Manufacturing best practices at Pratt & Whitney's North Berwick, Maine facility focus on customer focus and flexibility.
More than 1,000 miles separate Athens, Georgia, and North Berwick, Maine. But the two towns have one thing in common: they are both home to UTC facilities honored as the best manufacturing operations on the continent .
Earlier this year, trade publication IndustryWeek named Carrier Transicold’s Athens facility and Pratt & Whitney's North Berwick facility as two of the eight Best Plants in North America. UTC is the only company with more than one facility to win the award this year.
Among a number of technical achievements, the awards recognize both facilities' dedication to worker safety and productivity. Carrier Transicold's Athens plant has not had a lost-time injury in over a decade, while OSHA-recordable injury and illness case rates are down 81 percent. Meanwhile, the development of new assembly lines at North Berwick has improved ergonomics for technicians and cut assembly times in half.
"The recognition of North Berwick's accomplishments by IndustryWeek is a gratifying acknowledgment of Pratt & Whitney's investments in advanced manufacturing technologies and innovation as well as the quality of our employees and work environment," said Paolo Dal Cin, Vice President, Manufacturing and Module Center Operations, at Pratt & Whitney.
“This recognition is a powerful example of how a dedicated, diverse team can continually transform its plant operations in a positive manner,” added
Matt Walker, Director, Operations, at Carrier Transicold Athens.
In addition to highlighting these achievements, the publication also noted the importance of UTC's company-wide operating system, Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE). ACE empowers every UTC employee — whether working in manufacturing or otherwise — to focus on the drivers of competitive excellence to benefit customers and shareowners.
The facilities' “drive for continuous improvement in all phases of their operations is a testament to the commitment of their managers and employees to combine talent, technology and operational excellence to meet the needs of demanding customers here and around the world,” explained Patricia Panchak, IndustryWeek’s Editor-in-Chief.