The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

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…

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…

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…