Custom IT Applications in the Manufacturing World

By Erin Shortall on 09 October, 2019

Information technology can promote the development and productivity of a business. That is why IT is a core competency at Liberty Electronics and plays a key role in satisfying our customers.  Rather than using off-the-shelf software, which is often a “jack of all trades and master of none,” Liberty employs a different approach. 

In the past, using commercial software applications has forced Liberty to make sacrifices and compromises due to the different limitations of these products, which ultimately was inefficient to the company. Instead, Liberty strategically customizes robust applications in order to achieve our customer-driven requirements as an electronic manufacturing services contract manufacturer. As customer and industry requirements evolve, our software also evolves through updates by our IT department. Our self-sufficient approach to IT ultimately reduces cost and lead-times, speeds up simple actions through automation, and improves customer service. Here are a couple of examples:

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Topics: Company News, Operational Efficiency, Quality Control

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, Rail, 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, Rail

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

Working on Your Next Light Rail Project? Here’s What OEMs Need to Know

By Scott Anderson on 27 March, 2019

The global light rail industry is forecasted to reach $4.97 billion by 2026, growing at an annual rate of 9.8%. While Europe continues to maintain the highest market growth, the recent rise in light rail passengers across major U.S. cities has led to approvals for light rail extension projects throughout the country — expecting to drive market growth even further. Light rail vehicles produced by companies like Bombardier, Siemens, Kawasaki, Hitachi, Alstom, Ansaldo, and others are expanding across the nation due to advancements in areas like noise reduction, comfort and safety.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Operational Efficiency, Risk Mitigation, Quality Control, Procurement, Quality, Design, Design Challenges, Cost Control, Rail

How the Right Contract Manufacturer Can Benefit Your Bottom Line

By George Allman on 20 March, 2019

Lack of capacity, along with rising operating costs and increased competitive pressures, have caused companies to explore the option of contract manufacturing for their products. Contract manufacturing outsources certain manufacturing operations to a third-party, passing on the responsibility for materials, capital, equipment, staff, and software.

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

Overcoming Tribal Knowledge in Outsourcing

By Scott Anderson on 06 March, 2019

 

Imagine notifying your two largest customers that their lines will be down because you won’t be able to deliver their products for 16 weeks.  Imagine the daily conference calls, site visits, audits, and over-time costs while your organization is turned upside down trying to deliver product, all for one simple reason: a key part of the process was never formally documented on an assembly that is newly outsourced, or outsourced from a new supplier.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Operational Efficiency, Quality Control, Procurement, Quality, Cost Control

Pursuing A Paperless Process: One Company's Journey

By George Allman on 30 January, 2019

Twenty-five years ago, Liberty Electronics’ system for creating and distributing work instructions was 100% paper-based. At Liberty, as with most companies in the industry at that time, engineers created work instructions for each assembly, printed out each document, and distributed them to manufacturing personnel. These manufacturing employees, in turn, depended on these paper documents in order to assemble components according to contract. Upon completion of an order, the documents often had to be filed for reuse at a later time.

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Topics: Operational Efficiency, Innovation, Company Culture, Cost Control

EMS Outsourcing Infographic

By Scott Anderson on 16 January, 2019

 

In developing standardized procurement processes, operations and purchasing decision-makers should consider strategic sourcing as a part of their procurement best practices. However, they should keep in mind that strategic sourcing is not a single project but rather a key continuous process.

For those companies sincere about establishing control over their supply chains, incorporating strategic sourcing principles should be evaluated. Decision makers must ask: Do we control our supply chain, or does our supply chain control us?

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

Why Are Leading OEMs Choosing Turnkey Manufacturing?

By Scott Anderson on 09 January, 2019

 

 

Understanding Turnkey Manufacturing

Turnkey manufacturing solutions are a common outsourcing practice. The term refers to outsourcing production to a single manufacturing partner who controls the process from beginning to end. Companies choose this model because it eliminates the hassle of managing relationships with multiple vendors, making it is as simple as “turning a key” to complete a project.  

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

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