The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Adopting New Technology: A story of Starting Small and Iterating on What has Already Been Done

What’s going on here? We have an image of a middle-class guy in the early 1950’s pushing his flying car into a mid-century ranch bungalow. At the time this was published Popular Mechanics was the go-to magazine for futurists thinking about how technology would change society. Why would…

Manufacturing Matters Oregon – Season 2 of the Podcast

OMEP is pleased to announce the second season of our new collaborative podcast, Manufacturing Matters Oregon. Hosted by our very own Linda Wechsler,  this podcast is dedicated to telling the stories of Northwest manufacturers. USiA and KAM Apparel Episode one of our second…

If You Connect It, Protect It!

Meet Humphrey Humphrey is a gray squirrel that a friend of mine rescued as an abandoned baby squirrel. For weeks, my friend and his family nursed the young creature by hand. While Humphrey was growing, he became very friendly with the family members, often perching on their shoulders and snuggling…

Pre-Purchase Guide to Equipment for Manufacturers

A survey from 2014 found that small and medium-sized manufacturers do not like to compromise on quality when it comes to communications devices, vehicles or tea (yes tea – the survey respondents were probably British) but were more likely to skimp when it came to things like manufacturing equipment…

Why a Food Safety Culture Is Good Business for Food Manufacturers

This article was originally featured on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog through the MEP National Network, and was authored by Dileep Thatte There were more than 300 food recalls and 17 multistate foodborne investigations in the United States in 2019.

How Vulnerable Are You To a Cyber Attack? A Self-Assessment Tool for Manufacturers

This post was originally featured on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog and was authored by Pat Toth It’s important for everyone — manufacturers and others — to recognize the threat of cyber attacks and how to prevent them. The vulnerabilities exploited by cybercriminals can shut down your…

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…

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…

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…