MOSCOW (MRC) -- Dow was honored with a CIO 100 Award for its Digital Manufacturing Acceleration (DMA) Program, said the company.
The US CIO 100 awards, now in its 35th year, recognize 100 organizations that are driving digital business growth through technology innovation. The award is an acknowledgement of strategic and operational excellence in IT.
Dow’s DMA Program was recognized for delivering innovative digital technology solutions that unlock company manufacturing data, leading to streamlined work processes that create value for the company’s employees, customers and businesses. The program accelerated the deployment of digital technologies and intuitive tools across Dow’s global manufacturing and maintenance areas, creating opportunities to improve safety, reliability, sustainability, agility and insights through data visibility.
The DMA program also includes innovative ways to securely integrate data while protecting intellectual property. For example, the use of private cellular networks in Dow manufacturing sites allows employees to collaborate in real time through secure video calls and instant messaging, improving both the speed and quality of work performed.
“The collaboration between Dow Operations and Information Technology has created a solid program focused on accelerating and supporting the progression of Dow’s digital priorities within manufacturing,” said John Sampson, senior vice president, Operations, Manufacturing and Engineering. “Dow’s DMA solutions are already generating tangible value and are focused on creating breakthrough growth for Dow by providing easy, enjoyable, and effective digital experiences for Dow employees and our customers."
This year’s CIO 100 Award winners were chosen by a team of external judges, many of them former CIOs. According to CIO, the winners “exemplify what it means to deliver business value through the innovative use of technology, creating competitive advantage in their organizations, improving business processes, enabling growth and improving relationships with customers."
As per MRC, Dow is cutting global polyethylene (PE) production rates by 15%. “Given continued global logistics constraints, including port and rail congestion in the US Gulf Coast and dynamic conditions in Europe, Dow is reducing operating rates across our polyethylene assets, resulting in temporarily lowering 15% of our global polyethylene nameplate capacity,” says the letter, dated 24 August. The letter says Dow expects the cutbacks to help balance high inventories at key global ports and packaging warehouses, particularly in the US Gulf Coast during August and September, the months when strong hurricanes are most likely to strike the region. Hurricane season, which lasts from June to November, has been quiet so far this year, although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted an above-average number of storms.