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Orvec International selects an ERP system incorporating a
product configurator from Lilly Software Associates

Royston, Hertfordshire UK – May 17, 2004 – For immediate release:

A product configurator, part of a fully integrated Lilly Software enterprise
resource planning (ERP) system, will play a key role in helping a British
manufacturer, Orvec International, to streamline sales quotation, sales order
processing (SOP) and delivery of finished goods. The configurator will make
sure that every order can be made profitably and on time at the company's
factories in Kingston-upon-Hull, UK and Xiamen, China.

Based in Kingston-upon-Hull Orvec International is a leading manufacturer and
supplier of hazard protective workwear and passenger care products to
customers around the world. Global demand for products has increased and to
support the streamlining of the company's business processes and supply chain
management it is implementing a VISUAL Enterprise ERP system from Lilly
Software Associates.

John Hunter, the project manager at Orvec International responsible for finding,
selecting and implementing an appropriate ERP system said he recommended
purchasing VISUAL Enterprise because: "The Lilly Software system has the
necessary flexibility, range of functions and scalability that we will need as the
business expands. It will allow us to compete in an aggressive world market and
make sure customers receive the high level of service they expect.

"The strength of VISUAL Enterprise lies in its ability to fully integrate all the
functions of a manufacturing enterprise from quote configuration, sales,
manufacture and distribution to after sales services." He and his team were also
influenced by the fact that most of the suite's applications have been developed
in-house by Lilly Software Associates, instead of being gained through
acquisition, or reliance on third-party partners. He said "it is a significant
differentiator in the areas of product consistency and interdependent

Other reasons included Lilly Software Associates' product being a simpler
solution, which could merge seamlessly with the manufacturer's existing
shopfloor data collection (SFDC) system. The ERP software's graphical
interface will mean new users will be able to achieve results quickly and return
on investment (RoI) will be faster. Another advantageous feature was Lilly
Software Associates' active support for Microsoft .NET technology.

Orvec International believes that as Lilly Software Associates is a privately
owned company, it has the advantage of not being driven by short-term market
expectations, and being capable of riding through any economic fluctuations.

Advanced abilities, valuable benefits

The Lilly Software Associates ERP system will replace an ageing DOS-based
financial and operations package and a multitude of Word and Excel
documents, currently being used to manage the business.

Featuring a central database and a comprehensive range of fully integrated
supply chain management functions, including a product configurator, financial
accounting and related applications, the ERP system will provide Orvec
International with many additional benefits such as breaking down inter-
departmental barriers and improving communications. Personnel will be able to
access and exchange data and information more easily and make decisions on
a more informed basis.

In particular, the VISUAL Enterprise system will enable the sales and planning
departments to operate more efficiently. The configurator module will allow the
sales department to automate quotation and sales order processes. In
preparing a quotation, the configurator software will check the rules that govern
what can be made in relation to available production capacity. It will ensure that
a quotation is valid and that if placed, the order may be made profitably and
delivered on time.

The ERP system will provide the planning department with an advanced
scheduling function linked to other systems in the factory. In addition, due to the
graphical requirements of the Passenger Care Products (PCP) division the new
system will have the ability to associate to the bill of materials (BOM) a CAD
drawing, a picture of the finished product, and a specification drawing.

The ERP system is also expected to reduce warehouse-stocking density by at
least twenty per cent and remove the need to subcontract additional warehouse
space. The implementation of an Advanced Material Planning (AMP) module
will aim to make this feasible, by reducing component stocking density.

Information about Lilly Software Associates

Lilly Software Associates (LSA) provides a complete line of enterprise and
supply chain management solutions for manufacturers and distributors. With its
easy-to-use graphical nature, the VISUAL suite of products helps companies
capture accurate, real-time data about their business processes using
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Advanced Planning and Scheduling
(APS), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Quality Management,
Customer Relationship Management (CRM), E-Business and Warehouse
Management System (WMS) capabilities.

Most VISUAL applications run on Windows NT, UNIX, LINUX, VMS, Novell or
OS400. They can use SQLBase, Microsoft SQLServer, ORACLE or IBM
DB2/400 relational databases and are certified for both IBM iSeries and
Netfinity servers.

Lilly Software's European headquarters are based in Royston, Hertfordshire,
from where the company manages a full range of sales and technical support
services throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland and continental Europe. The
supplier is a founding member of the ERP Vendors Forum, a group of leading
software vendors that address the needs of the manufacturing industry in the


More information from:

Richard Hudson
Lilly Software Associates Ltd
Archway House, The Lanterns
Melbourn Street, Royston
Hertfordshire SG8 7BX
Telephone: 01763 232 222
Web site:

John Hunter
Orvec International
Telephone: 01482 625 444
Web site:

Issued by:

Mark Mitchell
Pattison Mitchell & Associates
Telephone: 020 7924 7700

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