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February 28, 2012 | Tom Ballard

Knoxville-based FFD forms partnership with Auburn University

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following news release was provided by Knoxville-based FFD, Inc.)

FFD, Inc., and Auburn University’s Industrial Engineering Manufacturing Laboratory have formed a partnership supporting the facility’s new manufacturing curriculum. FFD will provide a fully collaborative, networked installation of its Sequence Enterprise Software allowing students to author, manage and deploy standardized automotive assembly work.

Laboratory Director Tom Devall says, “The goal of the lab is to create a fully integrated, high volume manufacturing environment that incorporates the best practices found in top lean production systems. Our hands-on teaching modules provide the experiential learning that our students need to set them apart from the competition after graduation.”

“We are very excited to be a part of this great new facility,” says FFD President and CEO Barry Lucas. “This one-of-a-kind laboratory is the closest simulation I’ve seen to a real automotive assembly.”

“Standardized work is the foundation of a lean practice,” Devall adds. “We need world class software that provides the infrastructure to create benchmark standardized work. Sequence meets this need.”

FFD, Inc. is a software company developing, marketing and implementing a suite of software solutions that help manufacturing companies more efficiently author and deploy visual work instructions. Their solutions range from LockStep – a single user desktop package – to Sequence Enterprise Software – a package for developing manufacturing work instructions for electronic publishing to network users that can be fully integrated with other business applications (ERP/MES). FFD’s solutions address the key challenges manufacturing companies face in authoring/ capturing knowledge, revising that information, and disseminating the correct versions of the information to the manufacturing floor to build their products every day.

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