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December 12, 2018

Answers to China Tariffs: Strategy for Protecting Your Product Costs

On September 23rd, President Trump initiated third set of tariffs which increased prices on almost $150 Billion worth of products in a variety of industrial sectors. There was also some military action in South China Sea which shows belligerent Chinese naval ships engaging in skirmishes with US vessels. These military actions as well as stubborn attitude by the leaders of both countries have made many executives uncomfortable with their existing supply chains. MES is continuing to receive numerous inquiries from its customers asking for solution to: 1] Avoid tariffs and costs 2] Develop temporary solutions to reduce or nullify tariff costs 3] Develop a longer-term supply chain strategy to offset impact from China based supply chains MES offers sourcing solutions from three countries to help its customers diversify supply chains away from China. These are: A] India MES has had a sourcing office in India since Oct’ 2010. It buys […]
September 26, 2018
China Tariffs

Answers to China Tariffs: Strategy for Protecting Your Product Costs

In January of 2018, President Donald Trump effectively started a trading war with the impending imposition with a series of tariffs on selective products and components produced outside the United States. These tariffs included: Section 232 Tariffs authorizing the President to impose tariffs on any goods which can impair the national security. Section 301 Tariffs which authorize the President to impose penalties on any country or commodity based on “unjustified, unreasonable or discriminatory trade practices.” These tariffs offer the potential for increasing employment in a select number of U.S. aluminum and steel mills. However, with these tariffs having gone into effect on trade with Mexico, Canada and countries in the European Union, they bring a negative downside that will certainly radiate to many industries and have already alienated some of the U.S.’s closest allies.   The Chinese Tariff Trap In particular, components and products imported from China have been narrowly […]
August 8, 2018
Aluminum Metal and Coatings

Aluminum Metal and Coatings

Aluminum castings have been used in various industrial application for nearly two centuries. As a material, aluminum has inherent qualities that make it a highly desirable material for use in mechanical parts. Aluminum is a lightweight, easily machinable metal with good thermal and electrical conductivity, Aluminum also has several drawbacks. It quickly oxidizes and wears rapidly. Because aluminum is relatively soft, it is susceptible to dings, scratches and galling. Adding a protective coating is one means of overcoming the negative aspects of aluminum, although each coating option comes with its own consequences. The options for coating aluminum include: 1] Anodizing 2] Plating – Nickel, Gold and Chrome, 3] Chemical Films 4] Powder Coating   Anodizing Anodizing is a process by which the surface of the aluminum is artificially oxidized to create a protective coating. Oxidized aluminum is extremely durable. Chemically, it is inert, as demonstrated by its relationship to alternative forms of the […]
June 22, 2018
Zinc Castings Case Study

MES Zinc Castings Case Study

Design Benefits: The process of zinc die casting involves a time-proven technology. As a material, zinc is extremely fluid, rendering it very useful for die casting. Zinc also offers excellent strength (~32,000 psi) compared to conventional aluminum 380 and magnesium (~23,000 psi). Specific grades of zinc produce castings with yield strengths in excess of 57,000 psi. While standard zinc castings can offer Brinell hardness of 82 HB compared to 80 HB for aluminum and 63 HB for magnesium, there are grades of zinc that can produce alloys in the range of 120 HB resistance, an increase in hardness of approximately 50 percent. Depending on the grade used, zinc alloys offer high strength with a high degree of creep resistance. Process Benefits: Because zinc is the most fluid of all die casting alloys, zinc die castings can be made thinner than with other metal alloys. Their shapes can be more intricate […]
May 7, 2018
Ephesus case study

High-Performance Engineered Light Housing

On February 4, 2018, all eyes turned to U.S. Bank Stadium, the location of Super Bowl LII. The stadium, which is the home of the Minnesota Vikings, also hosts a wide range of national and international events throughout the year. With its see-through roof and angular design, many people believe the 1.75 million-square-foot venue resembles a Viking warship. Highly recognizable in the Minneapolis landscape, the structure represents a new era in stadium construction. CHALLENGE Among the countless visitors and television viewers who witnessed this spectacle of sports, very few paid attention to the lighting that made it possible. The stadium is outfitted with lights from Ephesus Lighting, makers of high-performance LED lighting solutions. MES, a full-service provider of global manufacturing and supply chain services, provides engineering solutions for companies such as Ephesus Lighting, a division of Eaton. In this particular case, engineers had conceived a high-performance housing requiring extensive ribs […]
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