Celebrating Excellence

Honorees at the 18th annual PLANT ENGINEERING Product of the Year dinner March 20 in Rosemont, IL got a glimpse at the present and future of manufacturing. The awards dinner drew more than 120 award winners in 16 categories to Rosemont, where winners were honored for their outstanding new product launches during 2005.

04/01/2006


Honorees at the 18th annual PLANT ENGINEERING Product of the Year dinner March 20 in Rosemont, IL got a glimpse at the present and future of manufacturing. The awards dinner drew more than 120 award winners in 16 categories to Rosemont, where winners were honored for their outstanding new product launches during 2005. PLANT ENGINEERING readers voted on the outstanding products. The 2005 Grand Award winner was New Standard Institute, which was honored for its Machine Vibration Basics training program. It received the highest vote total from the hundreds of ballots submitted by readers.

"We are delighted and honored to receive this Grand Award for Product of the Year 2005," said New Standard Institute—president Michael Brown. "I would like to thank the editors and staff at PLANT ENGINEERING magazine as well as the readers who voted for our product. As everyone here knows, PLANT ENGINEERING magazine is the premier publication. Industrial and facility managers find it to be invaluable, as does anyone that reads the magazine."

Brown said as workers leave manufacturing, their knowledge is not always being captured, which is a goal of New Standard's training programs. "There is a crisis of workplace inadequacy in the making. The aging workforce is beginning to be felt in the U.S. and Canada," Brown said. "With fewer skilled workers in the pipeline it behooves training companies such as ours to attempt to solve the problem. Training programs with an eye toward accuracy and rich content is essential to this effort."

One company well on its way to understanding that issue is DaimlerChrysler's Belvidere, IL facility, which was honored as the 2005 Top Plant recipient. The Belvidere facility changed its assembly operations from the Dodge Neon to the Dodge Caliber in just eight weeks, and infused workers with a new management system at the same time. The Caliber has arrived with rave reviews, and the Belvidere facility has added a second shift, with a third on the way.

"It is a real honor for me to be here tonight to represent the 2,600 men and women who work at the Belvidere Assembly plant," said plant manager Kurt Kavajecz in accepting the Top Plant award. "I really view my role as a supporter of the people who build Chrysler Group vehicles on the plant floor every day. And it is a job that I love."

Kavajecz said the investment DaimlerChrysler has made in the assembly facility is a direct result of the efforts made by plant workers. "In 2001, when the Chrysler Group was going through some very tough times, we cut production of the well-known but aging Dodge Neon, and we were forced to reduce our workforce from two production shifts to one," Kavajecz said. "But I have to hand it to our employees. During uncertain times they worked harder than ever, and continued to produce the Neon at quality and productivity levels that were among the highest in the company. And the company took notice."

Beyond the Caliber, the Belvidere facility will also produce the new Jeep Compass in 2007, and add a third production line later this year, Kavajecz said. "Now, despite all the recent good news, we realize that the competition out there is as strong as ever," he said. "And we know that we will have to continue to do those things that helped to make us a PLANT ENGINEERING Top Plant award winner."

Building that culture of success was addressed by Accenture partner Dean Teglia, who provided the dinner's keynote speech. Discussing a recent Accenture study on the characteristics of high performers in manufacturing, Teglia noted that the planning needed to build a Product of the Year winner or to execute the kind of efficient retooling of an assembly line were key ingredients in being a high performer.

"I think preparation is a key intangible to achieving high performance," Teglia told the dinner audience. "I think it's important to prepare with the right vision, perspective of the competition, mindset for identifying opportunities and understanding of how to execute.

"Understanding and managing these factors are key to managing risk and achieving and sustaining high performance," he added.

The applications for the 2006 Product of the Year awards and the 2006 Top Plant award are now available online at www.plantengineering.com . A full listing of the 2005 Product of the Year recipients is on page 72.

Celebrating Excellence

Category Name

Award

Manufacturer

Product

GRAND AWARD

NEW STANDARD INSTITUTE

MACHINE VIBRATION BASICS

Compressed Air

Gold

Cooper Compression

Turbo Air 2020 Centrifugal Air Compressor

Silver

Atlas Copco Compressors Inc.

GN Series Dual Output Air Compressor

Bronze

Gorbel Inc.

Soft Touch Penumatic Control Handle

Construction, Buildings, & Grounds

Gold

Hilti

TE 706-AVR Breaker

Silver

Frommelt Products Corporation

Survivor Dock Shelter

Bronze

Vestil Manufacturing Corporation

Removable Ornamental Steel Bollard

Control Equipment

Gold

Stealth Computer

VU-HB High Brightness LCD Monitor

Silver

Burkert Contromatic Corp.

Type 8041 Electromagnetic Flow Transmitter

Bronze

Schneider Electric

Twido Nano Controller with Bluetooth Wireless Gateway

Electric Motors, Drives, & Controls

Gold

Schneider Electric

Altivar 71 Variable Speed AC Drive

Silver

GE Fanuc Automation

PACSystems DSM324i Motion Controller

Bronze

TB Wood's Incorporated

E-trAC X4 AC Drive

Electrical Power

Gold

Fluke Corporation

Fluke 434 Power Quality Analyzer

Silver

General Electric

Low Voltage Switchgear Remote Racking Device

Bronze

Caterpillar

Gen Set with ACERT Technology

Environment, Safety, & Health

Gold

New Pig Corporation

PIG Spillblocker Vacuum Dike

Silver

PowerFlare Corp.

PowerFlare Safety Light

Bronze

Scientific Technologies, Inc.

OptoShield OS3100 Laser Light Safety Scanner

Fluid Handling

Gold

Titan Piping

CoPro Copper Pipe System

Silver

Nvent LLC

PermaLynx Permanent Push-to-Connect System

Bronze

MedHesives, Inc.

Field Service Tech Rapid Repair Kit

General & Maintenance Software

Gold

Maintenance Connection, Inc.

Maintenance Connection Mobile

Silver

Peak Industrial Solutions, LLC

Plant Engineering Tools Suite

Bronze

GE Fanuc Automation

Proficy Change Management Ver. 5.0

Heating, Ventilating, & Air Conditioning

Gold

MovinCool/Denso Sales California, Inc.

Office Pro 36 Spot Cooler

Silver

Roberts-Gordon, LLC

Vantage Modulating Infrared Heater

Bronze

Goodway Technologies Corp.

CoilPro Cleaner

Instruments

Gold

Electrophysics

HotShot Thermography Camera

Silver

Timken Company, The

StatusCheck Condition Monitoring System

Bronze

IDEAL Industries, Inc.

SureTest Circuit Tracer

Lighting

Gold

Day-Brite Lighting

APEX Luminaire

Silver

Philips Lighting Company

Long Life T12 Fluorescent Lamp

Bronze

Venture Lighting International

MP Halide Lamp

Maintenance Products

Gold

Rust-Oleum

Rust-Reformer

Silver

Dissipater Mfg./ITW Delpro

Dissipater Battery Vent Cap

Bronze

Sherwin-Williams Company, The

Hydrogloss Waterbased Urethane

Maintenance Tools & Equipment

Gold

Spectronics Corporation

Optimax Jr. Cordless Leak Detection Flashlight

Silver

Ludeca, Inc.

Rotalign Ultra Laser Alignment System

Bronze

Stanley Proto

Blackhawk Rotator Ratchet

Material Handling

Gold

New Pig Corporation

PIG Under-Rack Containment Tray

Silver

Rite-Hite

STR-4000 Dok-Lok Vehicle Restraint

Bronze

Eriez Magnetics

PolyMag Plastic Separator

Power Transmission

Gold

Emerson Power Transmission

Sealmaster PN Gold Mounted Ball Bearing

Silver

Vestil Manufacturing Corporation

Wire-D Caddy

Bronze

Garlock-Klozure Dynamic Seals

Mill-right Family of Elastomer Materials

Training Products

Gold

Ramsay Corporation

Drafter (CAD Operator) Test

Silver

Humantech

Ergonomics Poster Series


Accepting the Top Plant Award from DaimlerChrysler's Belvidere, IL facility are (from left) Steve Youngblood, smart manufacturing manager, Ed Saenz, Manager, manufacturing and labor media relations, Kurt J. Kavajecz, plant manager of the Belvidere Assembly Plant, Jim Langhenry, publisher,PLANT ENGINEERING and Curt Falk, the Belvidere plant's former facilities engineering and environmental manager.

Accepting the 2005 Product of the Year Grand Award from PLANT ENGINEERING publisher Jim Langhenry (left) are New Standard Institute project participants Tessa Marquis, Andrew Levitt, Michael V. Brown, Chris Burnham, Joe Kiss and John Walters. Not pictured are project programmers Jarrod Phipps, Alexandra Galli-Dibecella, Justin Kohlhepp, Glenn Seseske and Nick Mercurio.





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