The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

5 Key Advantages of Modular Manufacturing

As part of my process intensification work for Manufacturing USA’s RAPID Institute, I came across “Small Modular Infrastructure” by Dahlgren et al. (The Engineering Economist) that highlights the shift in project analysis that makes small modular manufacturing the heir apparent for chemical manufacturing. This post summarizes the 5 key…

Manufacturers Wanted: New Market Opportunity

RAPID is seeking manufacturers capable of creating stacked and bonded Inconel 625 plates that are .25mm thick with .006mm tolerance. The RAPID Institute’s (1 of 14 federally funded Manufacturing USA Institutes) goal is to enable chemical module manufacturing and process intensification. Key in this endeavor is developing precision components…

Leasing Can Preserve Working Capital, Create Growth Opportunities

As the year comes to a close, many companies are evaluating their 2017 performance and looking ahead toward 2018. A goal for many businesses is to maintain a healthy balance sheet while still making growth-oriented investments, and one increasingly popular option is through leasing. Leasing allows companies to preserve working…

Robots, Cobots and Human labor

Robots have long been romanticized in art and popular culture. From HALL 9000 and the Terminator series where they are seen as a menace to humanity, through to Star Wars or WALL-E where they are benevolent and even heroic, robots can be portrayed both positively and negatively. Today, however, robots…

Three Manufacturers Share Tips for Hiring and Retaining Employees

Having difficulty finding and retaining staff? You’re not alone. Manufacturing companies increasingly cite talent acquisition and retention as top concerns. While many of them pay higher-than-average wages ($20 to $23 an hour in some cases), the low level of unemployment and lack of qualified applicants expressing interest in these types…

New Market Opportunity: Drive Down the Costs of Chemical Manufacturing

OMEP will help manufacturers engage with the federally funded, billion-dollar research and development program Manufacturing USA.  We are seeking US companies who are interested in driving down the capital and operating costs in chemical manufacturing through the advancement of modular chemical process intensification. This will be done through the…

2017 Manufacturing Day ReCap

Photo Courtesy Bill Craighead On October 6 manufacturing careers were showcased to students, teachers, and parents at over 2,800 events across the United States. In Oregon, Manufacturing Day 2017 was bigger than ever, boasting 92 events statewide, with over 190 manufacturers opening their doors to nearly 1,700 students. We’ve…

OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Rule is in Effect for Now

With many Obama administration policies being reviewed and reconsidered under the current administration, you may be wondering what is the status of Federal OSHA’s anti-retaliation rule. The Trump administration has signaled that it intends to reconsider the rule, which took effect December 1, 2016. The rule clarified the agency’s existing…

Four Ways to Save Money on IT

IT Assurance helps business owners make good choices. Sometimes the best option for a business is to buy new equipment and set up new systems. And, more often, we find that business owners can save significant amounts of money and gain important business efficiencies by improving their existing systems and…

Closing the Skills Gap Through Credentials – Pt 2

We recently published a blog post and online survey sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to examine the quality, market value, and effectiveness of manufacturing credentials.  Thank you for participating! The study, conducted in partnership with Workcred,…