Wetzlar, Germany. Leica Microsystems’ Wetzlar factory has won two categories of the 2012 Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Award. Besides convincing the jury with their logistics and operational management, the teams at the location where Leica Microsystems is headquartered were also chosen as the overall competition winners. In this category, representatives of the Technical University of Berlin, the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH) as well as selected partners from industry and the media assess the customer focus, innovation in products and processes and information technology of the participating companies. Other factors taken into consideration are staff development and integration, change management, quality management, and, for the first time this year, the sustainability of the production process.
Short paths in logistics and assembly and CRD delivery
“The systematic switchover to the transport kanban system through short paths in logistics and system assembly, the consistent measurement of delivery performance up to CRD delivery and a supply chain fully tuned to these objectives singles Leica Microsystems in Wetzlar out from the other competitors in this year’s MX Award,” decided the jury. The prestigious award, which originated in England, was conferred for the eighth consecutive year in Germany. Other companies among this year’s prizewinners are tool manufacturer HILTI, RECARO Aircraft Seating and the HARTING Technology Group (electronic connectors).
More awards for the Leica SR GSD widefield super-resolution microscope
The internationally reputed R&D magazine also conferred its R&D100 awards for excellence in technological innovation in the fall of 2012. Not only was the trailblazing widefield super-resolution microscope Leica SR GSD, a joint product development of Leica Microsystems and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, among the 100 proud award winners, it also won one of the three coveted “Editor’s Choice Awards“ of the international panel of experts.
The US American magazine Microscopy Today, the magazine of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA), also honored the development of the Leica SR GSD with one of its Top Ten Innovations Awards 2012, which was presented at the M&M (Microscopy & Microanalysis) conference, MSA’s main annual meeting, in Phoenix, Arizona. “Like all three awards in 2012 given to the Leica SR GSD by a panel of scientific experts, the Top Ten Innovations Award not only acknowledges Leica Microsystems‘ innovation power, but also the company’s ability to promote clear benefits to users,“ comments Sebastian Tille, Head of Leica Microsystems‘ Widefield Imaging Division.