Flex Repeat Winner of Manufacturing Leadership Awards


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Flex announced that it has been named a winner of two 2020 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. For the third consecutive year, Flex was recognized for Sustainability Leadership, and for the second consecutive year, the company was honored for Enterprise Integration & Technology Leadership.

In the Sustainability Leadership category, Sinctronics, a division of Flex in Brazil, was honored for designing and manufacturing smartbin, an Internet of Things (IoT) device. Smartbin automatically generates a notification when an electronic waste (e-waste) receptacle reaches 70 percent capacity and creates a collection order. Produced with recycled raw materials and optimizing e-waste collection activities, smartbin has reduced costs by 40 percent and increased material collection time by 80 percent during its pilot phase. Sinctronics collects electronics materials to be refurbished or re-manufactured, and designs products to facilitate reuse, enabling the IT industry to combat electronic waste and pollution and become more sustainable.

In the Enterprise Integration & Technology Leadership category, Flex was recognized for driving production efficiencies, process automation and predictive analytics across sites by leveraging legacy and new machine data. Flex uses a set of key process indicators (KPI), including original equipment effectiveness and line utilization, to benchmark sites. Collaborating with Arch Systems, a provider of a leading machine-data-sensing platform compatible with both legacy and new industrial machines, Flex is automating KPIs by transforming raw machine data into real-time actionable metrics, that deliver a measurable improvement in manufacturing productivity. Ultimately, these KPI metrics enable the real-time ability to drive better decision-making for asset purchasing, allocation and utilization.

“We are proud and honored to be recognized again with multiple Manufacturing Leadership Awards,” said Francois Barbier, president, global operations & components at Flex. “These awards are validation of the ongoing dedication of our employees to drive manufacturing excellence and collaborating with our partners.”

Flex will be recognized at the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala, which will take place as a virtual event on October 8, 2020. 

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