Dec 14, 2010

CDC Software’s CDC Factory Solution Improves Plant Productivity at the Second Largest Coca-Cola Bottler in North America

Newly Implemented CDC Factory Helps Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Initially Raise Total OEE by Two Percent at One of the Company’s Five Plants.

SHANGHAI, ATLANTA — CDC Software Corporation, a hybrid enterprise software provider of on-premise and cloud deployments, announced today, that Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the second largest Coca-Cola bottler in the U.S., has already seen an initial two percent improvement in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) within five months of implementing CDC Factory, a manufacturing operations management (MOM) solution, at their facility in Roanoke, VA.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is a leader in manufacturing, selling, and distributing carbonated and noncarbonated beverages, including soft drinks, water, teas, juices, and energy drinks. With the completion of the implementation in Roanoke, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated now plans to implement CDC Factory at its four other production facilities located in Charlotte, N.C., Nashville, Tenn, Mobile, Ala., and Bishopville, S.C.

The implementation of CDC Factory in the Roanoke plant utilized CDC Software’s change management methodology, which has helped Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated raise OEE levels. As Coca-Cola continues to offer a widening product portfolio, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is faced with increasingly complex manufacturing challenges, such as maintaining numerous stock keeping units (SKUs) and the related changeovers. CDC factory has helped to address these challenges and improve operating efficiencies across all their production lines.

The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated Supply Chain team had previous experiences with lengthy design-and- build projects, so they particularly liked CDC Factory’s packaged software functionality and its rapid implementation capabilities. The CDC Software consultants initially performed the Factory Profit Audit, a CDC Factory benchmark study, which provided the Coca-Cola Consolidated team with a clear and focused project scope that was cost-effective, pragmatic and identified actionable recommendations.

“We especially liked how CDC Factory drives action on the manufacturing floor where our employees take ownership of performance and improvement,” said Steve Westphal, executive vice president, Operations and Systems of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. “With CDC Factory’s capabilities of real-time plant intelligence, coupled with a change program embedded in the deployment activities, I’m delighted we have delivered a 2 percent efficiency improvement in 5 months.”

“We are delighted that the second largest Coca-Cola bottler has delivered such strong results with CDC Factory,” said Mark Sutcliffe, president of CDC Factory product line, CDC Software. “A two percent improvement at the Coca-Cola bottler’s plant represents significant productivity gains. We believe CDC Factory will continue to help address the key challenges for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated by helping them deliver rapid performance improvements throughout their plants.”

CDC Factory is a packaged manufacturing operations management system that transforms manufacturing performance by empowering people to make real-time actionable decisions. It combines shop floor data capture, paperless quality management, packaged metrics like Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), manufacturing analytics and executive scorecards. Pre-built continuous Improvement capabilities combined with an implementation model focused on business transformation means organizations can be delivering improvement results rapidly from project commencement.