed up for a licensed contract with Intercim after a six-week
trial period, during which Intercim's Pertinence Suite solution was able to
put an end to a frustrating five-year struggle to understand and correct a
recurring defect.
    "In the fall of 2006, five years into a major contract for an aircraft
OEM, we had slipped dangerously behind schedule in manufacturing and
deliveries, resulting in a six-month delay on one product in particular,"
recalled Severine Guitton, Head of Methods for Composites Atlantic Limited.
"We were averaging a 2% scrap rate and an 18% rework on four product lines,
due to a debonding issue that was uncovered during a quality control
ultrasound, and on the most heavily affected leading edge products, the scrap
rate had reached upwards of 13% with a rework rate of 28%. However, as all the
manufacturing parameters seemed to be met, there was no logical explanation
for the defect."

    These large scrap and rework rates led to serious ramifications for CAL,
including:-   An inability to maintain the delivery schedule due to production
        delays;
    -   Internal cost increases jeopardizing the viability of CAL's program;
    -   A high risk of losing the customer's confidence in CAL's technical
        capabilities; and
    -   CAL's own frustration with the continued failure to find a solution
        to this problem, despite concerted efforts and repeated attempts by
        the company's Process and Quality Control experts."After a thorough search, we finally discovered Intercim and its
Pertinence Suite," said Derek Kinsman, COO of Composites Atlantic Limited. "In
less than six weeks, Pertinence Suite's Process Rules Discovery capability
enabled us to clearly establish specific rules regarding key parameters (such
as time limits and fluidity intervals), which helped to finally identify and
fix our issues and greatly reduce our scrap rate from 13% to zero, and our
rework rate from 28% to less than 1%. We're thrilled to have found a tool that
so quickly and easily helped us align our manufacturing process. Pertinence
Suite has now become one of our standard tools for process troubleshooting and
we are in the process of evaluating it for several other programs to further
improve quality and performance."

    Pertinence Suite powered by Velocity

    Intercim's Pertinence Suite powered by Velocity is the first true
end-to-end manufacturing operations solution developed with Operational
Excellence in mind. The Suite supports all Lean, Six Sigma and other process
initiatives. From simplified process planning and advanced predictive analysis
to best-in-industry process execution and quality management, the Pertinence
Suite helps customers reach their operational goals in a very short time.
    Based on historical data, Process Rules Discovery uses patented
pattern-recognition technology to extract from a set of process and product
characteristics whose combinations have been successful or could generate
quality defects. These best operational practices and risk situations are then
displayed in laymen's terms, facilitating communication throughout the company
to the shop floor.
    "It's exciting to see customers like Composites Atlantic Limited be able
to solve important, customer-affecting issues using our Pertinence Suite
powered by Velocity," said Intercim president and CEO John Todd. "We
understand that extra time, lost revenues, and extreme frustration can occur
when a company is unable to pinpoint the source of its manufacturing problems,
which is exactly why the Pertinence Suite was designed. We look forward to
continuing our relationship with CAL and assisting the company with its
ongoing manufacturing process needs."
    Pertinence Suite powered by Velocity is currently available. For more
information on the product, visit: http://www.intercim.com.

    About Intercim

    Intercim has 25 years of experience in helping discrete manufacturers
meet regulatory requirements, harness lean principles, manage quality and
execute processes in a paperless environment. The company is a demonstrated
leader in manufacturing and production operations management software
solutions for advanced and highly regulated industries. Intercim has offices
throughout the United States and in Europe, with industry-leading customers
such as Boeing, Sanofi Pasteur, Airbus, Ball Aerospace, BMW and Honeywell. In
addition, as part of its initiative to provide the utmost in operational
excellence, the company also has technology partnerships with Dassault
Systemes, SAP and Microsoft. For more information, visit
http://www.intercim.com.




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