MBT unveils its 2009 Innovation Insight Award winners

Manufacturing Business Technology, the leading source of information for manufacturing executives seeking to use information technology for a competitive advantage, has announced the winners of its 2009 Innovation Insight Awards competition.

08/20/2009


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Manufacturing Business Technology, the leading source of information for manufacturing executives seeking to use information technology for a competitive advantage, has announced the winners of its 2009 Innovation Insight Awards competition.

Each year, MBT bestows these awards on companies from both the IT vendor and user communities that demonstrate creative use of information technology to solve real business problems.

Sidney Hill, executive editor of MBT, said this year's winning entries all, in one way or another, attacked the most pressing issue facing the manufacturing sector today: the need to get new cutting-edge products to market as fast as possible.

"The need for speed in the product development arena is driven by intense global competition," Hill said. "And we saw that same level of competition among our innovation award entries. Virtually every product or project submitted was worthy of some sort of recognition. That made things extremely difficult for our judging panel. In the end, however, we believe we selected the ones that best exemplified MBT's ongoing mission of helping manufacturers understand how to use information technology to creative a competitive advantage."

The 2009 Innovation Insight Award winners include:

• Celsis Rapid Detection, a Chicago-based company that developed a product that promises to save makers of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and home care products millions of dollars by identifying the source of potential contaminants almost immediately after product testing uncovers their presence;
• PTC, a product life-cycle management software vendor that harnessed Microsoft SharePoint Portal technology to create an easy, low-cost method of sharing product design data across supply chains; and
• Rolls-Royce Energy Systems, a maker of oil and gas and power generation equipment, that customized a packaged software application to support an online product configuration and sales quoting process that's on track to produce a return on investment (ROI) of $4.5 million over the next three years.

Profiles of all award winners will appear in the July/August 2009 issue of Manufacturing Business Technology.





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