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DataRealm Wins First Project in Mexico

(Windsor, ON - November 27, 2009) Manufacturing Business Intelligence (MBI) firm DataRealm (http://www.datarealminc.com), marking the success of its strategy to expand beyond Windsor and the Detroit area, has announced a production controls retrofit assignment at a major automotive engine plant in Chihuahua, Mexico.

The unique aspect of the project is that the company will lead a complete retooling of the plant's controls and automation technology without disrupting production, an approach that will save the automaker millions of dollars and avoid downtime and lost output.

"We will update all of the controls in the plant on a zone by production zone basis doing our commissioning and installation work solely on weekends when the plant is not operational. This is a process that we have pioneered at another similar plant in North America," explains Dave Fortin, DataRealm President and founder.

The company has begun its forward planning on the project and will be dispatching its first team of credentialed engineers to the site in Mexico early in December.

"In our current assignment, we have developed a process that is so seamless the plant is able to restart each Monday for a five day production run without even a hint of downtime," adds Mr. Fortin.

During the transition period, of approximately a year, the plant will continue to function using its current and new controls and automation. "This," notes Fortin, "is a further safeguard that it will not lose production because the old system continues until all of our work is finished. Then, basically, at the flip of a button the new equipment will be operational."

This kind of innovation will ultimately save the manufacturer tens of millions of dollars, avoid discarding still viable production equipment while upgrading to newer equipment for a new engine family and, most importantly, eliminate the need for a costly and extended production shutdown.

DataRealm started the project with a detailed study to find the best option and concluded that, when all was considered, replacing the controls while the plant continued to operate was not only feasible but technologically possible.

"Because of our success on this project, we are now being approached by a number of other manufacturers who are seeking a similar cost saving upgrade approach," reports Mr. Fortin.
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