Innovation and Manufacturing Fuel Economic Renewal

Early in my career, a big part of my job was to coordinate company involvement in various trade shows across North America. I have worked hundreds of industry and association events over the years. As a result, most tradeshows and conferences can look the same to me and I rarely get excited to attend.

However, I am truly excited to attend the MEDTECH 2015: Convergence | Building Momentum for Growth conference in Buffalo, NY on October 14th and 15th. Here’s why.

Passion for Innovation

My excitement is both personal and professional. I’ve enjoyed my career in engineering and manufacturing over the years because I enjoy seeing how things are made. You could say that innovation truly inspires me.

For Creation Technologies and so many within the electronics manufacturing industry, we believe innovation is at the core of commercialization and manufacturing success. Without new ideas driving new technologies and new products, there would be no manufacturing sector. We’d lose a big economic driver.

Economic Opportunity

Over the last 10 years, there have been significant shifts in manufacturing in North America. I’ve travelled across many provinces and states, visiting businesses in small towns and big cities. I’ve been witness to the struggle of businesses and have seen the very real impact on local economies when a company is forced to close its doors, as well as the impact on people and their families when those jobs are lost.

The entire premise of MEDTECH 2015 is to bring together brilliant minds in healthcare, sharing new ideas and technologies that will elevate the medical industry to new levels. MedTech member companies are innovative and bringing new products to market. As a result, MedTech member companies are growing and creating new employment opportunities across the New York State and beyond, which is a good thing for everyone.

Medical Industry Driving Renewal and Growth

I am excited that Creation is a member of MedTech, and we are looking forward to great discussion at the conference in Buffalo.

I look forward to hearing the thoughts of Bhawnesh Mathur, Creation’s President and CEO, as he discusses the theme of Manufacturing Innovation as part of a panel of experts.

I also look forward to learning more about the cutting-edge technologies and products in development by our OEM customers.

Creation Technologies’ mission statement is to ‘enrich lives’ and we are proud to support MedTech and its innovative member companies. There is no doubt the ideas shared at MEDTECH 2015 will spark change and revitalize communities.

And that’s something to get excited about.

Free Technical Paper to Help You Verify the Elimination of Flux Residue

Flux residue cleaning: miniaturization presents unique challenges
Miniaturization Presents Unique Challenges

Over the course of my career, I’ve seen firsthand the impact that organizations like SMTA and IPC can have on the electronics industry. At Creation Technologies, we’re proud to be a long-standing member of SMTA and appreciate the work that it has done to establish standards, strengthen skills and further the success of its members.

Through these prestigious associations, Creation plays an active role in accelerating the growth of the global electronics industry for both newcomers and long-time industry leaders alike.

A Decade of Dedication

Over the last 10 years, the Process Engineering team at Creation – Mississauga has been a regular participant and contributor to SMTA’s International Conference on Soldering and Reliability (ICSR) in Toronto.

I’ve welcomed the opportunity to attend as part of this team, engaging in good discussion and sharing Creation’s knowledge in surface mount assembly and related processes.

Smaller Components, Bigger Cleaning Challenge

The continued miniaturization of electronic components presents a unique challenge to product reliability. One of these challenges is in processing and cleaning during assembly.

Today’s ever-smaller components mean smaller clearances. This increases the probability of flux residue or surface contamination during processing, which in turn leads to reliability risks that can only be mitigated through ensuring total flux removal.

If flux residue is left on the board, it can reduce yields, and even cause significant field failures.

The paper discusses multiple cleaning methods to remove flux.
The paper discusses multiple cleaning methods to remove flux.

Clean-Cut Methods

Creation takes pride in ensuring the reliability of the products we build for our customers, and have established methods that ensure this total flux removal.

To learn more about how Creation accomplishes this, our technical paper, written by Flavius Dehel and myself, can be downloaded from the SMTA website. It describes Creation’s systematic development of methods that aid us in total removal of flux residue:

Free Download for SMTA Members:
Technical Paper | Verification of Cleaning Under Leadless Components

This download is free for SMTA members and is available to non-members for a nominal fee.

We hope that this paper provides you with some more insight into the impact that the cleaning process can have on product quality. Please let us know if we can answer any questions by sending us an email.

Product Development Secrets from the Best Designers

It is undisputed – product development is very challenging.

No matter what process we follow or how well defined the specifications are, projects never proceed as smoothly as we would like.

This was the theme of our workshop a few weeks ago, when I had the pleasure of presenting ‘DFX and You: Making the Transition from Design to Manufacturing’ along with Nate Bullerman, Engineering Leader in Creation’s Minnesota manufacturing facility.

We partnered with LifeScience Alley as part of the educational sessions they provide to Minnesota’s healthcare and life sciences community, and spent the morning with a great group of design engineers.

Watch Nate discuss how tombstoning can be avoided through DFM in the video below.

There’s Only One Guarantee in New Product Development

The discussion went something like this… Whether:

  • The software has a nagging bug
  • The hardware has an intermittent reset
  • The enclosure needs to be bigger
  • The cost is just a bit too high, or
  • Marketing would like to add “just one” more feature…

The only guarantee in new product development is:

The product you release will be very different than the one you started with.

The recipe for success in product development is in having the skills to manage change and identify risk, while keeping within cost and time constraints.

Product Development
Do you have the skills to manage change and identify risk, while keeping within cost and budget?

The Big Picture

The demands of product development can be overwhelming for the design engineer.

In fact, so much pressure is often placed on getting a prototype fully functional, often within superhuman time constraints, that little thought is given to the long-term production of the product.

Engineers are entrepreneurs at heart, and so a typical design approach is to purchase all the parts to build the prototype, put it together somehow, and “make it work”.

This doesn’t always lend itself to the Design for Excellence, or DFX, that is necessary to produce a commercially viable product.

It’s easy to wonder, “Why would I specify six alternative components when I don’t know if the prototype will even work?”

Or, “Why should I add all the other details when the product specifications are just going to change again?”

Secrets of the Best Designers

The best designers know how to balance the priorities of the complete project.

Part of this balancing act is framing the overall plan for procurement, production and test. Successful designers know that overlooking these critical functions can result in significant delays and/or costs.

If you want to follow best practices, it is important to identify any barriers early, (before those prototypes), to allow for recovery and a change of direction. This is true whether the product is expected to utilize all standard parts and processes or has some customization.

At our LifeScience Alley workshop, we discussed many aspects of DFX, and created a handy DFM reference for engineers as they think about best designs for product manufacturing.

If you’d like a copy, you can download one here: The Successful Engineer’s Guide to DFM

 

'The Successful Engineer's Easy Reference Guide to DFM'

The best designers know that the way forward is through collaboration – to involve team members from purchasing, manufacturing and test to assist in the product review.

As Woodrow Wilson once said, “I use not only all the brains I have, but all those I can borrow.”

What are some of the ways you’ve found to balance competing priorities in the design process?

Creativity and Innovation in Medical Product Development

If you read my blog post back in July, you know that Creation Technologies and Creation Design Services were this year’s Innovation Station Sponsors at LSA2014, LifeScience Alley’s Health Technology Leadership Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

It was amazing to meet life sciences innovators from across the globe as everyone joined LSA in celebrating 30 years of achievement in Minnesota’s medical community.

Personally, I was very impressed by Mayo Clinic Ventures. The organization systematically invests in new technology and start-ups to bring solutions to niche markets. This mindset will continue to be especially important as the medical industry focuses on the patient experience, and “outliers” become a thing of the past.

Check out the LSA2014 Conference Recap to see some of the insights shared by The Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, SharedClarity and many others.

The Power of Creativity in Innovation

In a rapidly changing industry like Healthcare, innovation is a must.

“To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play.”
~Albert Einstein

We need to regain the creativity of our childhood to come up with revolutionary ideas, and we wanted Creation’s Innovation Station to help people tap into their hidden potential.

We also wanted everyone to have a lot of fun.

Naturally, we thought of LEGO!

Simulating the product commercialization process, we had a lot of fun helping guests design, build and program their own remote-controlled robots using LEGO Mindstorms.

We built some robots of our own, too, and definitely enjoyed chasing people around with them!

(Unfortunately Katie did less chasing than the rest of us…)

Nate Bullerman and Katie Eggert as Katie shows off her stylish footwear at LSA2014
Nate Bullerman and Katie Eggert as Katie shows off her stylish footwear at LSA2014

Here’s a quick recap of our own LSA experience:

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Innovation and Product Development

I recently came across an article with a photo of an awesome and authentic note to parents included in LEGO Instructions from 1974. As of this blog post, this tweet by @henrywarren has been retweeted over 8,000 times!

Lego definitely had it nailed.

Unlike LEGO, however, product development doesn’t come with a set of instructions.

It involves a great deal of creative thinking, expertise, and an innovator’s mindset to overcome common product development pitfalls.

Yet, like LEGO Mindstorms, there are simple design practices that you can incorporate to achieve manufacturing and commercial success.

Anyone can find fresh and innovative solutions with the right approach, tools, and partners to help along the way.

Are you interested in learning more about how Creation and our Medical Device Design and Manufacturing services can help you innovate and succeed?

Give me a call at 262.501.6686 or send me an email any time.

P.S. For even the most experienced designers, Product Development can be a real challenge. Nate and I presented ‘DFX and You: Making the Transition from Design to Manufacturing’ last week at Hamline University in Minneapolis as part of LSA’s educational workshops. Stay tuned for an upcoming post!

Medical Devices Innovation: LifeScience Alley & Creation Technologies

Creation Technologies Sponsors LifeScience Alley Conference for Medical Devices

For many decades, Minnesota (and indeed, the Mid-West) has been a critical hub for development in Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Devices.

For a Biomedical Engineer-cum-EMS Industry Professional like me, this era of innovation and technological advancement in the Medical industry, and Medical Devices in particular, is extremely exciting.

I wanted to write a quick post to let everyone know that Creation Technologies and Creation Design Services are this year’s Innovation Station sponsors at the LifeScience Alley, LSA 2014: The Health Technology Leadership Conference, on November 19th at the Minneapolis Convention Center!

LifeScience Alley, its members and people, are great. Much more info about the organization and its members can be found on their great new website, but here’s the overview for anyone not familiar with LSA:

With a 28-year track record of providing valuable services and results-oriented outcomes to its members, LifeScience Alley improves the life science operating environment and enables business success through educating workforces, influencing state and federal public policy, supporting advancement in research and technological innovation and fostering industry connections.

Creation Technologies is exceptionally pleased to be a partner at this year’s conference. We know it will be a great success for LifeScience Alley, as it is every year.

We’ll be sharing more about the conference and our exciting Innovation Station exhibit in the coming months. (Drum roll, please!)

Until then, I’d love to chat about the medical devices and other things that we’re designing at Creation Design Services. Give me a call at 262.501.6686 or send me an email any time.

My colleague, Katie, also loves to “talk tech” and can fill you in on exciting happenings at Creation’s manufacturing business units in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and beyond. She can be reached at 651.242.4344 and any time by email as well.

We invite you to come to any of our Creation Design Centers or Manufacturing Business Units anytime for a visit, check us out at www.creationtech.com.

We look forward to seeing you at LSA 2014 in Minnesota in November!

IPC Government & Electronics Industry Leadership Conference in D.C.

Creation CEO Bhawnesh Mathur discusses the electronics industry with Congressman Tim Walz of Minnesota with Congressman Tim Walz of Minnesota
IPC’s IMPACT 2014: Creation Technologies CEO Bhawnesh Mathur discusses the electronics industry with Congressman Tim Walz of Minnesota

I believe strongly that the electronics industry and EMS providers such as Creation Technologies have key roles to play in the ongoing development of technology leadership.

I also believe that as today’s business leaders, we have a responsibility to do what we can to create economic opportunity and growth in our communities.

One way we can foster this growth is through activism in the industry associations that bring together and give a voice to our varied perspectives and expertise. As such, I currently sit on the IPC Board of Directors and serve as Chairman of the IPC Government Relations Steering Committee.

IPC Government Relations Committee & IMPACT 2014

The mandate of the IPC Government Relations program is to support the industry by “promoting policies that foster economic growth, job creation and enhance international competitiveness”, addressing key issues like tax, trade and environmental technology policy.

To that end, on June 10 and 11, I had the pleasure of spending time with 16 other executives from IPC member-companies while participating in IMPACT 2014: IPC on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the conference was to share with senior American policymakers our collective perspective on current challenges and opportunities, and IPC was very successful in arranging a series of meetings to discuss specific initiatives that we believe will benefit our customers and strengthen the electronics industry.

These initiatives sparked thought-provoking discussion with all of the U.S. Government leaders with whom we met. It was an added pleasure to have the chance to meet with Members of Congress representing communities in which Creation has business units, specifically Senator John Cornyn and Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas, Congressman Andy Barr of Kentucky, Congressman Paul Ryan from Wisconsin, Congressman Tim Walz of Minnesota, and Congressman Brad Schneider of Illinois.

Bhawnesh joins IPC Government Relations Committee colleagues and IPC President and CEO John Mitchell in a light-hearted moment with Senator Mark Warner
Bhawnesh joins IPC Government Relations Committee colleagues and IPC President and CEO John Mitchell in a light-hearted moment with Senator Mark Warner
Congressman Brad Schneider of Illinois and Creation Technologies CEO Bhawnesh Mathur
Congressman Brad Schneider of Illinois and Creation Technologies CEO Bhawnesh Mathur

Some of the summit’s leading issues were:

Manufacturing and the economy: Support for domestic innovation and manufacturing through the creation and full funding of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), and passage of S. 1468/H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI). The NNMI is a public-private partnership that draws on the resources of the federal government, local governments, universities, research institutes and industry to accelerate R&D of manufacturing technologies with commercial applications. IPC is working with its members and the government to influence the selection of the next round of R&D programs in areas such as flexible hybrid electronics and electronic packaging and reliability.

Environmental regulation: A bipartisan effort to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and promote recycling of manufacturing byproducts.

National Security: A modernized export control regime with clear and appropriate controls on printed boards designed for defense electronics.

You can find more information in a blog post on IPC’s website: Electronics Industry Leaders Meet with U.S. Policy Makers on Capitol Hill

National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

The proposal for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation is a compelling one.

Today we’re seeing manufacturing and technology innovation like never before. Entrepreneurship is one of Creation’s Core Values, and so it’s exciting to see our governments invest actively in leadership and development at both federal and local levels.

In Canada, we saw the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP) established in 2013 through the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). Through short-term financial support to select incubators and accelerators, CAIP aims to “harness innovation” of small- and medium-sized business, providing the venture capital, expertise and infrastructure to fast-track new products and services to market.

In the U.S., the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation program has a similar goal, with the proposed legislation aiming to build a nationwide manufacturing innovation network with unparalleled reach and impact. Formation of this network is key in enabling Americans and American companies to excel in the development and commercialization of new technologies. Because Creation is a full-service electronics manufacturer with a specialization in turnkey product design services, this is something especially close to our hearts.

IPC Executives, Bhawnesh and electronics industry colleagues on IPC Government Relations Committee meeting with Senator John Cornyn
IPC Executives, Bhawnesh and electronics industry colleagues on IPC Government Relations Committee meeting with Senator John Cornyn

Working Together to Build the Future

At Creation, we see firsthand how electronics and electronics manufacturing continue to play pivotal roles in job creation, economic growth and technological advancement.

It’s heartening to see all stakeholders – from investors to entrepreneurs to business leaders to government to academia – invested in the manufacturing and technology ecosystems, and working together for transformation.

Forums like IPC’s IMPACT are essential to this kind of holistic collaboration, and it’s a privilege for me to take part. This year, as always, I learned a great deal from my fellow committee members and the elected officials with whom we had very good discussion, and I’m appreciative of everyone’s candor and insight. Thank you also to the IPC team for making the conference possible and for bringing government and industry leaders together to create alignment on key issues.

I look forward to IPC’s IMPACT 2015 and the opportunities it will bring to build relationships, awareness, and a bright future for the electronics industry.

US Dept of Commerce Conference: Key EU Environmental Updates

EU Environmental Legislation: US Dept of Commerce Update
EU Environmental Legislation: US Dept of Commerce Update

Do you sell Electrical & Electronic Equipment, including Medical devices, into the European Union?

Do you and your company need to understand EU environmental legislation and its changing scope?

Good news! In May, the US Department of Commerce is hosting a free conference to provide an update on key EU directives.

The conference will take place on May 5th, from 9:15am-12:00pm, in Washington, D.C.

EU Legislation Highlighted at the Conference

RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Recast

  • Recent coverage of medical/electrical equipment and monitoring and control instruments
  • Potential revision of the list of Restricted Substances
  • Implications arising from the new edition of the ‘Blue Guide’

WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Recast – Just Implemented across Europe

  • Information about several key changes from the original WEEE Directive
  • New, just-released FAQ document (which can be found here)

ErP (Energy Related Products) Directive

  • Newly adopted implementing measures
  • Development of a new work plan covering many types of products
  • Product labeling

Batteries Directive

  • New amendments to the Directive
  • The issue of ‘removability’

Key speakers:

Steve Andrews – United Kingdom, Head of Environmental Regulation Unit and Policy Lead
Chris Smith – United Kingdom, Technical Manager and Operational Manager
Guenter Hoermindinger – First Counselor for Environment, EU Delegation to the United States

Registration information and the link to the Government release can be found here on the export.gov site.

Medical Connections Are Made at MD&M West 2013

Clippard's Awesome Air Guitar
Clippard’s Awesome Air Guitar

Medical Design & Manufacturing West 2013, along with UBM Canon’s sister shows for packaging, automation, design, plastics, electronics, aerospace and sustainability provided a cornucopia of activities this year.

With keynote speakers, live product teardowns, VIP Receptions, Innovation Briefs, an improved conference track, and of course, some networking, the aisles were bustling with attendees and the booths busy with product announcements and showcases.

A team from Creation Technologies was on hand to showcase our diverse manufacturing and design capabilities, discover some new developments in the field of Medical Devices and meet some new people along the way.

Here are some of the highlights…

The Center of Attention

The main focus of many conference sessions and corporate announcements this year was bioresorbable and bioabsorbable materials. These polymers are the future of medical devices, allowing for more instinctive and less invasive healthcare.

Bioabsorbable polymers are plastic-based materials that dissolve into compounds the body can safely absorb or eliminate. Absorbption is useful in many applications, as it enables the safe internal use of medical devices, wound care implements and drug delivery systems, without requiring removal.

One exhibitor, Lubrizol, announced a new formulation of bioabsorbable polymers, not for cardio applications but rather for orthopedic, wound-care, and hernia-mesh components. The company’s new polymer technology enables it to design customizable physical properties, including strength, rigidity, and abrasion resistance. The material can also be designed to allow tailored degradation rates to accommodate diverse healing requirements.

If you want to learn more about world-changing bioabsorbable polymers and new technology, check out the Lubrizol website at www.lubrizol.com.

Environmentally Friendly

Butler-MacDonald, Creating a Better Tomorrow
Butler-MacDonald, Creating a Better Tomorrow

I enjoy learning about any company that is working to improve the environment and create a better tomorrow, and so the Butler-MacDonald booth piqued my interest. The theme of their booth this year was “Turning Plastic Scrap into Usable Plastic.” Jars and pictures of plastic material everywhere really caught my attention.

Butler-MacDonald offers plastic recycling services that enable the recovery of high-quality polymers from plastics or parts that most companies would consider unusable. They have the technology and processes to take plastic that has been contaminated, poorly recycled or scrapped, and deliver polymers that are ready to be manufactured into a wide variety of applications.

So scrap everything you know about unusable plastics! Check out the Butler-MacDonald website: http://www.butlermacdonald.com.

 

 

Just Plain Cool

I will admit it was the ultra-cool, illuminated air guitar that really caught my attention at the Clippard booth.

http://www.youtu.be/sesQT84zMHY?rel=0

I was surprised that it was unavailable for me to take home and listen to on a regular basis!

What I discovered is that Clippard has been providing solutions for pneumatic, motion and process control devices to the scientific, medical, dental and analytical markets since 1941. The company excels in understanding OEM’s needs for precision, reliability and purity in critical applications, something at Creation we know is critical in the Medical Device industry.

At the show this year, Clippard highlighted the industry’s most robust and powerful linear actuator, the high-flow, stepper-controlled 2-way proportional SCPV valve that is unsurpassed in performance and durability. They also had some really cool tunes!! (As evidenced by the guitar).

With over 2,000 exhibitors covering nearly 350,000 square feet of space I know I didn’t see everything. However, I did meet some great people and it was interesting to see and hear about the new exciting technologies within the medical industry.

What booths caught your attention? What was the best seminar you attended? How would you rate MD&M 2013 vs. MD&M 2012?

MD&M West: Join Us in Anaheim at the World’s Largest Medical Design & Manufacturing Event!

MD&M West brings together some of hte best and the brightest minds in the Medical Industry. In 2013, the show takes place in Anaheim, CA from February 12-14.
MD&M West brings together some of the best and the brightest minds in the Medical Industry. In 2013, the show takes place in Anaheim, CA from February 12-14.

What are you doing February 12-14, 2013? How about coming by to visit with people from Creation’s manufacturing and design teams at Booth 1463 at MD&M West!?

It’s going to be quite an event this year, and we’re really looking forward to reconnecting with industry friends as well as meeting new people. MD&M is always a great place to solve existing challenges and be inspired by everything new in the MedTech industry.

Speaking of challenges, we’re also interested in learning more about how Medical Device OEMs are preparing for next summer’s compliance date for the EU’s RoHS Recast and, along with it, the end of general exemptions for the Medical market. Are your Medical and IVD Devices prepared for the 2014 deadline and its accompanying requirements for risk management? If you do attend MD&M West, please come by the Creation booth and give us your take on this latest industry shift.

New to MD&M this year are ‘bite-sized’ MedTech Innovate Seminars, offering a more personalized plan for show and conference attendees. This new ability to pick and choose from a menu of sessions is great…increased flexibility in content is always a good thing!

Hope to see you there! Please feel free to give Kirk a call at 720.936.2028 for more info or to make plans to meet.

For a recap of some of last year’s MD&M highlights, please read Jennifer’s post, here.

We’ve Got Skills | Creation Lexington Skills Competition

5S Team Competition
5S Team Skills Competition

It all began one day when Mark Shirley, a Quality Engineer here in Creation – Lexington, was researching an IPC Conference.

On the IPC website, Mark noticed some information about a recent soldering competition, where 22 competitors from 15 companies were tasked with building a functional electronics assembly within a half hour. The winner was crowned the Best Hand-Soldering Technician in the Midwest.

Intrigued by this event, Mark thought we should give our own Creation team members a similar opportunity to showcase their talents. And he knew he’d need some help to make it happen.

I was excited when I heard about the idea since it had great team-building potential, and I was happy to be part of the steering team. So were others from Quality, Operations and Continuous Improvement, along with Marketing’s Jennifer Marsh, (who’s also my silent partner in writing this post).

After a few brainstorming sessions, our little competition quickly expanded to include events in soldering, build, visual inspection, 5S and SMT set-up.

With a little marketing, sweet talk, and a lunchtime recruiting session, it was amazing to get over 50 contestants signed up to compete in the two-day event!

On August 1st and 2nd, Creation Lexington hosted its first annual Creation Skills Competition.

Competition Day

On competition day the atmosphere was intense. It was great listening to the rousing cheers as teams sent competitors off to battle. The fun was infectious.

An electronic leaderboard became the center of attention for watching the standings in each event. We also kept up a colorful, running e-mail commentary to keep the excitement building.

I was so excited to see such team building and spirit. Even people who weren’t competing couldn’t help but be pulled into the excitement of the competition.

It was a great couple of days.

SMT Line Set-Up Skills Competition
Patrick Goodlett concentrating during the SMT Line Set-Up Skills Competition
SMT Line Set-up
Patrick Goodlett and Will Reiling working together to achieve a great SMT Line Set-Up time
Visual Inspection Skills Competition
Isela Villalobos showing off her Visual Inspection skills
Build Skills Competition
Isela Villalobos focused on getting it ‘just right’ in the Build Skills Competition

The Finale

To celebrate, we held our first Creation Skills Competition Awards Ceremony the week following the competition.

I had so much fun announcing everyone’s names as they came up to receive their certificates of participation. It was a parade of champions!

And what a treat to see the pride on our event winners faces as they received their gold, silver and bronze medals. Everyone showed off their medal to a tremendous round of applause from the business unit.

5S Team Skills Competition Winners
Fun at the Awards Ceremony: Macie White, Ashley Nelson and Shannon Pritchett with their medals

Congratulations to all of our winners:

Hand Soldering
Julian Castillo – 1st Place
Houston Green – 2nd Place
Jason Castillo – 3rd Place

Build
Christi Carreon– 1st Place
Scarlett Christopher– 2nd Place
Houston Green– 3rd Place

5S Team Competition
Brandon Thompson & Brent Mathes – 1st Place
Macie White & Ashley Nelson – 2nd Place
Shannon Pritchett & Patricia Daugherty – 3rd Place

Visual Inspection
Ruth Gaudinier – 1st Place
Isela Villalobos – 2nd Place
Patricia Daugherty – 3rd Place


SMT Set-Up Team Competition

Orlando Miles & Chris Riggs – 1st Place
Patrick Goodlett and Will Reiling – 2nd Place

See You Next Year

The competition was a huge success overall. I got the chance to talk to all the competitors, and everyone said how much fun they’d had.

Patricia Daugherty
“It was fun. I had a blast! Competing against my friends was my favorite part. It was nice to see the new Creation people do so well.”
~Patricia Daugherty, SMT inspector: 5S and Visual Inspection Competitor
Macie White
It was exhilarating. I wanted to win! Everything about it was awesome and the awards ceremony made me feel important.”
~Macie White, Finance: 5S Competitor

 

Since we’re definitely planning to host this event again next year, stay tuned to find out who is the ‘Best of the Best’ in 2013!

Team-Building & Healthy Competition

Healthy competition, like in this event, can boost productivity, morale and lead to personal and professional growth. Our Creation Skills Competition provided a showcase for our talent, creating enthusiasm and team spirit.

Does your company host team-building events? Have you had success with similar competitions?

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