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Barcelona-based Adasoft SA specialises in the design and implantation of computing systems in factories. Company president Javier Cortada says businesses are becoming highly computerised in their administration, but that there is still considerable ground to be covered regarding factory production processes. Among the company’s clients are 3M Co, Danone SA, Nestle SA, Renault SA, Seat SA, Cruzcampo SA and believe it or not, even IBM Corp and Siemens AG have enlisted Adasoft’s help with their production processes. The company recently announced its latest development, what it calls the ‘Cima-Maint’ initiative, whereby, rather than just selling products, it will supply equipment and programs in return for a set fee, reports ComputerWorld Espana. In this way the client will avoid the outlay on the purchase and maintenance of a costly system and can rest assured that the system is running smoothly. Furthermore, explains Cortada, Adasoft provides the training, consultancy services, maintenance and back up, the client does not even have to sign a contract. The client can return the system to us without paying a peseta. We would rather have it this way than to see the client with a system that is not running, because he does not know how to use it. Adasoft will even buy competitors’ equipment from its clients’ factories, if necessary, since a survey it conducted revealed that several companies had not been capable of starting up equipment they had installed. Three years ago, Adasoft discovered Lotus Development Corp’s Notes had considerable potential for use in factories. It combined Notes with its own programs to produce a system for production and management data acquisition. In 1993 the company saw turnover of $4.4m with profit of $217,000, and since starting up in 1985 it has always pursued a policy of reinvesting profits in the development of new technology. In the last three years spending on research and development totalled $1.1m.

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