WAUCONDA, Ill., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In a tribute to its operational efficiencies and commitment to superior products, MBX Systems announced today it has been named 2012 Quality Plant of the Year by Quality Magazine, an industry-leading monthly business publication that serves quality assurance and process improvement professionals in manufacturing.
MBX, a leading manufacturer of custom-built OEM server appliances and embedded systems for software vendors and service providers, was singled out for its investment in technology, focus on quality, lean manufacturing, leadership and committed employees.
MBX's made-to-order server appliances and embedded systems enable customers' software applications to be delivered pre-loaded on optimized hardware systems for turnkey deployment, eliminating the need for IT staff at the end user site to install, configure and fine-tune software. No two platforms are alike, with different chassis, components and variations in processes such as cabling, branding, software image loading, and testing for each system.
Among MBX's operational achievements cited by Quality Magazine include a 57 percent increase in appliances manufactured, without increasing plant footprint. The company reduced system and workmanship defects for shipped products by 42 percent and reduced order picking times, saving 30 minutes a day per assembly technician. Also, MBX increased its booked-to-actual work time by 70 percent in 2010, up from 64 percent in 2009.
MBX not only invests in technologies and operations, it also invests in employees. Candidates have the opportunity to work on the job – with pay – for several days during the hiring process and new employees spend several weeks learning about the different departments of the company. There's a profit-sharing plan, regular opportunities to give back to the community through volunteerism and charity support, and an annual employee appreciation week.
"Quality Magazine specifically pointed to Signal, a custom manufacturing application we developed in house that features built-in quality controls. Despite the economic downturn, we at MBX Systems knew how important this software would be to our customers, because quality is paramount," said MBX CEO Tom Crowley. "Quality Magazine's recognition is a testament to our rigorous processes and procedures, factory floor and operational efficiencies, our hard-working employees and our commitment to deliver the best appliances and systems on the market today."
MBX and its Quality Plant of the Year award is featured in an article in this month's Quality Magazine.
About MBX Systems
Founded in 1995, MBX Systems is a leader in the configuration, manufacturing and deployment of server appliances and optimized systems for application developers and service providers. MBX combines turnkey hardware programs with value-added services delivered through a dedicated account team, including platform configuration, hardware branding, inventory management, global logistics, product support, and system warranties. For more information, visit www.mbx.com or call 800-560-1195.
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