Intercim Launches Pertinence Suite Powered by Velocity



    Company Offers Manufacturers Never Before Seen Predictive Analysis
    Capability and Value-Based Pricing Model

    ST. PAUL, MN, March 18 /CNW/ - Intercim, LLC, a global leader in
manufacturing operation management (MOM) software, announced today the launch
of its Pertinence Suite(R) powered by Velocity(TM)
(http://www.intercim.com/solutions/pertinence_suite.asp). A first-of-its-kind
solution, the Suite manages the entire production process from design through
final inspection, reducing cycle times and time to market, while improving
quality and efficiency.
    The Pertinence Suite is comprised of state-of-the-industry Process
Planning, Process Rules Discovery, Process Execution, Operations Advisor,
Emergent Process Management (EPM) and Performance Tracker. Its 'powered by the
Velocity' core is an innovative transactional layer that facilitates data
exchange between modules. Utilizing Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and
built upon the Microsoft .Net platform, the system is the only completely
web-based, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) operations management solution
available.
    This product release is the latest initiative to come out of the July
2007 merger of U.S.-based Intercim and French-based Pertinence. According to
John Todd, Intercim president and CEO, the Suite offers aerospace and defense,
pharmaceutical, semi-conductor and automobile manufacturers the power and
technology necessary to manage the most complex processes, but with an
entirely new premise: simplicity.
    "What makes this Suite unique is the way it delivers additional ROI,"
said Todd. "Take the cost of poor quality, for example. Intercim's patented
predictive analysis capability offers manufacturers a totally new way of
understanding and preventing quality defects before they happen, improving
yield while decreasing the cost of rework and scrap."
    In addition, a new value-based pricing model, unique to the industry,
eliminates the large initial investment typical in purchasing enterprise
software licenses. As part of this model, Intercim installs its software
modules at the client site, which then allows users to access them as they
wish, without having to set up new contracts and without limiting the number
of users. Then, each time a software module is used (for a transaction, to
search for a rule, to issue a production order, etc.), the corresponding
number of credit units is deducted from the equivalent of a prepaid "card."
The more credits purchased, the lower the per unit cost.
    This practice allows Intercim users to leverage the power of Intercim's
software modules on an as-needed basis, without having to install new software
at different points in time and to avoid large upfront investment.
    According to Todd, the new pay-per-use model lets customers to take
advantage of the Suite's production management capabilities sooner. "We want
our customers to derive value from the Suite as quickly as possible," he said.
"This pay-per-use model leverages the Suite's flexible and scalable
capabilities, while making it financially less restrictive for manufacturers
to implement a state-of-the-industry solution."
    Native web technology allows the Pertinence Suite to do what no other
Manufacturing Execution System (MES) can: manage production within the four
walls of the factory, across a company's enterprise and throughout the supply
chain. Process plans, data collection, risk patterns, emergent processes,
electronic approvals and Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reports may be
entered locally, and accessed globally. At the same time, comprehensive
interoperability allows customers to optimize and leverage their existing
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
investment.
    Intercim's technology partners have also noted their excitement upon
learning of the new solution. "Intercim has a truly distinctive offering,"
said Francois Richard, director of Discrete Manufacturing Industry for
Microsoft, France. "The Pertinence Suite combines the power of an innovative
solution, leveraging modern Microsoft-based technology, with a pay-per-use
pricing model exclusive to the industry. I'm confident that discrete
manufacturers will welcome an approach that enables true production management
from the shop floor throughout the entire supply network," he said.
    With Pertinence Suite powered by Velocity, user acceptance, another
hurdle faced by manufacturers, is also made easier. For example, it's
understood that a production employees' first priority isn't to be a computer
operator, so in a paperless environment, efficient use is critical. Intercim's
new, intuitive user interface lets employees do their work with minimal system
interaction.
    Another innovation built into the Pertinence Suite powered by Velocity is
the ability to extend 3D modeling to the shop floor. "Since everything
conforms to the 3D design, translating it to 2D as it leaves engineering adds
no real value and can cause unnecessary errors," said Todd. "Using 3D as a
common model throughout the process ensures consistency for the shop floor
technician."
    Pertinence Suite powered by Velocity is currently available. For more
information on the product, click here:
(http://www.intercim.com/solutions/pertinence_suite.asp).

    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, Intel 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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For further information: Jenny Viscarolasaga, for Intercim, (617)
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