On 1st October 1999, Claude Pichot, President of AFIM (the French association of maintenance engineers and managers), and Eric Bonnet, CEO of CARL Software, signed a partnership agreement. This is the first time AFIM has signed this type of agreement with a software publisher. The agreement concerns two main areas:
> Research and Development Project
Together, CARL Software and AFIM are launching a research project that aims to improve certain functions of CMMS software, and most notably to improve functions that measure the true availability of production means.
> Active participation in AFIM seminars and think-tanks
CARL Software is making its expertise in the field of implementing Computerised Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) available to AFIM, whilst AFIM brings to CARL Software its solid experience of the world of maintenance and its constraints. Within this framework, CARL Software will provide AFIM with a number of top consultants who will be able to contribute in particular to seminars organised by AFIM.