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March 20, 2020

Flex's 2020 AWARD FINALIST CASE STUDY : Best Achievement of Operational Excellence in Manufacturing.

Read this article about Flex, one of our finalists, in the category Best Achievement of Operational Excellence in Manufacturing, selected by the independent judging panel, for the 2020 Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Industry Awards program.

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About Flex

As a global supply chain solutions and manufacturing company, Flex specializes in innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services. Flex provides a variety of solutions to customers in a range of industries, including automotive, cloud, communications, consumer, home & lifestyle, energy, and industrial, among others.

Center of Excellence

With a global presence, the company selected its Milpitas, California site to pilot a center of excellence initiative in the form of a customer innovation center. Located in Silicon Valley, where time-to-market is critical, the team manages a dynamic set of customers in various stages of the product lifecycle.

In 2012, Milpitas developed a customer innovation center to support a broad portfolio of customers and products, spanning network devices, capital equipment, energy products and wearables, among others. To help customers launch products faster and capture market share, the team strengthened capabilities with the innovation center. Through the addition, the site provides accelerated prototype-to-mass production time and flexible supply chain solutions at a high quality and competitive price.

The Milpitas site must adapt to dynamic changes and focus on continuous improvement to help meet financial objectives and deliver value for all stakeholders.

With the support of local management, the Business Excellence (BE) team drives transformation using Lean-Six Sigma methods for continuous improvement. The Flex Lean Enterprise (FLE) is based on the Toyota Production System, which applies Lean tools sequentially to eliminate waste and create value for customers. The Milpitas BE team’s efforts include facilitating a campus evolution from a manufacturing site to include a customer innovation center. Faster time to market and accelerated prototype build requires efficient resource management, business processes innovation and cross-functional collaboration with design, manufacturing and supply chain teams.

The Milpitas team, along with other Flex sites, strive to double the good, half the bad with triple the speed and sustain.

Achievements

  • Continuous improvement projects: Over 700
  • Average yearly employee participation in BE activities: 45% of HC
  • Hard savings: ~$30 million
  • Inventory savings: +$220 million

Milpitas Recognition

  • 2013: Won Industry Week’s Best Manufacturing Plant Award
  • 2014: Won Supply Chain Innovation award by council of supply chain management professionals
  • 2017: Recognized by The American Society for Quality (ASQ) Attendee Choice Award Certificate of Recognition for Creative Solution/Action

Customer Feedback

“Lean teams at Flex have improved inventory turnover through VMI program.” – VP, Supply Chain Management, Customer A
 
“The Flex Lean team-initiated kaizen reduced our product manufacturing lead time from 5 days to 1 day.” – Operations team, Customer B
 
New Awards CTAWhat’s Next

The journey continues, as the Milpitas is taking steps to integrate Lean methodologies to the company’s Industry 4.0 initiatives.

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About the Awards

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards have been established to showcase globally the most outstanding organizational achievements through the application of Operational Excellence programs. Click here to view the Press Release.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Awards (BTOES) on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020, from 6.30pm in the Venetian Ballroom at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort.

The Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awards are open to all organizations, both private and public sector, across the globe, which have implemented Operational Excellence programs to deliver outstanding business results.

The Awards will be held in conjunction with the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit, BTOES 2020 in the beautiful Venetian Ballroom on March 25, 2020 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando™️. Click to access the agenda, view the current speakers, and watch the highlights video from last year.

 

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The issues in this article are just one of topic areas that are going to be discussed at the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit & Industry

BTOES is the industry’s biggest and best, senior-level, cross-industry gathering of Business Transformation & Operational Excellence industry leaders and senior executives.

It also hosts the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Awardswhich showcase globally the most outstanding organizational achievements through the application of Operational Excellence programs.

The summits hosts a number of private forums for C-Level & Global corporate-level leaders as well as business unit heads.

With over 150 speakers, over 100 sessions, 12 Keynotes, 9 Track Themes, 5 parallel tracks, 60+ track sessions, 50 roundtable discussions, 20 Interactive Workshops, 6 Thought Leader Panels, 5 Leaders Boardrooms, 5 co-located events, the Industry Awards Program, Site Visits, 20+ hours of social networking including 2 gala cocktail parties, dinners, numerous group activities, this is the ultimate event to benchmark, network and drive Operational Excellence to the next level.

 

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There is a strong focus on Cultural Transformation, Customer Delight, Sustaining an Operational Excellence program, Need for end-to-end Business Transformation, Keeping up with new technologies/impact of digitalization and Leadership Buy-in & Understanding. We dedicated two tracks to advanced technologies, such as AI, Machine Learning, RPA, Predictive Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud infrastructure etc.

The agenda is designed to encourage active meaningful conversations though all day enhanced networking and interaction opportunities, including

  • All-day Refreshment & Themed Breaks

  • 1¼ Hour Hot Breakfast Networking Sessions

  • 1½ Hour Hot Plated Networking Lunches with Topic & Industry Sector focussed tables

  • 1½ Hour Roundtable Sessions by Topic & Industry Sector.

  • Keynote & Themes Panel Sessions

  • Hosted Welcome Receptions from 5.30pm

  • Expanded more lavish Awards Program

  • Newly launched Night Summit for attendees to meet after dinner

For more information or to discuss the summit in more detail please schedule a call below,

Click here to schedule a call. 


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