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IBM announces its 2003 Environmental Affairs Excellence Award recipients

IBM announces its 2003 Environmental Affairs Excellence Award recipients

18 Sep 2003 -- IBM has announced its formal recognition of 40 employees for their contributions to IBM's leadership in safety and environmental protection. The achievements were acknowledged through IBM's Corporate Environmental Affairs Excellence Awards program.

Now in its thirteenth year, the program recognizes the contributions of individuals and teams of employees with awards up to $50,000 for innovative accomplishments that contribute to IBM's environmental, energy and safety objectives.

This year, five awards totaling $160,000, are being presented to the following employees:

Norberto DeOliveira, John F. Harmuth, James N. Humenik, Jason S. Miller, John A. Rudy, Krystyna W. Semkow, Ron Shipley and Randall J. Werner of East Fishkill, New York, share $50,000 for developing and implementing an innovative process called "Electroclean" (EClean) that adds electrical energy to the chemical cleaning of masks used in manufacturing ceramic substrate packages. EClean improves the standard cleaning process by adding an electrical potential which results in an electrochemical reaction at the mask surface to more efficiently clean the masks. This innovation reduces the amount of aqueous-based cleaning solvent by up to 73 percent and DI water by up to 40 percent for each advanced product mask cleaned. It also lowers operating costs due to reduced solvent usage and avoids the costs for an otherwise needed expansion of the cleaning solvent waste treatment facility. The new process results in an increase in screening yield and mask life. Several patent applications have been filed on this innovation.

Susie Burleigh of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Paul J. Cance, William Green, Ivan N. Liverman, Mark Maresh, Christopher J. Sattora, Douglas Smith, Eric Stegner, Robert W. Stegner, and Christopher M. Turner of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, share $35,000 for creating and implementing a new end-to-end management system for evaluating and improving incoming supplier packaging. The new management model required the development of a cross-functional team that identified possible design improvements in the packaging of parts coming to IBM from suppliers. The team worked with suppliers to get them to optimize their packaging while still retaining ownership for shipping quality and damage liability. In addition, the team has influenced the way suppliers package products to other customers, extending the environmental benefits beyond IBM. Through this initiative, the team enabled package design improvements which resulted in significant material source reductions, eliminating 1,453 tons of packaging materials, 18,400 pallets, and 460 trucks/ocean containers/rail cars, and saving $12.8 million in packaging material and distribution costs to date over previous packaging designs. New programs are being developed in China and Ireland using this system.

Kazuo Higuchi, Takuji Satoh, and Yuhji Takizawa of Fujisawa, Japan, and Speed Liu of Shenzhen, China, and Robert Patruno of Melbourne, Australia, share $25,000 for replacing traditional wooden pallets with "slip sheets", a smaller, specially designed fiberboard alternative, for transporting IBM® ThinkPad® laptop computers between China and Japan. The team also designed a unique bottom cap for the slip sheets that enabled banding of the load. Implementing the new solution required significant leadership and initiative in getting all of the shippers and handlers involved in IBM's distribution network between the two countries to incorporate the new system. This accomplishment has reduced shipping and warehouse requirements due to the reduced weight and cubic dimensions of the slip sheets, saved 25 tons of wood annually and $157,000 per year in material and transportation costs for the IBM distribution network, and, perhaps most importantly, reduced the problem of global pest migration associated with wooden pallets.

Charu Aggarwal, Murray Campbell, Yuan-Chi Chang, Vijay Iyengar, Chung-Sheng Li, Milind Naphade, John Smith, and Kun-Lung Wu of the T. J. Watson Research Center, New York, share $25,000 for developing Epi-SPIRE, an activity-based modeling system designed to assess risks and generate early warning alerts of environmental or public health issues. In collaboration with Professor Gregory Glass from the Bloomberg School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University, the technology has been successfully applied to the modeling of fire ant infestation and the hantavirus. More than $6 million in income has been generated from the team's work from two multi-year contracts with NASA, to investigate the impact of global climate change on environmentally related diseases, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to investigate the spread of natural diseases and those related to bio-terrorism.* This initiative exemplifies leadership in using IBM products, services and expertise to assist in the development of solutions to environmental problems.

George T. Galyon of Poughkeepsie, New York, and Samuel Goldfarb, John Hibbard, Joel R. McLean, Harry Pasterchick Jr., Barry Pate, and Susan P. Wise of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and Debbie Horn and Timothy J. Tofil, of Rochester, Minnesota, share $25,000 for developing and qualifying a set of cost-effective hexavalent chromium-free processes for the surface finishes of preplated sheet steel and zinc plated steel fasteners. The team developed and qualified hexavalent chromium-free alternatives with four main manufacturers which have been formally released for usage in various IBM products. The new coating solutions are preferable to hexavalent chromium from both a workplace and an environmental perspective in the supply chain. This is a significant step towards IBM's effort to eliminate the use of hexavalent chromium in all of its products. It also demonstrates IBM's commitment to produce cost-effective, environmentally conscious products while maintaining product quality.

Since the inception of this program in 1991, IBM has now presented 69 awards recognizing the accomplishments of 398 employees for a total award amount of over $2.5 million. The awards illustrate the important contributions IBMers are making to the company's record of environmental leadership, and they demonstrate how good environmental management makes good business sense.

*IBM acknowledges NASA support under Cooperative Agreement No. NCC5-305. This material is based upon work supported by the Air Force Research Laboratory(AFRL)/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under AFRL Contract No. F30602-01-C-0184. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the AFRL and/or DARPA.