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Cummins Filtration, a provider of filtration, exhaust, coolant and chemical technology for engines, has implemented a new warehouse-management system (WMS) at its facility in Salt Lake City, UT. As a result, the company's warehouse operations no longer are tied to a paper-based order-management system. The company claims to have realized significant benefits in inventory management, shipping and space utilization from the new WMS, which was provided by RedPrairie Corp. The system was implemented "out of the box," with only minor modifications, according to the software vendor. Mark McKinney, manager of logistics strategy for Cummins Filtration, said the company sought to overcome problems related to visibility, inventory and shipping that were associated with use of the previous WMS. The decision to go with a "no-modification" installation was prompted by a desire to speed up implementation, avoid annual maintenance fees for modifications and improve testing. Results of the program, according to McKinney, have included a 38-percent reduction in shipping credits and the achievement of 99-percent inventory accuracy. Further benefits are likely as Cummins Filtration grows, said Mike Mayoras, chief executive officer of RedPrairie. Cummins Filtration plans to implement the RedPrairie WMS at two more sites. A unit of Cummins, Inc., the company designs and manufactures a variety of products for engine-powered systems, including air, fuel, hydraulic and lube filtration, chemicals and exhaust-system technology.
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