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The 5 Elements of Managing Change Successfully That Every OEM Needs to Know

The 5 Elements of Managing Change Successfully That Every OEM Needs to Know

  Very few OEMs are able to perpetually sustain the same business model. It’s a simple fact, but it also hints at the inevitability of change — and change evokes complex responses.
Is Your Contract Manufacturer Helping or Hindering RoHS 3 Compliance?

Is Your Contract Manufacturer Helping or Hindering RoHS 3 Compliance?

  OEMs doing business in European Union (EU) markets are likely aware of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Enacted in 2006, the purpose behind the RoHS directive was to manage the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium,...
3 Ways Flexible Manufacturing Adds Value to High-Mix/Low-Volume Projects

3 Ways Flexible Manufacturing Adds Value to High-Mix/Low-Volume Projects

  OEMs that manufacture high-mix, low-to-medium volume products understand the value of flexibility in manufacturing. This is especially true for complex products, including those for the healthcare industry. This flexibility offers the OEM the...
How Contract Manufacturers Leverage Neatness to Improve Product Quality

How Contract Manufacturers Leverage Neatness to Improve Product Quality

  Lean principles and workplace organization methods like 5S are successful largely because of their focus on neatness. A lean operation is a clean operation, to be sure, but neatness has greater reach. Neatness ultimately dictates product...
Coronavirus: Affecting the Global Supply Chain

Coronavirus: Affecting the Global Supply Chain

  GMI Solutions management is closely monitoring the health of our associates in our Shanghai facility as well as how the coronavirus is affecting the global supply chain. As of today, all GMI Solutions China team members are unaffected by the...
Beyond Protection: 4 Ways Packaging Improves Performance and Profitability

Beyond Protection: 4 Ways Packaging Improves Performance and Profitability

  Packaging is a necessary part of any product. The physical transfer of components, assemblies, and devices between contract manufacturers and OEMs simply cannot happen without it. It is also critical for a successful transfer of any product to...
Hinge Assembly DfMA Design and Implementation

Hinge Assembly DfMA Design and Implementation

  Transcript: When a customer transfers a build to GMI, my work is just beginning. Part of my job as a manufacturing engineer on the GMI team is to develop efficiencies that help...
Cooling Solutions for Critical Applications

Cooling Solutions for Critical Applications

  Transcript: In medical capital equipment, cooling solutions carry as much weight as other components in the system. Every component is critical, and failure carries very real...
How a Strong Culture Can Improve Product Quality

How a Strong Culture Can Improve Product Quality

  Transcript: Companies measure the success of their cultures in different ways; some by the amount of fun associates have, others may use employees surveys about job...
How Contract Manufacturers Help OEMs Resolve Capacity Issues

How Contract Manufacturers Help OEMs Resolve Capacity Issues

  At times, the number of new projects slated to be brought in-house puts OEMs at odds with capacity. Perhaps the physical limitations of the manufacturing facility or a lack of specialized equipment inhibits production. Or, there simply aren’t...
The Importance of Assembly-Level Testing (and the Impact of Ignoring It)

The Importance of Assembly-Level Testing (and the Impact of Ignoring It)

  When project timelines and budgets are tight, OEMs often consider assembly-level testing a “nice to have” instead of a “need to have.” The peace of mind it provides that contract manufacturers are performing to production and quality standards,...
Does Vertically Integrated PCB Fabrication Provide Real Value to OEMs?

Does Vertically Integrated PCB Fabrication Provide Real Value to OEMs?

  Large contract manufacturers commonly offer in-house printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication to OEMs. The vertically integrated service is perceived as a value-add, since it provides a modestly lower purchase price by not involving third...

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