Foothill Ranch, CA – March 30th, 2005 – Sikorsky Aircraft is deploying a revolutionary new web-based Strategic Supplier Quality System to gather and analyze key characteristic attributes throughout its supply chain. Solumina’s new Statistical Supplier Quality Module allows Sikorsky to monitor its suppliers’ ability to meet Sikorsky’s strict quality standards using internet-based tools. As supplier component quality increases, Solumina can automatically notify a supplier of a relaxation of Sikorsky’s requirements for inspection frequency, sample sizes and audits. Conversely, Solumina will notify a supplier of tightened inspections and oversight as defects are found either at the supplier location or downstream, during the manufacturing process. The entire quality traceability chain is maintained within Solumina’s quality and paperless execution system. Only products that meet Sikorsky’s strict quality requirements are authorized to ship.
“This functionality is the logical step in our efforts to improve our systems, efficiencies, and strengthen integration with our supply chain. Solumina’s entire paperless shop floor solution has been a key component of our systems architecture, and its ability to integrate with SAP will allow us to get maximum return from both enterprise systems,” said Mike Paul, Vice President and CIO at Sikorsky Aircraft. Mark Lindsey, Supplier Quality Manager, at Sikorsky added, “We have been tasked with providing our suppliers with complete visibility of their quality requirements and empower them to manage their quality through a very comprehensive Supplier Certification Program. Solumina allows us to accelerate and facilitate this process while providing Sikorsky with up-to-the minute visibility of each supplier’s strengths and challenges.”
iBASEt’s President, Vic Sial, stated, “We have greatly enjoyed participating with Sikorsky in the development and deployment of this very critical functionality. We believe that integrated execution and quality systems are becoming the number one area of concern for complex manufacturers, and we are proud to have such a complete and powerful offering.”
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation of Hartford, Conn. (NYSE: UTX), is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of advanced helicopters for commercial, industrial and military uses. United Technologies Corporation provides high technology products to the aerospace and building systems industries throughout the world and its subsidiaries include: Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, Carrier heating and air-conditioning systems, Otis elevators and escalators, Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace and industrial systems and UTC Fuel Cells.
iBASEt, founded in 1986, is a leading provider of high-tech software solutions and services. The company has two divisions: Solumina and Federal Systems Division (FSD). FSD has a distinguished record supporting requirements for NAVAIR, SPAWAR, NSWC, Air Force, Marines, NASA, CENTCOM, and other agencies. iBASEt’s Solumina Division pioneered the first client server image-based work instruction delivery and data capture system in the complex assembly, aerospace and defense markets. iBASEt’s Solumina Operations Process Management solution is targeted at Process Engineering and Planning, Plant Floor Execution and Quality Management and provides a paperless connection between product engineering, ERP and the plant floor. Users report Solumina has significantly improved productivity, throughput, and provided millions of dollars in annual cost savings. Solumina customers include industry leaders like Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BWX Technologies and United Technologies.
iBASEt Sales contact: Michel Gadbois, (949) 598-5200 or mgadbois@iBASEt.com
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