Even beyond the challenges of COVD-19, the manufacturing industry has witnessed some major shifts that brought some perplexing challenges. In 2019, the global trade war caused the manufacturing growth to slow down to a level that had not been seen in decades. In addition to recovering from COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions, manufacturers need to be proactive to battle other issues. Let’s start by understanding these challenges.
The main principle behind lean manufacturing is doing more with less. Its purpose is to achieve the highest level of customer satisfaction while earning a profit. The benefits of implementing a lean manufacturing strategy will vary for each manufacturer. However, the main challenges may remain constant. The following are the top three challenges of lean manufacturing that businesses commonly face.
While it sounds simple, understanding what each Tier of manufacturing can be confusing. For example, manufacturers are typically referred to as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), but that is not exactly accurate. After all, while these manufacturers might produce cars, appliances, or other products, they get parts from Tier 1, 2, and 3 suppliers. Also, OEM companies will have to get raw materials from either Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3 organizations.
Several factors, such as limited tool life, extended cycle times, and poor bore quality, can compromise the quality of the boring process. The key to increasing productivity and achieving the perfect bore is to understand the factors involved and address any issues that may arise during application. The following are three factors you need to keep in mind for optimal boring performance.
Consumers expect to receive products that meet their needs and exact specifications as fast as possible. They are looking to tailor their experiences and get highly personalized products. This market shift brings several challenges to the manufacturing world. It is forcing manufacturers to seek solutions that ensure shorter product life cycles, produce customizable products, reduce manufacturing volumes, and allow companies to benefit from the opportunities as they arise. In 2020, we can expect to see the following three trends in the OEM industry.
As we begin the new year and decade, let’s look at ways to streamline the manufacturing process, save time, and reduce costs while increasing productivity. Efficient manufacturing is the key to improve the production rate and minimize environmental impact. The bonus to these improvements is that it can also enhance sales growth and positive company image. The following are four ways to improve manufacturing efficiency.
Many companies are starting to use lean manufacturing strategies to improve their processes. But with so many options out there, how do you know which ones will have the most beneficial impact on your business? In order to help you evaluate the different options, we’re describing three of the best lean techniques and explaining how each has the potential to improve your manufacturing processes.
Manufacturers are typically referred to as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), but that is not exactly accurate. After all, these manufacturers only produce some of the parts that go into their original equipment. Whether the final product are cars, computers, or cabinetry, they get specific parts from Tier 1, 2, and 3 suppliers. Let’s explore at the different tiers.
The manufacturing industry is rife with safety risks, both visible and hidden. Maintaining a safe working environment in your facility is crucial for your employees’ well-being and your continued productivity. Whether predictable or unforeseen, accidents not only cost money but may result in a loss of trained workers and decreased productivity. The following tips are just a few ways to ensure safety is at the forefront of your industrial processes.
Technological advancement is one of the most significant factors that pave the way for the concept of continuous improvement. Be it the food and beverage, construction, or the manufacturing industry, every sector of the world is under the influence of this very concept of continuous improvement. From CNC machines to numerous manufacturing software, technology is revolutionizing the manufacturing industry. The grasp of technology over the manufacturing industry gets stronger with every passing day. The following are technologies that are helping manufacturers improve their productivity and efficiency.
To outsource or not to outsource the fabrication of OEM parts – that’s the question. As much as OEMs may want to perform the entire manufacturing process in-house, rising competition and challenges in the market has many OEMs considering outsourcing as a cost-effective solution. The following are some of the top advantages of outsourcing your OEM parts fabrication.
The trade war between China and the US began in July 2018 with the US imposing tariffs on Chinese products. Several courses of discussions have taken place between the trade representatives of both nations, without any settlement anticipated soon. The current state of the negotiations is stalled as leaders of both countries do not wish to seem vulnerable and have established “cold war like” camps.
What is an OEM?
The term Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) relates to manufacturing, engineering, and sub-assembly of a product. But it can be confusing because an OEM manufacturer does not always produce all the parts in their product. In some cases, OEM manufacturers may make the final product or just components, especially electronics and automotive, that are sold to another OEM. These parts can be assembled and purchased via other manufacturers for their own products. In a nutshell, an OEM can be any manufacturer that makes and sells a part to another company to be used as a part of their product.