The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

OMEP Joins Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, R&D

In February 2019, OMEP became a member of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, Research and Development (OMIC R&D). OMIC R&D is a world-class collaborative environment bringing together industry, higher education and government in partnership to develop new tools, techniques, and technologies to address near-term manufacturing challenges through applied research and…

Food NW: Summer Manufacturing Camp Builds Interest in Manufacturing Careers

Summer Manufacturing Camp Builds Interest in Manufacturing Careers Our series on the future generation of manufacturing employees continues with a highlight on something everyone loves—summer camp! The Port of Morrow and its partners in Eastern Oregon have brought a national summer camp program to the region. Now in its 2nd…

CFOs Guide Companies More Efficiently with Cost Accounting

Imagine this common scenario: Your company is doing well producing and selling a product at a 20 percent margin. You’re calculating your costs but aren’t in fact capturing all your actual costs. Your actual costs would show you’re closer to a 15 percent profit margin. No one wants to be…

The Lean Transformation – There is No Magic Wand

Over much of the last 2 decades, I have had the opportunity to learn a great deal about this idea we refer to as “Lean Manufacturing.”  When I reflect on all that I have learned, and the manner in which I learned it, I realize one overarching (and maybe very…

5 Reasons You Should Attend the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit

Each year over 250 manufacturers gather for the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit. This year’s event is only a few weeks away! If you haven’t signed up yet, here are a few great reasons you should consider attending. Learn about the life-savings products being created right here in Oregon from RevMedx.

RAPID: Education and Workforce Development Call

Article Overview The RAPID Manufacturing Institute is leading a national effort to address scientific knowledge and technology gaps in process intensification and modular manufacturing. On January 31, 2019, the RAPID Manufacturing Institute released a call for Education and Workforce Development (EWD) project proposals which develop a 2-5 day face-to-face course that…

5 Manufacturing Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

This article was originally published on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog  by NIST MEP. Below is a partial article. Read the full article here. Steady industry growth was a trend for manufacturers in 2018. According to a recent Forbes report, U.S. manufacturing has rebounded since the Great Recession, with a gain of…

Investment Funds for Disrupting the Built Environment Value Chain

Are you an innovator with an idea to disrupt the built environment value chain? The InNOVAte 2019 Challenge Needs You! Yes, you. CertainTeed, Saint-Gobain NOVA and Greentown Labs are actively seeking applicants for InNOVAte 2019, a six-month accelerator program looking for entrepreneurs with an eye to…

The Primary Forms of Waste (And How To Eliminate Them)

Nearly fifty years ago, Shigeo Shingo (Toyota Motor Works Engineer) identified what he called the ‘primary forms of waste’. These forms of waste are nearly universally discoverable in every manufacturing environment. The best definition of lean might be: “A systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste…” Simply identifying waste does…

Acting Fast to Slow Machinist Turnover

This article originally appeared on Industry Week. Guest blog post by Linda Wechsler, senior consultant at OMEP. Paola Castaldo, managing consultant, and Russ Gaylor, manufacturing consultant, also contributed to this article. How an Oregon components maker closed the gaps in its training and development program A.R.E.