The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

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…

Reduce Operating Costs with Strategic Energy Management (SEM)

There’s an old adage that says, with crisis comes opportunity. For many Oregon industrial facilities, it may be hard to think about bright spots resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, opportunities do exist for industrial companies that want to use this time to focus on optimizing production and driving down…

MATTR: A Timely Resource for Manufacturers

How can small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) gain insights into new technologies to incorporate into their businesses? Develop new applications of existing products? Resolve longstanding issues in production or resolve quality assurance issues in product evaluation? They need MATTR, the MEP-Assisted Technology and Technical Resource. MATTR,…

Preparing for a New Decade of U.S. Manufacturing

By: Nico Thomas Credit: iStock/B4LLS Each new year brings about a period of reflection, where one can think back on the path that the previous year took us on. The coming year represents an even larger opportunity for reflection as the world enters a new decade. Reflection provides…

Manufacturing Matters Oregon Podcast

OMEP is pleased to announce the launch of a new collaborative podcast, Manufacturing Matters Oregon. Hosted by our very own Linda Wechsler,  this podcast is dedicated to telling the stories of Northwest manufacturers. The concept originated during an Industrial Districts Meeting Group, a…