Doing Things Differently

Dimensioning and Tolerancing for Aluminum Extrusions

Defining accurate tolerances for your aluminum extrusion design prints could be considered an acquired skill, honed over years of creating new product designs. While some engineers use block tolerances on their prints, others may be overzealous by assigning too many critical-to-function (CTF) tolerances. Here are successful tips to determine your CTF tolerances that enhance component…

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Working Smarter

A product-manufacturing path seldom travels in a straight line. Instead, it can resemble our childhood games like Candy Land with a winding track or Chutes and Ladders with tracks all over the place. The path typically consists of more than one manufacturing process, with different tasks for each process. Individuals working in separate manufacturing areas…

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Communicated Changes to Your Forecast. Check.

In one of our recent customer newsletters, we shared information with you about the five things your annual forecast influences. Your forecast is one of the most crucial pieces of information we need from you. Your business forecast drives our business planning each year. It allows us to plan our production capacities, capital investments, operational…

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Costing More Than Money to Offshore

Sixty percent of manufacturers use a basic (and flawed) cost model to determine the costs to offshore their product manufacturing needs.[i] They base decisions to do business in other countries on: Wage arbitrage – Countries where there is an abundance of labor and the cost of doing business is lower than in the United States.…

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Consequential Strangers

Think for a moment about the multitude of people, strangers or acquaintances—whose paths crossed yours in the past week: the barista behind the counter at your favorite coffee shop; the mechanic who worked on your car; the quirky characters you’ve seen on the street; the parents with whom you made small talk in the stands…

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Unprecedented Times

Like a roller coaster with unexpected drops, curves and corkscrews, unpredictable circumstances can affect your supply chain. No matter how much manufacturing suppliers prepare in advance to secure raw material resources, there will be times when factors, such as the Section 232 and Russian sanctions, affect their supply that they cannot anticipate, nor control. First,…

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Retention Comes Before Recruitment

With the combination of 5.8 million[1] job openings and a 4.1 percent[2] unemployment rate, many companies are upping their anti when it comes to recruiting employees – especially skilled ones. To grow, smart companies know they need creative recruitment strategies to attract new employees. Spending time, money and effort on finding the right employees can…

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Five Critical Things Your Annual Forecast Influences

At this time of year, your suppliers will usually ask for your business forecast for the upcoming year. Are you prepared to provide this information, or do you wonder why they need anything besides your purchase order? While the supplier will understand your needs at that time, it is important not to underestimate the value…

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Boldly Disrupting the Status Quo

When seeking a manufacturing partner, choose one who is open to doing things differently, a supplier who boosts your competitiveness and your bottom line. We recently received a prospective business opportunity to work with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) on a newly developed product. Our collective goal was getting to a lower price-point, with higher…

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The Heart of Customer Relationships

Did you know that Alexandria Industries does not have customer service people? What!? Who’s Lavern or Shirley then? Joking aside, the people at Alexandria Industries responsible for daily communication with customers are part of our manufacturing support team. These account specialists do much more than customer service. They are responsible for managing and serving our…

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