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…

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…

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…

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…

Why You Know More About Industry 4.0 Than You Think

Originally Published through the NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog Credit: iStock/ipopba If industrial manufacturing had a buzzword of the decade, it might be “Industry 4.0.” The concept is inescapable, yet it can be hard to define, especially for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). After all, SMMs’ capabilities, needs,…

Lean Foundations: An Interview with States Industries

October 7, 2015 by Jasmine Agnor Recently I had the chance to connect with two students who attended OMEP’s four-part Lean Fundamentals course, led by Kristi Smith and Gary Conner. Students Dani and Amanda were sent to the class by their Plant Manager, Donnie Graves of States Industries. Working at…