MKS Inc.

MKS Inc.

May 26, 2011 07:00 ET

Starkey Selects MKS Integrity to Drive Product Innovation and Improve Time-to-Market

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 26, 2011) -MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX), today announced that Starkey Laboratories, Inc., a global hearing technology leader, has selected MKS Integrity(TM) as the requirements management platform for the development of hearing instruments that improve quality of life for thousands of hearing impaired patients worldwide.

Starkey is recognized in more than 100 markets around the world for the quality of its hearing products and its commitment to its customers. This reputation has led to rapid growth in sales and market share over the last decade.

As the company expanded and hired new staff, it recognized a growing need for more effective and efficient requirements management. Requirements were being tracked in Microsoft(R) Word documents, which made it difficult to make or track changes in requirements across Starkey's multiple product lines. With more than 200 separate software requirement specifications at roughly 20-30 pages each, an estimated 50 percent of development time was spent keeping documents up to date with ongoing requirement and design changes. As a result of this growing complexity and the lack of scalability in the manual requirement management methods, the amount of effort required to keep up escalated near a product release date, meaning that sometimes key features were not ready and had to be removed from products in order to meet product release schedules.

"In order to deliver the features and products to our customers on schedule, we were pushing our engineering staff to the limit, which is at odds with our corporate philosophy," said Rob Duchscher, Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Starkey. "After conducting an evaluation of several requirements management tools, we concluded that MKS Integrity could meet the needs of all stakeholder groups including product management, systems engineering and software engineering, and that it is flexible and easy to learn and use. In fact, MKS Integrity scored higher in our technical review than the other product that made the final round. We are confident that MKS Integrity's Requirement Management solution will reduce the amount of time we spend managing documentation and enable our teams to focus more on innovative new products for our customers."

"Many of our customers are faced with the same issues affecting Starkey – rapid growth, outdated processes, and increasing complexity – all of which impact productivity, release schedules and ultimately customer and employee satisfaction. We are also seeing growing demand in the medical device industry for complete development solutions that include risk management and address regulatory compliance. The flexibility and broad range of capabilities of MKS Integrity will enable Starkey to automate requirements management, speed development, and ensure that product releases meet stated requirements while still staying on-schedule and within budget, " said Michael W. Harris, President and CEO at MKS.

About MKS

MKS enables organizations to reduce the overwhelming complexity of developing software intensive products thereby removing barriers to rapid innovation.

MKS Integrity manages all systems and software development processes and connects all engineering artifacts, including requirements, models, code and tests, ensuring comprehensive lifecycle traceability. MKS Integrity's open architecture integrates disparate tools into a streamlined engineering process, allowing orchestration of engineering change and collaboration across the technology supply chain. With MKS Integrity, engineering teams improve productivity and quality, streamline compliance and gain complete product visibility, which ultimately drives more innovative products into the market.

With offices worldwide, MKS supports customers across industries including, Automotive, Aerospace and Defense, High Tech Electronics and Medical Devices. For more information about MKS and MKS Integrity, visit our web site at

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