Long before it needed help with manufacturing and logistics, a major lighting OEM teamed with MES, Inc. on the development of a new luminaire. As a result of involving MES in the product’s earliest design stages, development time for the new luminaire was shortened dramatically.
A flange used globally posed a cost and supply problem for Schneider Electric. The challenge presented to MES was to reduce the flange’s production cost while securing its availability. MES was able to meet Schneider’s needs by delivering an end-to-end engineering solution. THE CHALLENGE The Schneider component consisted of a nut and a flange. Both parts were stainless steel, a relatively expensive option that had originally been chosen in order to withstand outdoor applications where potential exposure to moisture, cold or chemical environments could otherwise result in corrosion and component failure. The nut had been brazed to the flange. The use of stainless steel and the added production step of brazing meant increasingly higher production costs for the component, and Schneider was seeking an alternative that would reduce cost without compromising the durability of the finished part. THE SOLUTION MES proposed an engineering solution that would lower the component’s manufacturing […]
Fast sourcing turnaround by Euro Metrics Sp. z o.o. allowed a lighting manufacturer, LUG Light Factory Sp. z o.o., to showcase its new lighting product at the 2018 light + building Exhibition in Frankfurt. With operations located in Zielona Góra, Poland, LUG Light Factory was seeking to launch its AVENIDA line of aluminum die cast lighting parts at light + building. These aluminum parts are used for products lighting a variety of residential and public spaces including avenues, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, promenades and residential roadways, among other applications. LUG chose Euro Metrics as the supplier in this project based on the company’s global sourcing capabilities and its proven history of short lead times for tool building. Euro Metrics managed to deliver the first AVENIDA samples within 55 days. That allowed LUG to assemble the lighting samples it needed to launch the AVENIDA product line at the Frankfurt show. The AVENIDA […]
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 […]
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 […]