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HONEYWELL INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AND CONTROL PLANT NAMED ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST

 MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A manufacturing facility from Minneapolis-based Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has been selected by the editors of IndustryWeek as one of America's best plants. The Honeywell Industrial Automation and Control facility in Phoenix is one of 10 nationwide being recognized for manufacturing excellence in the magazine's Oct. 18 issue.
 IndustryWeek editors praised the Honeywell plant, which designs and manufactures industrial automation and control systems and products, for establishing -- and meeting -- ambitious goals in three primary areas: defect reduction, short-cycle production and materials management.
 Honeywell Industrial Automation and Control realized in 1989 that prior technical prowess and business successes would not ensure survival in a rapidly changing world. The entire 700-plus workforce would have to accept the need to change and embrace a desire to change.
 This led to the creation of a three-year, world-class manufacturing program with the above goals and impressive results. Defect rates have been sliced by 70 percent; the cycle time on parts is down 72 percent; inventory investment has been reduced by 46 percent; and customer lead- times for its two product lines have been slashed by 72 percent and 78 percent, respectively.
 Ed Williamson, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Industrial Automation and Control products and services, said one of the changes that occurred was establishing a material management philosophy that called for a "brokering" of materials worldwide to be cost competitive.
 According to Williamson, those changes brought about harder goals; empowered work teams; and new methods to define, implement and achieve goals. "This allowed us to be more effective in responding to increased orders," he said.
 Honeywell Industrial Automation and Control's team culture was bolstered by a 1987 decision to convert to an all-salaried workforce. In addition, the establishment of a Productivity Placement Panel has removed psychological barriers to continuous improvement. The panel serves as a "matchmaker" to find positions for people whose jobs are eliminated by advances in productivity.
 Williamson also pointed out that one of Honeywell's global business partners, Exxon, also was selected as one of the 10 best plants. "We'd like to think that Honeywell controls helped the Exxon Chemical Baytown (Texas) plant achieve manufacturing excellence while we recognize the contributions Exxon is making to Honeywell's success," Williamson said.
 IndustryWeek Editor-in-Chief Charles R. Day Jr. said 140 plants were nominated for this fourth-annual salute "to the men and women who are making exemplary efforts to raise the competitiveness of American industry to new heights. These are the nation's best," he said. "They are showing U.S. industry how to compete effectively in a global marketplace."
 The winning plants were selected by a panel of judges who evaluated the nominees on a broad range of criteria.
 "No single measurement provides a suitable, universal yardstick by which to gauge manufacturing performance," Day said. "Certainly, quality is an essential element. So too are: on-time delivery, customer satisfaction, good use of technology, flexibility and perhaps the most important hallmark of all -- good people."
 Honeywell is a global controls company providing products, systems and services that increase comfort, environmental protection, energy conservation, productivity and safety in homes and buildings, industry, and aviation and space. The company employs 55,000 people in 95 countries on six continents, and 1992 sales of $6.2 billion.
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