SOURCE: Omnify Software

January 22, 2008 08:00 ET

Edge Products Tightens Change Control Processes and Cuts Product Return Rates by Over 50% With Omnify Empower PLM

Deployment of Omnify Software Helps Premiere Manufacturer of Modules and Programmers for Major Vehicle Manufacturers Meet Fast Product Change Cycles and Improve Quality

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - Omnify Software, a leading provider of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for electronic, medical, mechanical, and defense manufacturers, today announces that Edge Products, a premier manufacturer of aftermarket performance electronics for the gas and diesel truck, and Jeep markets, is using Omnify Software to tighten engineering change control processes and meet fast development requirements.

Edge Products recently brought on a new management team that identified a need for improved change and part control processes. Edge is a rapidly growing company and the nature of their products requires fast development cycles. If a vehicle manufacturer makes a change to an existing product, Edge must react quickly, often with a change to their products. These changes can occur as often as weekly.

"We recognized the need for a system that would require us to be more rigorous in our change control process and provide the kind of history and documentation that is necessary to ensure the quality we are committed to," stated Gerrit Kruitbosch, vice president of engineering for Edge Products. Edge's previous manual engineering processes were not conducive to this constantly changing product design environment. The company wanted to implement electronic processes for easy access to product information and improved efficiency.

Edge was looking for a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system to remove the paperwork burden and provide a complete documentation trail. They searched specifically for a system that included engineering change, Bill of Material (BOM) and documentation management. Direct integration with their existing ERP system, Sage MAS 90 ERP, was a necessity. They wanted a flexible solution that could be easily adapted to their internal company practices such as part numbering schemes and revisions. Edge also needed a PLM system with robust search capabilities and ease-of-use to get the company up and running quickly.

"We reviewed several of the key PLM vendors and were quite satisfied with the way Omnify provided solutions to meet our specific needs," continued Kruitbosch. As a result of implementing Omnify Empower PLM, Edge now has the ability to store all relevant product information in one location. Electronic change control has provided a more thorough review and sign-off process. The direct sharing of part and BOM information between Empower PLM and Sage MAS 90 ERP eliminated manual data entry errors and ensures accuracy of product change information across the enterprise. In addition, product quality has increased resulting in a major reduction in product returns. "Omnify has been a significant contributor to a 50% reduction in our product return rates," confirmed Kruitbosch.

"The Omnify PLM solution is ideal for manufacturers with complex products that require a large number of changes," said Chuck Cimalore, CTO for Omnify Software. "Omnify's change management facility and workflow engine support efficient engineering change control processes and helps customers like Edge react quickly to product changes and maintain high quality products."

About Omnify Software

Omnify Software, the leading provider of business-ready Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, helps OEMs shorten development cycles, accelerate product innovation and improve bottom-line profitability. Omnify's commitment to customer success has resulted in a unique solution that is quick to implement, easy to use, and provides an open integration platform built on the Microsoft .NET Framework. Omnify is well-known for superior customer service, delivering outstanding training, development and support with a team of experienced technology professionals. Omnify is acknowledged as an industry leader, winning such honors as START-IT Magazine's Hottest Companies for three consecutive years, Power of Partnerships and Top 50 Technologies awards, as well as Manufacturing Business Technology's Top 40 Emerging Vendors. For additional product information, including pricing, please call 978-988-3800, email or visit

About Edge Products

Edge Products is the premier name for aftermarket performance electronics. Edge manufacturers a full line of plug-in modules, programmers, and in-cab controllers for all popular late-model domestic trucks and Jeeps. Edge's in-line modules and programmers produce horsepower, improve fuel economy, and provide real-time monitoring of vehicle performance. The company, located in Ogden, Utah, employs more than 100 individuals in a modern 32,000 square foot facility and has been named three times to Inc. 500's fastest-growing privately held companies.

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