DTR QuickShot Helps Plastics Manufacturers Get Real-Time View of Their Shop Floors

DTR and SYSCON-PlantStar Strengthen Partnership To Provide Plastics-Specific Production Monitoring Software and Services

Indianapolis, IN, May 16, 2007 --(PR.com)-- DTR, a Consona business unit and leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services for plastics processors and manufacturers, today announced a strengthened partnership and integration with SYSCON-PlantStar to enhance the production monitoring capabilities of its core solution, DTR Plastics™ ERP.

South Bend, Ind.-based SYSCON-PlantStar, a provider of manufacturing execution systems (MES, or production and process monitoring systems) for plastics manufacturers, has partnered with DTR to create DTR QuickShot. This integrated ERP and MES solution provides a sophisticated, Web-based, graphical user interface for the real-time picture of the shop floor including: production, cycle time, up- and down-time, scrap, job schedules, material usage, tool change schedules, machine utilization, and production efficiency. All DTR QuickShot-collected information is seamlessly integrated with the MRP and financial data within DTR Plastics ERP.

“Even today, many plastics manufacturers are still dealing with islands of information, paper-based errors, and manual data entry,” said Perry Williams, general manager of DTR. “We’ve partnered with a leader in next-generation ‘MES’ production monitoring solutions to provide our customers with a low-cost, but highly sophisticated 360-degree view of their manufacturing operations. This fully integrated, real-time view is an important step for plastics manufacturers who are looking to take their businesses to the next level.”

Williams added that the PlantStar solution has been popular within the DTR customer base, which includes more than 200 leading plastics processing enterprises. David Mann, facilities manager for Plastic Design International, a Middletown, Conn.-based provider of custom molded products and DTR user, said, “We have been running our business with DTR and PlantStar for approximately 10 years and even today, as we look at an upgrade, we continue to see the combination of these products as the best solution for our business. The plastics industry continues to change, but PlantStar has adapted with it. Because PlantStar offers a variety of solutions for companies of different sizes and with different needs, we don’t have to purchase everything under the sun in order to achieve inventory control and visibility. We needed a MES solution that seamlessly integrated with our DTR ERP system, and that’s what we got. And, as an added bonus, we receive top-notch technical support. Both DTR and PlantStar are service-oriented companies.”

“QuickShot is compelling because it offers a tremendous amount of tested functionality, as well as seamless integration and single-point-of-contact support,” said Williams. “Part of our partnership with SYSCON-PlantStar includes front-line support, and we make this commitment for all our solutions. As a result, our customers only have one number to call and one process to follow. Our goal is to provide second-to-none customer care, and this is one of many ways in which we strive toward this objective.”

Williams also stated that DTR and SYSCON-PlantStar are continuing to look for new ways to enhance their offering for both new and existing customers. “These solutions fit well together and, more importantly, they fit the businesses of our plastics processing customers. As is our model, we’ll work directly with those shared customers to enhance the solution over time.”

About SYSCON-PlantStar
SYSCON-PlantStar is a worldwide supplier of manufacturing execution and monitoring systems that are used in various industries such as plastics, metals (molten, machined, stamped), rubber, corrugated paper and a host of others. For additional information on PlantStar products, call SYSCON-PlantStar at (574) 232-3900 or e-mail marketing@SYSCON-intl.com. Visit the PlantStar website at www.SYSCON-intl.com or www.plantstar.org.

About DTR
DTR, a Consona business unit, is a leading provider of enterprise resource planning software and services that provide comprehensive, industry-specific support for every aspect of the plastics processing business. Unlike generic ERP solutions, DTR Plastics ERP is built around the unique requirements of injection molders, film and bag processors, blow molders, thermoformers, extruders, and compounders—companies that typically use large amounts of formulized raw material to make discrete parts or extruded products. More than 200 customers across the globe have partnered with DTR Plastics Solutions to gain the robust, plastics-specific functionality and industry expertise of a niche solution provider, backed by the industry-leading customer care and financial resources of Consona, one of the ERP industry’s strongest, most experienced solution providers. For further information, visit www.dtrsoftware.com, e-mail at info@dtrsoftware.com, or call (800) 626-0220.

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Mitchell Briggs