SOURCE: Managing Automation

September 17, 2008 17:35 ET

Managing Automation Announces Call for Nominations for the 2009 Progressive Manufacturing 100 Awards

Nomination Deadline: December 15, 2008

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) - Managing Automation, a Thomas Publishing Company, LLC publication, announced today that it is now accepting nominations for its fifth annual Progressive Manufacturing Awards Program.

The global Progressive Manufacturing Awards Program has been expanded to recognize more best-in-class manufacturers from the U.S. and abroad. The 2009 competition will recognize 100 outstanding manufacturers, compared with 50 in previous years. Judges will select the 2009 Progressive Manufacturing 100 based on achievement in the eight disciplines that make up the Progressive Manufacturing concept.

"The Progressive Manufacturing idea has captured the spirit of an industry that is in the throes of dramatic change," says David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief of Managing Automation and a Progressive Manufacturing judge. "Innovation, invention, and new ways of thinking about the business of manufacturing are picking up steam everywhere. The expansion of the Progressive Manufacturing awards program pays tribute to this important trend."

Since its inception in 2004, the Progressive Manufacturing concept -- which advocates manufacturing business transformation supported by advanced technology -- has been underpinned by a set of key business and technology disciplines. The award winners are selected for their success in completing projects that demonstrate mastery of the eight core disciplines as defined by the Managing Automation editorial team. The team believes manufacturers must achieve mastery of these key disciplines in order to succeed in coming years. This year, each of the eight core masteries will also include specific sub-categories into which manufacturers can submit nominations.

The 2009 Progressive Manufacturing Awards disciplines and sub-categories
Business Model               Education & Training
--------------               --------------------
- Model Replacement          - Corporate Training Initiative
- Model Addition             - Professional Development
- Model Overhaul             - Advocacy and Awareness

Customer                     Innovation
--------                     ----------
- Order Management           - Product Lifecycle Management Deployment
- Service and Support        - Digital Factory
- CRM Deployment             - Breakthrough Product

Operational Excellence       Leadership
----------------------       ----------
- Continuous Improvement     - Leadership Development Program
- Wireless Networking        - Sustainability Leadership
- Automation Platforms       - Industry Leadership

Data & Integration           Supply Network
------------------           --------------
- Enterprise Intelligence    - Demand Planning
- Enterprise Integration     - Sourcing
- Enterprise Applications    - Supply Chain Execution

Based on evaluations by a panel of expert judges, winners will be selected
in the following categories:

1. The Progressive Manufacturing 100 will recognize the top manufacturers
   that have completed projects demonstrating mastery of at least one
   discipline in the Progressive Manufacturing concept.

2. New for 2009: Best of Category awards will be given to projects
   showing exemplary achievement in each specific sub-category for the
   eight core masteries (i.e., a project will be awarded Best of Category
   for sub-category Enterprise Intelligence within the Data & Integration

3. High Achiever awards will be given to those projects that demonstrate
   maximum mastery of one of the eight core disciplines (i.e., a High
   Achiever award will be given to the best project entered in the Data &
   Integration discipline).

4. The Progressive Manufacturer of the Year Award is given to a company
   that demonstrates mastery across multiple disciplines. For the first
   time, in 2009 Managing Automation will honor both a large and a small
   company as a Progressive Manufacturer of the Year.

Companies recognized in 2009 will join a prestigious group of previous
award recipients, which include:
-- General Dynamics                         -- Rexam PLC
-- Kemco Manufacturing                      -- Pratt & Whitney Canada
-- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.          -- Hewlett-Packard
-- Carrier Corp.                            -- Pfizer
-- IBM Corp.                                -- ViewSonic
-- Steinwall Inc.                           -- Freescale Semiconductor
-- Otabo                                    -- The Boeing Company
-- Hitachi Global Storage Technologies      -- Ingersoll-Rand Company

  Winners will be announced at the 2009 Progressive Manufacturing Summit
                    in Sarasota, FL June 9-11, 2009

Full details and nomination forms can be found at

If you have questions about the awards, please email us at

About Managing Automation

Managing Automation, published by Thomas Publishing Company, LLC, provides a complete set of decision-support informational tools for Progressive Manufacturers -- companies using information and automation technologies to transform their businesses and create a sustainable competitive advantage. Its monthly magazine, website, intelligent solutions database called TechMatch, and executive conference reach the entire integrated technology buying team -- executives, line-of-business managers, and IT management -- at every stage of the technology buying process. Additional information can be found at

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