Excellence in Manufacturing Capability

You’re thinking about entering the Excellence in Manufacturing Capability Category? Excellent!

Nominations are open for consideration of the Excellence in Manufacturing Capability at the annual Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

Registration takes 5 minutes. Applications are open from 8 May and close 19 July. If you have been unable to meet the deadline, please contact HMA to make an alternate arrangement.

Please read the following definition before completing your application form to ensure you are submitting in the correct category.

Definitions & Guidelines

To assist you with this application the judges have provided some guidelines.

When providing your answers, the “For Example” / guidelines we have suggested for each question are not intended to be exhaustive. They are designed as examples and prompts to help you understand the judges’ requirements. It is important that where you state that you have evidence in support of the specific question you are answering, you need to provide that evidence – usually, a generic brochure or company overview is not sufficient.

Focus of the Category

This category recognises outstanding work done to improve the manufacturing systems, processes and tools that led to significant improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of the manufacturing operations in the business.  The initiatives may include a wide variety of elements from new technology to new processes or tools.

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Example Information Required

Each of the listed criteria must be addressed and where possible, evidence provided

Photographs, drawings, etc, may be included as an attachment to this application form and should be labelled clearly for the judges. E.g. Question 3 – evidence provided

Please address the following criteria and restrict the content of each criteria response to 200 words or less. For example; Question 1 can only have a maximum of 200 words.

Maximum File Size

The entry form allows a maximum file size of 20MB to be uploaded. If you are having issues with the size of your example files, please contact Carol McEwan on info@hma.org.au or call 0438 242 899 to make an alternate arrangement to send your file(s).

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Judging Criteria & Values

Below is a breakdown of each question, the criteria judges will be looking for and the value of each question.

Question Judging Criteria Value
  1. Planning
  • Describe the “pre’ situation.  What was the challenge you were addressing – energy costs, productivity, quality, safety? How was the need to improve identified?  Describe and quantify where possible in $ and time the investment made in planning for the improvement.
  • How was the effect on the business assessed and quantified?
  • What form did the business case take that resulted in the project being approved to proceed?
  • How was the planning stage managed to ensure the success of the project? e.g. workplace consultation, communication and engagement, allocation of resources, contingency planning.

10 / 80

  1. Targets
  • What targeted KPI’s or improvements to KPI’s (to be measured) were nominated and documented before commencing? A measure of improved profitability (disguised for commercially sensitive reasons if necessary) is mandatory.
  • How were they relevant to the business challenge?
  • Why were these targets realistic and achievable?
  • How were they measured and reported?
  • Was there a clear time frame for each target?
  • Were the targets clearly documented and how was the leadership team and workforce engaged in the development and monitoring of the targets?

10 / 80

  1. The Solution
  • Describe the solution you developed.  How was the solution developed?  What steps were involved and who was engaged in the development process?
  • What were the key elements of the solution and how were they applied to the business improvement need?
  • Describe the process you used to identify risks to the solution.  What were the major risks identified and how did you plan to manage them through the execution phase?
  • Describe any new ideas (innovations) that you developed?
  • Did you decide to protect your new idea/s with patents or trademarks?

10 / 80

  1. Execution
  • Describe the process of executing the solution.  What were the steps involved and how were all the stakeholders involved in the process?
  • Describe the involvement of any partners or collaborators in the solution.  What was their role?  Did they share the risk and costs?

10 / 80

  1. Investments

Describe the investments required to make the solution work.  Technology, systems, tools, capability building, infrastructure etc.

10 / 80

  1. Outcomes
  • Describe the “post” situation and quantify improvement in profitability and ALL other nominated KPI’s.
  • Answers to this question need to match the KPIs listed in Question 2. Direct correlation between the project approved KPIs and the results will provide conclusive evidence of success. Sustainability of the change and the related KPIs needs to be demonstrated.
  • What impacts has the solution had on the competitiveness of the business and its medium to longer term sustainability?

10 / 80

  1. Exceptional or Non-Quantitative Outcomes
  • Describe any pleasing/exceptional non quantitative outcomes achieved, and if there were any, what it might mean for your organisation.
  • Improved reporting at all levels
  • Improved relationships between management and staff.
  • Greater engagement by staff and improved culture
  • More effective teams showing greater initiative to further improve the business
  • Potential further improvements in related processes
  • How these outcomes can be leveraged to bring about change in other sections or groups within the business

10 / 80

  1. Unforeseen Benefits
  • What, if any, unforeseen benefits emerged and how might these be applied to other processes/products/locations?
  • Improved accountability for targets at all levels in the organisation.
  • Ability to apply the improvements to other sections within the business.
  • New or expanded markets not envisaged in the original KPIs.
  • Greater recognition internally and externally of the skills and worth of the business that might lead to further investment in improvements.

10 / 80

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Please Register first before completing your application form. Registration takes 5 minutes and close 30th August 2020.

Follow the below link to start the registration process.

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