In Support of Capital Equipment, Don’t Forget the Software

January 28, 2022, 2:05 pm Peter Bigelow

To best help customers, suppliers must invest in dedicated software experts.

“Value add” is a term bandied about, especially when a business is in the process of selling its products or services to another one. Likewise, in manufacturing the term “capital investment” describes the process of a business selling its products to another. All too often, much less “value” is derived by the “investment.”

Strained Communication

December 28, 2021, 2:00 pm Peter Bigelow

Working unconventional hours in remote locations disrupts business more than material shortages.

As we enter the third year of our pandemic-altered world, more chains are strained than just supplies. With people working remotely during odd hours, changing careers, or stepping out of the workforce altogether to care for loved ones, the basic chain becoming strained is communication.

Planning is Always Challenging. This Year It May Be Worse.

November 29, 2021, 11:00 pm Peter Bigelow

A counterargument to cutting staff and inventory.

One of those rituals that takes place around this time is developing the business plan and related budgets for the new year. Deciphering the crystal ball, discerning optimism from reality in the sales forecast, determining budget capital investments and human resource needs, and so on, is always a complex task. The very unusual pandemic/post-pandemic world we are now in makes it even more so.

Managing Capital Expenditures: Not Just Machines Anymore

October 20, 2021, 5:36 pm Peter Bigelow

Haverhill, MA: Haverhill Massachusetts based IMI, Inc. a world recognized fabricator of substrates and printed circuit boards serving the demanding RF/Microwave, military, communications and ruggedized industrial markets, was featured in the October 2021 PCB007 Magazine. Peter Bigelow, IMI’s President was interviewed in the article titled “Managing Capital Expenditures: Not Just Machines Anymore”.

The Supply Chain Worked Great. Until It Didn’t.

October 20, 2021, 4:21 pm Peter Bigelow

The current crisis was years in the making.

One of the biggest current concerns for the economy, in virtually every country in the world, is the state of the global supply chain. Whether discussing the shortage of chip’s impact on the auto industry or the shortage of paper goods (think toilet paper), all fingers point to a supply chain that is showing signs of fatigue.

Redefining Craftsmanship

September 20, 2021, 4:00 pm Peter Bigelow

Today’s builders have data analytics skills that match their manual dexterity.

Sometimes you see things a hundred times or more before it hits you the image presented does not match the message it intended to convey.

IMI Installs Keyence Digital Microscope System

August 26, 2021, 1:15 pm Peter Bigelow

Haverhill, MA, August 26, 2021.  IMI, Inc. announced today that they have acquired and installed a Keyence VHX-970 Digital Microscope with VH-ZST Zoom Lens.  This sophisticated microscope system will complement IMI’s current inspection systems and further improve overall inspection, test and measurement capability. 

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