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By John Barcus, Group Vice President of Oracle Discrete Manufacturing Industries and Advanced Technologies

Congratulations to Juniper Networks, Noble Plastics and Oracle!

The Manufacturing Leadership Council, a division of the National Association of Manufacturers, issued a press release, announcing the list of world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders that received recognition as winners of the 2019 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. ML Awards winners and their partners were honored on June 12, 2019, at a gala celebration that concludes the 15th annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Huntington Beach, Calif.  Read more about the list of the 2019 Manufacturing Leadership Awards winners here

“The top winners of the 2019 Manufacturing Leadership Awards are stellar examples of the ways modern manufacturers are driving innovation, and they demonstrate the power of adopting Manufacturing 4.0 technologies”,said MLC Co-Founder David Brousell“I congratulate these manufacturers and the leadership teams that made their achievements possible.”

“Congratulations to Oracle customers Juniper Networks and Noble Plastics, who are 2019 Manufacturing Leadership Awards winners,” said John Barcus, Group Vice President of Oracle Discrete Manufacturing Industries and Advanced Technologies“Juniper Networks won for its best-practice Integrated Business Planning project. Noble Plastics won with its “Noble Plastics Gets Proactive, Predictive with Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0” project. In addition, Oracle won in the sustainability category and was selected to earn the high achiever award across the entire category. Oracle’s extensive global product take-back program enables Oracle to recover, reuse, and recycle returned equipment.”

Here are details of the award-winning projects:

Supply Chain Leadership

This category honors those who rethink and reengineer how they source materials, manage suppliers, produce products, and deliver to customers. Juniper won with its “Juniper Integrated Business Planning” project. In an era of digital transformation, industry disruption and increasing customer expectations, Juniper Networks initiated their Integrated Business Planning (IBP) project in order to deliver in a world of volatility, uncertainty and evolving customer requirements. Juniper IBP is a multi-year, multi-prong project involving an integrated business planning system that drives consensus across the organization.

Mitch Haynes, Senior Director of Supply Planning, who represented Juniper at the awards ceremony, explained, “Given the market challenges, Juniper knew that they needed to leapfrog their competitors and strive for a best practice Integrated Business Planning system tied to the KPIs and metrics that would increase lead time attainment and decrease inventory overall costs and as a percent of Juniper gross margins. The project resulted in an improved S&OP process with Integrated Business Planning which added a highly collaborative, data-driven, incorporating real-time market uncertainties–such as tariffs, leveraging a dynamic, predictive Integrated Business Planning system.”

Industrial Internet of Things Leadership

This category honors those who improve production and supply chain processes by adding connectivity to plant equipment to enable more timely maintenance, operations, and quality. Noble Plastics won with its, “Noble Plastics Gets Proactive, Predictive with Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0” project.

Scott Rogers, Co-founder and Director of Technology, Noble Plastics, also at the awards gala stated, “We’re not a huge company, but we’ve consistently been an early implementer in our industry of technology. That includes things like analysis, simulation, process instrumentation and control and also automation with these robots. These robots are pretty sophisticated. For example, Noble Plastics can run its manufacturing cells overnight unattended, in a lights-out third shift, when big work projects come in and staff have all gone home. It made sense, said Rogers, to use monitoring data from these robots – along with data relating to molding machine temperature and pressure – as the foundation for the company’s Internet of Things (IoT) project.”

Sustainability Leadership 

Winners show a broad and deep commitment to sustainability through product design and end-of-life strategies, meaningful metrics, or policies that ensure sustainable practices internally and across their supply networks. Sustainability winner, Oracle, has taken back over three million pounds of product a year for the past several years, mostly from customers. This amount is expected to grow over time as Oracle processes equipment from its Cloud data centers. Oracle also won the MLA High Achiever Award for this category; Oracle was selected as the high achiever across all of the other winners for the category.

Anthony Devito, VP, Direct-to-Customer Supply Chain Operations, who received the award for Oracle, stated, “Handling more uses, the remanufacturing required expansion so there were more opportunities to take back additional product resulting in increased volume available for reuse. Oracle reused more than 150,000 parts and products. From an ROI perspective, Oracle has doubled our throughput, from a daily output of 20 servers to over 40 servers. Oracle saved $30 million last year, representing a 150% savings increase from the prior year.”

The 80 projects and individuals on the list of ML Awards winners represent small and large enterprises in a wide range of manufacturing markets. They all leverage best-in-class processes, technologies and engaged teams to set themselves apart from the competition.

Learn more here.



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