Each year the MMH publication recognizes the achievements of three of the facilities that they have featured in the magazine within the past 12 months with a Productivity Award. Otis was announced as the Productivity Award winner in the manufacturing and innovation category for their use of mobile robots in their manufacturing operations. The award was announced in the February 2012 issue of the publication.
As part of their ongoing lean manufacturing initiative, Otis Technology partnered with RMT Robotics in 2009 to introduce the ADAM™ autonomous mobile robot to their manufacturing operation in upstate New York. Navigating in a complex ever-changing environment, amongst people and machines, ADAM adapts and performs on-demand random origin to random destination transport of work-in-process materials between Otis’s manufacturing; AS/RS based storage and final assembly operations.
Otis’ Director of Operations, Harold Philbrick says, “Otis has never been afraid to use technology as a means to help make our operations more efficient. We identified excessive amounts of material transportation within our process during initial stages of lean implementation and have since utilized the ADAMs to move material throughout the facility. The benefits of this implementation were recognized immediately. More output has led to shorter lead times and higher on time delivery, while improved operating efficiency has led to inventory accuracy. Being recognized with this Productivity Award shows the success of our implementation in a different aspect. We are very honored.” “Otis Technology is a forward-thinking company whose commitment to and adoption of lean manufacturing makes them truly deserving of this recognition,” said Bill Torrens, director of sales and marketing, RMT Robotics. “We are thrilled to witness the continued success and efficiency the ADAM solution has brought to Otis Technology.” Otis Technology is known for manufacturing the most advanced gun cleaning systems available. The superior Breech-to-Muzzle® design combined with unmatched quality has positioned Otis as the gun care system of choice with the US Military. Otis Technology is SMART GUN CARE.