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March 17, 2014

Lockheed Martin earns three Manufacturing Leadership Awards

Lockheed Martin has been recognized with three 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards recognizing achievements in advanced manufacturing, environmentally friendly practices and customer relationships. The ML Awards are administered by the Manufacturing Leadership Council, Frost & Sullivan ñ a global business leadership network.

Were honored to receive this recognition for our focus on delivering quality products with efficiency and full respect for the environment, said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president for Lockheed Martins Aeronautics business. Our innovations improve quality, reduce cost and address our customers most pressing needs.

Lockheed Martin leadership in the production of stealth, or low-observable, aircraft led to continuous improvement initiatives that resulted in robotic spray and mold-in-place automated equipment and techniques that apply precise amounts of low-observable material on aircraft parts. In addition to the precision applications, the techniques support Lockheed Martins environmental Go Green initiative by significantly reducing material waste and volatile organic compound emissions. This initiative earned the ML Award for Sustainability Leadership.

Another production technique involves machining titanium. Lockheed Martin was a major player in developing Cryogenic Machining, supporting the initial Small Business Innovative Research and later creating a mentor-protÈgÈ effort with a supplier to foster the technology. The new machining technology uses liquid nitrogen as a coolant, instead of traditional coolants, which allows the machining tools to work faster and longer. In addition to reducing costs and production time, the liquid nitrogen process eliminates the hazardous waste associated with conventional coolants. This achievement earned the ML Award for Engineering & Production Technology Leadership.

The ML Award for Customer Value Leadership recognizes Lockheed Martins implementation of an earned value management system that provides timely calculations of physical percent completion of work compared to the plan using Manufacturing Resource Planning details, and gives the customer clear visibility to the integrated performance status at an aircraft component level. At the time of certification, the Defense Contract Management Agency said Lockheed Martins methodical approach to the planning and control of work will undoubtedly position itself for success and to be emulated by others.

The Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Award nominees describe their breakthrough projects using the nomination form. Nominations for breakthrough projects are entered into specific categories and evaluated by a panel of expert judges. Seven of the ML Awards categories are for outstanding projects undertaken and completed by a manufacturing company. Four of the categories recognize the achievements of individual manufacturing executives.




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