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Ball Aerospace Receives Managing Automation's Data and Integration Manufacturing Award

June 24, 2010

BOULDER, Colo. – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has received its second annual Progressive Manufacturing (PM) award from Managing Automation, for leveraging technology to create business value. The award acknowledges ongoing improvements to Ball’s Integrated Design to Manufacturing System (IDMS) processes within the company’s Antenna and Video Technologies division.

Managing Automation, a monthly magazine, website, and intelligent solutions database, recognizes companies in eight categories of manufacturing excellence and innovation. Since its inception in 2003, their Progressive Manufacturing awards have advocated manufacturing business transformation supported by advanced technology.

Ball Aerospace received its award for Data and Integration Mastery for eliminating inefficiencies in the production processes caused by reliance on paper-based processes, which ultimately save time on program closeout, and eliminate missing documentation.

“This new crop of Progressive Manufacturing winners reflects the amazing creativity and determination alive today in the manufacturing community,” said David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief of Managing Automation. “These companies are taking bold steps to rethink their business models and processes, their relationships with customers and partners, and to create new advantages for themselves in business speed and value. In doing so, they are positioning their organizations for greater success now and in the years ahead.”

“We are pleased that Managing Automation has recognized the substantial savings and increased production efficiencies Ball Aerospace has achieved by improving our systems and processes,” said Andrea Chavez, director of manufacturing and test operations for Ball Aerospace.

In 2009, Ball Aerospace was recognized by Managing Automation for its Anomaly and Corrective action Tracking System (ACTS) implementation of Integrated Design to Manufacturing System (IDMS).

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. For more information visit www.ballaerospace.com.

Ball Corporation (BLL: NYSE) is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,000 people worldwide and reported 2009 sales of more than $7.3 billion.

 

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