The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

The Future of Manufacturing

Every industrial sector is about to be transformed by a massive wave of digital transformation, and manufacturing is no exception Over the last thirty years, successive waves of digital innovation have brought significant change to every industry. First came the PC productivity revolution, then the rise of the web, and…

RAPID + MEP: A Winning Combination

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network is a strong advocate of RAPID’s process intensification efforts. With offices in each state, MEPs contribute significantly by engaging prospective new members as well as enhancing the projects of current members. The MEP has already helped build out RAPID’s supply chain, provided key manufacturability…

Protect Your Company from Cyberthreats with Information Security Governance

To do business in today’s world, organizations are reliant on technology and data that’s processed, stored, and transmitted—and protecting that data throughout their life-cycle is critical. Hackers, malicious insiders, vendors, and employees are all threats to data security. As such, organizations are getting asked by regulators, auditors, customers, and consumers…

Innovation in Manufacturing: How to Implement Value-Based Sales & Marketing Processes 

When it comes to selling manufacturing products, timing is everything. That was one of the messages delivered by Jim Allen, founder of Value-Based, during a recent webinar for OMEP. Oftentimes when a prospect declines to buy a product, it is because the salesperson doesn’t know what that potential…

States May Use Economic Nexus to Impose Sales Tax Collection

On June 21, 2018, the US Supreme Court overturned South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., reversing the long-standing physical presence nexus standard for sales and use tax. The case was South Dakota’s challenge to the physical presence nexus standard established by the US Supreme Court’s 1992 decision in Quill v. North Dakota, which…

Lack of Skilled Applicants Leading Cause of Unfilled Manufacturing Positions

A recent report by the Oregon Employment Department’s Workforce and Economic Research Division identifies Oregon’s current workforce gaps and future workforce needs. Manufacturers won’t be surprised by these results. Lack of applicants is the leading cause of unfilled positions, followed closely by a lack of skilled / qualified candidates and…

It’s Manufacturing Awards Season

OMEP is proud of our award-winning clients throughout the state. Its awards season again! Learn about new opportunities available for your company. 2018 Best Manufacturers to Work For in Oregon The survey, now in its second year, is designed to showcase Oregon manufacturers that go above and beyond…

Wanted: Manufacturers Capable of Precision Bonding Inconel 625

OMEP is seeking manufacturers capable of precision bonding Inconel 625 as part of our work with RAPID. The application is to bond multiple layers of 0.5mm Inconel 625 to form a microchannel plate and frame heat exchanger.  The design is substantially similar to the photo on the left. …

Science + Innovation Awards Presented by Manufacturing USA – Calling All Innovators

Manufacturing USA is helping to honor the next generation of innovative leaders through partnering with the Creators of the Teen Choice Awards in an all new, first-of-its-kind Science + Innovation Awards.  We need your help in nominating those rising stars already positively impacting their communities through what they make! Earlier this…

Strategic Energy Management and Equipment Upgrades Reduce Costs for Ice Manufacturing Plant

Producing ice and keeping it frozen throughout the warmest months of the year can be an energy-intensive operation. Plant managers at Arctic Glacier in Portland were already considering new measures to improve energy efficiency when a corporate-wide mandate to cut energy costs spurred them to take action. The company connected…