The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

The Facts and Figures Behind Robotics

Robotics — the technology that deals with robot development, operation, and applications — promises the greatest manufacturing productivity increase since the industrial revolution more than two centuries ago. For any manufacturing business or organization concerned with repetitive, programmable tasks — including sophisticated ones–now is the time to integrate robotics into…

2018 MFG Day Re-Cap

Another Manufacturing Day in the books! Although manufacturing Month lasts all year, many Manufacturing Day events take place on the official MFG Day, October 5, 2018. Over 2,700 events were celebrated nationally, with many more scheduled throughout the year. Get all the details here 2018 Oregon Manufacturing Day Highlights…

Proposed Regulations Provide Some Key Guidance for Taxpayers Benefiting from the New QBI Deduction

by Jim Dubeck and Greg Thomas, Directors, National Tax Services One of biggest areas of opportunity and uncertainty coming out of tax reform, commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), is the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction under Section 199A. The new deduction could reduce an individual’s tax…

RAPID & Manufacturing USA Institutes

The Manufacturing USA Institutes have dozens of projects focused on manufacturing.  The RAPID institute is seeking innovators who make manufacturing modules, particularly those that can transform agricultural waste into valuable chemicals. The vision is to have hundreds of these small manufacturing plants across the United States.  In addition, we seek…

6 Considerations for your Food Safety Maintenance Program

Your Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) food safety plan may consist of one or more HACCP plans, prerequisite programs like current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), recall plan, supply chain program, and any other PCHF requirements that might apply to your business. These prerequisite programs…

GoGetter: A New Resource for those in the Skilled Trades Industry

At OMEP, we get frequent requests from manufacturers that are wondering about manufacturing specific job forums and community boards. A newly released platform by the name GoGetter (while still in the early stages) could end up being a big help to those of you that have…

Manufacturing Day 2018!

WHAT IS MANUFACTURING DAY? Manufacturing Day® is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day® officially occurs on the first Friday in October—this year being Oct 5, 2018—any day can be a Manufacturing Day®. Companies and community organizations should plan their events on…

The Future of Manufacturing

Every industrial sector is about to be transformed by a massive wave of digital transformation, and manufacturing is no exception Over the last thirty years, successive waves of digital innovation have brought significant change to every industry. First came the PC productivity revolution, then the rise of the web, and…

RAPID + MEP: A Winning Combination

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network is a strong advocate of RAPID’s process intensification efforts. With offices in each state, MEPs contribute significantly by engaging prospective new members as well as enhancing the projects of current members. The MEP has already helped build out RAPID’s supply chain, provided key manufacturability…

Protect Your Company from Cyberthreats with Information Security Governance

To do business in today’s world, organizations are reliant on technology and data that’s processed, stored, and transmitted—and protecting that data throughout their life-cycle is critical. Hackers, malicious insiders, vendors, and employees are all threats to data security. As such, organizations are getting asked by regulators, auditors, customers, and consumers…