Topic: Innovation

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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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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The economic recovery seems to have spawned a renewed focus on lean manufacturing. In addition to a recent flurry of articles, we’ve also been hearing it more in our conversations with small and mid-size manufacturers. Generally they talk about “lean” as they describe the steps they’re taking to return...

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The Herman Miller Mirra office chair has a lot of good things going for it: It is made of 42% recycled materials It is made with no PVC (read about PVC problems here) It is 96% recyclable It is Greenguard-certified and may qualify for LEED credits

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