Single-Source Procurement Considerations for Aerospace & Defense OEMs: Pros and Cons

By Scott Anderson on 19 December, 2018

 

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the aerospace and military defense industries rely on efficient integration of many different parts with little margin for error. As a result, effective aerospace and military manufacturing relies heavily on maintaining good business relationships between different buyers and suppliers on the production chain.

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

Special Delivery: Boxing and Shipping

By George Allman on 12 December, 2018

Creating a quality product doesn’t just end with the manufacturing phase. Choosing the best packaging and shipping options to meet a client’s needs is also an important step in ensuring a product reaches the client in the same state it left the facility. Components are packaged according to specific standards and or client guidelines, and these may include special instructions or specifications, as well as quality assurance measures taken during the manufacturing and packaging process. A variety of packaging options can be used to achieve this goal, including ESD packaging and 3D-printed covers, as well as other more traditional packing products.

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

Marking and Identification: Product Identification Methods

By George Allman on 05 December, 2018

 

Marking and identifying the components of wire assemblies properly is an important step in the manufacturing process. Proper identification ensures that the product reaches the required certifications, while providing practical information to the manufacturer and customer about each component of the assembly. Different types of identifying techniques, including laser marking, heat-shrinkable labels, wrap markers, and printing, all offer various options for the manufacturer to meet the client’s needs.

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Topics: Operational Efficiency, Innovation, Cable Assemblies, Quality Control, Procurement, Materials Performance, Wire Harnesses

Strategic Sourcing Basics for Aerospace Manufacturers

By Scott Anderson on 28 November, 2018

 

Strategic sourcing processes allow manufacturers to choose the best vendors based on more factors than cost alone. By evaluating other characteristics such as quality management practices, efficient operations, design capabilities, and sustainability, purchasing managers are using strategic sourcing techniques to look at the “bigger picture” for long-term growth.

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

Molding Materials: One Over Another

By George Allman on 14 November, 2018

Molding protects the connectors of a wire assembly from a variety of potential harmful influences. These include environmental factors such as water and chemical damage, as well as abrasion and other physical damage in service. Using the best material for the job also ensures the best possible adhesion for the components, yielding reliability and longevity of the end product. The choice of molding material used is directly related to the desired function and level of performance, and utilizing the best materials in the industry---such as urethanes , silicones, and epoxies---ensures the highest quality of assemblies according to client needs.

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Topics: Operational Efficiency, Risk Mitigation, Quality Control, Quality, Materials Performance, Design, Design Challenges

3D Printing: Ergonomic Benefits in Productivity

By George Allman on 31 October, 2018

 

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Topics: Operational Efficiency, Innovation, Company Culture, Quality Control, Design, Design Challenges, Aerospace, Commercial Industrial, Rail

Evolution of 3D Printing at Liberty Electronics

By Liberty Electronics on 18 September, 2018

This November, Liberty Electronics will celebrate five years since producing its first in-house 3D printed part in 2013. The company added two additional 3D printers to its roster in 2016, another this month, and is looking ahead at the possibility of adding metal-capable machines in the future. The implementation of additive manufacturing has proven to be incredibly successful for the company and has continued to set Liberty apart as a versatile innovator in the industry.

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Topics: Operational Efficiency, Innovation, Company Culture, Quality, Design, Design Challenges

Safety in Numbers: How Process Metrics and Certification Drive Quality

By Liberty Electronics on 11 September, 2018

Recently, the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in the nation’s capital was forced to decommission nearly 75% of its new 7000-series rail cars due to crimping defects. The rail cars had crimping defects that went undetected until WMATA’s quality inspectors discovered them. The WMATA’s Quality Assurance, Internal Compliance and Oversight office (QICO), estimates that the rail cars will take over a year to be repaired. Going forward, QICO is requiring that in-process quality checks and high standards of engineering design be more explicitly outlined in WMATA’s manufacturing contracts.(1)

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Topics: Operational Efficiency, Risk Mitigation, Cable Assemblies, Quality Control, Quality, Materials Performance, Wire Harnesses, Design, Design Challenges, Rail

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