Mold-Masters Expands SAP Implementation with IDS Scheer

Company's new facility in China to receive global standard process templates to streamline operations for senior management

Berwyn, PA — March 15, 2005 — Mold-Masters, a leading supplier of hot runner technology and systems for use in the manufacturing of plastics, has expanded its relationship with business process firm IDS Scheer, which includes Mold-Master's roll-out of SAP within its new facility in China.

Holding the largest patent portfolio in Canada, Mold-Masters is a privately held company that designs, manufactures and supports a full range of hot runner products. IDS Scheer has been a long-term process implementation partner of Mold-Masters since 1999 when the company was engaged to help address Y2K issues and provide global operations visibility into creating global processes and data.

In 2003, IDS Scheer helped the company optimize the functionality of its SAP system within its proprietary Merlin portal to reduce its 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) drawing process from weeks to days.

In 2004, IDS Scheer deployed its ARIS Process Performance Manager that enabled Mold-Masters to gain corporate performance metrics to measure processes enabled through its SAP system. IDS Scheer also implemented its ARIS SmartPath ERP-based turnkey solution for process optimization in mid-market organizations. As an end-to-end solution that addresses industry-specific business needs, IDS Scheer said ARIS SmartPath takes a process-oriented approach to the implementation and management of enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM) and customer relationship management (CRM) software.

As part of its ERP implementation efforts, Mold-Masters has adopted global standards for business operations in its facilities in Canada, the United States and Germany. For the rollout in China, IDS Scheer will help Mold-Masters apply the same processes that were successful in the other locations with minimal changes in the new geographic. By using global standard process templates, Mold-Masters said its senior management can streamline their operations while developing a better understanding of process synchronizations and efficiencies across its business units.

"We continue to rely on IDS Scheer as our process implementation guide. The logical progression towards implementing SAP at our new Chinese facility is built on our high level of confidence in its people and proven track record for delivering enterprise projects on time with significant results and cost efficiencies," said Jonathon Fischer, president, Mold-Masters. "IDS Scheer delivered technical and business process expertise with its ARIS SmartPath implementation approach and helped us create a global executive cockpit of information for our subsidiaries in three continents." Fischer also plans on utilizing IDS Scheer for future initiatives, including business process re-engineering and ePortals.

"Mold-Masters is truly on the cutting edge of optimizing the power of business process excellence solutions on the level of companies two and three times its size," said Dr. Mathias Kirchmer, CEO, IDS Scheer in North America. "We configured Mold-Masters' enterprise system to run on the same box for managing a small business on a global scale. Now, as the company rolls out SAP to its new Chinese facility, we are using our global business process management resources to integrate our Shanghai-based IDS Scheer China Ltd subsidiary into this project to assist with the internal use of ARIS SmartPath as a communications vehicle and enabler for process understanding."

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