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Stottler Henke and Collinear Group Announce Sales and Support Partnership

New alliance will drive production optimization

Seattle, WA USA – November 10, 2020. Stottler Henke Associates, Inc. and Collinear Group LLC have announced an agreement whereby Collinear Group will become a Sales Partner for the Aurora™ software suite.  In addition, Collinear Group will support deployment and configuration activities for Stottler Henke and joint customers.

Aurora™ is a planning and scheduling software solution that utilizes advanced artificial intelligence technology. It uses artificial intelligence technologies to encode and apply extensive scheduling knowledge and rules to perform automatic resource scheduling and has proven results with key customers. Aurora also includes optional support for Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) based on methods and algorithms derived from the Theory of Constraints.

The Collinear Group’s record of excellence has been felt throughout the digital space, thanks to their transparency, communication, and strong relationships with clientele built from their specialties in project management, aerospace systems engineering, software engineering development, program management, and applied analytics. As current business limitations require further development to reach optimal results, the Collinear Group is the logical choice to partner with Stottler Henke for future sales and deployment of Aurora™, the world’s leading intelligent planning and scheduling solution. Ultimately, this new partnership creates a new offering previously not possible, as Stottler Henke’s technological advancement, coupled with the Collinear Group’s focus on solving complex problems, creates unfair competitive advantages for clients.

“Collinear Group and Stottler Henke have proven results with these capabilities including large scale assembly and installation, maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), and complex distributed project management” said Richard Stottler, Stottler Henke President.

“With this exciting new agreement with Stottler Henke, we are furthering our mission to drive digital acceleration and production optimization in the industry” said Collinear Group CEO Saul Bankaitis. “We look forward to working with the Stottler Henke team as we drive new levels of efficiency and predictability into the Industry 4.0 space.”

Aurora™ was originally developed to help NASA tackle difficult, mission-critical scheduling problems with complex constraints by incorporating the judgment and experience of expert human schedulers.  Often, these schedules are far from optimal. Aurora outperforms conventional software because it uses artificial intelligence technologies to encode and apply extensive scheduling knowledge and rules. The Boeing Company uses Aurora to manage the process of building the Boeing 787 Dreamliner™ commercial airliner, and NASA used Aurora at Kennedy Space Center to schedule International Space Station payload and Shuttle processing activities. Other users of Aurora software include Pfizer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Korea Aerospace Industries, Massachusetts General Hospital, Bombardier Learjet, Alaska Airlines, the US Air Force, and the US Navy. Aurora was featured in NASA’s Hallmarks of Success video series which showcases successful spin-off technologies.

Founded in 1988, Stottler Henke Associates, Inc. applies artificial intelligence and other advanced software technologies to solve problems that defy solution using traditional approaches. The company delivers intelligent software solutions for education and training, planning and scheduling, knowledge management and discovery, decision support, and autonomous systems. In 2012, Stottler Henke, in a White House ceremony, was awarded the prestigious Tibbetts award, which honors small businesses for the economic impact of their innovations and their contribution to Government research and development needs. Stottler Henke was the subject of a NASA Hallmarks of Success video profile for its work developing and commercializing advanced scheduling and training software systems. US Government agencies have designated eleven Stottler Henke systems as Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) success stories. Stottler Henke received a “Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning” award for innovative technology. Stottler Henke was named one of the “Top 100” companies making a significant impact on the military training industry by Military Training Technology magazine for 2016 and eleven previous years. Stottler Henke received a Blue Ribbon from Military Training Technology magazine, recognizing it as a company that leads the industry in innovation. In 2018, MS&T magazine, the leading simulation and training publication for defense, named Stottler Henke as a finalist for its small business of the year award. Email . Web: