March 28, 2011

Rohde & Schwarz Teisnach plant receives 2010 Factory of the Year award for small series production

The Rohde & Schwarz Teisnach plant in Germany was honored with the coveted 2010 Factory of the Year award. In the competition, considered one of the most demanding industry benchmarks in Germany, the Rohde & Schwarz production site took first place in the category "Excellent Small Series Production". The award ceremony took place at the two-day Factory of the Year / GEO Congress in Esslingen, Germany.

Ernst Pfister, Minister of Economic Affairs for the state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg, presented the award to Johann Kraus, Rohde & Schwarz Teisnach Plant Manager. The competition was held under the auspices of the business magazine "Produktion" in cooperation with the consulting firm A. T. Kearney. "Measuring ourselves against the very best – that was the idea that prompted us to take part in this competition. We’re very proud that we can now claim the title of 2010 Factory of the Year," said Mr. Kraus.

The jury was particularly impressed by the continual enhancement of the Teisnach plant, which is responsible for all production and service activities for Rohde & Schwarz transmitter manufacturing. The Teisnach workforce has been working hard for four years to optimize manufacturing processes. "Rohde & Schwarz has put its flexibility to the test," explained Mr. Kraus. "The employees have succeeded in breaking up the structures established over a 40-year period and reorganizing workflows," he added. In order to enhance production efficiency, changes in responsibilities and at the management level were necessary. As a result, the lead times in transmitter manufacturing were reduced from 35 to 12 days. The plant also scored high points for delivery reliability.

The jury was also impressed with the value creation system developed by Rohde & Schwarz. The Teisnach plant switched from the job-shop production approach to continuous-flow manufacturing, thereby shortening transport paths and reducing inventories in the value creation chain.

These longest-standing industry benchmarking award is announced annually, and is open to all manufacturing plants in German-speaking countries as well as EU accession countries.

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