May 02, 2005

Kimball Selects Aegis to Streamline Global Productivity

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Aegis Industrial Software Corporation, the leader in Manufacturing Information Management Systems announced that Kimball Electronics Group, an EMS company with divisions worldwide, plans to purchase Aegis NPI and MES software modules for all divisions. Kimball's goal was to first integrate all operations at their headquarters in Jasper, Indiana and then expand the software interface to their divisions worldwide, creating a seamless, web-centric platform for all operations control, programming and data interface.

Greg Carmer, CAD/CAM Engineering & Document Control Manager, Kimball Electronics Group, said, "We're beginning an international rollout. We have plants in Poland and Thailand and Mexico, two plants in Jasper and one in Auburn Indiana. We're 'going live' with the software in Thailand by the end of June following the successful implementation at Poland in March. We're doing a phased approach to the software, choosing those plants that would most benefit from the capabilities -- the one's that have the most urgent business needs. The goal is to be totally 'live' with the capabilities to use the Aegis software in all of our plants within one year and then add additional capabilities over the next three years."

Kimball has currently selected Aegis CircuitCAM, CheckPoint, Fusion iServer and iView modules with multiple machine interfaces for this project.

"We weren't looking for a provider of software," Carmer said. "We were looking for a partner to help us solve our business issues. Aegis really stepped up and became that partner we were looking for. The entire team has worked with our particular business needs to help us find solutions within their tools. They have put a lot of focus on their product and it shows."

Kimball is first using Aegis CircuitCAM and CheckPoint software to standardize production lines in the main facility, while simultaneously using iView to create a paperless manufacturing communication environment. The next step will be moving these capabilities out to each plant around the world with the ultimate goal of a completely web-centric, global, paperless manufacturing and communications network.

"Carmer said, "Those are the two goals that we're focusing on right now. Once we get those throughout the world, then we'll look at using additional Aegis capabilities to further enhance our productivity. We see this as a long term partnership with them to provide the business solutions that Kimball Electronic Group needs. We're excited about our future with Aegis."

Kimball Electronics Group, a segment of Kimball International, Inc., is a leading global supplier of electronic contract assemblies, providing engineering and manufacturing services to a variety of industries. Kimball International is a diversified manufacturer, employing nearly 8,000 people at operations in 14 U.S. states, Poland, Mexico and Thailand.

For additional information contact:

Deb Geiger
VP, Global Marketing
Phone: +1 215.773.3571 x 1106
Email: dgeiger@aiscorp.com