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13 Aug 2008

Plexus Online Offers Integrated Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Capabilities

Helps Manufacturers Improve Collaboration, Manage Costs, and Reduce Time to Market.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., (August 11, 2008) - Plexus Systems, provider of Plexus Online on-demand software for the manufacturing enterprise, announces the availability of fully integrated Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) functionality. Manufacturers access comprehensive and integrated PLM capabilities in the Plexus Online Software as a Service (SaaS).

Plexus Online tightly integrates PLM functions into shop floor and quality modules, enabling a real-time, continuous feedback loop between engineering/design, manufacturing and quality. Manufacturers use integrated product data to easily move from product conception and design, to feasibility validation, optimized cost and performance, and product compliance.

As an example, when a Plexus Online manufacturing company receives product engineering specification changes, the updated specifications flow through shop floor, production, materials requirement planning, and other business process areas. This ensures that produced parts are in compliance and meet updated customer requirements. The end result is a streamlined product development process and reduced time to market.

”The manufacturing sector is under tremendous pressure to develop high-quality products quickly and cost-effectively,” notes Mark Symonds, President, Plexus Systems, Inc. “Few ERP solutions offer truly integrated PLM functionality. Plexus Online is unique in its integration of more than 350 modules spanning the areas of customer relations management, product lifecycle management, supply chain management, manufacturing execution system and enterprise resource planning.”

With Plexus Online, data is captured at the point of origin and processed in real-time, offering unparalleled visibility. Customer requirements along with development and change records flow seamlessly into production operations and financial reports. The entire manufacturing supply chain has ready access to real time data about product programs, and can better manage the complexities of launching new products, improve collaboration, and cut project and product costs.

Once a product goes into production, the inevitable engineering change requests follow. Plexus Online provides organizations with a “single source of truth” that allows the many stakeholder departments to manage running changes in a coordinated and efficient manner. As products reach the end of life, it is also important to effectively manage their “wind down” to avoid unnecessary product and tooling obsolescence.

Plexus Online, built on a “Software as a Service” (SaaS) model, offers more than 350 functional modules, providing manufacturers instant access to vital information and management functions using a simple Web browser. The on-demand solution features product life cycle management (PLM) functions such as program and change management, enterprise resource planning (ERP) functions such as accounting and finance modules, customer relationship management (CRM) features such as order entry and tracking, manufacturing execution systems (MES) functions such as production scheduling and machine integration and supply chain management (SCM) functions such as supplier quality and traceability.

About Plexus Systems, Inc.

Since 1995, Plexus Systems, Inc. (Auburn Hills, Mich.) has maintained a singular vision -- to drive significant cost, quality and productivity improvements for manufacturers, from the shop floor to the top floor. Plexus Online™ is on-demand software for the manufacturing enterprise. Plexus Systems originated as an internal solution at a manufacturing company, designed to resolve quality challenges, including production, distribution and global supply chains management issues. Today, Plexus Online enables businesses to manage accounting, financials, compliance and human resources and other critical priorities. Plexus Systems serves a global cross section of manufacturing industries (OEM and suppliers), particularly automotive, defense, medical device and aerospace companies. In 2006, Apax Partners (www.apax.com) made a strategic investment in Plexus Systems, joining the founding investment group as stakeholders in Plexus. For more information, visit www.plex.com.



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