Can the U.S. Become its Own Manufacturing Island? [Video]

By Scott Anderson on 24 August, 2020

Liberty has worked with customers previously that were not realizing the expected benefits of using an offshore supplier, but recent events have a lot more OEM’s looking to move some or all of their supply chains to the United States. The Institute for Supply Management reported last month that nearly 75% of companies are reporting supply chain disruptions. A recent Thomas Industrial survey reported that 64% of manufacturers are likely to bring production and sourcing to North America, and this number has been growing. 

In this episode of Wired Success, Mark Cessar ask Liberty Electronics' Director of Business Development, Scott Anderson, about the rising opportunities for reshoring the supply chain from oversees suppliers.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Reshoring

Liberty, Independence, and Reshoring

By Scott Anderson on 13 July, 2020

In an interesting convergence, the new United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal has taken effect within days of celebrating Independence Day here in the United States of America.  The new deal replaces the old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that was implemented on January 1, 1994.  While the net effect of NAFTA has been the subject of spirited debate, there are two unfortunate realities. First, the US trade deficit with these countries increased from $17 billion to over $177 billion per year, and over 800,000 US jobs were displaced during NAFTA’s 26-year existence.  Likewise, and worse for Americans, since China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, 3.4 million US jobs have been displaced, and the annual US trade deficit with them peaked in 2018 at over $400 billion.  To add insult to injury, trade with China has strengthened a totalitarian regime that oppresses the Chinese people and views the United States as an obstacle to their global ambitions.

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Topics: Company News, Supply Chain Challenges, Operational Efficiency, Manufacturing, Risk Mitigation, Procurement

How the Right Contract Manufacturer Benefits OEMs [Video]

By Scott Anderson on 03 June, 2020

Choosing the right Contract Manufacturer is integral to business success, whether taking a strategic outsourcing approach, or a tactical one.  In this episode of Wired Success, Mark Cessar talks with Liberty’s Director of Business Development, Scott Anderson about how the right Contract Manufacturer can benefit your business, and how that can depend on whether the business takes a strategic approach or a tactical approach to outsourcing the work.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Operational Efficiency, Manufacturing, Quality Control, Procurement, Cost Control, Aerospace, Commercial Industrial, Rail

Advantages of Moving Up the Bill of Materials [Video]

By Troy West on 13 May, 2020

The Bill of Material is a critical component of the planning process in manufacturing for any industry. In this episode of Wired Success, Mark Cessar talks with Liberty's Programs Director, Troy West about what moving up the Bill of Materials is and how this approach to procurement can benefit OEMs in terms of ease of installation, capacity, costs, and inventory reduction.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Operational Efficiency, Manufacturing, Cable Assemblies, Quality Control, Procurement, Wire Harnesses, Design, Design Challenges, Cost Control, Box Builds

3D Printing Innovation During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Erin Shortall on 22 April, 2020

During this historical period of time where the world is experiencing the COVID-19 outbreak, businesses everywhere are responding with necessary measures and precautions. Stopping the spread cannot be done through maintaining the normal day-to-day functions.

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Topics: Company News, Innovation, Manufacturing

Configuration Management – A Cornerstone of Liberty Electronics

By Erin Shortall on 18 March, 2020

At the heart of every aspect of our business, configuration management is extremely vital to Liberty Electronics. In fact, we built our entire Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System around it. Expanding our Oracle Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) software to include multiple ERP functions—estimating, planning, inventory and production control, quality assurance, etc.—enabled us to embed revision management into every step of the process.

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Topics: Operational Efficiency, Innovation, Manufacturing, Quality Control

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