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Shoplogix(TM) Implements Real-Time Performance Management Solutions at Ryerson Inc. as the Foundation for Six Sigma Initiatives

Shoplogix(TM) Implements Real-Time Performance Management Solutions at Ryerson Inc. as the Foundation for Six Sigma Initiatives

OAKVILLE, Ontario, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Shoplogix, a leading developer of real-time performance management solutions, is pleased to announce that Ryerson Inc., a leading North American distributor and processor of metals, has selected Shoplogix Plantnode(R) as the foundation of a Six Sigma strategy focused on process improvement.

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Ryerson purchased the Plantnode solution with the goal of driving significant improvements in productivity. "Shoplogix's Plantnode was the key to the development of a sound data collection plan to gather reliable and statistically valid operational data," stated Craig Tompkins, VP Operations at Ryerson. After having evaluated a number of options, Ryerson found that Shoplogix offered a proven solution to increase operating efficiency without increasing costs; layers of integration; or any form of customization.

In just one day, Plantnode was implemented at the Ryerson Shelbyville, Kentucky plant on the cut-to-length line. Jeremy Brown, Six Sigma Green Belt and Project Manager asserted, "In an eight hour shift we saw a 19% increase in productivity and achieved a return on investment of 140% with a payback of 28 days."

Senior operators and the resident union steward at the Shelbyville plant were key influencers in the evaluation process. According to Mr. Brown, "We chose Shoplogix for a number of reasons. It's a well-designed solution that simplifies the entire data acquisition process, it's easy to use, and it can scale when we're ready to fully utilize its performance management capabilities. Plantnode is proven in legacy environments, delivers results faster than if we were to build our own solution, and it's less complex than competitive products."

Shoplogix helped to establish a solid foundation for Ryerson's Six Sigma initiatives and provided insight into the firm's existing processes to establish new standards of production efficiency. As a result of the implementation, Ryerson increased production, motivated the labor force, and improved response to unplanned downtime events.


Ryerson Inc. is a leading distributor and processor of metals with approximately $6 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Chicago, Ryerson has a network of service centers across the United States, Mexico and Canada as well as metal trading capabilities around the globe.

For more information visit, http://www.ryerson.com/ ABOUT SHOPLOGIX

Shoplogix is a leading provider of performance management solutions that optimize manufacturing processes to reduce costs and increase profitability. Shoplogix specializes in providing business solutions which improve productivity, efficiency, quality and extend real-time visibility into all aspects of plant floor operations. An integrated offering supported by a lean methodology keeps Shoplogix at the forefront of the industry to deliver solutions that provide customers with the quickest path to manufacturing efficiency maximizing ROI.

For more information, visit http://www.shoplogix.com/ or contact Hellen Budaya Pileski at [email protected]


CONTACT: Hellen Budaya Pileski, Marketing Communications Manager of
Shoplogix, 1-877-469-9994 Ext. 120, [email protected]

Web site: http://www.shoplogix.com/

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