SOURCE: Plex Systems

Plex Systems

December 03, 2009 09:30 ET

Plex Online Manufacturing ERP Software Integrated With PLCs in Machine Presses at Batesville Tool & Die

Leading Manufacturer Leverages Technology for Enhanced Results

AUBURN HILLS, MI--(Marketwire - December 3, 2009) - Plex Systems, Inc., provider of the No. 1 rated manufacturing ERP software, today announced that leading automotive stamper Batesville Tool & Die, Inc., has integrated Plex Online and programmable logic controls (PLCs) with machine presses at its manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico.

Plex Online's manufacturing ERP software has been used worldwide at Batesville Tool & Die since 2006. However, the company was using custom software to integrate with the machine presses, and that software was written specifically for Batesville's Indiana location but was not appropriate when attempting to expand to additional facilities.

Batesville worked with both Plex Systems and Plex partner Kors Engineering to deploy the new module to replace the custom software. In addition to the consistent interface for operators, the integration with PLCs enables a more efficient manufacturing process by automating many functions, including label printing when containers are full.

"Batesville Tool & Die combines the advantages of a long-term player in automotive stamping with the vision for the next generation of manufacturing," said Plex Systems Executive Vice President Tom Mackey. "Transitioning the presses to integrate with Plex Online and leveraging the benefits of PLCs enables Batesville to more efficiently manufacture its products while maintaining its rigid quality requirements and providing a more effective communication channel between its plant in Indiana and its facility in Mexico."

"We are considerably more efficient after integrating PLCs with our machine presses, allowing our operators to function with less manual interaction," said Batesville Tool & Die IT Manager Sam Wintz. "The PLC integration offers a significant production improvement and the additional benefit of tying it together with Plex Online allows our IT staff to tackle other higher value tasks, not supporting antiquated custom code."

Plex Systems and Kors Engineering have combined to improve manufacturing efficiency, reduce waste and maximize energy resources at multiple facilities.

About Plex Systems, Inc.

Plex Systems, Inc. is the developer of Plex Online, a software as a service (SaaS) solution for the manufacturing enterprise and the only solution to achieve the prestigious Champion ranking in Aberdeen Group's 2009 "ERP in Manufacturing" AXIS report. Plex Online offers industry-leading features for virtually every department within a manufacturer, including Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) and Quality Management Systems (QMS) for the shop floor, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for sales and marketing, Supply Chain Management (SCM) for procurement, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for finance and management. Plex Online's fully-integrated model delivers a "shop floor to top floor" view of a manufacturer's operations, enabling management to run their business at maximum efficiency. Founded in 1995, Plex Systems is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with customers around the globe. More information is online at

Plex Systems and Plex Online are trademarks of Plex Systems, Inc.

About Kors Engineering

Kors Engineering is a premier service provider for manufacturing and municipal organizations looking to optimize technology and integrate systems. With expertise in automation, controls, systems integration and energy management, Kors Engineering delivers quantifiable results in cost reductions, time savings and labor efficiencies. For more than three decades, the team has consulted and executed projects to improve systems on the shop floor and throughout entire facilities. For more information, visit

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    Peggy Fenwick
    Plex Systems, Inc.