Link-Belt Selects BuyDesign® Software from TDCI Inc.

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TDCI Inc. today announced that Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company L.P., LLLP has selected TDCI’s BuyDesign® sales and configuration software solution as Link-Belt’s next generation Internet-based distributor support system. Link-Belt will use BuyDesign to provide distributors with the ability to configure, quote, and order the company’s complete line of telescopic and lattice boom cranes, as well as service parts and upgrade components.

TDCI Inc. (TDCI), a leading enterprise software solution provider, today announced that Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company L.P., LLLP (Link-Belt), a leading manufacturer of construction cranes, has selected TDCI’s BuyDesign® sales and configuration software solution as Link-Belt’s next generation Internet-based distributor support system. Link-Belt will use BuyDesign to provide distributors with the ability to configure, quote, and order the company’s complete line of telescopic and lattice boom cranes, as well as service parts and upgrade components. Distributors will also have 24x7 self-service access to current order status through the online system, which will be closely integrated with Link-Belt’s existing manufacturing and business systems. BuyDesign is a comprehensive sales and configuration software solution that helps manufacturers of highly customized products become ‘easy to do business with,’ while also helping them improve profitability by reducing order processing time, cost, and errors.

“BuyDesign will enable us to provide our distributors with an easy and more comprehensive quoting and ordering process while ensuring the accuracy of equipment configurations and pricing,” stated Bill Stramer, Link-Belt Vice President of Marketing, Sales & Customer Support. “Besides making the process more efficient for our distributors, we expect to significantly reduce the turn-around time for quote approval and order entry, which will be a great benefit for both us and our distributors.”

Mike Neal, Link-Belt Manager, Information Technology, added: “BuyDesign’s capabilities for two-way integration with our existing systems, and for synchronizing with our existing configuration rules are great advantages. Those capabilities will enable us to maintain complete consistency with our back-end systems, and will eliminate a lot of work we currently need to do manually.”

Link-Belt will replace an in-house developed system with BuyDesign in a phased approach. Using a workflow-controlled process for quote and order approval, configured crane orders will be automatically entered into Link-Belt’s ERP system to drive an advanced assemble-to-order manufacturing process.

About Link-Belt

The Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company is a leader in the design, manufacture and sales of telescopic and lattice boom cranes, offering a broad range of highly configurable models with capacities from 30-300 tons. Link-Belt's core production base and center for worldwide operations is its 500,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Lexington, Kentucky. With major expansions over the last ten years along with continuous improvement philosophies, this facility is today the most modern crane manufacturing facility in North America. Since 1994, Link-Belt has made the transition to a company-wide "lean manufacturing" philosophy based on the operating principles of QCD (quality, cost, delivery) with a production system modeled after the Toyota production System.

About TDCI and BuyDesign

TDCI is an enterprise solution provider that specializes in helping manufacturers and their distributors streamline the buying process for customized products. TDCI’s BuyDesign software is a comprehensive sales and configuration solution developed to help companies increase sales by becoming ‘easy to do business with’ and improve profitability by reducing order processing time, cost, and errors. BuyDesign provides modular components for guided product selection and configuration, product visualization, quoting and ordering, drawing generation, and status inquiry. It also includes applications for front-end specification capture from within popular design products such as AutoCAD and others. For more information about TDCI and BuyDesign, visit http://www.tdci.com.

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