In with the New:  Technologies Improving Modern Manufacturing

    Posted by Todd Stukenberg

    Mar 29, 2019 4:02:00 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

    4 Benefits of Switching to LED Lighting for Manufacturers

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Jan 6, 2017 5:00:00 PM

    Read Time: 2 Minutes, 30 Seconds 

    Contract manufacturers are continually seeking to maximize efficiencies that help meet financial goals and generate competitive advantage. At Fusion OEM, we have taken it a step further and embraced the tremendous potential for plant floor optimization that literally hangs right over our heads — in our lighting system. LED, also known as light-emitting diode, is an energy-efficient source of lighting. We have replaced our T8 fluorescent bulbs with this lighting and realized the following benefits:

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    Topics: lean

    3 Reasons Why You Need EVERYONE to Think Lean

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Dec 16, 2016 5:20:08 PM

    Read Time: 4 Minutes, 30 Seconds

    In the contract manufacturing industry, OEM clients are becoming more demanding, markets are now more customized, and product life cycles are getting shorter. In response, a lot of contract manufacturers are turning to lean principles to remain competitive. Lean thinking is about removing waste in the organization to generate real, tangible benefits for the customer. No longer an optional methodology, lean manufacturing is now an essential component to keeping up with the changes in the contract manufacturing industry.

    While the benefits are many, they will not be realized unless lean methodology is woven into the culture. Fusion OEM adopted this holistic approach through a series of trainings and team development initiatives with the help of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC). Lean 101 training is a program available from IMEC that teaches the effectiveness of Lean concepts. During the session, IMEC brings in materials and demonstrates how to evaluate processes and make them more efficient through the application of Lean principles such as one-piece flow, visual pull systems, line balancing and more. We periodically run this program for our entire workforce to introduce Lean thinking to new employees, refresh the principles for veterans, and to reinforce our emphasis on having a company culture of Lean thinking. This applies to every function and department in the company – from the production floor to the front office.

    We intentionally took this approach over having a dedicated person (a “Lean Cop”) or team for our Lean initiatives for the following reasons:

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    Topics: lean

    Lean Manufacturing: Adding a Second Shift

    Posted by Davin Erickson

    Aug 19, 2016 7:01:11 PM

    Read Time: 3 Minutes

    At its core, lean manufacturing is about preserving production with less waste in order to improve the value of services for our customers. The goal is always to get the right things to the right place at the right time, and in the right quantity. At Fusion OEM, we continue to “think lean” when it comes to meeting the needs of our clients. By adding a second shift in our Machine Shop, we have increased operational flexibility, production capacity and realized additional savings. Below are some of the ways our second shift has made us more efficient:

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    Topics: lean, machine shop

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