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June 24, 2010 12:19 ET

Golden State Foods Drives Manufacturing Productivity Boost With New Automated Performance Management System

Golden State Foods Improves Operational Efficiency with Plantnode® Enterprise Deployment

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 24, 2010) - Food manufacturer and distributor Golden State Foods (GSF) has selected and implemented Shoplogix Plantnode® Enterprise manufacturing software to increase performance transparency and improve production efficiency across the company's manufacturing operations.

GSF recognized that in order to get true production visibility they had to implement an automated real-time data collection and analysis solution. "We knew that real-time data would help us improve performance," says Mike Milligan, Director, Continuous Improvement at the GSF Conyers plant. "For example, with manual data, we could never see 'starved' conditions where the machines were waiting for product. We could not really tell if this was an issue. Only major events are recorded in a manual system but the reality is there are all kinds of short intervals that are never captured."

When deciding on a real-time performance management solution, GSF narrowed down the field to Shoplogix and one other provider for a "bake-off" to evaluate each vendor's solution on two machines for 30 days at the Conyers, GA plant. Shoplogix beat out the competition to win GSF's business. "Shoplogix was easier to install and configure; it was only a few wires," says Milligan. "We had truthful information immediately, saw performance improvements right away and Shoplogix support was superior."

With Plantnode® installed on two of 28 machines, GSF experienced a 20 percent productivity improvement within a three-month period. After implementation, the company had its longest continuous run of 2 hours and 31 minutes, which occurred over a shift change, and maintained 98.6 percent of target run speed during a three-day multi-shift continuous period. The average run speed of 54 cases an hour also increased to 64 cases per hour. "We set production records during the trial," says Milligan. "We knew that real-time data would help us improve performance but we were shocked by how well performance improved just by measuring it and making people aware." 

With the successful implementation in Conyers, GA, Golden State Foods is planning to roll out Plantnode® Enterprise across their operations.

ABOUT GOLDEN STATE FOODS

Golden State Foods (http://www.goldenstatefoods.com) is one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice industry, servicing more than 20,000 restaurants from three continents. With approximately 3,000 employees worldwide, GSF's core businesses include: processing and distribution of liquid productsmeat productsproduce, bakery and other services, providing a variety of networked solutions for the total supply chain spectrum.

ABOUT SHOPLOGIX

Shoplogix™ (http://www.shoplogix.com) is the proven world leader in the rapid time to value delivery of performance management solutions that produce breakthrough profitability for manufacturers. The Shoplogix Plantnode® Performance Suite delivers sustainable results through role-based intelligence, linking operational effectiveness to strategic decision-making. Shoplogix solutions form the foundation for continuous improvement by providing manufacturers with the tools to remove operational inefficiencies, drive growth and increase profitability.

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