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Choosing the right supplier

As an OEM or Tier 1 supplier, you know that part production is a considerable cost in your manufacturing process. Finding a cost-effective, dependable, and quality-focused Tier 2 supplier to manufacture metal parts is critical to your success and profitability. You need a specialized and skilled supplier that is a partner to help by providing solutions, not merely following a print. This supplier needs to understand the design of your part and have the knowledge to offer options to improve its functionality. To save cost on your parts manufacturing services, seek a Tier 2 supplier that has a track record...

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OEM stands for original equipment manufacturers. This term is slightly misplaced as OEMs are not companies that originally create the product. They assemble and sell material and parts manufactured by other companies in the supply chain, under their own brand name and warranty. The OEM supply chain is comprised of three tiers. The dynamics between OEMs with its tiers is highly significant, and critical for creating and selling of products to the end user. In this article, we will delve into the different manufacturing stages required for supplying parts to the OEM. Why is a supply chain necessary? Existing government...

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The Top 5 things to watch in the Manufacturing Industry this year

From drones and 3D printing to assistance from cryptocurrency and the IoT, here are the hottest trends making waves in the manufacturing industry this year. An International Rise in Drone and Robot Spending According to analyst firm IDC, spending on drones and robotics systems is slated to total a whopping $115.7 billion in 2019, which constitutes a 17.6% rise from last year. "Industrial robotics continues to top the technology investment priorities of manufacturing organizations across all major markets surveyed by IDC in 2018," says research director at worldwide Robotics, Dr. Jing Bing Zhang. Research director for Commercial Service Robotics, John Santagate,...

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2019 Forecast: 3 General Manufacturing Trends You Should Look Forward to

With 2019, we can expect the manufacturing industry to see revolutionary advancements and reach new heights progressing further into the industry 4.0. While these modern trends are going to open multiple doors of opportunities for the manufacturing businesses, it is needless to say that businesses will have to step up their strategic game to keep up with the on-going advancements. In 2019, it is crucial for manufacturing industries to equip themselves with advanced tools and modern systems, setting themselves up for accurately identifying potential risks and threats and getting actionable insights. Gathering essential data the right way at the right...

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What Makes a Flexible Manufacturing System?

Flexible manufacturing is an integrated system of computer-controlled machines, transportation, and handling systems under the control of a larger computer. Flexibility is attained by having an overall system of control that directs the functions of both the computer-controlled equipment and handling systems. These computer systems are designed to be programmed or grouped easily with other devices to allow fast and economical changes in the manufacturing process. This ability aids in enabling quick responses to market changes and enabling mass customization of products. The following information discusses what makes a system flexible and the make-up an entire flexible manufacturing system. Flexibility...

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