The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

The Power of A Continuous Improvement Business Philosophy – Lean Lessons Learned

Jude Gerace recently joined OMEP as our first ever Account Executive. The team is excited to have her on board! Like most of our staff, Jude is a maker, innovator, and creator with deep experience in manufacturing. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or new to manufacturing, the lessons…

LEVERAGING DEFENSE & SECURITY MARKETS

Announcing a 12-month initiative funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, in partnership with Business Oregon and Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC), to develop new markets and sales channels for Oregon manufacturers to offset the impacts of COVID-19 and grow Oregon businesses. Apply for the Oregon Technical Assistance…

Manufacturing Matters Oregon – Season 3 of the Podcast

OMEP is pleased to announce the third season of our new collaborative podcast, Manufacturing Matters Oregon. We’ve been hard at work making exciting changes to the podcast, and are pleased to announce that the Manufacturing Matters Oregon Podcast is back for another season! For…

Meet the Enhanced Technology Team

Are you trying to design a new product? Would you like to re-design an existing product to use modern technology? Do you want to find an application for a unique material you’ve developed? Do you want to build connections to federal resources that can enhance your R&D projects? Meet the…

The Lean Business Model is for Everyone: How To Avoid Undoing Continuous Improvement Progress

Managing a company using the Lean approach requires everybody at every level of the organization to think about time all the time. Lean enthusiasts think about ‘lead-time, ‘wait-time, ‘through-put time’, ‘on-time delivery’, ‘takt-time’, ‘set-up time’, ‘down-time’, etc. It is also about time that someone addresses how the Lean approach can…

How to Calculate the Financial Impact of Continuous Improvement Projects

A full-length version of this article was published February 22nd, 2021 in The Fabricator, From my early days working in a precision sheet metal shop and through my career as a lean consultant, I frequently have found it challenging to convince finance teams to allocate funds for continuous improvement…

ISCO Manufacturing Solutions Achieves AS9100D Certification

Established in 1973, ISCO Manufacturing Solutions (ISCO) is a precision machine shop and manufacturing facility specializing in CNC Machining, Fabrication and Assembly. Located in Bend Oregon, ISCO serves customers in many industries including Aerospace, Electronics, Medical Equipment, Industrial Manufacturing and Construction. Typical projects range from one-off R&D, to long…

Ten Important Considerations You Don’t Want to Miss In Your Manufacturing Facility Layout

It is common for manufacturers to reconsider their use of space for a number of reasons, including an expiring lease, outgrowing the existing space due to new products or increased sales, the addition of new technology / equipment, or the need to consolidate to a smaller footprint. Good news: there…

Payroll Tax Considerations for Remote Workers and a Checklist to Mitigate Risk

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased remote work arrangements and dramatically altered work sites and offices. Some of those new arrangements may include employees working in states where the employer hasn’t previously conducted business or had a taxable presence. If your employees are working from other states—or even other countries—there could…

Happy Thanksgiving from OMEP

This season, and always, OMEP is grateful for the Oregon manufacturing community we have the pleasure of serving. 2020, in particular, has held a myriad of challenges, and we want to congratulate all of you for working tirelessly to continue to build your manufacturing businesses in spite of the difficulties.