Compiled ByDave Schafer VIA Information Tools Inc. is answering the automotive industry's plea for compliance to government traceability regulations, OEM quality standards, and supply-chain visibility with its Manufacturing Information Tool (Man-IT) software systems. Man-IT is an automotive manufacturing shop-floor software product that provides data collection, lot traceability, error proofing, and product-sequencing solution in one package. The program allows real-time accurate data flow throughout the organization and/or through supply-chain partners, the company says. "The Internet and e-business have increased manufacturing operation scrutiny, making a real-time view of the manufacturing-floor processes essential," VIA President Gregory M. DeLaere says. "Man-IT delivers this while improving quality control through error-proof production." VIA, Rochester, Mich., provides manufacturing execution systems, CRM solutions, and IT services.