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Reducing Lead Times is Always Smart

Reducing Lead Times is Always Smart

It's true that lead times always play a role in the manufacturing of any product. This gains visibility quickly when the supply chain faces unplanned disruptions.
Chip Shortages Add To Supply Chain Beating

Chip Shortages Add To Supply Chain Beating

Everyone knew - early on - that as the economy rose, demand for durable goods and capital equipment would get back on track. The post-pandemic supply chain, however, keeps taking punches from a variety of unusual sources, including stuck ships...
Value Engineering of Mature Products is Really a Thing

Value Engineering of Mature Products is Really a Thing

While there is a lot of discussion revolving around the differences between DfM, DfA and Value Engineering, they share many traits. Value Engineering is a process — originally developed and named by GE — that is considered by many to be...
Supply Chain Outlook: Turbulence For 2021

Supply Chain Outlook: Turbulence For 2021

  Good news, bad news: faster-than-expected increases in demand causing supply chain issues.
Shipping Rates Increasing for 2021

Shipping Rates Increasing for 2021

  Shipping costs have increased significantly and are predicted to rise further in 2021 & beyond. Trans-Pacific shipping rates just popped to new all-time high. The entire domestic shipping and logistics industry is strained. 
DfM, DfA & DfMA: 3 Processes Every OEM Needs to Know

DfM, DfA & DfMA: 3 Processes Every OEM Needs to Know

  In today’s competitive landscape, contract manufacturers (CMs) need to do more than just fill orders that meet product specs. Top-tier CMs work with their OEM partners to ensure that everyone is on the same page 
Covid-19 Doesn't Stop Critical Work at GMI

Covid-19 Doesn't Stop Critical Work at GMI

  Things continue to be tricky. Wisconsin now has a face mask mandate, but GMI was prepared and has already put preventative measures in place to keep our team - and product supply - safe. 
Culture Really Matters - Here's an Example.

Culture Really Matters - Here's an Example.

  Here at GMI, we have always been proud of our culture. We know a positive culture leads to a healthier environment, longer tenures and more satisfied customers. It's good to see evidence of it, especially when it's unsolicited.
Talk of Reshoring to USA Experiencing a Resurgence

Talk of Reshoring to USA Experiencing a Resurgence

  Reshoring – the act of moving manufacturing back to its point of consumption – is seeing a real uptick in recent months. There are many factors for why this is happening, but more U.S.-based companies than ever before are considering...
3 Factors Shaping the Medical Industry (and Why They Matter to OEMs)

3 Factors Shaping the Medical Industry (and Why They Matter to OEMs)

The modern medical industry is largely technology-driven, making its evolution necessary and rapid. But technology isn’t the sole reason. Tougher regulations, aging populations, and advancements in research/solutions impact many decisions.
6 Factors That Separate Contract Manufacturing Partners from Vendors

6 Factors That Separate Contract Manufacturing Partners from Vendors

  Supply chains can be tricky for OEMs to navigate. Supplier selection must be intentional, and largely focused on how the relationship benefits the OEM in the short- and long-term. Often, contract manufacturers are hired after they demonstrate...
Are You Leveraging Your Contract Manufacturer’s DfM Capabilities?

Are You Leveraging Your Contract Manufacturer’s DfM Capabilities?

  Outsourcing manufacturing is routine for OEMs across many industries. Contract manufacturers are brought in to solve any number of challenges, including these top 5 cited by major supply chain executives1:

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