Mt Prospect, IL – August 17, 2020 – Rauland today announced that it has been recognized as a Manufacturing Leadership Awards winner for its outstanding achievement in Operational Excellence Leadership.

The winning project enabled Rauland to resolve LED module variance and related supply chain/inventory control issues. Rauland’s Display Message Boards are built from two 12” x 6” circuit boards, each circuit board has 10 LED modules with thousands of LED’s controlled by a microprocessor. During programming and test, it was observed that a color and luminosity variance was created by variation in the LED modules from different bins. The choice was to either procure bin-specific LED modules or isolate specific subassemblies to be used together in a final assembly. Both solutions presented significant complexities in cost and inventory control.

Rauland was able to create an alternate option to solve the issue and not only create an efficient model but improve product quality at the same time. “Through a collaborative engineering effort, an optimized and creative solution was implemented. A process was created to measure luminosity and color of each LED and after which, alter the stimulus applied by the microprocessor to match visible colors,” explained John Ulaszek, Division Vice President of Operations at Rauland. He added, “The result was a high-quality Display Message Board and savings in excess of $100,000 per year, not to mention resolving the inefficiencies of a less-than optimal supply chain.”
Rauland will be recognized at the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala, which will take place as a virtual event on October 8, 2020. Details on attending the virtual gala are available at 

About the Manufacturing Leadership Awards
The Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Winning projects and individual manufacturing leaders have demonstrated achievement in one of a wide range of categories, and are chosen by a panel of expert judges for results that have delivered clear and compelling value, return on investment, and other tangible outcomes. There will be several winners in each category, including one High Achiever’s Award in each category, as well as a 2020 Manufacturer of the Year for both small and large enterprises. Also unveiled at the gala will be the ML Awards Manufacturing Leader of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award winners.

About the National Association of Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of all private-sector research and development in the nation. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. 

About Rauland
Rauland is the respected leader in the design and delivery of critical communications, workflow and life-safety solutions for healthcare and education worldwide. AMETEK is a global leader in electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with colleagues at numerous manufacturing, sales and service locations in the United States and in many other countries around the world.