US Manufacturing

Anodizing Aluminum: What is it, what it is good for and how HeyScottie helps get your parts anodized quickly and easily

What is Anodizing? Anodizing (a.k.a. anodising) is process that creates an outside skin or layer of protection on aluminum metals (and certain other metals).  Anodizing increases wear resistance and can be done with dye to color the parts. Anodizing is not an added layer – like painting – but rather a chemical process that changes […]

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How to stay out of the trough of despair (part 3 of 3): 9 ways to market and sell like the big B2B boys

Most US manufacturers, finishers, and assorted job shops are being kept out of the digital revolution – and their valuations reflect that!  If you do not want to stay in the trough of despair (see my previous blog posts Peloton and Stan Shih’s Smile Curve and How to stay out of the trough of despair

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How to stay out of the trough of despair (part 2 of 3): 5 ways get more intelligence out of your shop floor and 2 things you shouldn’t have to worry about

This is post 2 of a three part series on how to stay out of the trough of the smile curve – what I call the trough of despair (see my previous blog posts https://heyscottie.com/2022/07/peloton-and-stan-shihs-smile-curve/ and here). In short, you need to digitize. If you digitize your footprint, you too can get more value for

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How to stay out of the trough of despair (part 1 of 3): 6 ways to make sure your new ideas can shine in today’s online B2B world

Most US manufacturers, finishers, and assorted job shops are being kept in the trough of the smile curve (see my previous blog post https://heyscottie.com/2022/07/peloton-and-stan-shihs-smile-curve/). These companies are being pushed down into the lowest valuation level while new companies are being created both to the right and left of this curve and taking all the value

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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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