Manufacturing excellence

Quality manufacturing is the sum of its thousands of parts, both human and mechanical. The best of both were on display at the Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit, March 31 and April 1, at the Hotel Sofitel in Chicago.

04/15/2008


Quality manufacturing is the sum of its thousands of parts, both human and mechanical. The best of both were on display at the Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit, March 31 and April 1, at the Hotel Sofitel in Chicago.

Ramsay Corp. wins Grand Award
The best new manufacturing products from around the world were honored Monday, March 31, at the 20th annual Plant Engineering Product of the Year dinner. At a breakfast on Tuesday, April 1, three manufacturing facilities received the 2007 Top Plant awards.

Built around those two awards events were in-depth discussions on three of the key issues facing manufacturers in the U.S. today: energy and sustainability, data management and workforce development. The two-day event put product managers in the same room with plant managers and industry leaders to discuss some of the key issues facing the plant floor.

One of those leaders was Dr. Bernhard Haas, vice president of manufacturing for Deere and Co., who delivered the keynote address at the Product of the Year dinner. More than 160 people attended the gala dinner.

Gold, silver and bronze trophies were handed out to the products judged as the best new products of 2007 by Plant Engineering readers.

Ramsay Corporation’s Online Testing System was presented with the prestigious Grand Award , having received the single highest reader vote total.


On Tuesday, representatives from the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance, SEW Eurodrive and Spirax Sarco received the 2007 Top Plant award . Those three companies were honored for their commitment to manufacturing excellence, and in particular, their efforts to run fully sustainable, Lean manufacturing plants.

The sessions at the Manufacturing Summit amplified the the issues facing manufacturers today. Representatives from companies including IBM, which was the platinum sponsor of the Manufacturing Summit, discussed software and hardware innovations that help plant managers better gather data to understand how their plant floor is operating.

But these leaders also stressed the importance of acting on data to achieve measurable changes, and to create strategic plans to deliver real change in manufacturing.

The issue of workforce development was also a key topic. Presenters emphasized that an aging workforce requires new strategies to capture the knowledge of older workers, and to create innovative programs to develop the next generation of plant workers.

Manufacturing Summit sponsors included IBM, Schneider Electric, Square D, Ahlborn Equipment, and Molex.


Product of the Year Winners

Category Name

Award

Manufacturer

Product

GRAND AWARD

Ramsay Corporation

Online Testing System

Automation and Control

Gold

Cognex Corp.

Checker 200 Series Inspection Sensors

Silver

Cooper Bussmann

InVision Downtime Reduction System

Silver

Eaton Corp.

HMi Operator Interface

Bronze

ProSoft Technology

Ethernet IP Communications Module

Compressed Air

Gold

SULLAIR Corp.

SRC Cycling Dryers

Silver

Hitachi

DSP Single Stage Oil Free Rotary Screw Air Compressor

Bronze

Fluid Metrics, LLC

Compressor Oil Purifier

Construction, Buildings and Grounds

Gold

JLG Industries

Fork-Mounted Work Platform

Silver

Cooper Crouse-Hinds

Space Saver EMT Raintight Compression Connector

Bronze

DL Manufacturing

Cable Cop

Bronze

Ericson Mfg. Company

e-Cart

Bronze

UltraTech International

Ultra-Inlet Guard

Electric Motors, Drives and Controls

Gold

Woodhead Industries

PROFIBUS USB Adapter

Silver

Baldor Electric Co.

Brushless Servo MTS

Silver

SICK STEGMANN

DFS 60 Incremental Encoder

Bronze

Electro Static Technology

SGR Bearing Protection Ring

Bronze

Siemens Energy & Automation

H-compact PLUS SH710 Motors

Electric Power

Gold

Eaton Corp.

Powerware 9395 UPS

Silver

Schneider Electric/Square D

PowerPact Electronic Motor Circuit Protectors

Bronze

Schneider Electric/Square D

PowerLogic PM750 Power Meter

Environment, Safety and Health

Gold

Andax Industries LLC

Spill Preparedness Control Center

Silver

LPS Laboratories

EVR Clean Air Solvent

Bronze

Frommelt Products Corp.

PitMaster Under-Leveler Seal

Fluid Handling

Gold

New Pig Corp.

Waste Collection & Pumping Center

Silver

Wilden Pump

PX 1500 Diaphragm Pump

Bronze

ITT Goulds Pumps

X-DUCER Pumping Technology

HVAC

Gold

Goodway Technologies

TFC-100 Tower Wash

Silver

APC

InfraStruXure InRow RP Air Conditioning Unit

Bronze

AERCO Intl.

Benchmark 3.0 Low NOx Boiler

Instrumentation

Gold

IDEAL Industries Inc.

VoltAware Non-Contact Voltage Tester

Silver

Purafil

OnGuard 3000

Bronze

IDEAL Industries Inc.

Voltage Performance Monitor

Lighting

Gold

Woodhead Industries

400-Watt High Bay Light

Silver

Philips

Philips T8 Lamps with ALTO II Technology

Bronze

Watt Stopper/Legrand

Wall Switch Occupancy Sensors

Maintenance Products

Gold

Inpro/Seal Co

Articulating Air Mizer-PS

Silver

Neptune Research, Inc.

Trident-Seal

Bronze

Hilti, Inc.

RE 500-SD Epoxy Anchor

Maintenance Software

Gold

Commtest Inc.

Ascent 2007 Vibration Analysis Software

Silver

Syclo

Smart Task Tracker

Bronze

Yokogawa

FieldMate

Maintenance Tools and Equipment

Gold

LUDECA, Inc.

Optalign Smart

Silver

RIDGID

SeeSnake micro Inspection Camera

Bronze

Hawk IR International

Ex CAM AP Pro

Bronze

LoggerHead Tools, LLC

Pro-Gear Bionic Wrench

Manual Material Handling

Gold

The Raymond Corp.

Model 4200 Lift Truck

Silver

Eriez

ProSort

Silver

New Pig Corp.

PIG Drum Filling Shelf

Bronze

Harrington Hoists, Inc.

CX Mini Hand Chain Hoist

Material Handling Systems

Gold

Gorbel Inc.

Gforce Q+iQ units

Silver

Toyota Industrial Equipment

8-Series lift truck

Bronze

Rite-Hite Corporation

FasTrax Door

Power Transmission

Gold

Gates Corporation

Poly Chain GT Carbon belt

Silver

Baldor, Dodge, Reliance

Right Angled Motorized Torque-Arm

Bronze

Baldor, Dodge, Reliance

MagnaGear

Productivity Software

Gold

GE Fanuc Automation

Proficy HMI/SCADA Cimplicity 7.0

Silver

Invensys Process Systems

InFusion Condition Manager

Silver

Schneider Electric/Square D

PowerView Power Management Software

Bronze

GE Fanuc Automation

Proficy Tracker

Training/Education Products

Gold

New Standard Institute

Three Phase AC Motor Training Software





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