John Sprovieri of Assembly Magazine

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John Sprovieri, Chief Editor of Assembly Magazine

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Whether Assembling One Large Item or 1000’s of Small Ones Assembly Magazine Has You Covered

It’s hard to believe but we may have found somebody who enjoys speaking with Manufacturers as much as we do! MRR is proud to welcome John Sprovieri, Chief Editor of Assembly Magazine. Today we learned that Assembly Magazine has been around for nearly 50 years providing original content to Manufacturers, Distributors, Managers, Engineers, and anyone else who assembles products on a daily basis. By keeping their subscribers informed about the latest assembling technology within wide variety of industries the value that Assembly Magazine provides it readers grows stronger with every issue.

Cross Pollination of Industries Equals More Innovation

John described that by covering a wide range of industries readers are often able to pick and pull the best practices and techniques from areas that they normally would have never considered. John also spoke about emerging trends in manufacturing, specifically the role that automation is going to play looking towards the future. Even more specifically, we discuss the potentially enormous impact that the new Baxter Robot will have on small to medium size manufacturers. Curious what the outlook for capital spending looks like for 2013 and 2014? Take a listen and hear John cover the results of Assembly’s Capital Equipment Spending Survey.

As we usually note, we simply covered too much ground to describe everything here. The only way for you not to miss anything is to take a moment and download the interview. It makes for a great way to unwind after a busy today.

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Butch Rich of Rame-Hart

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Rame-Hart manufacturers egg harvesters and inoculators used to develop flu-vaccines that help save lives every year

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If you have ever had a flu shot, then there is a good chance that in a small way you are connected to our next guest. We welcomed to the show Butch Rich, Director of Operations with Rame-Hart. Rame-Hart began as a design and build machine shop and today has evolved into a leading manufacturer of Egg Harvesters and Inoculators. It is these Harvesters and Inoculators that are the backbone of the flu-vaccine industry.

SHOW NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS:

1.  Why should you care about egg inoculators.

2. How important is precision when handling thousands of eggs a day?

3. Who are Ramé-Hart’s primary customers?

4. Are the inoculators custom built?

5. Butch discusses his journey from the plant floor to his current position.

6. We discuss the need for innovation.

7.  The importance of investing in R&D.

8. Click here to learn more about Rame-Hart


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Brian Reelitz and Hank Norem of Ramco Innovations

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Brian Reelitz, President of Ramco Innovations

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We had a great time speaking with Brian Reelitz and Hank Norem, President and CFO of Ramco Innovations, respectively. Ramco Innovations is a leading distributor of factory automation products and solutions with a focus on great customer service and innovative product offerings

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS AND NOTES:

1. We learn the history and background of Ramco Innovations.

2. How has the industry changed during Ramco’s 50 years of experience.

3. What’s the best way to serve your market while providing excellent customer service?

4. Using a consultative sales approach to provide solutions.

5. How staying Lean helps organizations become competitive.

6. Maintaining a diverse customer base helps distribute risk in an uncertain economy.

7. What does Ramco see as emerging trends in Manufacturing.

8. The value of being a Association of High Technology Distributors (AHTD) member.

9. Click here to learn more about Brian Reelitz.

10. Click here to learn more about Hank Norem.

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Harry Moser of The Reshoring Initiative

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Harry Moser, Founder of the Reshoring Initiative

Total Cost of Ownership

If the words total cost of ownership are not currently on your mind,  I can almost guarantee that after listening to today’s interview that will no longer be.  We were glad to welcome Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, to join us for a discussion about a topic that we hope is sweeping the nation in 2013.  The Reshoring Initiative is an organization devoted to helping US manufacturers realize the true cost associated with offshore manufacturing and educating them on the critical role they play in the future of the US economy.  Today’s discussion revealed some eye opening statistics and possibilities that the Reshoring Initiative is working to make realities.  

What is the true cost of Offshoring Manufacturing?

We’ve all heard the reasons why so many companies in the past have shipped their manufacturing jobs overseas.  Lower labor cost and raw materials cost have mainLogoalways been the primary drivers.  Often companies are able to look at these lower cost and compare them to the additional incurred expenses of freight and justify their actions.  However, as we learned today more often than not organizations are not looking at the true cost of their decisions.  How about the additional cost of warehousing these shipped goods, or the expenses of traveling overseas to set up and inspect your facilities?   Let’s also not forget the intangibles, such as the loss of innovation when you move engineering away from the manufacturing.

Mr. Moser left us speechless (which almost never happens) with some of his startling statistics.  Consider this, when looking at offshoring on a purely cost basis manufacturing in the US cost 69% higher than manufacturing in China.  However, when an organization properly calculates the total cost of ownership (TCO) US manufacturing actually drops to 4% lower than Chinese Manufacturing.  Want to hear about Mr. Moser’s plan to bring back 1 million plus jobs to US soil?  Take a moment and listen to the entire interview.  You can also stay up-to-date with the Reshoring Initiative by following them on Twitter here.

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