The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Oregon Manufacturing Award Winners 2016

We’re Proud of our Clients! OMEP was honored to attend the Portland Business Journal’s 2016 Oregon Manufacturing Awards today. For the past 5 years we have participated in this exciting event, and each year we are honored to see our clients publicly recognized for their hard work and dedication to…

A Practical Guide to PQR Analysis

What Is PQR? PQR stands for Product, Quantity and Routing. PQR analysis is a way of answering the questions: What do you make? How many do you make? What processes are required to make it? In Thinking Lean, everything is related to takt time (pace).  To calculate the takt time…

Skills Shortage? What Skills Shortage?

The Skills Shortage Solution to Date: Panic! There has been much publicity and alarm surrounding the impending shortage of skills in manufacturing. Evidence of the skills shortage has been raised through the analysis of survey results and deduced from the exiting of an aging workforce. Rather than focus on…

Start or Grow Your Manufacturing Exports

Helping Oregon’s manufacturers to become exporters Did you know that exports of Oregon’s food & beverage products exceeded $687 million in sales?  In fact, over 70% of the world’s disposable income is outside the U.S. Is your company able to export and benefit from some of that income? The world’s…

Rain or Shine: Forecasting the Future for Manufacturing Businesses

Forecasting the Future for Manufacturing Businesses Plans are nothing; planning is everything. –  Dwight D. Eisenhower According to the Washington Post in 2015, weather forecasters “correctly predicted if there would be precipitation the next day 82 percent of the time in 2013”. Not too bad! As a manufacturer, you…

How the Process of Change Can Bring Manufacturers Growth

Results matter Just ask any olympic athlete about the importance of results .025 seconds can mean the difference between a bronze medal or none at all. What do you do as a business when you’re not getting the results you want? What if you’re not profitable enough? What if your marketing plan is collecting…

8 Ideas Manufacturers Should Consider Before Replacing Equipment

  Small Manufacturer Machine Maintenance Challenges As a small- to medium-sized manufacturer, you might not have an engineering staff. Maintenance reliability for a key piece of equipment can be a challenge. Maybe you have an old piece of equipment that has served you well since the beginning days, but it just doesn’t seem…

Considering Human Factors Requirements in ISO 9001 & AS9100

Note: This is a guest blog post by Marcia Buser and Tristan Buser-Molatore In our last blog post, we reported on changes coming to the aerospace quality management standards that we learned about at the American Aerospace Quality Group aerospace auditors workshop held July 21 and 22.  In…

5 Ways Manufacturers Can Increase Employee Engagement

Leading people can be challenging, and following a leader can feel frustrating as well. We’re all just trying to do our best at work, whether we’re owners, managers, or employees. Everyone has challenges in the workplace and no workplace is perfect. Creating a culture that fosters employee engagement is not something you…

What’s new with AS9100?

Highlights from the 2016 RMC Aerospace Auditors Conference Every year the Registration Management Committee of the American Aerospace Quality Group holds a workshop to update aerospace auditors of the latest decisions and best practices. The focus of this year’s workshop held July 21 and 22 in Ft Worth, TX…