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Five Questions to Ask When Selecting an Outsourcing Partner

Posted by PanelShop.com on Jun 7, 2017 10:12:35 AM

Outsourcing items not directly in your line of specialty can help ensure overall quality and reduce costs. But outsourcing is also the biggest possible vulnerability of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). A single little item can hold up the whole large project if the outsourcing contractor defaults in timely delivery. And a single small outsourced item can ruin the project if it does not have the requisite quality. The smallest glitch in timing, or quality can irreparably damage the reputation of the most established OEM.

So, should we stop outsourcing? No; sometimes it is the wisest course. Outsourcing is necessary, but with due caution. The following are some important questions you must answer about your prospective outsourcing contractor.

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Topics: Cost Savings, Manufacturing Efficiency & Productivity, Quality

Common OEM Outsourcing Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by PanelShop.com on May 16, 2017 9:54:52 AM

Careless outsourcing can become an extreme weakness for an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Here are some common mistakes an OEM may commit while outsourcing.

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Topics: Cost Savings, Manufacturing Efficiency & Productivity, Quality

Improve your Overall Equipment Effectiveness through Reducing Downtime - Part ll

Posted by Peter Dorsey on Dec 27, 2016 8:02:00 AM

As we talked about in the last blog, a big factor of OEE losses is downtime. We will now go more in depth into causes and solutions in tracking and reducing your plants downtime.

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Topics: OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), Manufacturing Efficiency & Productivity

Improve your Overall Equipment Effectiveness through Reducing Downtime - Part l

Posted by Peter Dorsey on Dec 19, 2016 10:10:11 AM

If you have not already started using OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) to evaluate your plant, you may want to start considering it. OEE uses logical equations to track your plants losses machine by machine. This includes downtime, speed, and quality. Downtime can be scheduled or unscheduled. This post will go over the benefits and cost savings of OEE. 

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Topics: OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), Manufacturing Efficiency & Productivity

The Move Towards Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Processes

Posted by Greg Kinzler on Nov 17, 2016 12:26:43 PM

Now that 3D printing has anchored itself in society as a popular and relatively cheap method of producing personalizable parts and prototypes, innovators have begun to look for ways to improve the process itself. Along with this, concerns have arisen regarding the potential waste plastic that ends up in landfills after printing. So with 3D printing established, innovators are turning their creative ideas into environmentally-conscious products for the industry.

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Topics: Industrial Automation, Energy Savings, Manufacturing Efficiency & Productivity

Simple Solutions for Old Automation Systems

Posted by Greg Kinzler on Nov 10, 2016 2:53:15 PM

When working in the field of manufacturing there will come a point when your shiny new automation system slows down, breaks down, and is on its way to becoming completely obsolete. It’s a sad truth, but there are a few ways to go about upgrading your system to run even better than when they were originally installed.

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Topics: Industrial Automation, Manufacturing Efficiency & Productivity

5 Tips for a Successful Launch into Lean Manufacturing

Posted by John Ruth on Aug 10, 2016 12:40:12 PM

Lean manufacturing can be a worthwhile investment with a significant effect on your productivity and profitability. But beginning your lean journey is a daunting task and a serious investment, involving a lot of effort and a lot of money. If not managed properly, a launch into lean can fail, so keep the following tips in mind to greatly increase your chances of a successful launch.

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Topics: Manufacturing Efficiency & Productivity

Creating a Powerful Alarm Management System

Posted by Tristan Gibson on Jun 1, 2016 11:03:06 AM

Have you ever experienced bad alarm management, with too many alarms sounding for too many different problems?

In fact, most of these alarms are probably old, obsolete, negligible, and/or outdated. Modern automation and computer-based SCADA systems have made adding alarm points in industrial plants incredibly easy and cheap. However, adding too many alarms can become a big problem. Like HMI's, alarms are often part of key decision-making in day-to-day operation.  Many alarms that are embedded deep in software code can often be overlooked or unnoticed when changing or updating industrial systems.

Over time, this can lead to a buildup of unnecessary alarms: alarms that are simply no longer given attention because of their obsolete or redundant existence. When there are too many alarms for an operator to manage, it might be time to renovate your alarm management system.

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Topics: Manufacturing Efficiency & Productivity

The 3 L's of Becoming Lean

Posted by Shelby Klick on May 10, 2016 10:32:45 AM

Lean manufacturing is not a method that can simply be implemented overnight.  But you will be on your way by implementing the 3 L’s of lean – Leadership, Learning and Listening.  To make lean effective, the 3 L’s are essential for encouraging employees to embrace the lean system. 

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Topics: Manufacturing Efficiency & Productivity

The 4 C's of Continuous Improvement Manufacturing

Posted by Ryan Svilar on Dec 8, 2015 1:56:59 PM


Most people, when asked, will always answer that they hope to improve. But few commit to the shift in attitude and specific steps that actually result in improvement.

Continuous improvement manufacturing operates the same way. For a continuous improvement process to successfully reduce waste and trim costs, management has to bring the entire team on board.

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Topics: Manufacturing Efficiency & Productivity

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