Keith Gansberg

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    6 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Non-Conforming Parts

    Posted by Keith Gansberg

    Nov 24, 2017 3:00:00 PM

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    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

    5 Benefits of Outsourcing Manufacturing

    Posted by Keith Gansberg

    Aug 25, 2017 5:00:00 PM

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    To outsource a product or process versus producing it in-house is a decision faced by manufacturing companies every day, and making the right choice can be key to your company’s success.  A company may decide to outsource products and services for a variety of reasons. Areas of consideration should include flexibility, capacity, quality, cost and capability.

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    Topics: outsourced manufacturing

    3 Qualities of Fusion's Supply Chain

    Posted by Keith Gansberg

    Nov 6, 2015 5:33:13 PM

    As an ISO 9001: 2008 certified contract manufacturer (CM), Fusion OEM is required to conduct annual supplier reviews. Having a formal system in place to track and evaluate supplier performance is essential to the smooth operation and profitability of our business.  The ISO 9001:2008 standard states that suppliers should be evaluated and selected based on their ability to meet our requirements. In order to accomplish this, we first had to define what those requirements are. Next, we created specific performance criteria for tracking and assessing our suppliers. After taking several factors into consideration, we arrived at the following three qualities that make a supplier successful (it may not be what you think):

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    Topics: iso, supply chain management

    Lean Procurement for Contract Manufacturers

    Posted by Keith Gansberg

    Mar 20, 2015 6:07:03 PM

    KeithG2Contract manufacturing companies expect their procurement departments to provide purchased materials and components on time, with the lowest costs and the highest quality. Instead of shying away from the challenge of accomplishing all three, embrace the opportunity. The solution to realizing these goals is applying lean practices.  Designing and implementing lean procurement best practices can dramatically change the way your contract manufacturing (CM) company does business. 

    Applying these lean principles involves eliminating waste and making processes and communications simple, clear and direct. It makes it easier for customers and suppliers to do business with your CM company. Additionally, getting rid of this waste will lead to increased productivity and freeing up more time for procurement staff to focus on value-added activities, rather than administration. Examine the list below to determine which wastes are slowing down the efficiency of your procurement department:

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    Topics: lean manufacturing, lean office

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