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Ron Sully, Director of Marketing

October 2012
Welcome to OMNInews the electronic newsletter from Omnica Corporation.  Here's this month's selection of relevant industry and science news, what's happening at Omnica and other generally interesting info. 
 Ron Sully - Director of Marketing  
OMNInews OriginalWhich is the best choice for you, a "full-service" manufacturer or a product development firm? 
      Sourcing an appropriate manufacturer for your yet-to-be-designed product is a daunting task, especially for a virtual company. Should you hire product development firm and depend on them to source manufacturing, or start out with a manufacturer who has in-house design and engineering capabilities? With over thirty years in the medical device business, our VP Paul Gleason has worked for both types of companies.
Paul penned a short article that offers excellent insights to help you make an informed decision.
Outsourcing Reversal - The U.S. manufacturing revival
   When clients ask us to investigate cutting costs by recommending an overseas manufacturer we do our best to dissuade them. We worked with Far East manufacturers in the past, but were dissatisfied with the results. Time and again our team saw a real disconnect between what was specified and how those requirements were fulfilled. Product development is complex and challenging under the best of circumstances, and we feel it is in the best interest of our clients to work with manufacturers in the U.S. In the past, if you manufactured out of the country and got what you asked for, cost savings were potentially significant. Saving money is even less of a motivator to manufacture overseas.
    It's surprising how efficiency and innovation can impact product output. In the U.S. our manufacturing methods are becoming more efficient than ever. A good example is Herman Miller's Aeron chair. The Michigan company has trimmed costs and increased output to remain competitive in a global market. This article illustrates how Herman Miller applied the concept of "Kaizen" - continual improvement, to produce a chair every 17 seconds.
Manufacturing TrendsConverging tech will change the way products are built.
      Economists and researchers are now saying that rising labor force costs won't be what ultimately derails China's robust manufacturing engine. It sounds reasonable. At Omnica, we've concluded that overseas manufacturers were (moderately) good at copying ideas and technologies, but not good at innovating. In a few key areas, technical advances in manufacturing could support our hypothesis. New technologies are driving a U.S. comeback.
      In the near future (presently, in some industries), workers and their associated vacation and healthcare costs are being replaced with robots who work non-stop. The robots can do heavy lifting, assembly, goods retrieval in distribution centers, and many other activities - much faster than humans. The point to consider is not that robots will lead to job losses, but that they will enable much higher productivity, and create more employment for humans in the future. Our role in the manufacturing paradigm is changing, but there will still be plenty of work for us in production settings that require a degree of finesse or are not repetitive. The influence of robots and how they will augment our future in manufacturing is an ultimately uplifting story.
Thinking Electronics -  Conductive inks for faster and cheaper electronic circuits
      With the wide-ranging acceptance of electronic books, E-Ink is getting a lot of press these days. You may not be aware of another type of electronic ink, currently used in automobiles, which will shortly replace bulky wiring on other products. A conductive ink called T-Ink (thinking ink) can be applied with standard printing techniques on plastic, paper, and cloth. Stretchable and washable circuits offer many opportunities for uses in medical applications and biometric clothing. You can read more about T-Ink here.
     OMNICA News and Announcements . . .   
OMNICA Pumpkin Party - In addition to the obligatory flowered shirts on Friday we have another long-standing tradition at Omnica. Every year about the time the leaves change and adults begin purchasing candy they can later appropriate from their children, we have a pumpkin party.
      On one very special day our designers and engineers make every effort to entertain co-workers by exhibiting their most inventive creations. These are not the pumpkins of your childhood. Some are over - the - top. Here is a video of the 2011 Pumpkin Party. This year will be outrageous and entertaining as always. Come see for yourself at the Omnica facility (directions) Tuesday morning, October 23, or you can wait until Halloween and see what transpired in the NEWS section on our web site.

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Omnica is a full service high-tech design and engineering firm in business for 28 years. Our specialty is developing medical devices for start-up companies, large corporations like Terumo, J&J, Alcon, Instrumentation Laboratory, BD, Medtronic, Allergan, and others. 
   We have 27 full-time employees, and perform all services from feasibility, Industrial Design, the technical engineering, R&D, prototyping, and documentation -
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