FOURTH SHIFT SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTED AT GKN'S GERMAN SITE
Reading, UK – September 12, 2005 – For immediate release:
SoftBrands, Inc. (OTC: SFBD), today announced that GKN has installed Fourth Shift
as its enterprise software system for its GKN Walterscheid GmbH site in Germany.
The Fourth Shift system went live in June 2005 at GKN Walterscheid's production
plant in Sohland, Germany. Fourth Shift is being used to facilitate the manufacture of
gearbox systems. GKN is a key supplier to the world's leading manufacturers of
tractors, self-propelled vehicles and agricultural machinery. Fourth Shift will also
support production of GKN's new automatic gearbox to be launched later this year.
At the Sohland plant, Fourth Shift replaced two non-integrated software applications
for inventory control and accounting, together with reliance on computing resources
from GKN Walterscheid's main manufacturing site in Germany.
"For the first time we will be able to operate entirely on our own and fully integrate a
number of important functions within the plant. This will improve productivity and
efficiency by centralising data assets in one database. Throughout the company,
Fourth Shift will improve data flow and synchronisation. In due course, it will also
support production of the new gearbox product," said Wil Logsdail, GKN's IT
Part of GKN Off Highway Systems (OHS), GKN Walterscheid purchased the Fourth
Shift system because it has become the preferred manufacturing management IT
standard for the group. Fourth Shift has been installed in five other GKN OHS
factories around the world, where its high level of functional performance has
demonstrated excellent value for money, coupled by Fourth Shift local technical and
business support services.
GKN Walterscheid also liked Fourth Shift's open systems architecture and ease of
connectivity: it will enable software applications written by existing sites, specific to
the company's manufacturing requirements, to be utilised across the entire group by
readily integrating with the core and modular applications, allowing seamless
exchange of data.
The connectivity feature also means that the Preactor finite capacity scheduling
software, which was purchased and supplied with Fourth Shift as a third-party
application, may operate as a fully integrated module. The dynamic scheduling
software will provide GKN with the flexibility to change and optimise production
plans at short notice, re-route orders to machines that are available and make best use
of CNC machine tool resources.
SoftBrands, Inc. is a global leader in providing solutions for small to medium-sized
businesses worldwide, currently focused on the hospitality and manufacturing
industries. With more than 4,000 customers in over 60 countries now actively using
its manufacturing (Fourth Shift, Fourth Shift Edition for SAP Business One,
evolution, Demand Stream) and hospitality products, SoftBrands has established a
worldwide infrastructure for distribution, development and support of enterprise
software. The company, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has over 500
employees with branch offices in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Additional
information can be found at www.softbrands.com.
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