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Linamar Selects Stature from Dyadem for Total Quality Management

Monday, March 07, 2011

Linamar Selects Stature from Dyadem for Total Quality Management10:16 EST Monday, March 07, 2011 TORONTO (Business Wire) -- Dyadem today announced that it has been selected by Linamar, (TSX:LNR), to provide risk management software solutions to support its mission of Total Quality Management (TQM) and complete customer satisfaction. The execution of this global quality initiative will be based on Dyadem's Stature software, allowing Linamar to standardize its risk management processes and to identify design and manufacturing risks early in the product lifecycle. At Stature's core is the ability to capture best practices and share lessons learned among all stakeholders and this will be a key factor in Linamar's success. As a diversified global manufacturer of highly engineered products, the ever-increasing needs of customers for higher levels of quality require ever more robust and integrated tools. To meet these more demanding requirements of today's customers the tools used must be highly flexible and usable across the enterprise. In order to attain such a feat, Linamar required a scalable, highly configurable system that would comply with its corporate APQP process while also bridging the traditional gaps that exist between engineering, quality and manufacturing teams. Linamar has been using Dyadem's desktop software for several years and by upgrading to Stature, Dyadem's enterprise technology, it can retain its corporate APQP process while empowering its users with 24/7 access to real-time data and knowledge sharing across the globe. Linamar will begin deploying Stature in early 2011, with expected completion of the global rollout by year-end. “Dyadem's approach to risk management will help us continue to grow at the pace we need while also retaining our high level of customer satisfaction and loyalty. Stature will enable us to effectively manage our critical risks from anywhere in our business and mitigate those risks on an on-going basis,” said Six Sigma Master Black Belt Michael Smith, Quality and Launch Group, Linamar. “Our ability to control quality will be improved by being able to manage the connected elements of our APQP documents from customer requirements to detailed operator instructions. Stature, with its powerful database functionality and global accessibility, will allow the dynamic maintenance of connected documents as well as share the knowledge across all of our global operations. This tool will help to standardize our quality processes while still allowing for flexibility to manage differences between customers and regions.” The key benefits that Stature brings to Linamar are: Centralized capture of all risk information for future consideration and lessons learned Assignment and management of tasks to provide traceability Pre-configured templates for industry standard studies, like APQP and FMEA Automatic email notification when a new task is assigned to ensure completion Cross study reporting and dashboards to provide executive-level visibility Sharing of a common process across facilities to ensure consistency Information sharing across divisions, facilities and geographies to enable collaboration Configurability to enable the use of corporate standards Multiple Language interfaces for our global operations “We are proud to partner with Linamar as it advances its Total Quality Management program. As globalization has increased and the supply chain has elongated, tremendous challenges have besieged automotive suppliers,” said Kevin North, President and CEO, Dyadem. “In this highly competitive market, Linamar will remain a Supplier of Choice by designing out quality issues before they reach manufacturing. By sharing corporate knowledge and retaining a catalogue of lessons learned, it will avoid repeat issues, reduce excess scrap and rework, improve global visibility, speed decision-making, and ultimately improve the overall quality of its products.” About Dyadem Dyadem is the market leader in Operational Risk Management and Quality Risk Management solutions. Dyadem provides software and services that empower companies to discover and manage the risks to people and products in the design and manufacturing processes. Dyadem helps some of the world's largest companies achieve regulatory compliance and business continuity, serving the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Mining, Pharmaceutical, Medical, Automotive, Electronics and Aerospace and Defense industries. For more information, visit www.dyadem.com. About Linamar Corporation Linamar Corporation (TSX:LNR) is a diversified global manufacturing company of highly engineered products powering vehicles, motion, work and lives. The company is made up of 4 key divisions – Manufacturing, Driveline, Industrial Commercial Energy (ICE) and Skyjack, all world leaders in the design, development and production of highly engineered products. The company's Manufacturing and Driveline divisions focus on precision metallic components, modules and systems for engine, transmission and driveline systems designed for passenger vehicle markets. The ICE group concentrates on similar products for on and off highway vehicle, energy and other industrial markets. The company's Skyjack division is noted for their innovative, high quality mobile industrial equipment, notably its classleading aerial work platforms and telehandlers. With more than 12,500 employees in 39 manufacturing locations, 5 R&D centers and 13 sales offices in 11 countries in North America, Europe and Asia, for more information about Linamar Corporation and its industry leading products and services, visit www.linamar.com. DyademMaureen Robusto, 978-289-7752mrobusto@dyadem.com