Thursday, March 19, 2015

Outsourced manufacturing can be a risky business

"... when a brittle supply chain snaps, customers don’t get their products, companies lose revenue, brands are sullied, and the company suffers..." - Jefferey A. Burchill, of FM Global
excerpt from a recent article.( )

That's the view of the Chief Financial Officer writing this recent article. He's the CFO of a global industrial property insurer and risk is their business. He outlines in this article some key concerns including a multiplier effect that compounds your problems when one of your key suppliers causes disruption in your manufacturing process.

Some areas of your operations may require outsourced services, but you must protect your business by reigning in as much of the supply chain as you can possibly manage. Reduce your company's exposure to business disaster by manufacturing as much as possible in-house.

In-house production may provide a better profit margin by cutting out the middle man, but perhaps more importantly; it gives you greater control of your inventories and production scheduling. As outlined in this article, a disruption in your production can ultimately cost you more than you think you're saving in outsourced goods!

Porter ZipCutter

The new Porter International ZipCutter machine is one of the most affordable and efficient solutions to in-house manufacturing of specialty mattress covers and other cut material products. Watch how it can "save" your business in the fun video below and have fun watching it live at Interzum along with many more innovative GSG systems!

Liberate Your Production-2015 from Global Systems Group on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mattress manufacturing IS a part of the "new economy"

"Technological developments, reengineered operations, and economic forces are changing the way products and services are conceived, designed, made, distributed, and supported..."  (excerpt from IndustryWeek article read it in full here:
That's the recent conclusion from the US National Academy of Engineering. They went on to explain in a recent statement that new data technology and digital advances formerly reserved for "new economy" tech industries are transforming traditional manufacturing sectors.

This is no new revelation for Global Systems Group (GSG), but it's nice to see this concept reinforced by this respected organization. Cloud computing, data collection and analytics, as well as wireless technologies are being used by GSG to meet  mattress manufacturers' needs for greater throughput and more flexible production methods.

In 2013, we shared this mattress factory robot at Interzum, and we'll be demonstrating this again in May. More importantly we be showcasing much more automation and wireless data products that can eliminate waste in time and labor, and improve your production efficiencies.

Take a look at our GSG Innovations page for some ideas...

Whether you think your mattress business is part of the "new economy" or "old economy," it's going to take innovative technology to make progress moving forward. Visit GSG at Interzum to see the latest innovations that can impact your business.

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