July 22, 2009 07:00 ET

Fresenius Medical Care Achieves 5% Productivity Gain in Just 30 Days With Shoplogix™

Rapid ROI on Critical Production Line Prompts Plant-Wide Deployment of Shoplogix's Plantnode® Solution

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 22, 2009) - Shoplogix, a developer of Real-time Performance Management (RPM) solutions for sustainable Continuous Improvement, is pleased to announce that Fresenius Medical Care, the world's largest provider of dialysis services and products, increased productivity at its Ogden, Utah manufacturing facility by 5% in 30 days, with Shoplogix's Plantnode(R) RPM solution. Building on this success, the company will implement the Plantnode solution throughout its dialyzer production lines at the Ogden plant.

The Ogden plant is committed to maintaining a world-class operation with a culture of aggressively measuring and improving upon Overall Equipment Effectiveness. In its continued efforts to further optimize plant performance, Fresenius selected Plantnode to automate its existing manual data collection efforts, improve data accuracy and increase productivity. The company leveraged the Shoplogix Sudden Impact program - a 30 day initiative - that demonstrates the capabilities of Plantnode. Under this program, Fresenius deployed four Plantnodes on a dialyzer production line, automating the collection, evaluation and display of machine data in real-time. The result was a 5% productivity gain, surpassing Fresenius' initial goal of a 1% to 1.5% productivity improvement.

"From operators to managers, Plantnode makes accurate and reliable machine data highly visible and easily accessible to everyone. This ensures all workers play a role in improving operational performance," says Rudy Valencia, Director of Dialyzer Manufacturing, Fresenius Medical Care. "We are extremely pleased with the results we've achieved to date with Plantnode. As we expand our implementation plant-wide, we are building the foundation for a new way to measure and sustain continuous improvements at our production sites."

"In the face of today's economic slowdown, global leaders such as Fresenius Medical Care recognize the critical need to achieve sustainable operational improvements. With Plantnode, Fresenius realized productivity improvements in just one month, supporting the company's focus on operational excellence," says Martin Ambrose CEO, Shoplogix. "As the implementation moves forward, we are committed to driving even greater results by empowering Fresenius with a picture of true plant performance to enable informed decision-making and take productivity to the next level of efficiency."


Fresenius Medical Care is the world's largest integrated provider of products and services for individuals undergoing dialysis due to chronic kidney failure, a condition that affects more than 1,770,000 individuals worldwide. Through its network of 2,448 dialysis clinics in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and Africa, Fresenius Medical Care provides dialysis treatment to 187,476 patients around the globe. Fresenius Medical Care is also the world's leading provider of dialysis products such as hemodialysis machines, dialyzers, and related disposable products. Fresenius Medical Care is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FME, FME3) and the New York Stock Exchange (FMS, FMS/P). For more information about Fresenius Medical Care, visit the company's website at


Shoplogix is a leading provider of real-time performance management solutions that optimize manufacturing processes to reduce costs and increase profitability. Shoplogix solutions form the foundation for continuous improvement by providing manufacturers with the tools to rapidly improve plant performance and the technology to sustain productivity.

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