The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

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…

Technology Solutions for Your Manufacturing Facility

Photos Courtesy ReThink Robotics  OMEP recently held our first ever Collaborative Robotics Web Showcase in conjunction with Impact Washington, Tech Help, and the Northwest Food Processors Association. If you missed the webinar, feel free to view the presentation here. Scroll down the page for links. At OMEP, we are…

The Value of Making Things – How Technology Influences Manufacturing

In honor of Oregon Manufacturing Day 2014, we’re posting a series of interviews with manufacturing and technology leaders in Oregon. Meet David McFeeters Krone (or DMK for short!). He’s a licensing & open innovation expert who is passionate about the future of manufacturing. Connecting companies to technologies, expertise and facilities, David…