Plastics processors and mold makers had a nice showing in Frost & Sullivan’s 2013 Manufacturing Leadership (ML) 100 Awards, and share the spotlight with some of the biggest and best global companies.
“In a world of intensifying global competition and accelerating change, recipients of the ML 100 Awards have distinguished themselves by embracing breakthrough innovation and enabling their companies to anticipate and respond to customers with unmatched agility,” said Frost & Sullivan of the Award winners. “Now in their ninth year, the ML 100 Awards honor companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing.”
Nominations across 11 categories are vetted and evaluated by a panel of expert judges. Seven of the ML 100 categories celebrate outstanding projects undertaken and completed by a manufacturing company. Four categories recognize the achievements of individual manufacturing executives.
Leading rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing and 3D printing service provider, In’Tech Industries Inc. was recognized in the Game-Changing Technologies category with some of the world’s most renowned manufacturers such as Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co., GE Aviation Systems, PACCAR Inc., The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon Missile Systems.
In’Tech’s Virtual Translation Manufacturing division is one of the largest privately owned rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing service providers in the U.S., according to In’Tech. Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it is sometimes called, has been identified as a technology with the most potential to enhance American manufacturing abilities. In’Tech recently purchased the rapid prototyping business of Vista Technologies, and expanded its Ramsay, MN facilities by 32,000 sq ft to accommodate the acquisition.
Also named a winner in the Game-Changing Technologies category is Thogus Products Inc. , an Avon Lake, OH-based injection molding company that also does rapid prototyping and manufacturing (rp+m), product development, and custom molding and moldmaking. The company has two divisions, Radiation Protection Technologies and Jalex Medical, and makes a variety of products for its customers. Thogus’s Matthew Hlavin, won in the Manufacturing Entrepreneur section of the Individual category.
IQMS, supplier of the ERP system at Erie, PA-based molder Plastikos Inc., nominated that company for in the Operational Excellence category. Philip Katen, president and GM of Plastikos, told PlasticsToday that the company worked with IQMS to complete the application. “One of the projects we submitted, the Automated Production and Tool Tracking system, won. We’ve continued to build on that project.”
Daniele Fresca, director of marketing for IQMS, told PlasticsToday, “We love it when our clients win things and they don’t often toot their own horns. We regularly ask clients to let us nominate them or their projects for awards. IQMS pays the nomination fee, if applicable, and often helps write the nomination after client interview.”
Katen explained that the Automated Production and Tool Tracking system is a custom solution to count and weigh product as it comes off the press. The data is tied into the IQMS system and pulls all relevant data from the system including part number, customer P.O. and other detailed information and uses that to customize the label that goes onto the packaging.