Overcoming the Challenge of Manufacturing Talent Recruitment

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Mar 15, 2019 8:47:40 PM

With the growth in the US economy over the past few years, combined with the efforts to “on-shore” manufacturing back to the US demand for resources is high.  This current environment, with the lingering effects of the misperception that manufacturing is “20th Century”, makes hiring manufacturing talent challenging.

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Topics: contract manufacturing companies, contract manufacturing, outsourced manufacturing, hiring

Why Engage with a Manufacturing Partner?

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Jan 4, 2019 4:15:00 PM

As many startup businesses evolve, they follow a common pattern.  An entrepreneur is inspired by an idea or market opportunity and “starts in a garage” or a basement (or their parents’ spare room).  That entrepreneur at the beginning “does it all”, from product design, to marketing and sales, to customer support to manufacturing and shipment or in person delivery.

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Topics: reshoring contract manufacturer, manufacturing services, original equipment manufacturer, contract manufacturing, private label manufacturer

Cobots and the Changing “Face” of American Manufacturing

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Nov 30, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Robots have been an important part of manufacturing on a global basis for nearly 50 years.  Perhaps most widely recognized for their place in automobile production, robots have been used to improve efficiency, quality and safety.  Historically, traditional production robotics has been out of reach for mid- and small-market manufacturers due to their cost, scale and specific capability limitations.  However, as the global economy has changed due to the reach of e-commerce and its enablement of these small and middle-market firms, interest in manufacturing improvements has grown, and this in turn has ignited the “cobot” movement. So what is a “cobot” and how does it compare to a traditional full scale production robot? 

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Topics: contract manufacturing, process improvement, cnc machining, Cobots

10 Reasons to Outsource Manufacturing

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Dec 8, 2017 6:03:29 PM

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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

Rebalancing the OEM Production Floor

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Oct 14, 2016 6:50:27 PM

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As an industrial original equipment manufacturer (OEM), your goal is to produce high-quality, relevant products for your customers that provide the most efficiency in today’s manufacturing marketplace. This efficiency can be achieved by rebalancing your production floor to achieve Product Line Simplification (PLS) with the 80/20 Rule.

When applying the 80/20 rule for product simplification, you liberate your in-house resources required to produce 80% of the products that are only returning 20% of your revenue. At this percentage ratio, the true cost of manufacturing products that are non-core becomes clear. Although lean manufacturing efforts work to create operational efficiencies that also reduce overall costs, the product line simplification process significantly enhances the impact of a lean plant floor. There’s little benefit to applying lean principles to your products that are creating complexity and hidden costs.

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Topics: oem, original equipment manufacturer, contract manufacturing

Give Local Manufacturers Their Due

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Oct 3, 2016 6:01:00 PM

I recently wrote a Letter to the Editor of Crain's Chicago Business. It is reposted in its entirety below: 

Micah Maidenberg’s “Made in America” article (Sept. 12) regarding Steve Wang’s industrial empire
 highlights what has gone awry in the world of manufacturing today. MAT Holdings is certainly a successful company, but that success was not manufactured here in the states. As Maidenberg wrote, “the bulk of [MAT’s] production is in lower-cost countries like China, India, Mexico and Vietnam, plus Europe”. Highlighting the achievements of a local company is one thing, but why do it at the expense of American manufacturers?

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Topics: contract manufacturing

Questions to Ask When Selecting a Contract Manufacturer

Posted by Craig Zoberis

May 13, 2016 6:07:30 PM

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When it comes to outsourcing manufacturing for one of your OEM product lines, no decision is as difficult as choosing which contract manufacturing partner is the best fit for your business.

As an OEM, your standards are high when it comes to how your products are made, managed and moved to market, so it’s natural that you’d have apprehensions about handing over one of your product lines to a contract manufacturer.

Fortunately, choosing the best contract manufacturing partner for your OEM isn’t as difficult as you think. If you weed out the weaker alternatives and eliminate poor-fit partners, the remaining vendors are few and your decision is simple.

The following questions help you determine which outsourced manufacturing vendors are worth your time – and which ones aren’t.

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Topics: contract manufacturing

OEM Product Development: Practices to Keep in Mind

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Apr 29, 2016 5:26:27 PM

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For original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), design and engineering functions are essential to developing and producing new quality products quickly and cost effectively. In order to compete in today’s market, OEMs that are focused on continuous product improvement must adapt and localize their engineering near their production floor.

Fusion OEM has built the business around anticipating and satisfying the needs of our clients. While many contract manufacturers offer similar services, they aren’t created equal when it comes to streamlined solutions. Dependable results with proven records of quality products is how we do business, but at Fusion OEM we take it a step further with these best practices:

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Topics: contract manufacturing

Best Practices to Look For in a Contract Manufacturer

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Apr 22, 2016 6:21:32 PM

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At its core, the best contract manufacturers are all about preserving production with less waste
and less work to improve service value for the customer. As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), when considering outsourcing to a contract manufacturer, it’s essential to confirm the contract manufacturer is using the latest manufacturing best practices.

Contract manufacturers are focused on getting the right things to the right place at the right time, and in the right quantity. When your contract manufacturer is well organized, they are creating a sustainable organizational structure that’s simple to understand and manage. The following manufacturing best practices are essential ways in which your contract manufacturer works to improve the value of their services for you:

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Topics: contract manufacturing

Price Transparency in OEM Contract Manufacturing

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Apr 15, 2016 5:29:39 PM

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), when you choose to outsource to a contract manufacturer you must be certain that the contract manufacturer is producing your product at a reasonable cost and with the same quality your customers have come to expect.

When you have zero insight into your contract manufacturer’s direct costs, overhead cost and profit, you are unsure as to whether they’re giving you a clean and concise quote.  Price transparency is what creates true partnerships. This is why your contract manufacturer should offer total transparency by opening their books to you willingly. Acting as an extension of your business, the right contract manufacturer gives you ample opportunity to review their direct material costs, direct labor costs, factory overhead costs and profit related to your outsource manufacturing program.

The following are the top three ways a contract manufacturer with an open-book policy is beneficial for your business:

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Topics: contract manufacturing

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