An Independence Day Reminder: Why American Manufacturing Matters

As we celebrate America’s Independence Day—and enjoy everything that comes from the historic event—let’s take a brief look back: Following the country’s independence, there fourth of July and Industrial revolutionwas a great success that came as a result. The Industrial Revolution occurred shortly after, and the U.S. was built on this revolution. The manufacturing industry was born out of it, and what followed was the rise of America to the forefront of the world in every sector.

Simply put, out of our freedom came our country’s entire success.

Now let’s look at American manufacturing today. As noted in this article, manufacturing “is essential to innovation, and tightly linked to our nation’s economic health and national security…[manufacturing’s] output came to $1.9 trillion in 2012, and by itself would have made the world’s tenth largest economy. The U.S. manufacturing sector was larger than the total economies of India, Canada, Mexico, or South Korea.”

And according to NAM:

• Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the United States—about one in six private-sector jobs.
• For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.32 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.
• Manufacturers in the United States are the most productive in the world, far surpassing the worker productivity of any other major manufacturing economy, leading to higher wages and living standards.

The fact is, manufacturing today is as important to our country’s success and future as it was when it first began following the country’s independence and the Industrial Revolution. Innovation, employment, technology, the economy, and infinite other factors grow and improve from American manufacturing.

So this July 4th, as you enjoy barbeques and fireworks, remember the importance of buying American, and what making this decision means to the entire success and livelihood of the country; every decision to buy a Made in America product makes a major impact in myriad ways.

Celebrating Our Industry: Manufacturing Day 2014

Consider these numbers and statistics related to American manufacturing*:

  • Manufacturing supports about 17.4 million jobs in the U.S.madeinusa
  • In 2013, manufacturing contributed $2.08 trillion to our economy
  • American manufacturers are the most productive in the world, surpassing the productivity of every other manufacturing economy
  • The average manufacturing worker earned $77,506 in 2013

Considering these remarkable facts, along with the knowledge that the industry is continuing to grow and is more innovative than ever, it seems that American manufacturing has a lot to celebrate. Likewise, it should be celebrated, and we can all do just that, on October 3, 2014.

This day, the third annual Manufacturing Day, is a celebration of the industry in our country, co-produced by the nation’s leading manufacturing associations, and occurring throughout the country. Thousands of events will take place and tens of thousands of people will participate—manufacturers, students, parents, teachers, and community leaders will come together. Manufacturers will have the opportunity to open their doors to the public and show what they make, what they do, who they employ, and how their work matters.

This is not only a great way to get the country involved in what we, as manufacturers, are all about, but it’s a wonderful chance to get young people excited. We can showcase manufacturing as the high-tech, fast-paced, invaluable industry it is. This can help get the next generation of Americans interested in rewarding careers, while also helping to address the skilled labor shortage.

As proud American manufacturers, we are excited to celebrate this great industry, and encourage everyone to take part in MFG DAY 2014.

* http://www.nam.org/Statistics-And-Data/Facts-About-Manufacturing/Landing.aspx

How and Why to Choose a Contract Turn-Key Manufacturer

It’s safe to say that all businesses, no matter what product they offer or service they provide, have the same overall goal: to offer quality to their customers while staying cost-effective.

With this overall goal in mind, companies of all sizes, whether they have been in business for decades or are just getting started, are often faced with the question of whether or not to outsource production. The fact is, the majority of successful companies these days have found that outsourcing to a reputable contract turn-key manufacturer simply makes the most sense. From Apple to Boeing, and myriad small manufacturers in between, they’ve relied on the services of their contract turn-key partners.

Why Use a Contract Turn-Key Manufacturer

Simply put, there are so many ways it just makes sense. First and foremost, your goal is to keep costs and inventory down. If you were to perform all design, engineering, and fabricating services on-location, your costs—labor, supplies, equipment, etc.—could go through the roof. You’re spreading yourself too thin.

Secondly, you might know everything there is to know about your industry, but do you know everything about fabricating each individual part necessary to make every product? By using an experienced contract manufacturer, you get their expertise, the expertise they’ve honed and perfected over years or decades.

What other advantages will you see?

  • Faster time to market – Your contract manufacturer knows how to get it done right and quickly, with no mistakes or downtime
  • Quality Assurance – Their services are backed by a mature, proven quality assurance program
  • Product Replication – They’ve performed these services countless times, and know how to assure repeatability
  • Decreased investment – You eliminate all costs associated with equipment, tooling, R&D, and testing
  • Supplier Relationships – Your contract manufacturer has spent years building up relationships with suppliers of materials and equipment, which means they can get things faster and at lower costs

At the end of the day, you eliminate so many costs and headaches by contracting out your manufacturing needs to a turn-key partner. You can focus on what’s important to you.

Choosing a Turn-Key Contract Manufacturer

Look for a contract partner who has proven experience in the services you need. Also look for consistent on-time delivery, certificates of compliance, and excellent service and support.

It’s also highly recommended to choose a domestic outsourcing partner. Due to supply chain disruptions and problems, higher overseas labor costs, inconsistency, and so many other factors, American companies of all sizes are now returning their business to American soil, realizing that overseas outsourcing no longer makes sense.

Red River Precision Mfg. is a quality turn-key manufacturer of metal products and prototypes, with many years of experience. Feel free to visit our website for more information, or contact us anytime.

Water Jet Cutting: The Process and the Advantages

Today’s manufacturing is unique and exciting; it often utilizes processes that have been in use for decades, but perfected through advanced technology over time.

One of these processes is water jet cutting, a precise method of cutting that can be water_jet_cuttingperformed on a variety of materials. The original concept of water jet cutting dates back to the early 1900s, but the first water jet cutting machine was officially patented in 1968. It was relatively limited then, compared to the technology used today, and since then, it has advanced leaps and bounds.

What is Water Jet Cutting?

Through the use of an abrasive water jet machining tool, high-pressure water—55,000 psi—passes through an orifice (typically made from a diamond or ruby) and then enters a very small nozzle. This causes a vacuum, drawing in a powdered/crushed abrasive. The water mixes with the abrasive, then makes contact with the material being cut. The simple principle of the process is: combine water, pressure, and abrasive, and you get accelerated erosion.

The Advantages of Water Jet Cutting

As a precise form of material cutting that is simple at its core, yet utilizes advanced technology, the advantages of this process are many. They include:

  • Material Variety: Water jet cutting can handle both metal and non-metal materials, including titanium, steel, bronze, plastics, rubber, ceramics, stone, granite, wood, foam, and more.
  • Minimum Part Stress: The process causes very little stress to the materials being cut, and results in no thermal distortion or hardening.
  • Quality: Water jet cutting is known for producing parts with perfectly smooth, finished edges.
  • No Secondary Operations: The process reduces or even eliminates the need for secondary operations, which also means time and costs are lowered.
  • Green Manufacturing: As it produces no hazardous waste, uses very little water (which can be recycled), and some scrap can be re-used, water jet cutting is actually considered a green technology. Its sustainability also results in cost savings.

Water Jet Cutting Applications and Specifics

At Red River Precision Mfg., we use a two-axis system with a cutting length up to 12 feet, and a cutting width up to six feet. Material can be cut as thin as .005 inches, up to two inches, and we work with extremely tight tolerances—up to ±.005 inches.

Our water jet cutting services are used for short production runs and prototype manufacturing for a range of industries and applications, including automotive parts, medical devices, electronics, semiconductor industry equipment, oil & gas fabrications, and more.

If you have questions about the process or would like to know more about how it can work for your needs, visit our website or contact us today.

 

Why U.S. Manufacturing’s Recovery is Very Real, and Very Important

If it seems like the majority of the conversation surrounding American manufacturing these days is about its comeback, that’s because the comeback is very real. Over 500,000 manufacturing jobs were added in the past three years, and outsourcing is so very, very out.

Instead, companies are reshoring—bringing business back to the U.S.—and “newshoring”manufacturingday6—beginning from scratch here at home. And every day there’s another news story about huge companies such as Walmart and Apple investing in manufacturing on American soil. If you still have any doubts, consider this:

  • According to this Time article, overseas workers are increasingly “demanding and getting bigger paychecks,” making American labor more competitive
  • At the same time, any labor savings from overseas plants “evaporate when the goods are shipped thousands of miles”; meanwhile, U.S. factories “increasingly have access to cheap energy”
  • This article states that “reshoring is not a fad—it’s a real supply-chain strategy” in which companies are successfully “tak[ing] advantage of the benefits of manufacturing in the U.S.”

These are just some of the solid reasons why manufacturing is seeing a major recovery. And as many reasons as there are for it happening, there are benefits to come from it. On an individual level, a company that manufactures at home sees improved quality, reduced cost of ownership, and the proven prestige that is Made in the USA.

Beyond that, the benefits to our country on the whole are enormous: Manufacturing is vital to our economy. It adds employment, providing good, successful, rewarding careers to skilled, hard working Americans. Furthermore, the aforementioned Time article points out that manufacturing makes up 67% of private-sector R&D spending and 30% of our productivity growth; therefore it’s projected that “every $1 of manufacturing activity returns $1.48 to the economy.” What all this means is that the industry is crucial to America’s success.

At Red River Precision Manufacturing, we are very proud to be an American manufacturer. We provide high-quality American-made goods to a variety of industries, and employ extremely hard working, dedicated, highly skilled men and women. We have always believed in our country’s manufacturing sector, and are thrilled to see it coming back with such great force.