Quality Assurance In Low-Volume High-Mix Manufacturing

By Scott Anderson on 05 January, 2021

Read about the tools and strategies manufacturers can use to meet high quality standards in constantly changing assembly environments. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Manufacturing, Company Culture, Quality Control, Quality

How to Successfully Switch Suppliers [Video]

By Scott Anderson on 24 November, 2020

Scott Anderson of Liberty Electronics shares best practices and the importance of a multidisciplinary team in the process of switching suppliers. This includes ensuring adequate production capacity, consistent OTD, and dual-sourcing supply to avoid supply chain disruption. To learn more about how Liberty works with customers on supply chain management and switching suppliers, check out our blog and video below.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Manufacturing, Risk Mitigation, Procurement, Cost Control

Benefits of a Relationship-Minded Supplier [Video]

By Troy West on 24 September, 2020

Driving performance through successful partnerships is a critical component of the OEM supply chain. Liberty prides itself on being a relationship-minded supplier, knowing the ins and outs of our OEM partners. Quick resolutions and proactive awareness of potential order issues, faster turnaround times for new orders, as well as a deep familiarity with product lines are all benefits of these relationships. This investment in our partnerships results in better performance and a higher standard of quality for both customer and supplier. 

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

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

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