The economic downturn disrupted the supply of electronic components, leaving a supply chain with fewer players, each of whom has diminished capacity. This is putting serious strain on the manufacturers trying to build and launch new products quickly. My post this summer about the limited availability of tantalum...

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The above statement may seem like a no-brainer for those who speak supply chain; however, it was one of the top takeaways in the 8th annual “Global Survey of Supply Chain Progress” conducted by Supply Chain Management Review, The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State...

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Our friend Shaun Snapp over at SCMFocus has a great blog post explaining some of the differences between dedicated bill of materials (BOM) management solutions and product lifecycle management (PLM) functionality that’s built into and distributed across ERP and other planning systems. He has an interesting take...

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It goes without saying that the economic benefits of outsourcing can be significant for large and small manufacturers alike. However, unless well-managed systems and processes are in place, the promise of outsourcing can quickly turn into a costly nightmare. Aviation giant Boeing is learning this lesson the hard way....

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*Lightbulb* You’ve just conceived a brilliant new invention. Now what? A recent post in the MFG.com Mojo blog offers suggestions to help you navigate the early stages of “bringing your creation to life.” MFG.com’s “4 Rules For Inventors & Entrepreneurs Sourcing Their Products” are: Enlist a designer...

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A new sustainability standard, dubbed ULE 880—Sustainability for Manufacturing Organizations, is in development. The initial public comment period for the standard, which was authored by UL Environment (a division of Underwriters Laboratories) and Greener World Media, was recently completed, and the comments are now being reviewed. A recent article...

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Small contract manufacturers in less industrialized regions of the country may feel that business opportunities are not only scarcer, but also more challenging due to the restrictions of their geographic location. If this sounds like you, MFG.com wants you to take heart. A recent MFG.com Mojo blog post...

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We often meet small and mid-size manufacturers when they’re in the midst of a growth stage—and the processes they’ve created on the fly are no longer good enough to keep product development running smoothly. While the engineering change process is one of the first places most of them want...

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