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PMI Keystone Chapter Meeting – Digital Supply Chain

May 11, 2018 by Scott Palochik

Digitization is changing how we conduct business. It is changing how businesses interact with customers, suppliers, and partners. How a business stays ahead of the competition in this environment, is largely dependent on their supply chain. Let’s take a look at what it means to embrace digital supply chain concepts. We invite you to hear from Vinay Govande as he shares his experience with several organizations throughout the evolution of this dynamic field. 

 

Date: May 17th 2018

Time: Networking begins at 6:00 pm with the event starting promptly at 6:30 pm

Location: Eyer Middle School, Macungie, PA

Address: Eyer Middle School, 5616 Buckeye Rd, Macungie, PA 18062

Directions: At Eyer Middle School look for Gate #19 (back side near School Bus Parking lot)

Cost: There is no charge for this meeting. This event is open to the public.

 

For more information and to register please go to >> https://bit.ly/2IAYjaw

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Welcome New Team Member

August 29, 2017 by Scott Palochik

Please join us in welcoming our newest team member to espi – Vincent Cimorelli.  Vincent Joins espi as a Senior Consultant with over twenty years experience driving cost savings and increasing productivity through the design, testing and implementation of system improvements and initiatives.  Prior to joining espi, Vincent was the Technical Operation Manager for Reeb Millwork, the largest distributor of custom millwork products on the East Coast.  In this position, he was responsible for the technology used in all seven of Reeb’s manufacturing facilities.  Vincent was also part of a team responsible for the design and layout of a new facility that houses the second pre-finish operation, paint shop, door machining and assembly areas.  Vincent is a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer and has held several positions related to technology needs assessment, software selection, development, and implementation.

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Visit espi and Infor at Booth #364 at the Mid-Atlantic Design-2-Part Show

April 25, 2017 by Scott Palochik

Mid-Atlantic Design-2-Part Show
April 26 & 27, 2017 – 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center • Oaks, PA

 

For over 40 years, engineers and product manufacturers have relied on Design-2-Part Shows to find the best suppliers of custom components, parts and contract manufacturing services. Check out who’s exhibiting at Oaks, PA! Over 300 American job shops and contract manufacturers exhibiting their skills in design, prototypes, production runs, assemblies, electronics, value added services, and much more.!

http://www.d2p.com/2017-oaks-manufacturing-trade-show-exhibitors

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Data Gathering

August 8, 2016 by Scott Palochik

Engineer Looking at Data

 

The first “Best Practices” step to take in planning a new facility is Data Gathering. All of the information gathered here plays a crucial role in the sizing of the new or expanding an existing facility and ultimately establishing a more efficient manufacturing process and layout.

 

In order to get a baseline for current facility and operations that can then be used to properly plan for the future, the following items need to be secured:

 

  • All existing drawings (AutoCAD, Blueprints, etc) of the current AS-IS facility layout. These should have details of all production lines, equipment, workstations, material handling, etc. If none exist, they should be created.
  • A full inventory of all current equipment with machine name along with all dimensions, work space requirements, and all required utilities.
  • Current material handling equipment and any future equipment being planned.
  • All current and future planned product information.
  • Present product flows including routings, process sheets and any process (value) maps/flow charts.
  • Manning levels and capacity by operation or work center.
  • Production standards and historical data and metrics. Most current up to 2 years.
  • Current manufacturing volumes by process or operation.

 

Things to consider while gathering the needed data include:

 

  • Will there be a Lean/Cellular fabrication and what are or will be the assembly build processes
  • Are there sub-assemblies and/or multiple builds
  • What is the current material flow, staging, and storage and are there any special material handling factors
  • Will there be an inclusion of new, more efficient production and material handling equipment
  • Will there be any new automation and operational changes
  • What are the projected changes/additions to products or product families

 

Once this information has been gathered, it should be properly arranged by product or process and tied to position in the existing layout. This will be used to help in establishing current and future space needs. If the baseline is not correct and complete, projecting out future requirements may be difficult or incorrect so accuracy and completeness are a necessity.

 

Equipment List Data

 

Join us next week as we discuss the short and long-term volume requirements and capacity analysis to be factored in the sizing of the facility.

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