10 Reasons to Outsource Manufacturing

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Dec 8, 2017 6:03:29 PM

Read Time: 4 Minutes

To outsource complete manufacturing of a product versus producing it in-house is a decision faced by original equipment manufacturers every day, and making the right choice can be key to the success of your business.  A manufacturing company may decide to outsource products and services for a variety of reasons. To gain better insight from a client perspective, I recently asked one of our most-valued customers what were some of the reasons their business chose to partner with us for contract manufacturing. Their decision to outsource was researched thoroughly, and in the end, the company realized a host of tangible and intangible benefits. Below find the 10 reasons our customer chose Fusion OEM:

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Topics: contract manufacturing

7 Considerations for GD&T

Posted by Jack Quillin

Dec 1, 2017 4:01:53 PM

Read Time: 4 Minutes

Engineering CAD software is a constantly evolving tool that allows engineers to design more rapidly and efficiently than ever before. However, one basic element that has been consistently required over time is a detailed drawing. Drawings are the key piece of communication between Engineers, Machinists, Fabricators, Vendors and Customers.

An important and critical way an Engineer conveys the design intent within the drawing is with the use of GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing). This isolates the functional and non-functional features, and creates a relationship from one feature to the next. GD&T provides a lot of information regarding how a part or assembly will be manufactured or assembled. Most importantly, it allows for repeatability for parts and assemblies in order to ensure that consistent quality is achieved. Below please find seven tips on using GD&T and things to consider when adding GD&T to your drawing:

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Topics: engineering

6 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Non-Conforming Parts

Posted by Keith Gansberg

Nov 24, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Read Time: 3 Minutes, 30 Seconds 

Having a formal system in place to track and evaluate supplier performance is essential to the smooth operation and profitability of any business.  As an AS9100D certified contract manufacturer, we are required to evaluate and select our suppliers based on their ability to meet our requirements and those of our customers. This assessment is essential to reduce the risk of nonconforming parts. Below please find the top six considerations we use when managing our supplier relationships to reduce the risk of non-conforming parts:

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Topics: supply chain management

Benefits of Standardized Schematic Naming Conventions

Posted by Mike Basile

Nov 17, 2017 5:08:12 PM

Read Time: 4 Minutes 

When it comes to naming drawings, wires, and devices in an electrical drawing package, it is extremely important to stick to a standardized numbering structure across all projects. The benefits of doing so are endless. Including the necessary components of a schematic naming convention can provide the following benefits:

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Topics: engineering

7 Ways to Reduce Rising Healthcare Costs

Posted by Jeff LaCrosse

Nov 10, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Read Time: 3 Minutes 

With medical insurance premiums at all-time highs, and rising each year, it is important to identify and understand a few practices that would help keep premium costs down.  Here at Fusion, we have personally seen a rise in HMO employee-only premiums of 2.5x over the past 8 years with a current rate of inflation under 2%.  Medical costs, including insurance, have grown to be one of the most significant expenses for families.

The best way to keep your medical costs to a minimum is staying healthy.  Practicing a wellness lifestyle by both eating right and exercising remains the best way to live well, but there are many actions you can take to lower your health care costs beyond choosing affordable health insurance. Below find 7 tips on reducing these expenses:

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Topics: culture, accounting

Industrial Sensor Fundamentals

Posted by Steve Milchuck

Nov 3, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Read Time: 5 Minutes

Sensors for industrial machines are used to detect a variety of process signals for a given application. A few examples of process signals are, material color, pressures, flow, fluid levels, temperature, and human presence.

The most common type of sensors are:

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Topics: engineering

3 Tips in Reducing Metal Fabrication Costs

Posted by Jim Torres

Oct 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Read Time: 3 Minutes

You hear it all the time from fabricators: engineers have a habit of designing for ideals without taking the required processes into account.  In these scenarios, not only does the engineer risk limiting the number of fabricators who will take the job due to its complexity, but they also miss out on the opportunity to use a fabricator’s wisdom to optimize a part.  Understanding that most fabricators have a wealth of knowledge at their disposal can help engineers simplify the part, reduce costs, and result in better quality.

While there are some situations where a complex design is necessary, keeping the fabrication of the part in mind during the initial design stages will prevent the possible need for redesign. Below find three tips on ensuring that a partnership with fabricators is successful:  

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Topics: engineering

What’s the Difference Between Servo and Stepper Motors?

Posted by Jacob Miller

Oct 20, 2017 4:40:13 PM

Read Time: 3 Minutes

Servos and Steppers are the names of two different device types used to control motors.  From a distance, both device types can appear similar, as they both allow a user to control speed, position, and torque.  However, the control methods, capabilities, and prices of each type differ enough that it becomes important to understand, even from a high level, so a system can be properly sized, both for performance and for the cost.  Below are the three main differences, as well as an introductory overview of those differences, to help you choose the best method of control:

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Topics: engineering

5 Benefits of AS9100D Certification

Posted by Courtney Underwood

Oct 13, 2017 6:37:22 PM

Read Time: 4 Minutes

With increasingly complex supply chains that span the world, it’s important that manufacturers demonstrate their commitment to quality and on-time delivery. Certification to the AS9100D standard validates our need to meet our high customer expectations and their rigorous contractual requirements. AS9100D refers to a high quality management standard that is designed for the aerospace industry. This standard strongly focuses on quality and reliability aspects of items supplied to the aerospace industry. Companies that manufacture aerospace products are also required to hold AS9100 certification. AS9100 certification has been recognized by the U.S. Government and Department of Defense as a standard to qualify a company as a reliable manufacturer.

The aerospace sector has always needed to demonstrate high levels of safety and quality, but the benefits to our company are far greater. As an AS9100D certified contract manufacturer, we have realized the following improvements:

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Fusion OEM is Now ITAR Registered

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Oct 11, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Read Time: 2 Minutes 

I am pleased to announce that Fusion OEM is now an International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registered contract manufacturer. To comply with these requirements, we must have a plan in place to control data from being compromised by a foreign person either in the U.S. or abroad. As a result, we have updated our Visitor Policy.

What does this mean for visitors to our facility? Effective immediately, access to our facility is restricted to employees. All visitors and/or contractors are required to abide by the following process:

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Topics: itar

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