The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

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…

An Update on the 2020 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OMEP has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit scheduled for October 9th In lieu of the statewide in-person event, we will be presenting a series of regional manufacturing summits throughout 2020 and 2021. These intimate virtual and…

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…

Aerospace & Defense Market Data

Having access to industry-based research helps manufacturers make decisions based on the most accurate and up-to-date information available. Moss Adams’ Aerospace & Defense Market Monitor keeps you abreast of events, trends, and market forces that shape and guide this industry. Learn More >…

Social Distancing Best Practices for Manufacturers

As Oregon begins reopening, things are going to be a little different in the workplace – especially for manufacturers. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen many questions about how to safely operate, and what social distancing should look like on the factory floor. The idea of maintaining a minimum…

Covid-19 Response Resources

As manufacturers seek to implement best practices in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, OMEP has developed a set of resources to support efforts to continue safe operations. Let us know how Covid-19 is impacting your business. Take our 1-minute survey These resources are the result of the evaluation and…

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,…

Accessing and Providing Domestic PPE Supplies

As the state works toward recovery and counties begin the reopening process, demand for PPE continues to grow. We’ve received questions from many businesses about where they can find domestically sourced PPE. Additionally, we have many Oregon manufacturers who are making PPE. Here are a few actions you can take:…