Manufacturing

Reshoring News and a Real Project

The Reshoring Institute noted that 2018 had the highest level of new reshoring and foreign direct investment (FDI) in history; up 38% from 2017.  A recent article (link below) from their website reports these exciting data: “The combined reshoring and relatted FDI announcements totaled over 145,000 jobs, the second highest annual rate in history.  Including upward revisions of 36,000 jobs in prior years, the total number of manufacturing jobs brought to the United States from offshore… Read More


The Supplier “Fires” a Customer! New Supplier Needed FAST

Proficient Sourcing exists to help buyers find excellent custom manufacturing suppliers. Occasionally the buyer has issues that impede a good search, and in those cases we can have a very helpful role. Here’s an example: Recently we were contacted to assist a supplier who wanted to “fire” a customer. Ultimately we were able to find an effective solution and the result is all parties are happy. The supplier no longer has a problem customer and… Read More


Durable Goods and the US Economy

Last newsletter we wrote about the general state of the economy, which noted overall positive factors, but weakness in durable goods.  Since durable goods manufacturing is the area of our greatest interest, we thought we would probe further. Durable goods orders and the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI seemed like two appropriate measures for something as complex and inscrutable as economic forecasts.  We seek something useful that’s understandable by normal people. Since we’re looking at durable… Read More


Servicing Rotating Machine Components, Motion Control and Drive Train Parts

Proficient Sourcing is focused on machinery and equipment components.  One family of these items consists of processing machinery rolls, gears, gear boxes, journals, self lubricating bearings/bushings, and sprockets.  We have a group of companies that prosper with these sorts of items. Equipment with process rolls, idlers, presses, and carrier rolls may require services such as OD grinding and even hard chrome plating, not to mention repairs.   Here are a couple of articles that deal with… Read More


Help for Hard to Find Manufacturing

In some cases Proficient Sourcing becomes involved with sourcing the difficult.  We have had success doing just that. Most of the sourcing we have done is machining and fabrication work, along with injection molding and foundry work.  However, in some cases we are seeking a supplier for something unusual.  That might be exotic materials or extreme sizes or hard to find processing equipment.  Here are some examples of such sourcing work, all of which resulted… Read More


Thermoforming Plastic Parts

Most businesses use plastic components and perhaps packaging.  Thermoforming is a most common technology for such items, and we have an excellent source. While these products helps your company function and succeed, do you know how exactly that item was crafted? Below is our source’s summary that very briefly explains the plastic fabrication process. How Does the Thermoforming Process Work? Initial Stages Before a model is made, you’ll create a 3-D design using computer-aided design (CAD) software. This… Read More


Try This When You Need a New Supplier!

Engineers and supply chain/procurement managers need to acquire new suppliers for any of several reasons.  There is a good deal of information on selection criteria, but little on where to look.  We have thoughts on this and would welcome yours. There are several ways to find new supplier candidates, and most of these involve spending substantial time and effort qualifying these candidates—so you can then use all the various selection criteria that’s readily available.  Proficient… Read More


Large Component Machining and Turning

Machining components for OEM equipment builders is a special interest area, and we have a number of candidates for such work.  One of these is a versatile machine shop specializing in short runs for larger parts.  They say their size range is “from the size of your hand up to as big as a rail car”, and here are the specialties of the house: Machine tool tooling-parts for assembly lines and associated machinery Large turning… Read More


A Reshoring Update

“According to the Reshoring Initiative..reshoring … .job announcements soared in 2017.  For the first 3 quarters of 2017, announcements were up 250 percent from 2016 YTD, representing a gain of nearly 180,000 manufacturing jobs.”  This was the headline of a recent article; you can find the link below. By in large, the trend to offshore manufacturing occurred because of the great gap in wage costs between the US and especially China.  This despite the principle… Read More


Low Cost Innovation – The Hidden Benefit!

Your suppliers can be a low cost source of ongoing and effective innovation.  In fact, in some companies, supplier-initiated innovation happens regularly through such things as suggested design alternatives, different manufacturing approaches, and even ideas on streamlining internal processes. If you are fortunate enough to have such a supplier relationship, you may experience innovation more economical than internal R&D departments and engineering initiatives.  But how do you discover such a supplier, and then encourage such… Read More