Alyssa Sittig

Alyssa played an instrumental role in the development of the Arena Blog and social media channels from 2011 to 2012. Joining the team with a background in public policy, Alyssa was particularly interested in the challenges that manufacturers face both domestically and overseas when taking products to market.

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When ramping to production, companies face a slew of new challenges such as acquiring new hires, learning new systems and mitigating the inevitable hiccups that crop up without warning. Time is of the essence, and small oversights and inefficiencies can have a major impact on a company's ability to survive in...

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Designing with a single source part—meaning a part that is only available from a single vendor or distributor—is one of the riskiest moves an engineer can make. With all your eggs in one basket, what happens if the supplier raises prices, begins limiting component quantities or goes out of business...

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You’ve probably heard before how establishing a solid plan for new product introduction (NPI) can help you meet cost, quality and scheduling goals, but the benefits don’t stop there. A good new product introduction plan is the foundation of any successful product launch and often helps boost sales and encourage...

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Exactly 236 years ago today, the 56 delegates of the second Continental Congress assembled at the Pennsylvania State House to adopt the Declaration of Independence and officially declare separation from Great Britain. In this declaration, the United States defined three core American rights that still ring true today—the right...

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Whether in medical device, consumer goods or any industry in between, companies that design electronic products need to be confident in the electronic design automation (EDA) tool used in their designs. Without the right EDA software, even the best electronic design won’t make it far from the sketchpad. To...

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If you’ve had any luck with your first product, chances are you’re beginning to think about adding a second product to your line. Last year, we found that nearly 47% of manufacturers polled in Arena’s 2011 manufacturing survey plan to introduce a new product into their current market,...

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We all have our own ideas about what makes a great workplace. Some believe it’s about access to a smart and collaborative team with motivational leadership, and others will say it's about ample opportunity for personal and professional growth...

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Strong supplier relationships are a fundamental part of a smooth production schedule, but the associated costs are also a major part of your production budget. So when it comes time to lower your supplier costs, you have a choice to make. You can either double down on your current...

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