The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

ISO 9001:2015 and Risk-based Thinking (RBT)

Nearly one year into the three-year transition period, we’ve been hearing a lot of conversation about the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) 2015 revised version of standard 9001 on Quality Management Systems (QMS). The 2015 edition “follows a new, higher level structure to make it easier to use in conjunction with…

Preventing Counterfeit Products in the Aerospace Supply Chain

Guest blog post by Marcia Buser and Tristan Buser-Molatore In our last blog post, we reported on the new requirements to consider human factors when addressing nonconformances as presented at the American Aerospace Quality Group aerospace auditors workshop held July 21 and 22.  In this post we share what we…

The Formula for Successful Manufacturing Leadership

A while back, I asked my kids to “rake the leaves”. When I checked on them 2 hours later they had raked the leaves, but were now busily spreading raked leaves everywhere, diving into them with enthusiasm.  They were having a great time raking the leaves, but leaf pile jumping…

Oregon Manufacturing Award Winners 2016

We’re Proud of our Clients! OMEP was honored to attend the Portland Business Journal’s 2016 Oregon Manufacturing Awards today. For the past 5 years we have participated in this exciting event, and each year we are honored to see our clients publicly recognized for their hard work and dedication to…

A Practical Guide to PQR Analysis

What Is PQR? PQR stands for Product, Quantity and Routing. PQR analysis is a way of answering the questions: What do you make? How many do you make? What processes are required to make it? In Thinking Lean, everything is related to takt time (pace).  To calculate the takt time…

Skills Shortage? What Skills Shortage?

The Skills Shortage Solution to Date: Panic! There has been much publicity and alarm surrounding the impending shortage of skills in manufacturing. Evidence of the skills shortage has been raised through the analysis of survey results and deduced from the exiting of an aging workforce. Rather than focus on…

Start or Grow Your Manufacturing Exports

Helping Oregon’s manufacturers to become exporters Did you know that exports of Oregon’s food & beverage products exceeded $687 million in sales?  In fact, over 70% of the world’s disposable income is outside the U.S. Is your company able to export and benefit from some of that income? The world’s…

Rain or Shine: Forecasting the Future for Manufacturing Businesses

Forecasting the Future for Manufacturing Businesses Plans are nothing; planning is everything. –  Dwight D. Eisenhower According to the Washington Post in 2015, weather forecasters “correctly predicted if there would be precipitation the next day 82 percent of the time in 2013”. Not too bad! As a manufacturer, you…

How the Process of Change Can Bring Manufacturers Growth

Results matter Just ask any olympic athlete about the importance of results .025 seconds can mean the difference between a bronze medal or none at all. What do you do as a business when you’re not getting the results you want? What if you’re not profitable enough? What if your marketing plan is collecting…

8 Ideas Manufacturers Should Consider Before Replacing Equipment

  Small Manufacturer Machine Maintenance Challenges As a small- to medium-sized manufacturer, you might not have an engineering staff. Maintenance reliability for a key piece of equipment can be a challenge. Maybe you have an old piece of equipment that has served you well since the beginning days, but it just doesn’t seem…