Topic: Business Strategy

A Timbuk2 limited edition custom bag As we mentioned recently on this blog, it is commonly believed that much of U.S. manufacturing has moved overseas in search of cheaper manufacturing alternatives. And while it’s true that many companies outsource, we hear about...

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For small to mid-size businesses, manufacturing beautifully intricate product parts typically means contracting a supplier to do the job. But what if you were able to *print* your own parts in your own “home”? Some entrepreneurs are already doing it! Thanks to the advances in three-dimensional printing, your manufacturing...

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For years, “Made in the U.S.A.” implied “overpriced” to manufacturers and consumers alike. The pressure to reduce costs drove many manufacturers to seek less expensive offshoring alternatives to the seemingly more expensive domestic ones. Coupled with the fact that our economy hasn’t been...

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How do small and mid-size manufacturing companies operate today? And do these firms anticipate growth over the next five years? Last December more than 200 small to mid-size manufacturing firms (thank you!) participated in the Arena Product Development Survey. The respondents represent a range of industries—high-tech electronics, medical device...

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In late 2005, the North American robotics industry was a promising gateway to a more technologically advanced, more sophisticated manufacturing sector. At the time, manufacturers had impressively shipped 15,791 robots for close to $1 billion in the first nine months of that year. An article in Managing Automation...

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The goal of most manufacturing organizations is the same: build great products in a repeatable way. That requires good manufacturing processes — which obviously takes more than just having the appropriate gauges, fixtures and training in place. In a recent blog post,...

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