Artificial Intelligence and Analytics Leadership: Winners in this category transform data into actionable insights that achieve competitive advantage. They use tools and techniques such as AI, machine learning, cognitive computing, data models, and applications to create systems that learn from and generate responses to trends reflected in data.
Collaborative Innovation Leadership: This category honors manufacturers who use a combination of far-reaching collaboration techniques and supportive technologies to achieve significant improvements in product and service development, production, and other processes. Collaboration can occur internally through engaging employees and teams across the enterprise, or through unique engagement with customers or users in a way that impacts production, or externally with partners, including other manufacturers, to accelerate ideation, innovation, and invention.
Engineering & Production Technology Leadership: Winners in this category embrace new design and production approaches to drive game-changing process improvements. They adopt 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 improve efficiency and quality, increase responsiveness, and reduce costs.
Enterprise Integration and Technology Leadership: Winners in this category demonstrate innovative corporate IT and communications strategies and systems, embracing approaches such as cloud computing, social media, advanced enterprise software applications, and mobility platforms. Winning projects enable agile business processes that manufacturers can use to more effectively manage and deliver products and services. They also serve as examples of how transformative technologies can contribute to the development of the manufacturing industry in the future.
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. Winners deploy innovative digital networks for their operational equipment to improve performance.
Operational Excellence Leadership: Winners in this category implement continuous improvement projects and harness M4.0 technologies and processes to reduce costs, streamline processes, reduce waste, improve quality, and enhance overall equipment effectiveness. Winning projects demonstrate commitment over time, measurable results, and enhanced performance of the organization as a whole.
Supply Chain Leadership: This category honors those who rethink and reengineer how they source materials, manage suppliers, produce products, and deliver to customers. Winners demonstrate efficiency in managing the overall value chain and maximizing customer value.
Sustainability Leadership: Winners in this category embrace manufacturing processes that are non-polluting, conserve energy and natural resources, and are economically sound and safe for employees, communities, and consumers. 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.
Talent Management Leadership: Winners in this category nurture and develop a new generation of leaders for the Manufacturing 4.0 era. The recruit bright new minds and find creative ways to build an innovative, engaged, and diverse workforce for the future.