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IQMS Customer Receives Supplier Recognition Award
Apr 15, 2008 (08:04 AM EDT)


PASO ROBLES, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- IQMS, a leader in the design and development of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, congratulates its customer CEPS, Inc., on winning recognition from the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NETAAC). CEPS, a full-service injection mold maker, achieved recognition status for its phenomenal performance during a major program redesign that was undertaken as part of the company's ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and lean manufacturing principles. NETAAC selected CEPS as New Hampshire's small company success story, and is anticipating Governor John Lynch to visit CEPS this fall.

In 2007, CEPS was also awarded a grant of $100,000 from NETAAC. As a U.S. Department of Commerce funded agency, NETAAC helps U.S. manufacturers competing against imports develop and implement a satisfactory plan to meet or overcome global competition given financial assistance. The use of grant funds are restricted to analysis and improvement projects, but cannot be applied toward any hardware purchases. Among other initiatives, CEPS purchased EnterpriseIQ LE from IQMS for its ERP software needs.

CEPS recently went through a major company-wide training in lean manufacturing principles, and assigned three lean teams that now meet regularly to identify and eliminate waste from the company's systems, processes and facility layout. The company's lean initiatives culminated in February 2008 with a week-long plant shutdown to reorganize and streamline the plant layout for work flow, storage and the creation of capacity for growth. Part of CEPS's continuous improvement efforts included the implementation and usage of IQMS's ERP software.

"CEPS fosters a culture of continuous improvement. That's why we needed a robust, reliable ERP system that would grow with us and help us implement and monitor certain of our lean initiatives," said Jim Umland, president of CEPS. "We looked at ERP software providers for over two years, and were initially drawn to IQMS because of their stellar reputation in the industry. EnterpriseIQ adds value across our entire supply chain and helps us stay true to our commitment to run lean."

"In today's demanding economy, lean manufacturing is growing more complex," explains Randy Flamm, president and founder of IQMS. "In order to remain competitive and successful, companies like CEPS must strategically optimize operations for efficiency and quality. EnterpriseIQ is proven best suited to help all types of manufacturers do just that by providing advanced and feature-rich solutions designed specifically for their niche industries. We are very proud of CEPS and all their achievements, and we look forward to helping them achieve even more recognition in the years to come."

About CEPS

Formed in 1982 as an engineering design and tool making shop, CEPS, Inc. has evolved into a full service injection molder, offering design assistance, tool building, injection molding, and electronic and mechanical sub-assembly services. Based in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, CEPS is a global supplier with approximately 75 percent of its sales to the scientific laboratory and medical diagnostic equipment markets. CEPS also serves original equipment manufacturers and contract manufacturers in other industries including: aerospace; building and construction; electronics; government and defense; industrial; transportation; and more.

About NETAAC

Incorporated in 1981, NETAAC has been administering the TAA for Firms program in New England for over 25 years, helping manufacturers retain jobs, expand sales, and increase productivity. This program provides assistance to U.S. manufacturers affected by imports through cost-shared consulting projects with private independent consultants, such as IQMS. NETAAC funds 50 to 75 percent of tasks aimed at improving the manufacturer's competitive position. Projects such as lean manufacturing, ISO registration, websites, ERP systems (and many more) are designed to meet the precise needs of each manufacturer.

About IQMS

Since 1989, IQMS has been a pioneer in the design and development of ERP software for repetitive, process and discrete manufacturing industries. Today, IQMS provides leading real-time manufacturing, accounting, machine monitoring, quality control, supply chain, CRM and eBusiness solutions to the automotive, medical, packaging, consumer goods and other manufacturing markets. The only complete, single-source enterprise software solution, EnterpriseIQ offers real-time front office, accounting, manufacturing and supply chain management in a single database. With offices across North America, Europe and Asia, IQMS serves manufacturers around the world.

IQMS and EnterpriseIQ are trademarks of IQMS. All other brand and product names are the trademarks of their respective companies.

CONTACT: Daniele Fresca of IQMS, +1-805-227-1122, dfresca@iqms.com

Web site: http://www.iqms.com//