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Are Finishers getting Finished???

From “OnTheLine,” a podcast* from Products Finishing: The main topic is the industry’s response to regulations to transition existing hexavalent chrome to trivalent chromium. In this podcast, Josh Fish, technical director for PAVCO, INC. talks the implications to finishers of the switch to trivalent chrome. Hexavalent chromium is very forgiving.  Trivalent chromium needs more tending: […]

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Peloton and Stan Shih’s Smile Curve

Peloton announced recently that they were getting out of actually making things.  Why?  They hope to get rid of all the lowest value activities and manufacturing is low value.  Chief Supply Chain Officer Andrew Rendich calls it “Partnered Manufacturing”.  Many industries use this model, especially the aerospace, defense, electronics (called Contract manufacturing), energy, medical, food

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Calling all Electronic Manufacturers, PCB-ers and CMs

HeyScottie supports the “Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act,” a bill in the US Congress that will boost the US printed circuit board industry.  It is being offered by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT) and would incentivize purchases of domestically produced printed circuit boards (PCBs) as well as industry investments in factories,

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17 Ways to stay out of the Trough Of Despair

Most US manufacturers, finishers, and assorted job shops are being kept in the trough of the smile curve (see my previous blog post).  These companies are being pushed down into the trough while new products, services, and processes are being created both to the right and left of this curve and taking all the value with

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Great Resources for Finishers <> How to Get Rich on Ocean Water

If you are a finisher, you probably already know about all the trade rags. Everyone knows PCI (Paint and Coatings Industry) Another good one is Products Finishing Weekly. Recent articles include “Coping with Staffing Shortages”, “Powder Coating Heavy Castings” and “Exploring the difference between masking caps and plugs”. But the best website I’ve seen is finishing.com. site looks like it

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Gen Z-ers aren’t exactly flocking to US Manufacturing Jobs – Why? The answer is obvious!

McKinsey’s Latest Mind the Gap Newsletter (their cleverly named Gen Z newsletter) shows how the most upwardly mobile workers make bold job changes frequently. And can you guess what sectors are they jumping out of?  Answer: the manufacturing sector.  Where are they jumping to?  Answer: anything but the manufacturing sector – which is currently the

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How to Stand Out: High Mix and High Configurability

US Manufacturers Need to Quickly Add Product Features and Functionality “As the pace of innovation accelerates across industries, having the flexibility to add product features and functionality becomes paramount. High mix and high configurability are increasingly replacing the “a few options fit most” approach.” * Fletcher Ryan, Jaju Mohit, Mahindroo Abhijit, Mongrin Daniel, Benjamin Plum

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