SOURCE: Omnify Software

Omnify Software

September 29, 2009 08:30 ET

Omnify Software Releases Version 4.5 of Empower PLM Solution

Latest Release Introduces New BOM Routing, Advanced Training Management and New HelpDesk Features for More Complete Product Records

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - September 29, 2009) - Omnify Software, a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software for electronic, medical, mechanical, and defense manufacturers, today announces the release of version 4.5 of the Omnify Empower PLM solution. This version includes key customer-driven enhancements and delivers a solution for manufacturers to capture data spanning the entire product development process, from design engineering to the manufacturing floor -- for more complete product records.

"Our customers continue to drive us to encompass more product development and manufacturing processes within our system," said Chuck Cimalore, chief technology officer for Omnify Software. "Empower 4.5 achieves this by providing the capability to manage and streamline the flow of data for all aspects of design, manufacturing, test, and maintenance processes. This version changes the concept of the 'traditional PLM' system by extending PLM beyond the management of parts, documents, BOMs and formal Changes."

Omnify Empower PLM 4.5 was launched at Omnify's 2009 Customer Conference and the response from customers was exceptional. Eric Krug, vice president of engineering for Technology Driven Products Corp. (TDP), stated, "TDP is very excited about the new Empower PLM 4.5 release. Version 4.5 adds the capability to manage BOM routers in great detail and includes significant improvements to the Training Module with on-line comprehension testing, tracking of training requirements, and signoffs by trainers. These features will improve our efficiency in maintaining and documenting information per our ISO 13485 requirements."

Key new features include:

--  BOM Routing Module provides a method for documenting manufacturing,
    assembly, inspection, and test procedures for any product (Bill of
    Material) and ties this information directly to the product record. Routing
    revisions can be triggered from an Engineering Change, enabling automatic
    restructure of routing information on a product revision or BOM update.
    This module allows customers to capture all manufacturing steps and
    procedures and leverages the Bill of Material (BOM) for quantity validation
    to help minimize inventory issues. Users can capture detailed processing
    times and costs for analyzing throughput and expenses. By linking to all
    part data and documentation within Omnify, BOM Routing can display metadata
    (specifications) and graphical depictions (documents) for each
--  Enhanced Training Management offers improved versioning, automation of
    changes and resetting of training requirements, and training comprehension
    to gauge user proficiency and training effectiveness. Empower PLM 4.5 now
    includes a range of training reports and simplifies navigation to easily
    identify training and user requirements. Integrated with Empower's new
    email/alerting platform, users are automatically notified of pending and
    overdue training requirements and events.
--  HelpDesk Module is a communication and collaboration portal designed
    to capture and track the discussion trail around Omnify Objects such as
    Changes/ECOs, Corrective Actions, Projects, etc. This module provides a
    blogging environment for users to discuss decisions, capture feedback, and
    provide data to internal and external resources. The HelpDesk includes a
    "ticketing" feature that provides routing and employs closed-loop
    strategies to address issues and build knowledge to help improve product

"The enhancements to the Training Module in Empower 4.5 have closed the gap on retention of training history and made it easier for highly regulated companies to maintain compliance," stated Curt Kienast, quality manager for Still River Systems. "The addition of the HelpDesk Module is a simple way to manage daily IT issues and frequently asked questions and allows us to capture some of the 'human element' that goes into product decisions."

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. For additional product information, including pricing, please call 978-988-3800, email or visit

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