ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan has awarded a contract for a document management system for its Space Physics Research Laboratory to Concord, Calif.-based Formtek Inc.

The system is to be based on Alfresco Enterprise. Alfresco is the open platform for business critical document management and collaboration, helping businesses share, organize and protect their content. Formtek has been an Alfresco Systems Integration Partner since 2007.

The Space Physics Research Laboratory is a small aerospace design, manufacturing, integration, test and operations organization, located within the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. SPRL’s engineering data management processes and requirements are comparable to those of much larger organizations, including the NASA centers and aerospace corporations with which SPRL collaborates. SPRL must maintain document archives, containing requirements, design data, parts and materials traceability, manufacturing and test data, contract and financial performance data, etc., for all of its projects.

The Document Management System to be provided by Formtek will house, control and manage SPRL documents and metadata. The contract awarded to Formtek includes the Alfresco software subscription as well as implementation services.  Formtek will customize Alfresco with   a custom content model, automatic document numbering and naming, and a SPRL-unique workflow process. Formtek is also responsible for software installation and configuration as well as follow-on support. The initial term of the contract is for one year.

“Formtek has particular domain expertise implementing both proprietary and open source Enterprise Content Management technologies within demanding environments similar to that of the University’s Space Physics Research Laboratory,” said Dennis M. Scanlon, Formtek’s President and COO. “We welcome the opportunity to work with the University of Michigan in meeting the SPRL Document Management System project goals.”

For more than two decades, Formtek has been providing mission-critical enterprise document and content management solutions and services to some of the most demanding industrial operations in the world. Formtek addresses real, day-to-day engineering data management, document management, content management, records management, and secure collaboration requirements for worldwide customers in manufacturing, aerospace, defense, telecommunication, utility, and government.

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