AIAG Honors Automotive Industry Volunteers for Driving Efficiency and Quality

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- AIAG, a not-for-profit, member-supported organization that has developed a unique, collaborative approach to help companies and their suppliers tackle problems, uncover opportunities and create value, is honoring Philip Marlow of Visteon Corporation with a lifetime achievement award, along with 15 other volunteers from automakers and suppliers. Each honoree has made significant contributions to the industry's success, and they will be honored by their peers tonight at a celebration at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich.

"There are literally hundreds of noncompetitive areas where OEMs and suppliers – working collaboratively – can drive significant improvements in cost, quality and customer satisfaction," said J. Scot Sharland, AIAG executive director. "Phil and the other AIAG volunteers we are honoring come from companies across the industry, and they have proven that teamwork and collaboration are the best ways to tackle industry pain points and find hidden opportunities."

Marlow, a product information manager at Visteon, has been associated with AIAG for 12 years and has served on numerous work groups and committees in that time.

"Being part of AIAG has been a rewarding experience," Marlow said. "I've been able to work with many talented people from all levels and disciplines within the auto industry, and our projects have made a real difference to individual companies and the entire auto industry. It's exciting to bring diverse points of view together. It helps get to the root of problems and find opportunities quickly and efficiently."

The following individuals are being recognized with 2010 AIAG Outstanding Achievement Awards:

Honoree

Kevin Wade, senior administrator, Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.

Project

Material Offshore Sourcing (MOSS): The MOSS project has developed a new way of handling automotive supply-chain information that could reduce transportation costs by $1.7 billion over the next five years and support national security objectives as well.



Honoree

Gary Pilarski, manager of CAD/CAM systems, Delphi Corporation

Project

SASIG Digital Engineering Visualization: This project, developed with the Strategic Automotive Product Data Standards Industry Group (SASIG), is designed to establish globally accepted practices, guidelines, technologies and standards to help reduce tooling costs and enable seamless collaboration within the global automotive supply chain.



Honorees

Tyese Doby, supply-chain management specialist, Ford Motor Company


Terry Onica, senior director for automotive, QAD


Aidan Hughes, director, materials & production systems, Gates Corporation

Project

Global Materials Management Operations Guideline/Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE): Global MMOG/LE incorporates MMOG, a self-assessment process developed by AIAG to provide consistent methodology for evaluating supplier performance, with the Odette Logistics Evaluation, a tool developed by AIAG's European counterpart, to provide a single global standard for self-assessment.



Honoree

Su Glesner, senior reliability engineer, AM General LLC

Project

Supplier and Product Reliability Assurance: This project increases profitability through efficiency and reduction in engineering, testing and warranty, and improves product reliability through reduction in repair, maintenance and customer complaints.



Honorees

Dr. Fangming Gu, staff researcher, General Motors Company


Bill Hoffman, founder and managing director, Hoffman Systems


Dr. Pat King, global electronics strategist, Michelin North America Inc.

Project

Radio Frequency ID (RFID) B-11 Document: The B-11 document provides the capabilities to assign a single tag to individual items throughout the supply chain to improve tracking and traceability.



Honoree

Tim Nickel, global manager of packaging engineering, Visteon Corporation

Project

Returnable Containers Call to Action: With 125 attendees, this call to action focused on utilizing the latest technology to improve tracking guidelines and minimize costs for returnable containers.



Honoree

Luke Contos, director of health, safety and environment, TRW Automotive

Project

Health, Safety & Environment Steering Committee: The committee brings attention to global occupational health and safety issues in the automotive industry to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses and improve overall work environments. Additionally, the committee's Greenhouse Gas Initiative has united OEMs and tier-1 suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and logistics operations in the automotive industry.



Honoree

Philip Page, principal business consultant, Dassault Systemes

Project

Collaborative Engineering and Product Development Steering Committee: This committee improves how companies collaborate during product development to achieve cost savings and increase quality.



Honoree

Karen Piurkowski, marketing manager, Covisint

Project

AIAG New Frontiers in Security and EDI Forum: This half-day forum on new developments in the areas of security and electronic data interchange focused on how to leverage them to achieve cost savings and enhance capabilities. This event led to a call to action on supplier connectivity, resulting in one new AIAG membership and 20 global participants.



Honorees

Dennis Froehlich, manager of warranty and campaigns, Robert Bosch LLC


Janice Tucker, corporate quality manager, Metaldyne

Project

Consumer-Centric Warranty Implementation Work Group: AIAG and OESA assembled volunteers from 17 OEMs and suppliers in North America to study quality and warranty issues and determine if there were best practices the industry could adopt as a whole to further reduce warranty costs.



About AIAG

AIAG was founded in 1982 by General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Corp. to develop and share best practices to create a leaner, more efficient supply base. Since then, AIAG has grown and evolved to address increasingly complex global supply-chain, manufacturing and quality issues, and now has tools and processes that can help diverse industries improve their performance by protecting and enhancing corporate reputations, rooting out waste and inefficiency, uncovering cost savings and improving quality.

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