NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today it was named a 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100
Award (ML100 Award) winner in the Information Leadership Category by the
Manufacturing Executive and Manufacturing Leadership Council. The awards honor
companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing.
Alcoa was recognized for its SMART Manufacturing project implemented across
several of its Global Primary Metals locations.
The Alcoa SMART Manufacturing project ties together information from all
production and business sources within a plant and across the enterprise with a
comprehensive, common technical architecture. In traditional manufacturing
processes, data is often in many locations, not easily accessible and frequently
in multiple versions. The SMART Manufacturing concept provides a common platform
and tools, real-time data, and transparency, resulting in improved productivity,
process improvements and lower costs.
"The challenges to stay competitive as a manufacturer are never ending," said
Phil Morrissette, Chief Information Officer, Alcoa Global Primary Products.
"Now, more than ever, improvements in process optimization and manufacturing
performance are essential for competitive advantage in the marketplace. In
simplest terms, the Alcoa SMART Manufacturing program is a robust system of
compiling data to help target problems and more quickly identify solutions.
"Adopting SMART Manufacturing can eliminate or greatly reduce much of the manual
data entry and paper routing, allowing the workforce to dedicate more time to
productive operations or valued added work activities," Morrissette added.
SMART Manufacturing was deployed across six Alcoa locations in 2012; another six
locations are scheduled for deployment this year.
ML100 winners in the Information Leadership category were selected based on
specific project criteria including process and business impact, benefit to the
bottom line, strategic value, and use of information technology as an enabler.
As a result of becoming an ML100 winner, Alcoa is now eligible for the program's
High Achievers Award in the Information Leadership category as well as the 2013
Manufacturer of the Year Award and/or 2013 Project of the Year Award. Winners
will be announced at a gala honoring the ML100 award winners on May 15 in Palm
Alcoa is the world`s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as
well as the world`s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition
to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind
major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and
construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial
markets over the past 125 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are
flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa
wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building
systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and
nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa`s
operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to
customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 11
consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever
produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately
61,000 people in 30 countries across the world. For more information, visit
www.alcoa.com and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at twitter.com/Alcoa.
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