R&D Tool and Engineering Selects Encompix

Full-Service Commercial Plastics Tooling Company Expects Streamlined Business Processes and Improved Communication Between Work Sites

Cincinnati, OH (February 22, 2008) –

Encompix, a Consona ERP solution and leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for project-based, engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing operations, today announced that R&D Tool and Engineering (R&D Tool), an engineering-driven, full-service supplier of expert technical solutions for the global plastics industry, has selected Encompix ERP to streamline its business processes and unite its geographically dispersed business units to ensure timely production.

With the recent addition of a new, larger manufacturing facility in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom, R&D Tool sought a customizable ERP system that would achieve overall operational improvements and keep the lines of communication open between its Lee’s Summit, Mo. and U.K. work sites, as well as among its different business units. After an intensive software evaluation project, R&D Tool selected Encompix ERP.

According to Chris Foster, IT director at R&D Tool, the Encompix solution was chosen because it would best address his growing company’s most critical challenges, providing greater visibility and control over companywide costs, improved scheduling and tracking of current jobs, and more effective use of company resources.

Foster said that key factors in R&D Tool’s selection of Encompix ERP included the system’s ability to be easily modified to fit unique business processes, as well as its ability to streamline the company’s reporting processes. Companywide, R&D Tool employees generate hundreds of reports for each department. By using the Encompix ERP advanced reporting module, R&D Tool will be able to significantly reduce the number of report writers, freeing them to focus instead on other business-critical tasks.

R&D Tool also has chosen to implement Encompix ERP’s advanced planning and scheduling module. Commercial plastics products have an average shelf-life of 18 months, leading to a constant influx of new orders. With the number of active jobs often surpassing the 200 mark and speed-to-market critical for its customers, R&D Tool required a system that would keep all current jobs organized, on track and on time. Encompix ERP’s advanced planning and scheduling module ensures optimal organization for all projects and tracks availability of materials across geographically dispersed sites.

“R&D Tool thoroughly researched the market to find an ERP system we could adjust to properly fit our needs and ultimately help us run our company more effectively,” said Foster. “By implementing Encompix, we will be able to mold the system to our specifications and maintain our competitive advantage with faster time to market for our customers.”

“Engineering-intensive companies realize that one key to maximizing their profits is to gain tighter control over their cross-company workflow,” said Chuck Stewart, general manager of Encompix, AXIS and DTR for Consona Corporation. “In this environment, where customer demand for new designs is constant, it is essential that companies have an intimate understanding of each process. The planned implementation of Encompix ERP at R&D Tool is a demonstration that engineering-driven manufacturing companies are looking to benefit from a new approach to business processes.”

About R&D Tool and Engineering

R&D Tool and Engineering supplies expert technical solutions to the global plastics industry. The company offers a wide range of products and design solutions to packaging, food and beverage, cosmetics, household, and personal care markets. Recognized as one of the world’s leading suppliers of tooling for the global packaging and medical markets, R&D Tool and Engineering specializes in one- and two-stage injection stretch blow mold (ISBM) tooling for PET containers, injection blow mold (IBM) tooling, and custom molds. Other divisions include a full injection molding service and rapid prototyping services such as SLA and RTV. With sales offices and manufacturing facilities worldwide, R&D Tool and Engineering supports every phase in the development of its customers’ product packaging, from industrial design, to unit development, to building tooling, to upkeep and maintenance. For more information, visit www.rdtool.com.

About Encompix ERP

Encompix ERP, a Consona ERP solution, specializes in helping project-based, engineering-intensive manufacturers establish a sustainable competitive advantage by consistently delivering complex products on time and on budget while ensuring profitability. Encompix’s specialized engineer-to-order (ETO) ERP software solution is built from the ground up around the unique needs of companies that produce complex, long lead-time products to individual customer specifications. Encompix is designed to support every phase of a project, from sales development and initial cost estimates, through design, manufacturing, actual cost accumulation, project management and reporting, estimate-to-complete, progress billing, on-site installation, warranty tracking, after-market parts, and field service. Encompix supports companies ranging in size from midsize enterprises to Global 2000 businesses with software, services and in-depth ETO knowledge and experience. To learn more, visit www.encompix.com, call (877) 731-0066, or e-mail info@encompix.com.


Mitch Briggs

Consona Corporation

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