MBX Wins Best in Category in ML100 Manufacturing Leadership Awards
OEM Server Appliance Manufacturer Judged #1 for Operational Excellence
Jun 09, 2015, 09:03 ET
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., June 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Server appliance manufacturer MBX Systems today announced receipt of the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership (ML) High Achiever Award for Operational Excellence at last week's Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala recognizing the winners of the 2015 ML100 competition. MBX was selected over 13 other winners in the Operational Excellence category, including Fortune 500 and Global 500 giants Avnet, IBM, L'Oreal, Nissan and Dow Chemical.
The High Achiever Award signifies that MBX drew more votes from the judges than any other contender in the Operational Excellence category. High Achiever winners in other categories included Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, The Campbell Soup Company, General Electric Global Research, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Merck & Co., and Toyota Motor Sales.
Super Cell Initiative
MBX was recognized for planning and execution of a project designed to expedite completion of larger orders for the custom server appliances it builds for business software vendors that deliver their applications as turnkey hardware/software packages. The initiative involved deploying advanced automation technology and supporting infrastructure for a new extra-large "Super Cell" workstation format enabling the simultaneous configuration and testing of up to 400 servers during final manufacturing processes.
"We operate in an extreme high-mix environment where hundreds of custom server configurations with disparate components and processes are moving through our plant at any given time. With our growth, handling larger batch sizes efficiently, profitably and with meticulous quality controls became a necessity that led directly to our Super Cell implementation," said Jill Bellak, MBX President and Chief Operating Officer. "Recognition of the project in the ML100 competition is strong validation of ongoing manufacturing innovations that enable us to both meet customer needs and maintain our competitive advantage."
Two ML100 Awards in Three Years
MBX's Super Cell project quintupled the number of server appliances that can be configured and tested simultaneously at a single workstation, quadrupled the company's build capacity, equipped MBX to process up to 400 systems at once by linking multiple Super Cells together, and leaned operations by merging configuration and testing stations. It also enabled quality improvements by reducing configuration keystrokes and providing real-time testing feedback.
This year, MBX is expanding the initiative by adding multiple new Super Cell work areas enabling simultaneous configuration and testing of up to 640 systems. The upgrade will increase monthly capacity to more than 25,000 units per shift per month.
The award marked the second time in three years that MBX was recognized in the ML100 competition. The company was honored in 2012 for a wide-ranging proprietary shop floor software and process improvement project designed to maximize quality, efficiency and on-time delivery for MBX's custom server appliance manufacturing business.
About MBX Systems
MBX Systems is a leading designer and manufacturer of application-optimized server appliances and cloud-ready solutions for ISVs and service providers worldwide. MBX delivers turnkey hardware systems that are 100% customized to the customer's specifications by in-house platform engineers, while also offering value-added services such as branding, software imaging, regulatory/compliance, global logistics and warranty support to relieve customers of all hardware responsibilities. That unusual range of services, along with award-winning quality, innovation and customer service, has attracted customers in more than 40 vertical industries in the past two decades. For more information, visit www.mbx.com.
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