Shearer's Foods Implements InfinityQS to Enhance Automated Quality Control

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InfinityQS International
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ProFicient 4 software to improve overall quality, compliance, and production efficiency.

Chantilly, VA - December 15, 2009 - InfinityQS® International, the leading provider of Statistical Process Control (SPC) software, announced today that Shearer's Foods, the home of Shearer's award-winning snacks, has implemented ProFicient 4 to monitor and control manufacturing processes. Shearer's is using the quality system to eliminate special cause variation and meet regulatory compliance in its manufacturing facilities.

Shearer's is bolstering its ProFicient 4 implementation by taking advantage of InfinityQS' Dynamic Scheduler and DMS (Data Management System). These features, newly available with ProFicient 4, are designed to strengthen manufacturers' competitive market advantage by focusing on compliance reporting, an enhanced user experience, and integration with enterprise-wide systems for greater visibility.

Dynamic Scheduler continuously monitors changes in manufacturing processes and automatically adjusts data collection and reporting activities based on real-time process state changes (i.e. Idle, Down, Normal, Heightened, or other). Alerts and active data collection results provide dynamic notification of new and imminent data collection tasks to ensure compliance with a wide range of internal, industry and government requirements. Shearer's is deploying Dynamic Scheduler to support their SQF-L3 accreditation initiative and simplify AIB, SSOP, HACCP and vendor compliance.

DMS expands the number of different data sources that users are able to view and analyze in real-time. The system automates data collection from multiple sources including GE Fanuc iHistorian, OLE DB, Invensys Wonderware Live, OPC, AQDEF, ASCII files, serial devices, Ethernet devices, InfinityQS multiplexers and other RS-232 devices. A toolkit is also available to allow customers to extend automated data collection to unique platforms.

"Quality plays a huge role at Shearer's and we are going to use the InfinityQS system to manage everything quality related - from processing operator start-up sheets to quality checks, packaging checks and everything in between," said Scott Heldreth, Shearer's Senior Vice President of Operations. "With InfinityQS, our quality system is electronic and automated so we can program quality alerts via email, flashing lights at workstations and shop floor TV dashboards. These features keep everyone on the same page and give us piece of mind about the quality and safety of the product heading out the door."

"It is always satisfying to work with companies that understand that manufacturing excellence goes hand-in-hand with an innovative approach to food safety and quality," said Michael A. Lyle, president and CEO of InfinityQS. "The application of a quality system like the one deployed at Shearer's not only ensures that a higher quality product is manufactured but also uncovers process efficiencies that dramatically lower material and production costs."

About Shearer's Foods
Shearer's Foods, Inc., is the home of Shearer's award-winning snacks and to Shearer Perfection In Every Bag®. Located between Cleveland and Amish Country in Brewster, Ohio, Shearer's Foods manufactures and distributes a delicious family of brands as well as contract and private label product for top snack companies and retailers.

Shearer's brands include Shearer's® Ripple and Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, Pretzels, Pork Rinds, and Cheese Curls and Puffs; Tangos™ Tortilla Chips; and Shapers™ Whole Grain Chips. Shearer's manufactures, warehouses, and distributes this wide array of snack favorites in its own state-of-the-art facilities featuring modern, crunching-edge equipment, processes, and systems. For more information on Shearer's Foods, visit the company's website at www.shearers.com.

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