Lean Manufacturing

What quality-minded manufacturers want from supply chain vendors

Quality and manufacturing productivity seem to be in a constant struggle. The faster you want to speed up production, the more likely you are to have manufacturing quality issues. Whereas, raising objectives for product quality may be more likely to adversely effect your productivity objectives.
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How coronavirus changes manufacturing supply chain spend and inventory management


Manufacturers are rolling back two to three years, any progress they previously achieved toward Industry 4.0 as budgets are re-evaluated and so are new paths forward.
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Keys to cost reductions for outsourcing electronics in China

Tips on cost negotiations for contract EMS manufacturing in China and ways to achieve cost reductions with your EMS provider partners.
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Is re-shoring electronics manufacturing all hype?

Any major increase in U.S. technology manufacturing as a result of re-shoring may be successful temporarily with the help of local, state and federal incentives which may positively affect blue collar job seekers (temporarily), but such progress is limited in scope. So, can we bring back large volumes of high-tech manufacturing?
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Full report: EMS / ODM worry about profitability as fall 2011 survey reveals pessimism in electronics supply chain

471 survey respondents from EMS/ODM, Component Manufacturers, Distributors, Electronic Equipment Manufacturers, OEMs and Semiconductor Manufacturers answer questions on the economic situation; employment, inventory levels, business volume, and prices providing insight into the levels of …
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From Starbucks to Foxconn: A competitive supply chain is more than just lowering operations cost and inventories

Gene Tyworth, Ph.D., chairman for the department of supply chain and information systems (SC&IS) at Penn State Smeal College of Business talks with about the skill gaps in today’s supply chain managers and which important knowledge areas tomorrow’s supply chain leaders should focus on. Plus, much more…
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How OEMs can build better EMS provider relationships

Asking questions about cost, quality, strategic fit and risk is only part of OEM best practices for EMS provider due diligence. Reliance on a single point of contact can be a sign of lack of depth, or simply due to …
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5 Methodology steps to 6 sigma in electronics printed circuit board assemblies

An electronics manufacturer building one million circuit boards at 3 Sigma levels would build 66,807 defective circuit boards. Assuming each defective board required $100 worth of parts and labor to repair, it would cost $6,680,700 to complete the repairs.
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EMS as a growth industry and reasons for optimism

EMS industry underestimated. Growth opportunities seen at numerous EMS companies. Sanmina-SCI in major identity makeover. Flextronics disproportionate beneficiary in computing. Clean tech aids non-traditional EMS sectors. OEMs reevaluate strategies.

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Celestica CEO talks internal changes, acquisitions, EMS

Celestica has not made any major acquisitions since Muhlhauser took over as CEO in 2006. Things are much different today. Muhlhauser and his team did a good job of managing profitability during this last downturn. However, more revenue is needed to drive …
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