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Events at OCM Manufacturing

Our quarterly Engineering Mixers combine networking with education for Ottawa's engineers. 
Reservations are required.

Wednesday, February 27 Luncheon

Topic: Using new EDA features to increase PCB board innovation & competitiveness.
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Wednesday, May 29 Luncheon
Topic: Show & tell! Arrow Electronics' FAEs will be in the house demonstrating the latest in Processor and Interconnect technologies.
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OCM Manufacturing News
It's not easy going green
Ottawa Citizen article features OCM. 
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OCM China adds another SMT line
We've increased our output capacity for offshore projects.
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Going the Distance

George Henning, President, OCM ManufacturingThis year, OCM Manufacturing celebrates its 25th year of business—truly an achievement in our industry. The electronics manufacturing industry is cyclical. It’s a tough industry, hammered by forces including cost pressures, global supply challenges, and economic tides. In the national capital region, we have seen many electronics manufacturing service (EMS) companies falter and fail.

We’re often asked to what we attribute our success over more than two decades—how have we remained able to consistently service clients through the many ups and downs that the manufacturing industry presents? We think it comes down to these four key factors:

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Choosing Between Turnkey and Consignment Manufacturing

OCM Manufacturing President, George Henning, recently penned this article in SMT Magazine. It compares and evaluates the manufacturing options for small- and mid-sized manufacturers.

The article also includes a "true-cost" model for consigned versus turnkey manufacturing. 

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Recommended Reading

The Art of Concurrent Engineering is an excellent article written by an engineer who learned the hard way why manufacturing operations needs to be involved in the design process. He recommends "Concurrent Engineering" and outlines what it involves.

"When a product is thrown over the wall without regard to those who are on the receiving end, the company can expect a multitude of problems to arise.... But, if all engineering disciplines get all potentially impacted parties involved during the design and test process before the product is released, then the company has an excellent chance to produce a high-quality product that will ship on time." - Douglas Alexander, Principal Consultant, Component Engineering Consultants

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Are Canadian manufacturers missing out on opportunities in North America?

This article in Canadian Manufacturing magazine thinks so. "Canadian manufacturers are significantly more optimistic than other sectors about growth this year, but they’re missing out on opportunities in the US and emerging markets, according to two international reports from Grant Thornton." ...

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2012 Economic Outlook Survey

State of the Industrial Marketplace
Economic indicators in the industrial sector are decidedly mixed, with some companies optimistic and others more cautious, according to the results of GlobalSpec’s Economic Outlook Survey of engineering, technical, manufacturing, and industrial professionals in the United States. This annual survey measures the impact of economic conditions in the industrial sector and offers analysis and advice to help manufacturers and suppliers succeed in the current economy.

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Manufacture It

Injection moulding, lean manufacturing, tooling and assembly: the path to making a machine. We love this infographic, particularly because it BEGINS the manufacturing process with design-for-manufacturing (DFM)!

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