The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Considering Human Factors Requirements in ISO 9001 & AS9100

Note: This is a guest blog post by Marcia Buser and Tristan Buser-Molatore In our last blog post, we reported on changes coming to the aerospace quality management standards that we learned about at the American Aerospace Quality Group aerospace auditors workshop held July 21 and 22.  In…

5 Ways Manufacturers Can Increase Employee Engagement

Leading people can be challenging, and following a leader can feel frustrating as well. We’re all just trying to do our best at work, whether we’re owners, managers, or employees. Everyone has challenges in the workplace and no workplace is perfect. Creating a culture that fosters employee engagement is not something you…

What’s new with AS9100?

Highlights from the 2016 RMC Aerospace Auditors Conference Every year the Registration Management Committee of the American Aerospace Quality Group holds a workshop to update aerospace auditors of the latest decisions and best practices. The focus of this year’s workshop held July 21 and 22 in Ft Worth, TX…

Manufacturing Learning Experience for Students

 McMinnville Economic Development Partnership and McMinnville Works co-sponsored a half day learning experience for local college students (Interns) on Wednesday July 27th at the Evergreen Aerospace Museum.  Students spent the day learning and applying Operational Excellence techniques utilized by some of the best companies in…

Low Cost Employee Development for Manufacturers

Employee Development Doesn’t Have to be Costly The ability to get the best out of your employees, and unlock their greater potential is sometimes just a matter of opportunity. While many factors can impact your ability to provide training and development in your company, cost doesn’t need to be one of…

How Manufacturers Can Build Profitable Networks on LinkedIn

Last quarter I discussed the value of LinkedIn as a marketing tool for manufacturing companies. This tool is regularly underutilized by manufacturers. Today I’d like to take a deeper dive into making LinkedIn work for your business. You may be asking, “I’ve updated my company’s profile, gotten my…

Developing Career Paths for Your Employees

Many employers focus on salary and benefit packages as a way to attract new hires and retain existing employees. Smart companies know they need to offer more. But what? There are many theories on employee engagement and recognition. Career planning for employees is one of the ways to…

Jack is Back! An Overview of Total Product Maintenance (TPM)

Jack repairs machines as they break Do you remember Jack from my post on maintenance magic? When we last left Jack, he was trying to repair machines in a firefighting pattern of repair/break/repeat that just wasn’t working. Today, Jack is taking several days to resurrect his company’s monument machine from the dead. “I’ll need a dumpster and a…

Northwest Food and Beverage Industry Survey

Food Processors: State of the industry Are you a food processor that is struggling to find the right employees to join your company? Has ‘FSMA’ become a 4-letter word in your quality department? If so, you are not alone- particularly if you are doing business in the Northwest. In December…

How To Build Team-Driven Structured On the Job Training

Last month I talked about the importance of developing your employees. Yet it can be difficult to develop training that sticks for many reasons. In part because training calls upon manufacturers to give one of their most valuable resources–time. When you’re busy getting product out the door, it can…