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Honeywell MES to improve production for Plastic Films Maker

June 1, 2010 – Honeywell will help Applied Extrusion Technologies (AET), Inc. improve production while reducing overall production costs at two of the plastic films maker’s North America plants. AET will use Honeywell’s OptiVision Business Logic software – a manufacturing execution system (MES) – to control production costs by better forecasting its raw material usage, improving its planning and scheduling processes and managing production execution and quality. The upgrade is part of AET’s overall effort to standardize its IT infrastructure and refresh its business systems.

Based in New Castle, Del., AET manufactures biaxial oriented polypropylene plastic films used in consumer goods packaging, product labeling and building products. With plant operations in Terre Haute, Ind., and Varennes, Quebec, AET’s customers include many of the world’s largest consumer product companies.

“We reached the point where supporting our legacy software did not make business sense due to increasing demands on our IT resources and risk of compromising our manufacturing capabilities,” said Jim Burger, Director of IT, AET, Inc. “Our customers cannot afford issues such as production delays or failure to meet order requirements. Honeywell’s solutions will help us decrease those risks and keep our customers satisfied through standardized IT functionality and alignment with our business goals.”

OptiVision reduces operational costs by integrating trim optimization, quality, scheduling, shipping, tracking and order management capabilities. As a result, manufacturers can control the entire opportunity-to-cash cycle using a single platform. AET will use OptiVision to integrate production data to streamline its manufacturing process, from accurate planning and order scheduling, to final production. This is ultimately expected to result in decreased raw materials consumption, improved scrap handling, planning and scheduling and minimized late-order exposure.

“Standardizing IT platforms and MES functions is a proven way for manufacturers to improve business performance and customer satisfaction,” said Jim Molnar, Honeywell’s Continuous Web Solutions business line leader. “Our pulp, paper and printing customers have found great business value in OptiVision for many years. Now, AET is showing how it can also be applied in other industries to reduce manufacturing costs and better respond to customer demands.”

Honeywell International is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry.
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