The Benefits of Collaborative Design

By Scott Anderson on 28 August, 2019

OEMs and suppliers both bring experience, expertise and specialized knowledge to the table during the manufacturing process. Suppliers often don’t enter the picture until a design is created, and sometimes not until prototypes have been manufactured. However, there’s an argument to be made that a partnership between an OEM and a trusted supplier should be formed during the design phase. Collaborative design can benefit both OEMs and suppliers for a number of reasons.

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Topics: Manufacturing

The Price and Prevention of Counterfeit in Manufacturing

By Scott Anderson on 15 August, 2019

Although the aerospace industry is leading the effort to combat counterfeiting through methods like serialization tracing and supply chain control, the use and sale of counterfeit parts is still an issue in manufacturing. Counterfeiters are changing with the times too, applying more sophisticated approaches and techniques to skirt testing, laws, and standards. Blanks, clones, and undisclosed remanufacturing are just some of the growing trends infiltrating the world of counterfeit.

Investing in the right prevention procedures, purchasing processes, and product quality controls might seem daunting, but the value of the price of protection far outweighs the cost you might pay for buying, selling, or using counterfeit parts. Here are some steps you can take to mitigate the risk of falling victim to counterfeit.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Community and Beyond: The Global Impact of Liberty Electronics

By George Allman on 08 August, 2019

U.S. Navy Ship’s Serviceman Seaman George Allman, from Pittsburgh, mans the rails aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) as the ship pulls into Salalah, Oman, Dec. 30, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Logan C. Kellums)

 

Every community is impacted by the companies that operate within. Companies of all sizes create a ripple effect, creating a variety of touchpoints and connections within their communities and beyond. This is especially true of a company like Liberty Electronics. Although a small business by definition, Liberty is actually one of the largest companies in the small town of Franklin, Pennsylvania. Franklin is a picturesque, Victorian era community of hard-working families that work together, play together, learn together, worship together, and succeed together. 

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Topics: Company Culture, Quality

Why OEMs Should Consider Outsourcing A Level Up the Bill of Material

By Scott Anderson on 31 July, 2019

The Bill of Material is a critical component of the planning process in manufacturing for any industry. This comprehensive list of components and equipment required to manufacture a product can fluctuate depending on cost, availability, and capacity. For original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), outsourcing a level up the Bill of Materials might prove to be beneficial.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Procurement, Cost Control, Aerospace, Commercial Industrial, Rolling Stock

How OEMs Can Tap Suppliers To Scale Up Production

By Scott Anderson on 03 July, 2019

Industry predictions indicate that manufacturing will grow faster than the general economy*. Growth in areas such as global aircraft manufacturing is projected to spike from the less than 4% rise seen from 2013-2017 to nearly 9.5% from 2017 until 2021. These high manufacturing expectations are bound to cause an increase in production needs for OEMs. But how do you best scale up production without falling victim to overspending on inventory or finding yourself unable to fill orders due to long lead-times and or lack of capacity?

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Operational Efficiency, Procurement, Cost Control, Aerospace, Commercial Industrial, Rolling Stock, Defense

How Procurement Professionals Can Prevent Fulfillment Pitfalls

By Scott Anderson on 19 June, 2019

With the news of backlogs at record highs this year, industry OEMs and suppliers are looking for ways to ramp up production to meet demand. Meeting these needs can become challenging when fulfillment issues arise. According to forecast experts like Deloitte, manufacturers in 2019 should be focused on strengthening their supply chains, more effectively managing projects, and leveraging advanced technology to increase efficiency. As OEMs and suppliers both contemplate ways to meet demand, here are a few things all procurement professionals should look for in suppliers to prevent fulfillment pitfalls.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Operational Efficiency, Innovation, Procurement, Cost Control, Aerospace, Commercial Industrial, Rolling Stock

Employee Culture: Staying Sharp with Continuous Training

By George Allman on 12 June, 2019

No matter how precise a tool may be, it still needs to be honed, recalibrated, and reevaluated in order to stay in prime condition and do its job correctly. This is no different for a workforce. No matter how knowledgeable or skilled an employee may be, there are always ways for the employee to refresh their knowledge. Continuous training to keep the workforce up to date on all its processes produces a workplace culture which is centered on preparedness and reliability.

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Topics: Company Culture

Safety First: How Liberty Prioritizes Safety in the Workplace

By George Allman on 05 June, 2019

Most companies work to ensure a maximum standard of safety in a workplace environment. There are several unique ways that Liberty makes employee safety and security a priority, by getting not only employees involved, but their families as well.

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Topics: Operational Efficiency, Risk Mitigation

Keep it Running: Tools and Company Culture

By George Allman on 29 May, 2019

One way that a company like Liberty ensures an efficient and well-equipped workforce is by making sure the tools that employees use on a daily basis are current, calibrated, and functioning. The proper maintenance and organization of all tooling is a key element in a workforce that is confident, safe, and well-equipped.

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Topics: Company Culture

More Than a Workplace: How Liberty Equips the Next Generation for Careers in STEM

By Scott Anderson on 15 May, 2019

One way a company can support its community is by offering educational and employment opportunities to the members of the community, especially students. This is particularly true for companies, like Liberty Electronics, in the STEM field. By engaging with the community, the company can educate students about the field and equip them with opportunities for the future. Larger companies, such as Lockheed Martin, do this regularly. Liberty, though located in a smaller community, still offers valuable resources to the area through career, STEM, and mentorship programs to reach students and potential employees.

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Topics: Company News, Company Culture

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