In with the New:  Technologies Improving Modern Manufacturing

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Mar 29, 2019 5:02:00 PM

While the word “manufacturing” may conjure up the images of dark, cold factory floors of yesteryear for some, present day manufacturers are anything but staid.  Manufacturing in the 21st century has become one of the most progressive and in many cases technology-oriented industries in existence.

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Topics: contract manufacturing services, legacy manufacturing, outsourced manufacturing, lean, automation

Manufacturing 2025:  How America is Back in Production

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Jan 25, 2019 5:00:00 PM

It’s no secret that the United States’ once prominent and thriving manufacturing base has suffered over the past 4+ decades, as global competition eroded American competitive advantages.  However, as global standards of living have improved and thereby increased the cost of overseas manufacturing, American manufacturers have embraced technology to regain competitive position.  This adoption of automation, robots/cobotics, and data analytics have combined with manufacturing-friendly governmental policy to spark growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector.  So what are these technologies and what do they project for the manufacturing sector at the quarter century milestone of 2025?

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Topics: reshoring contract manufacturer, Asian contract manufacturing, contract manufacturing services, legacy manufacturing, lean manufacturing

Fusion's Women in Manufacturing

Posted by Courtney Underwood

Oct 23, 2015 6:16:37 PM

Competitive manufacturing leaders are well aware of the skills gap when it comes to attracting and retaining top manufacturing talent. The shortage of qualified workers is a concern for the entire manufacturing industry. The answer to filling this critical gap lies in hiring more women. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women are manufacturing’s largest pool of untapped workers. While women represent nearly half (47%) of the total U.S. labor force, they comprise less than a third (27%) of the manufacturing workforce. At Fusion OEM, we have taken steps to address those disparities head-on and diversify our team.

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Topics: contract manufacturing services, contract manufacturing, employee engagement

Benefits of ISO Internal Audits for Manufacturers

Posted by Ken Chess

Jun 5, 2015 6:35:00 PM

ISO 9001:2008 is a widely used standard for quality certification and also one of the most stringent. This standard ensures that every aspect of a contract manufacturer’s business is well-run and continually improving, including key processes, management roles and responsibilities, documentation, customer satisfaction, employee training, service and internal audits.

Internal audits are used to evaluate the effectiveness of and assess conformity to documented Procedures and Work Instructions, and identify opportunities for improvement. Internal audits are also preparation for external audits and demonstrate that a manufacturer’s ISO 9001 Quality Management System is effective. During an internal audit, a manufacturer’s quality system is measured against the requirements of the standard. A group of trained internal auditors is selected from within the company to perform these audits. More than just a method of checking practice against procedure, internal audits are a powerful tool in manufacturing improvement processes. Audit results are examined in Management Review meetings, and they have proven a valuable tool for regularly assessing the status of our company. Additionally, manufacturers that perform regular internal audits can expect to experience the following benefits:

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Topics: contract manufacturing services

Manufacturing Services: 5 Undeniable Signs China Is Losing The Battle

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Jun 4, 2014 2:27:00 PM

In a recent announcement released by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), more than half of the 200 U.S. companies with sales greater than $1 billion are moving contract manufacturing services back to the United States instead of offshoring to countries like China.

As stated by Harold Sirkin, senior partner at BCG:

Over the past couple of years, we’ve projected an improvement in U.S. manufacturing competitiveness by 2015 that would help drive an American manufacturing revival. The results of our latest survey make clear that a profound shift in attitude is beginning.

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Topics: contract manufacturing companies, manufacturing in china, reshoring contract manufacturer, Asian contract manufacturing, contract manufacturing services, manufacturing services

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