Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc. Donates Advanced Simulation Software to University of Arkansas
March 11, 2008 (Pleasanton, CA) – It was announced today that Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc. (WWK), a cost & productivity management software and consulting services company, has donated advanced modeling and simulation software licenses to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The product, Factory Explorer®, is the high tech industry's only integrated capacity planning, financial analysis, and discrete-event simulation software solution. The licenses will be used for graduate teaching and research in the Department of Industrial Engineering.
According to University of Arkansas Associate Professor Dr. Scott J. Mason, "We are very excited to receive this gift. The contribution of Factory Explorer® is especially important to the Department of Industrial Engineering since it is state-of-the-art software currently used by many high tech manufacturers. Factory Explorer® will be used to support our ongoing research and teaching efforts in the modeling and analysis of semiconductor manufacturing systems. We thank WWK and look forward to making the most of these additional resources and to training our students on one of the premier modeling/analysis tools used in semiconductor manufacturing practice today."
"WWK believes that the value of academic and industrial cooperation serves both communities well," states David W. Jimenez, WWK's President. "We are thrilled to support the outstanding research of Dr. Mason in this important area of advanced semiconductor manufacturing."
Founded in 1950, the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas is one of the oldest programs in the country. Recently, department faculty members have been recognized with honors and distinctions from prominent international journals and professional societies, as well as holding key leadership and editorial positions. The department has a very active research program that is supported by a growing body of outstanding M.S. and Ph.D. students. The department is currently listed as the 29th best graduate program in Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering by US News and World Report and is the lead campus for the Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi), which is comprised of nine other universities. In addition, the Department of Industrial Engineering also houses the newly formed Center for Innovation in Healthcare Logistics (CIHL).
With more than 3,000 users worldwide, Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc. is the largest privately held operational cost management software and consulting company serving technology-dependent and technology-driven organizations. WWK maintains long-term relationships with prominent industry resources including SEMATECH, SELETE, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), and national labs and universities. Its client base includes nearly all of the top 20 semiconductor manufacturers and equipment and materials suppliers as well as leaders in nanotechnology, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), thin film record heads, magnetic media, flat panel displays, and photovoltaics (PV).
In addition to its professional consulting and market research services, WWK’s product line includes TWO COOL® for detailed process step level cost of ownership (COO) and overall equipment efficiency (OEE), PRO COOL® for process flow and test cell costing, Factory Commander® for full factory capacity analysis and activity based costing, and Factory Explorer® for cycle time reduction and WIP planning. Additionally, WWK offers a highly flexible product management software package that helps sales forces eliminate errors in product configuration and quotation processes.
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