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What Makes Bissell A Great American Company

What Makes Bissell A Great American Company

I love to try out new products to see if they really work,  read  my “The Little Robot That Could”, article.  When I saw the commercial about a spot removing machine that worked with just a push of a button I was on board.  This product is called the Spot Bot and it’s one of the spot removers that actually does remove stains.  I’ve tried it from everything from pet stains to drink spills and after Spot Bot does it’s thing with the simple push of a button the carpet looks so clean where the spot was that it makes the rest of the carpet look bad.  The Spot Bot has a surface stain button, which runs it through a quicker but also effective clean up, a set in stain button which I use mostly because the cycle is longer, you can also use the hose button and detach the hose to do a more wide spread clean up.  Even though the Bissell Spot Bot is a terrific cleaning machine, the reason I also like it is because the Bissell company stands behind their products.

After being absolutely satisfied by my Spot Bot, one day my little machine ceased to work.  I went on the Bissell website and found a number to call for repairs.  I was told to bring my Spot Bot to a small company in my area.  I thought that I probably wouldn’t see my Spot Bot for a lengthy amount of time, or maybe my repair estimate would be really high which usually happens with electronic products that I have purchased from other companies in the past.  I still decided to bring my Spot Bot because it’s hard to give up the machines that make my clean up just a little bit easier.

A  little time went by and I received a call from the repair company and they told me Bissell sent me a new Spot Bot.  I was thrilled I wish more companies did business like this.

Now a little trivia on how Bissell got started.  Mrs. Bissell needed something to clean up the saw dust in the crockery shop that she and her husband Melville Bissell owned so Melville then designed the first machine and the Bissell Company was born.  After Melville’s passing, Anna Bissell took over the company and became the first woman CEO of an American company.

AS411

AS411.com Looks at Cost Estimating Software by MTI Systems

One of the key differentiators among various cost estimating technology solutions is the scope and depth of the data library.  The greater the substance of real-world manufacturing data the more valuable and accurate the software will be to the end-users.  Some of the minimum metrics to expect for optimal cost estimating software data libraries include:

  • 200+ Process Cost Models
  • 2,500+ Work Centers
  • 3,500+ Parametric Models
  • 2,400+ Materials
  • 3,400+ Labor & Machine Handling Standards
  • Work Center Shop Rates for several dozen countries

Manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler, recently authored a feature article for AS411.com regarding the important role of cost-estimating software in driving millions of dollars to bottom-line savings.
Many of the world’s largest and most successful manufacturing organizations need to identify part cost reduction opportunities throughout the product development lifecycle, leading to millions of dollars in cost savings.

According to Thomas Charkiewicz, President of MTI Systems, (www.MTISystems.com) the leading cost estimating software firm since 1982, “Software solutions such as Costimator OEM allow companies to quickly and easily identify the cost drivers in the products they design, manufacture, and procure. This valuable information is then used to explore design alternatives and methods of manufacture that lead to lower cost products with higher profit margins.”

The key to any estimating tool is the reliability of the data it contains.  Charkiewicz noted that as a best of breed cost estimating solution, “Over 95% of the data residing in our database library comes from MTI customers, which includes over 1,000 suppliers and OEM’s. The accumulation of this data over the past twenty eight years is validated during system implementation and then added to the OEM database library. This information is shared with users on support through regular software updates.”

About MTI Systems:

MTI Systems is the leading provider of cost estimating solutions for manufacturing, OEM’s, and Suppliers through the unique technology solution Costimator. MTI Systems offers unique Computer-Aided Cost Estimating (CACE) solutions and is proud to have implemented its solutions at over 1,200 companies with over 10,000 trained users since its inception in 1982.

MTI Systems for OEMs:

Some developers of cost estimating software offer cost estimating services as an alternative to owning and utilizing their tools in-house. MTI Systems, the leading U.S. developer of manufacturing cost estimating software created a division dedicated to cost engineering consulting for OEMs. The company’s cost estimating software products and services are being used worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies such as Caterpillar, IBM, Boeing and UTC.

Cost engineering consultants based in MTI Systems’ West Springfield, Mass. headquarters, use Costimator OEM cost estimating software to provide detailed cost estimates for clients. The technology covers hundreds of manufacturing processes including machining, fabrication, plastics, electronics and assembly. The system comes pre-loaded with average shop rates for over a dozen countries.

MTI Systems for Suppliers:

Suppliers also experience direct benefits from MTI Systems including:

  • Increased RFQ “Win” percentages
  • Reduction in Non-Profitable Jobs
  • Higher Profit Margins
  • Reduced time and expertise required to estimate

MTI Systems recognizes that both Suppliers and OEMs need to identify and understand the cost drivers in the parts they design, manufacture and procure. MTI Systems provides vital data and reports needed to reduce manufacturing costs and increase profitability in all phases of the product development lifecycle. The information helps engineers to design parts and meet target costs. The data also provides purchasing with defendable “should cost” figures, and enables management to analyze “make” versus “buy” decisions.

MTI Systems’ experts observed lack of dependable cost data at any point in the product development lifecycle often leads to missed cost targets, delayed product launches, time consuming re-designs, higher-than necessary manufacturing costs, and ultimately, lower than expected profits.

MTI Systems, Inc.

www.mtisystems.com

David LaJoie

david.lajoie@mtisystems.com                                                      

VP Sales & Marketing

413-693-0617

MTI Systems Generates Millions of Dollars in Cost Savings with Costimator

MTI Systems Generates Millions of Dollars in Cost Savings with Costimator

According to Thomas Charkiewicz, President of MTI Systems, (www.MTISystems.com) the leading cost estimating software firm since 1982, “Software solutions such as Costimator OEM allow companies to quickly and easily identify the cost drivers in the products they design, manufacture, and procure. This valuable information is then used to explore design alternatives and methods of manufacture that lead to lower cost products with higher profit margins.”

Manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler, recently authored a feature article for AS411.com regarding the important role of cost-estimating software in driving millions of dollars to bottom-line savings.
Many of the world’s largest and most successful manufacturing organizations need to identify part cost reduction opportunities throughout the product development lifecycle, leading to millions of dollars in cost savings.

One of the key differentiators among various cost estimating technology solutions is the scope and depth of the data library.  The greater the substance of real-world manufacturing data the more valuable and accurate the software will be to the end-users.  Some of the minimum metrics to expect for optimal cost estimating software data libraries include:

  • 200+ Process Cost Models
  • 2,500+ Work Centers
  • 3,500+ Parametric Models
  • 2,400+ Materials
  • 3,400+ Labor & Machine Handling Standards
  • Work Center Shop Rates for several dozen countries

The key to any estimating tool is the reliability of the data it contains.  Charkiewicz noted that as a best of breed cost estimating solution, “Over 95% of the data residing in our database library comes from MTI customers, which includes over 1,000 suppliers and OEM’s. The accumulation of this data over the past twenty eight years is validated during system implementation and then added to the OEM database library. This information is shared with users on support through regular software updates.”

About MTI Systems:

MTI Systems is the leading provider of cost estimating solutions for manufacturing, OEM’s, and Suppliers through the unique technology solution Costimator. MTI Systems offers unique Computer-Aided Cost Estimating (CACE) solutions and is proud to have implemented its solutions at over 1,200 companies with over 10,000 trained users since its inception in 1982.

MTI Systems for OEMs:

Some developers of cost estimating software offer cost estimating services as an alternative to owning and utilizing their tools in-house. MTI Systems, the leading U.S. developer of manufacturing cost estimating software created a division dedicated to cost engineering consulting for OEMs. The company’s cost estimating software products and services are being used worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies such as Caterpillar, IBM, Boeing and UTC.

Cost engineering consultants based in MTI Systems’ West Springfield, Mass. headquarters, use Costimator OEM cost estimating software to provide detailed cost estimates for clients. The technology covers hundreds of manufacturing processes including machining, fabrication, plastics, electronics and assembly. The system comes pre-loaded with average shop rates for over a dozen countries.

MTI Systems for Suppliers:

Suppliers also experience direct benefits from MTI Systems including:

  • Increased RFQ “Win” percentages
  • Reduction in Non-Profitable Jobs
  • Higher Profit Margins
  • Reduced time and expertise required to estimate

MTI Systems recognizes that both Suppliers and OEMs need to identify and understand the cost drivers in the parts they design, manufacture and procure. MTI Systems provides vital data and reports needed to reduce manufacturing costs and increase profitability in all phases of the product development lifecycle. The information helps engineers to design parts and meet target costs. The data also provides purchasing with defendable “should cost” figures, and enables management to analyze “make” versus “buy” decisions.

MTI Systems’ experts observed lack of dependable cost data at any point in the product development lifecycle often leads to missed cost targets, delayed product launches, time consuming re-designs, higher-than necessary manufacturing costs, and ultimately, lower than expected profits.

MTI Systems, Inc.

www.mtisystems.com

David LaJoie

david.lajoie@mtisystems.com

VP Sales & Marketing

413-693-0617

The Xbox Kinect – Microsoft's New Motion Controlled Gaming System

The Xbox Kinect – Microsoft's New Motion Controlled Gaming System

Avid gaming fans who have heard about “Project Natal” have probably noticed that it was lately re-christened to now be identified as Xbox Kinect. All the game lovers playing Xbox will enjoy an advanced level of gaming, thanks to the new innovation from Microsoft. This gaming console will use a innovative 3D camera as well as gesture recognition software that will carry players in to a progressive gaming world, by mimicking their physical activities in the genuine world, which will then carry directly in to the game. The best part of this innovation is that you have to use your entire body movements along with your fingers and eyes. This information and facts was revealed when the Xbox Kinect made its advent in Los Angeles in front of an invitation-only audience. The unveiling of the new product was a spectacular event and Microsoft has commissioned the services of Cirque du Soleil, the world famous circus troupe. The function was attended by VIP’s, the press as well as various Hollywood personalities and was held last June 13, 2010, Sunday. In order to present the program perfectly, the circus troupe practised it for months devoting hundreds of hours on rehearsals, though the performance presented by Cirque du Soleil lasted only for about 45 minutes. 76 musicians, acrobats, clowns as well as dancers were brought in for the function. Other highlights include huge projection screens spanning the length of an entire football field as well as a 40-foot logo of the Xbox. The event coordinators as well constructed an elephant that was twenty-five feet tall. Here many projectors were set up. Inside Galen Centre, this show was hosted. A small man-made forest was created inside the facility as well where hypnotic as well as spectacular drumbeats started. All the guests present for the event were offered incredible features that included highly advanced living rooms with rotating base and sharp shinny meteorites striking the Earth’s surface as well as Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect presented an enticing puppet show especially for all who were there for the event . Microsoft will not say much else about the unit, which is assumed to be a smart marketing move to ensure lovers of the Xbox 360 as well as other games consoles will be left hoping more. What they did tell the public was that the Xbox Kinect is purely a device that will simply plug into an Xbox. This is excellent news for those people who are currently quite happy with the number of games that they have for the old Xbox, as well as never actually wish to buy a totally new gaming system simply to be able to try this latest one. Microsoft’s headline originated at a very good time as Sony as well announced the launch of a latest movement monitoring controlling console for the fantastic Sony Playstation 3. Now these two consoles were in direct competition with each other which was further suffering from the high competition from Nintendo Wii console in the market. The Xbox 360 connect is unique among the 3 systems in that it isn’t going to require a control or any other peripheral besides the camera to monitor movement. Thus, it implies that motion controlled games played on other consoles were quite different from the Xbox 360 Kinect games. It is estimated by the gaming experts that Xbox Kinect will be introduced in the market with prices ranging from $50 to $200, though there is no fixed price for this console Operatives from video gaming organizations have as well revealed that an approximate number of fifteen titles will be offered after the launch of the game come this November. If you feel that Xbox Kinect is just like any other gaming console and it is simply not worth investing in this gaming console, the you are probably wrong as world’s popular video game manufacturers are soon introducing various gaming accessories that will help the player to play Xbox Kinect with great enthusiasm as these are really fascinating for the player . No further details were presented, because it seems like everybody is serious to hold it hush-hush. If you are really excited to know more about this amazing gaming console, then you should wait till November 2010 till it is introduced in public.

Shoplogix’s Board of Directors Now Includes Corporate VP of Microsoft Lindsay Sparks

Shoplogix’s Board of Directors Now Includes Corporate VP of Microsoft Lindsay Sparks

Shoplogix, a leading developer of intelligent performance management software, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lindsay Sparks, currently Corporate Vice President of Microsoft, to the company’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Sparks offers a wealth of knowledge and experience as former VP of World Wide Sales of Products and Services for small and medium-sized businesses at Microsoft, and VP of MSN e-services where he directed the development and deployment of MSN services worldwide. Mr. Sparks has done extensive work with startups both within Microsoft and the software industry and brings valuable business management and technology experience.
Upon Mr. Sparks’ appointment, Shoplogix CEO, Kevin Dwyer said, “We are absolutely delighted to have Lindsay on our Board. His extensive business experience in the technology arena, coupled with his involvement with early stage “start up’s” provides Shoplogix with an executive resource that will make a significant contribution to our business. We look forward to Lindsay’s involvement on our Board and his proactive involvement in our business operations”.

According to Mr. Sparks, “Shoplogix has built a very sophisticated platform and feature rich software product that will deliver very measurable benefits to the manufacturing sector across the board. I am very excited about joining the Shoplogix Board and look forward to working closely with Kevin and his Executive team as they continue to expand their business in North America and establish an International foot print”.

ABOUT SHOPLOGIX
Shoplogix develops intelligent performance management software that optimizes plant floor operations. Shoplogix solutions improve productivity, efficiency, and total operational performance by allowing companies to make real-time decisions that impact profitability while actively engaging employees in the process.

Shoplogix Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, with offices across North America. The company serves a growing base of Global 2000 companies to set new standards for production performance and efficiency in industrial environments.

PLANTNODE
Plantnode is a hybrid web-based software application designed on an open platform to integrate with existing production equipment, analyze real-time performance, and evaluate machine productivity. Plantnode’s built-in intelligence goes beyond raw data collection to provide a fully integrated production and performance management application; differentiated by the ability to compare real-time data against planned estimates. Plantnode is proven to increase Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and enables machine level visibility on a 24×7 basis with automatic escalations and interactive processes to drive higher levels of operational efficiency, quality, and performance.

PLANTNODE NETWORK
Plantnode Network is an enterprise web-based software application that consolidates and analyzes operational data for all Plantnode enabled equipment providing a complete and accurate view of production performance. Plantnode Network’s distributed design provides true enterprise scalability to evaluate real-time performance on a plant-wide, multi-site, or global basis.