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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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Arena's ultimate guide to production ramp

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...

July 31, 2012

3 Tips for Reducing Single Source Component Risk

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...

July 26, 2012

Best Practices for New Product Introduction

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...

July 10, 2012

Celebrating American Manufacturing

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...

July 4, 2012