Manufacturing Leadership Awards nominees are asked to enter information about the projects or individual achievements they are nominating into one of 14 categories. Twelve of the categories are for companies that have undertaken successful, high-impact projects. Two of the categories are for individuals whose achievements have advanced their companies or the manufacturing industry.
The achievements for which individual leaders are nominated should be separate and distinct from projects that are being nominated for ML Awards.
- Big Data and Advanced Analytics Leadership—Winners in this category will have transformed the mountains of data generated by the typical manufacturing enterprise into actionable insights that can be used to achieve competitive advantage. Winners, for example, will have assembled the platforms, tools, data models, applications, processes, and skills needed to mine meaningful and timely information from data.
- Customer Value Leadership—Winners in this category will have generated new sources of growth by rethinking how they combine products and services throughout product lifecycles. Winners, for example, will have transformed their business models by creating new and innovative ways to service and support their customers.
- Engineering & Production Technology Leadership—Winners in this category will have embraced new design and production approaches to drive game-changing process improvements, adopting technologies such as advanced 3D modeling and simulation, sensor networks, advanced materials, process automation platforms, advanced robotics, and additive/3D printing for production applications. Winning projects will have contributed positively to improving efficiency, increasing responsiveness, and reducing costs.
- Enterprise Technology Leadership—Winners in this category will have revamped their corporate IT and communications strategies and systems, embracing approaches such as cloud computing, social media, and advanced enterprise software applications. Winning projects will contribute positively to creating competitive advantage and driving greater enterprise performance, and they will also serve as examples of how transformative technologies can contribute to the development of the manufacturing industry in the future.
- Innovation Process Leadership—Winners in this category will have accelerated processes and embraced cutting-edge technologies, enabling them to consistently and predictably bring new products to market and innovate within their four walls. Winners in this category, for example, will have formalized, reengineered, and streamlined innovation processes while employing technologies such as 3D modeling and simulation, product lifecycle management, and additive manufacturing that allow manufacturers to effectively manage the digital lifecycles of their products and solutions.
- Internet of Things in Manufacturing Leadership—Winners in this category will have improved their production and supply chain processes by leveraging insights they have gained by adding connectivity to their plant equipment. Successful nominees, for example, will have added sensors and connectivity to plant floor equipment to optimize maintenance, operations, and quality.
- Mobility in Manufacturing Leadership—Winners in this category will have improved operational efficiency and employee engagement by leveraging mobile devices, platforms, and applications in plants and supply chains in a safe, cost-effective, and secure manner. Winning manufacturers, for example, will have deployed mobile devices and applications to allow plant workers to monitor and respond to operational metrics in real time.
- New Product Leadership—Winners in this category will have introduced disruptive new products that expand or open new markets by satisfying customers in new ways. This category recognizes the groundbreaking new products that manufacturing leaders have successfully brought to market.
- Next-Generation Leadership—Winners in this category will have created a culture of engagement and put in place programs that enable them to attract excellent new talent and create a productive pipeline of next-generation leaders. Winners in this category will have strengthened their competitive positions by identifying and developing a next-generation of innovative and diverse leaders.
- Operational Excellence Leadership—Winners in this category will have undertaken continuous improvement projects such a lean and Six Sigma that reduce costs, streamline processes, reduce waste, and enhance overall equipment effectiveness. Winning projects will have demonstrated commitment over time, measurable results, and will have contributed positively to the organization’s overall performance.
- Supply Chain Leadership—Winners in this category will have rethought and reengineered how and from where they source materials, manage suppliers, and, produce, and deliver products to customers, all with the discipline of efficiently managing the overall value chain and maximizing customer value. Winning projects in this category will have undertaken efforts to revamp and optimize supply chain and related processes, with an eye toward speeding to market products that deliver maximum value to customers.
- Sustainability Leadership—Winners in this category will have implemented projects that demonstrate they have thoroughly embraced manufacturing processes that are non-polluting, conserve energy and natural resources, and are economically sound and safe for employees, communities, and consumers. Winners will be able to show a broad and deep commitment to sustainability by, for example, rethinking product design and end-of-life strategies, implementing meaningful metrics, or putting into place policies that ensure sustainable practices internally and across their supply networks.
Individual Achievement Awards
- Visionary Leadership—Individual winners in this category will have demonstrated, through their ideas, values, and achievements, that they have emerged as leaders in their organizations and markets. Successful candidates will have transformed their companies and institutions and made important contributions to their industries by challenging assumptions, achieving results, and empowering others.
- Lifetime Achievement Award—Individual winners in this category will have demonstrated, through a lifetime of achievement, profound and lasting impacts on their companies, markets, and the manufacturing industry at large. Through their ideas and actions, winners will have pioneered new markets, developed new business models, created market-changing products, devised transformative production methods, or significantly enhanced the overall role of manufacturing in society. Winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award have forever enhanced the manufacturing industry and set a high example for leaders who follow.