SOURCE: Informance International

January 22, 2007 16:16 ET

Cargill Salt Uses Informance for Manufacturing Analytics

Salt Business of International Food and Agricultural Provider Driving Strategic Plant Improvements With EMI Leader

MINNEAPOLIS, MN and REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 22, 2007 -- Cargill Incorporated's Salt business unit announced today that it is using The Informance Plant Solution to accelerate its manufacturing performance. Cargill Salt is also drawing on Informance's expertise to compound productivity gains, support equipment reliability initiatives and maximize assets across their many plant sites throughout the U.S.

Using Informance, Cargill Salt quickly identified and prioritized production improvement opportunities to increase sprint capacity during peak production seasons. The enhanced visibility for process improvement enabled operations management to take decisive action that aligned with the company's overall reliability initiatives.

"With Informance, we can now quickly identify opportunities for improving efficiency at our manufacturing facilities. This is helping us reduce operating costs and improve production," commented Jim Heard, Assistant Vice President of the Cargill Salt business unit. "Informance's enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) solution tackles complex plant analysis, yet is easy for our operations professionals to use -- helping us build momentum toward continuous improvement and reliability initiatives."

Cargill Salt used Informance's implementation methodology for fast speed-to-value and planned the rollout at a rate of one plant per week. Operations management started seeing reports and improvements right away as the rollout progressed.

"Cargill Salt and Informance set very aggressive goals for their manufacturing improvement activities," comments Sunil Singh, CEO and President of Informance International. "Cargill Salt leveraged the partnership and exceeded original expectations by unlocking hidden production capacity."

About Cargill, Incorporated

Cargill Salt is a business unit of Cargill, Incorporated, an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management products and services. With 149,000 employees in 63 countries, the company is committed to using its knowledge and experience to collaborate with customers to help them succeed. For more information, call 1-800-CARGILL (227-4455), visit www.cargill.com or contact:

Bill Brady, Media Relations Director
Bill_Brady@Cargill.com
(952) 742-6608
About Informance International

Informance delivers Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) solutions to help clients accelerate operational performance initiatives, drive operating strategies and capture actionable insight; measured by speed-to-value. Clients quickly unlock hidden capacity, increase productivity without additional capital investment, reduce inventory and labor costs, and increase working capital. To learn more, call 1-877-464-6262 or e-mail info@informance.com. For more information, visit www.informance.com or contact:

Diane Murray, Marketing Communications Manager
Diane.Murray@Informance.com
(847) 498-1844 ext. 235
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Contact Information

  • Cargill Contact:
    Bill Brady
    Media Relations Director
    Email Contact
    (952) 742-6608

    Informance International Contact:
    Diane Murray
    Marketing Communications Manager
    Email Contact
    (847) 498-1844 ext. 235