Alex managed social media marketing and communications at Arena from 2011 to 2012. Although coming in fresh to the manufacturing industry, Alex is married to an engineer and is well aware of the frustrations that come with product revision and bill of materials management! Through social media, Alex was very involved with helping engineers and manufacturers solve their problems and discover new ways to move their products and business forward.
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As closely as manufacturing and engineering work together, sometimes it feels like they are worlds apart. Engineers are told to design something, manufacturers are told to make something. Engineering opens the design funnel, manufacturing closes it. Engineers...Continue reading »
For organizations moving from prototype to production, there are a lot of decisions that must be made about how to source parts and build the product. A major part of this process is deciding what can be done...Continue reading »
While there are few opportunities to discuss clean tech and innovation with friends and industry-leaders, there are even fewer opportunities of this nature that include great...Continue reading »
Aug. 3, 2011
Automation, mobile, RFID, robotics, PLM—the list of “new things designed to improve manufacturing productivity” goes on and on. But as changes in manufacturing technology and systems reshape factory protocols at breakneck speeds, it can be difficult for busy OEMs...Continue reading »
July 27, 2011
Short answer—“no.” As we wrap up analysis of our Manufacturing Outsourcing Trends Survey, it’s becoming clear that although there are some general commonalities, the specific benefits, challenges and impacts of outsourcing differ greatly for large and small companies across different industries. We received approximately 1000 survey responses from high...Continue reading »
As I said on Tuesday, small manufacturers face unique challenges when it comes to navigating the contract manufacturer (CM) and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) relationship. Tuesday, I posted five tips from Manufacturing Outsourcing for Small and Mid-Size Companies:...Continue reading »
Outsourcing plays a role in almost every manufacturing strategy. But for smaller manufacturers with fewer resources available, the challenges of outsourcing—finding the right contract manufacturer (CM), determining appropriate pricing and contract terms, establishing collaborative relationships—can be tough...Continue reading »
When it comes to manufacturing a product, there is a certain level of risk that is impossible to avoid. No matter how much planning you do, something will eventually come along that takes your organization completely by surprise—whether it’s...Continue reading »
July 13, 2011
Like most of us here at Arena, I am a huge fan of “the next big thing.” If you are developing new technology for the purpose of innovation, nine times out of ten I’d like to be your friend. That’s one reason I’m addicted to events like theContinue reading »
For those of you that missed it, Arena premiere partner Global Supply Chain Solutions hosted a webinar last week that discussed best practices for managing your supply chain through periods of global uncertainty. Some highlights from the presentation: Suggestions for managing common manufacturing challenges including: rapid development cycles,...Continue reading »