Kors Engineering Integrates PLCs for Machine Presses at Batesville Tool & Die

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Kors Engineering replaces custom built, plant-specific software system at Batesville Tool & Die

Kors Engineering, a premier service provider for manufacturing and industrial organizations, today announced the successful integration of Programmable Logic Controls (PLCs) with machine presses at Batesville Tool & Die through its proprietary tool, PleXML. The machine presses are now exchanging XML information with Plex Online, a software as a service (SaaS) enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for manufacturers from Plex Systems, Inc.

Plex Online replaces custom software that was written specifically for Batesville's Indiana location but was not appropriate when attempting to expand to additional facilities. In addition to the consistent interface for operators, the integration with PLCs enables a more efficient manufacturing process by automating many functions, including label printing when containers are full.

"The most challenging systems to replace are the customized systems that were built in-house," said Mike Arnott, Senior Integration Engineer with Kors Engineering. "Transitioning the presses to the Plex Online system and leveraging the benefits of PLCs enables Batesville to have a higher degree of automation, more efficient manufacturing, and promotes more effective communication between its plant in Indiana and its facility in Mexico."

Batesville Tool & Die is an acknowledged leader in manufacturing, particularly in highly engineered stampings and robotic welding supporting the automotive and appliance industries. With production facilities in the United States and Mexico and more than 50 presses that range in capacity from 50 to 1200 tons, they were an ideal company to standardize with a common ERP system leveraging the automation of PLC equipped machine presses.

"It's difficult to quantify how much more efficient we are now after integrating PLCs with our machine presses," said Batesville Tool & Die IT Manager Sam Wintz. "There are many variables to consider such as container capacity and size of the job. However, it wouldn't surprise me to find we are running significantly better on small lot jobs because of the automated labeling versus the manual recording of production and printing of labels and requiring less interaction from the operator on the shop floor. The PLC integration offers a significant production improvement and the additional benefit of implementing Plex Online allows our IT staff to tackle other higher value added tasks, not writing custom code."

Kors Engineering and Plex Systems, Inc. have combined their efforts at multiple facilities to improve manufacturing efficiency, reduce waste and maximize energy resources.

About Kors Engineering
Kors Engineering is a premier service provider for manufacturing and municipal organizations looking to optimize technology and integrate systems. With expertise in automation, controls, systems integration and energy management, Kors Engineering delivers quantifiable results in cost reductions, time savings and labor efficiencies. For more than three decades, the team has consulted and executed projects to improve systems on the shop floor and throughout entire facilities. For more information, visit http://www.korsengineering.com.

About Plex Systems, Inc.
Plex Systems, Inc. is the developer of Plex Online, a software as a service (SaaS) solution for the manufacturing enterprise and the only solution to achieve the prestigious Champion ranking in Aberdeen Group's 2009 "ERP in Manufacturing" AXIS report. Plex Online offers industry-leading features for virtually every department within a manufacturer, including Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) and Quality Management Systems (QMS) for the shop floor, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for sales and marketing, Supply Chain Management (SCM) for procurement, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for finance and management. Plex Online's fully-integrated model delivers a "shop floor to top floor" view of a manufacturer's operations, enabling management to run their business at maximum efficiency. Founded in 1995, Plex Systems is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with customers around the globe. More information is online at http://www.plex.com.

Plex Systems and Plex Online are trademarks of Plex Systems, Inc.

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