ARDEC Receives a Shingo Bronze Medallion
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012- Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.– US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center in Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. has earned national recognition for achieving operational excellence.
“We are not competing for this award just for the sake of competing,” said Gerardo Melendez, the director of the research and engineering center, known as ARDEC. “We are doing this to make improvements to our organization and to make our soldiers safer.”
ARDEC is to receive a Shingo Bronze Medallion from The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, which is part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.. The mission of The Shingo Prize is to create excellence in organizations through the application of universally accepted principles of operational excellence and to empower people and transform organizational culture.
ARDEC will be awarded The Shingo Bronze Medallion at the 24th annual Shingo Prize Awards Gala, during the Annual International Conference on April 30 - May 4, 2012. The awards gala is the conclusion to this four-day operational-excellence-centered event featuring a selection of workshops, plant tours, keynote speakers and breakout sessions that will provide ongoing knowledge, insights and experience for organizations on their transformation for operational excellence.
The Shingo Prize’s intent of assessing organizations is to evaluate the degrees to which organizations are aligned with the principles of operational excellence represented in the Shingo model, according to Robert Miller, the executive director of The Shingo Prize.
|During a kick-off at Picatinny Arsenal for the Shingo quality award, Gerardo Melendez, far left, tosses a baseball to Dominick Carry, the head of the Quality Engineering and System Assurance Directorate. Melendez is the director of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), the largest organization at Picatinny Arsenal . U.S. Army photo|
He said the Shingo Model is a way of thinking and transforming culture. It is represented in a diagram made up of two elements; the “house of principles” and the “diamond of transformation.”
“The model helps teach guiding principles, which are universal and timeless,” he said. “As practitioners and leaders come to understand these principles they become powerful organizational leaders.”
The transformation diamond diagram is a systematic approach to building a culture of operational excellence by aligning employee behaviors with correct principles, he said.
“The Shingo Prize is a recognition program that identifies organizations doing exceptional work in business improvement,” he said. “The intent is to motivate others to learn from them. The prize focuses on building excellence throughout the entire business enterprise. To achieve The Shingo Prize, organizations compete against the most rigorous standards in the world, rather than against each other.”
For more information or to register for the conference, visit the events section of the Shingo website.