Managing Automation - June 2009 - (Page PM8)
Sigma and lean manufacturing. They achieve measurable excellence not only in internal operations, but also in those processes that involve customers, partners, and suppliers. Companies receiving recognition for achievement in Operational Excellence Mastery have typically removed waste and non-productive steps from existing processes, thereby significantly reducing operational costs and improving competitiveness and agility. And manufacturers recognized in the Operational Excellence category have demonstrated the ability to continuously streamline existing processes. Award sub-categories include: • • OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE / AUTOMATION PLATFORMS OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE / AUTOMATION PLATFORMS 100 PM Operational Excellence Companies that achieve Operational Excellence are those that have mastered the ideas of continuous improvement as advocated in such disciplines as Six OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE / AUTOMATION PLATFORMS COMPANY: Pfizer Inc. HEADQUARTERS: New York SIZE OF COMPANY: 1,000 or more employees; more than $1B in revenue INDUSTRY: Pharmaceutical PRIMARY PRODUCT LINE: Drug products and healthcare NAME OF PROJECT: Catalyst for Research PROJECT OBJECTIVE: Improve: capabilities of Pilot Plant as information supplier; technology transfer process, Pilot Plant abilities to meet Regulatory Compliances, Pilot Plant planning and scheduling capabilities, tools for creating and generating batch reports and performing batch reviews; increase amount of time devoted to process analysis and operational improvements, tools that technicians require for batch record TECHNOLOGIES EMPLOYED: Microsoft SQL Server; Automsoft’s data historian; Siemens automation; Wonderware MES ACCOMPLISHMENTS/ROI: ROI within two years Continuous Improvement Wireless Networking • Automation Platforms COMPANY: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne HEADQUARTERS: Canoga Park, CA SIZE OF COMPANY: 3,200 employees INDUSTRY: Aircraft engines PRIMARY PRODUCT LINE: Highperformance engines that support launch vehicles; altitude control propulsion; energy systems; hypersonic technology NAME OF PROJECT: EWIP (Electronic Work Instruction Package) PROJECT OBJECTIVE: Integrated solution that delivers work instructions to operator, revision control with history, standard plan and text capability, mass updates, certification validation, data and labor collection validation, work cell order priority, quality management TECHNOLOGIES EMPLOYED: Intercim MES and non-conformance management; PTC’s CIMx CAPP MES, CAD, and CAE; Siemens PLM’s NX/Unigraphics; Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA; SAP ERP; STG’s finite scheduling ACCOMPLISHMENTS/ROI: Procedural controls; flexibility to move work; integrated with quality closed loop system OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE / CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT COMPANY: Livingston & Haven HEADQUARTERS: Charlotte, NC SIZE OF COMPANY: 100-499 employees; $50M-$100M in revenue INDUSTRY: Industrial machinery PRIMARY PRODUCT LINE: Manufacturer and distributor of products used to make manufacturing industries more productive; motion control; process visualization; and overall manufacturing productivity NAME OF PROJECT: Lean manufacturing PROJECT OBJECTIVE: Equip associates with knowledge and tools to incorporate lean principles into daily routines TECHNOLOGIES EMPLOYED: N/A ACCOMPLISHMENTS/ROI: Inventory is consolidated, organized, and cleaner; save time and energy in processing orders; workflow is streamlined; incorporated lean principles into work COMPANY: Mercury Marine HEADQUARTERS: Fond du Lac, WI SIZE OF COMPANY: 1,000 or more employees; more than $1B in revenue INDUSTRY: Marine engines, parts PRIMARY PRODUCT LINE: Marine Outboard and Stern Drive engines, parts, and accessories NAME OF PROJECT: Equipois Zero Gravity Lift Assist Arm PROJECT OBJECTIVE: Establish an injury-free environment for employees to perform grinding work with minimal physical exertion TECHNOLOGIES EMPLOYED: Equipois Zero Gravity Lift Assist Arm; Dassault Systèmes’ SolidWorks ACCOMPLISHMENTS/ROI: Reduced cost and lead time; increased product weight without impact on safety; reduced/eliminated injury potential; decreased process steps; improved product quality due to control; increased utilization of workforce and equipment; estimated ROI of 100% ma June 8 2009
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Managing Automation - June 2009
SAP, Competitors Strive to Prove the Value of Software Maintenance
With $5M Infusion And a New CEO, Reva Looks Ahead
In Search of Online Clues to Counterfeiting
Lumigent Tackles the Market for Compliance Apps
Sterling Seeks Broad Footprint in Integration
Technology Directions: How is Your Vision?
Expert Q&A: Essential Technology To Measure Processes in the Next Step
Special Report: Conflicting Signals
Transformation: Holding the Line
Managing Automation - June 2009
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