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What to Do When Your Engineering Resources are Limited

Posted by Dan Grant on Mar 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

When a company’s engineering department is being stretched to its limits, this can have a debilitating effect on the organization. For one, this constrains the number of projects that can be in full-process at any given time. This in turn stifles production and innovation, which can weaken a company’s bottom line and decrease its competitive advantage. Limited engineering resources also leads to engineers having to work on administrative tasks rather than being able to stay dedicated to their core manufacturing competency. This creates a ripple effect throughout the organization as procurement isn’t able to source in the most effective way possible without thorough feedback from engineering. This causes management and executives to find themselves in a constant state of scrambling to assess where resources should be imperfectly allocated.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Procurement

3D Printing and its Disruptive Abilities

Posted by Guest Contributor on Mar 14, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Matthew Murray of Notable discusses the impact 3D modelling may exert on the manufacturing industry.

The term “disruptive” simply means “to change the normal way of doing something, interrupt the normal progress of something, or to turn order into disorder.” So what makes a process or an invention disruptive?

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industry News

How a Buying Group Can Benefit Your Company

Posted by Joe Ptak on Mar 8, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Any well-run business is constantly looking for ways to improve. But the better you are at staying on top of this endeavor, the more it can sometimes seem like you’ve exhausted most of the good ideas. You can reach a point where you’ve done your due diligence and feel pretty confident that you’re making the best decisions on the options realistically available to your company. You can only get so lean, squeeze so much out of your resources, and fine-tune your processes so tightly.

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Topics: Buying Groups and Group Purchasing Organizations

The Power of Personal Touches

Posted by Guest Contributor on Mar 2, 2017 1:45:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Tim Neroni, President and Managing Partner at KMH Systems, Inc., discusses easy methods for staying top-of-mind with your customers.

In today’s fast paced online world, the personal touch can turn a one-off sale into a lifelong relationship. With the speed at which the manufacturing and shipping world are going today, nothing beats taking the time to build relationships with each and every customer your company has a chance to interact and do business with. What may not turn into a sale today could become one of your best clients down the road.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Five Signs Drama is Destroying Your Culture

Posted by Guest Contributor on Feb 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Karin Hurt, CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and author of Winning Well, discusses how to solve workplace issues instead of just covering them up.

Diaper Genies are a FABULOUS invention-- for parents and nurseries. They hide the stink of a diaper and exponentially increase the interval necessary to empty the trash. The stink stays conveniently wrapped tightly in plastic so no one can smell it. The stink is unavoidable and the Diaper Genie provides a welcome reprieve.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Achieve More with a Group Purchasing Organization

Posted by Joe Ptak on Feb 22, 2017 9:50:00 AM

Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) are a great way for manufacturers and businesses to increase resources, as well as get the most out of the resources they already have. Simply stated, GPOs aggregate and leverage the purchasing power of companies to drive down costs. They expand professional networks to elevate opportunities and reduce risks in the supply chain. And they provide market intelligence, vetted connections, engineering solutions, and access to best practices to help businesses make better decisions.

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Topics: Buying Groups and Group Purchasing Organizations

Keeping Your Supply Chain Moving Smoothly Down Risky Roads

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Feb 14, 2017 2:00:00 PM

With supply lines growing longer and competition continually increasing, keeping a supply chain running efficiently requires a more complex strategy than ever before. Fluctuations in demand and regulatory protocol further muddy the waters when determining the best options available to mitigate risk. The current landscape requires a better business-value approach for any company with growth aspirations, or at the very least, looking to stay afloat.

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Topics: Supply Chain

Reduce Your Healthcare Costs with Simple Technologies

Posted by Mike McDonald on Feb 9, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Healthcare spending continues to put more and more of a strain on employers and their employees with each passing year. As national healthcare reform looks to be a continual and unpredictable process, it’s up to individuals to find small ways to save on healthcare expenses wherever they can; in hope that all those little reductions will add up to something significant. Leveraging various easy-to-use technologies is a great strategy to employ to reach this goal.  

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Topics: Industry News

Playing the Long Game with Your Productivity

Posted by Guest Contributor on Feb 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Andy McNulty of Communication Performance Management Associates, discusses how you can be more productive by keeping score of your goals.

No, life is not a game. But it can be a lot of fun and maybe we’d be better at it if we kept score. For example, everybody I know who plays golf wants to play more. But as marriage and work and kids tend to creep into our (tee-)time, it gets more and more difficult to find the time and the money, and even the accomplices, with whom to sneak away with and squeeze in even nine holes. If we were more efficient with those things which appear to be the obstacles to our golf game, we’d have more resources to allocate to playing. Ironically, “playing golf every day,” can help us to play more golf…or at least be more productive and do something we really want to do if playing golf isn’t it. (Some people would rather fish.) 

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

The Top Global Risks Affecting Procurement Today

Posted by Dan Grant on Jan 31, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Procurement professionals are always striving to not only make better decisions, but to make them more rapidly. The level of intelligence purchasing departments can attain on precisely where supply chain risks lie, as well as on the most cutting edge solutions to dealing with them, will dictate how successful they are in reaching these goals. According to Spend Matters, as supply chains become increasingly global, the possible threats become more and more of a moving target.

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Topics: Industry News, Procurement

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