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  • How to Find the Best Contract Manufacturing Partner

    Outsourcing some aspects of your manufacturing can help you meet demand, speed up your process, simplify designs and much more. There are a number of benefits of subcontracting manufacturing, but realizing these benefits means finding the best contract manufacturing partner available. This contractor must be able to work with your team and produce high-quality work…

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  • 6 Questions to ask a Manufacturing Subcontractor

    Working with a manufacturing subcontractor can help you meet demand during production spikes, shorten production lead times, and even expand into new industries. Finding the right manufacturing subcontractor means finding a business partner that you can rely on, while the wrong subcontractor can cost you. When looking for a manufacturing subcontractor, consider the following. 6…

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  • Scaling Your Manufacturing Operation: Purchasing and Hiring vs. Outsourcing

    If you find yourself taking on more jobs than usual, expanding into new industries, or facing long lead times due to an increase in demand, you may wonder if it’s time to scale your manufacturing operation, and how to go about it. Should you expand your facility, workforce and equipment, or focus on outsourcing or…

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  • Custom Fabricated Brackets

    A very large egg producer in west Michigan reached out to APEC during an important expansion phase as they were developing a new hennery. They were looking for a fabrication facility that could mass-produce a single type of bracket they needed to complete construction of a new barn. It was essential that the brackets be…

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  • Automotive Sealing Components

    Problem: An eastern Michigan manufacturer of automotive sealing components and reinforcements was interested in finding a more accurate method to manufacture their products. Their process was entirely manual. Batching, weighing, and measuring was all being done completely by hand which amounted to waste due to human error, poor housekeeping, and high labor costs. The company approached…

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  • Integrated Pork Operation

    Industry: Animal Feed Customer: Integrated Pork Operation The Challenge A large integrated hog operation, decided to manufacture their own feed. Because of the record keeping and required precision they wanted an easy automatic way to introduce micro ingredients into their process. They had plans to automate the rest of the feed manufacturing plant, but the micro ingredients…

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