The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Now Launching: The Factory of Tomorrow

Many manufacturers in Oregon have felt that advanced technologies were out of reach, whether due to lack of budget or lack of on-staff technical expertise. As Covid-19 has caused supply chain disruptions and production challenges, it is clear that now more than ever, utilizing technologies is…

Can a SWOT Analysis Help Me Find Opportunities for Growth?

This is a guest blog post from our fellow member of the MEP National Network, DVIRC A SWOT analysis, a common tool for evaluating your company’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT), is valuable for a variety of strategic efforts: sales and marketing, new product development, growth planning, the list goes on. It…

All New MFG Day!

A portion of this article was originally created by NIST MEP and is featured on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog  Manufacturing Day is Back Given the limitations with public gatherings and social distancing practices prompted by the current pandemic, it’s uncertain whether manufacturers will be hosting traditional on-site tours…

Covid-19 Impact on Oregon Manufacturers: Take the Survey

As we are moving towards reopening throughout Oregon, OMEP wants to continue to meet the needs of manufacturing businesses. To serve best, we need to understand how Covid-19 has affected and continues to affect manufacturers in Oregon, specifically.

7 Manufacturing Digitization Challenges — and How to Overcome Them

This blog was originally posted on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog by NIST National Network. Read the original post here Artificial intelligence (AI)-powered robots, 3D printing, the Internet of Things (IoT)…there’s a whole world of advanced manufacturing technology and innovation just waiting for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) who want to…

Your Lighting Could be Saving you Money

As Oregon manufacturers navigate the pandemic’s impact, many are keeping a close eye on overhead costs to maintain financial stability. And one of the best ways to control operating costs is to cut energy waste. To help customers save money and reduce energy use, Energy Trust of Oregon is offering…

An Update on the 2020 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OMEP has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit scheduled for October 9th In lieu of the statewide in-person event, we will be presenting a series of regional manufacturing summits throughout 2020 and 2021. These intimate virtual and…

The Number One Killer of Lean Improvements for Manufacturers

During my time as a consultant at OMEP, I partnered with many successful manufacturers over the years. While their products and industry sectors varied, the determination shown by each business leader to continually improve required the same level of dedication and commitment. Manufacturing is a challenging industry, but these men…

Aerospace & Defense Market Data

Having access to industry-based research helps manufacturers make decisions based on the most accurate and up-to-date information available. Moss Adams’ Aerospace & Defense Market Monitor keeps you abreast of events, trends, and market forces that shape and guide this industry. Learn More >…

Social Distancing Best Practices for Manufacturers

As Oregon begins reopening, things are going to be a little different in the workplace – especially for manufacturers. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen many questions about how to safely operate, and what social distancing should look like on the factory floor. The idea of maintaining a minimum…