Infor10 to Drive Asset Management Transformation at AWE

Farnborough, UK - 30 April 2012

Infor10 EAM, ION and Workspace Enable Defence Leader to Boost Visibility, Enhance Productivity and Reduce Risk Across Asset Base

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced that UK-based defence leader AWE has selected Infor10 EAM, supported by Infor10 ION Suite, Infor’s unique, lightweight middleware, and Infor10 ION Workspace, which provides in-context business intelligence, to support business transformation across its asset management operations.

The application is expected to instill greater visibility, business intelligence and rigour across AWE’s plant equipment portfolio comprising approximately 315,000 assets, which, in turn, helps the company reduce risk, boost productivity and extend the lifecycle of its assets. ION in particular will help the defence company to achieve a more comprehensive picture of its assets, processes and people, through integrating multiple databases and applications, and will help equip AWE with the agility to react quickly to defence program demands.

As part of a strategy to optimize its asset management, AWE has invested in Infor10 to support a business transformation program focused on assessing and reducing risk across AWE’s 315,000 assets, cutting costs, extending the lifecycle of equipment, and improving productivity.

ION will replace a number of complex integration infrastructures at AWE, and through its unique lightweight middleware will better integrate asset management with production, including Bills of Material and inventory, as well as fleet management, calibration and security systems, to facilitate continual insight into both the risk profile and productivity of a particular asset or process.

Workspace will deliver contextual business intelligence from AWE’s asset-related applications in a single portal, to support decision-making, help optimize maintenance delivery performance and to better manage procurement lead times for parts.

Infor10 EAM’s OpenCAD capabilities provide users with links to CAD drawings of assets, improving the company’s visibility into details that promote better decision making for managing risk and compliance objectives.

The application will also underpin a new helpdesk focused on understanding and improving the efficiency of ‘soft services’, such as catering, pest control and other service-centric facilities management functions at AWE.

ClickSoftware, a third-party application integrated into Infor10 EAM, will help AWE reduce its carbon footprint through enhanced capabilities that help optimize route planning in logistics operations, as well as scheduling for the company’s approximately 400 engineers.

Infor was selected based on its industry-specific expertise in the aerospace and defence industry.

“A key driver of our business transformation program was to understand the age and complexity of our asset base, and from that baseline, we sought to improve both our risk profile and operability,” said Ken Chapman, manager, Asset Management, AWE. “Infor10 is crucial in providing a comprehensive and detailed picture of all of our plant equipment, related processes and workforce, to ensure we can focus attention appropriately, and putting us in the best possible position to react to the changing demands of the environment in which we operate.”

“In aerospace and defence companies like AWE, asset performance is crucial, not only for ensuring productivity and profitability but also for improving safety, managing risk and ensuring compliance,” said Jean-Benoit Nonque, EMEA VP sales, Infor10 EAM. “Infor10 is designed to provide the depth of experience and breadth of capability required to support a business transformation project on this scale, from facilitating instant access to CAD drawings of equipment, to the scheduling of engineers in line with complex parameters. Furthermore, the ION-led integration and Workspace capabilities are key in enabling both more complete visibility and contextual BI across the entire organisation to support decision-making and resource maximization.”

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