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  • Tips to Help Guide Supply Chain Decisions

    The US Commerce Department has a website that's worth checking out before making supply chain decisions. The site, called “Assess Costs Everywhere” (http://acetool.commerce.gov/overview) discusses ten different areas that should be considered when making supply chain decisions. Some of the questions the information tries to address include:

    • Will wage rates in other countries remain stable?
    • How productive is the workforce and how easy is it to find and retain staff?
    • How much time will US Managers have to spend overseas, and how much will it cost?
    • How much time will it take the goods to arrive in the United States?
    • How stable are shipping costs?
    • How do export and import regulations affect costs and time of delivery?
    • Will inventory carrying costs grow when sourcing from abroad?
    • How much do other important inputs, like energy, cost overseas relative to the United States?
    • Does the foreign jurisdiction protect and enforce intellectual property rights?
    • Are special arrangements needed to finance goods purchased abroad?
    • How does the regulatory environment compare with the United States'?
    • Will the quality of goods meet expectations?
    • If a quality control issue arises, how quickly can it be resolved?
    • How difficult and costly will it be to resolve a contract dispute?
    • How quickly can an overseas supplier react to changing product specifications?
    • How stable is the political and economic climate?

    The tool contains links to public and private resources and also includes a number of case studies - all designed to help businesses assess the TOTAL costs of their sourcing decisions. There is a lot of information on the site and I want to share the interesting points with our customers and prospects.

    First, the area that most people point to when arguing for off-shoring manufacturing production: Labor Costs. In many developing countries where labor costs have been low, the rate of increasing salary and wages is generally much much higher than the U.S. This means that over time, the gap between the U.S. and other “low cost” countries continues to shrink. This includes countries like China where wages increased at a 14.1 annual rate between 2000 and 2012 (while U.S. wages increased 3.0% over the same time period). If this trend continues, the delta between US wages and Chinese wages will shrink from 24x in 2008 to 5x in 2020.

    The take away: while labor savings per hour can still be had by going overseas or south, those savings are shrinking every year.

    Second, if you include productivity (labor cost per unit), the delta between U.S. manufacturing labor and low-cost country labor is shrinking even faster. Once you have a chance to visit a factory in a low-cost country this is easy to see. The investments in productivity enhancing technology are not being made at the rate that they are in the U.S. Custom Rubber Corp. is making large investments to upgrade our equipment and we're regularly re-arranging equipment to insure that we are setting ourselves up to make our direct labor force as productive as possible.  (See Graph).

    Other wage-related issues that the ACEtool website discusses include Turnover, Exchange Rates (these can dramatically shrink the wage delta over time), Labor Market Risk (this measures things like the likelihood of labor strikes and restrictive labor laws).

    Lastly, something that the ACEtool website doesn't point out is that when the direct labor cost is a relatively small percent of the total costs of your product, this labor delta becomes even more insignificant. There is (or should be) a big difference between molding rubber parts and hand-stitching running shoes - making labor parts at Custom Rubber Corp. is very machine-intensive and the direct labor content is kept to a minimum for our customers.

    The other sections of the ACEtool website discuss additional costs associated with long supply chains - costs that are often hidden and sometimes don't show up as a direct component of the piece price. It's important to look at all these areas when making decisions about where to source.

    Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by: Charlie Braun
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  • Custom Rubber Corp. continues to add new products and customers

    Custom Rubber Corp. continues to add new products and customers.  The website is a catalog of success - successes organized by industry and by application-product usage.  Some of the recent additions are in Automotive, Protective Cases, Rubber to Metal Bonding, Electronics, Round Gaskets and Seals, and more.

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  • More Part Examples Posted

    Custom Rubber Corp. has added two more part examples to the website.  Read on....

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  • Custom Rubber Corp. adds new Videos to YouTube channel

    Custom Rubber Corp. added five new videos to the company's YouTube channel.  All the videos will be used for instructional purposes during the shift-start meetings that take place every day. 

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  • Custom Rubber - Second Place, Educational Outreadh

    Custom Rubber Corp. won Second Place for the ARPM's Educational Outreach Award in late 2019.

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  • "Engineer for a Day" Tour

    On February 22, 2019, Custom Rubber Corp. hosted high school students for a day-long exposure to Engineering.  The event is organized annually by Cleveland State University and Custom Rubber Corp. has participated the last three years.  
    The tour event was also the first time Custom Rubber Corp. used a new audio tour guide system.  After winning a $750 prize associated with the "Educational Outreach" award from ARPM (Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers), CRC purchased a system of 10 receiving headphones and a microphone transmitter.  
     

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  • Custom Rubber Corp.'s Innovative Use of Vision Technology

    John Bellett presented at the Industry Benchmarking conference about Custom Rubber Corp.'s innovative use of vision technology, both for part inspection and also for mold safety. (Photo Courtesy of Creative Technology)

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  • Developing Next Generation

    Custom Rubber Corp. presented at the annual industry Benchmarking conference in Indianapolis back in October about their efforts to attract the next generation of folks to the manufacturing industry.

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  • Rubber News article: Custom Rubber Corp. hosts ARPM Tour

    The October issue of Rubber and Plastics News has a two page article discussing Custom Rubber Corp.'s approach to manufacturing employment and some technological investments the company has made.  The entire article is available here....

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  • Custom Rubber Corp. Tour

    On September 26, 2018, Custom Rubber Corp. hosted a tour of High School students from Warrensville Heights High School.  The students are in an Engineering and STEM class.  The students learned a bit about what makes manufacturing in general exciting and also some specifics about molding rubber.  At the end of the tour, the students were given a project....

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  • Custom Rubber - Building the Next Generation

    Custom Rubber Corp. is facing the same challenges many other companies are facing: Where can we find additional, dedicated employees who have some training?
    At Custom Rubber Corp., there is a movement to do something about it....

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  • Custom Rubber Corp Upgrades Quality Capabiltieis

    Custom Rubber Corp. has added significant quality inspection capabilities that utilize the latest in automated vision inspection equipment.

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  • Great Place to Work

    Custom Rubber Corp. released a new video sharing the experiences of employees.  Potential employees can watch to find out what kind of work environment Custom Rubber offers and see the type of work.  Custom Rubber Corp. is now hiring, $11.85 starting wage for night shift.

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  • Custom Rubber Corp. article in Inside Rubber Magazine

    Custom Rubber Corp. was featured in an article in the most recent Inside Rubber Magazine.  The article discusses the continuous improvement approach that Custom Rubber Corp. is taking with Mill Drills and Safety.

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  • Molded Round Seals / Molded Round Gaskets - How To

    Custom Rubber Corp. just updated and added information to the Round Molded Gasket / Round Molded Seals page.  The information includes the three primary ways to produce a round gasket or seal and what the advantages and drawbacks are to each.  Also discussed are three primary technical issues that are important to selecting the right type of round gasket and/or round seal.

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  • Colored Rubber Molding - How To

    Custom Rubber Corp. added content to its website with a host of information about molding colored rubber.  The information includes five reasons why Custom Rubber Corp. is one of the leaders in molding colored rubber products and four reasons why product developers, engineers, and companies in general should consider specifying a color other than black for their next rubber molded component. 

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  • Custom Rubber Grommets - How To

    When desigining a custom molded grommet, there are a number of things to consider.  Custom Rubber Corp. recently added detailed information regarding the issues or questions that need to be answered and an outline of how to work through the steps.

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  • Protective Case Design How-To

    Custom Rubber Corp. has added detailed, step-by-step information regarding how to design a custom silicone rubber protective case for your electronic device or instrument.

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  • Rubber Bellows Design How-To

    Custom Rubber Corp. added information related to designing molded rubber bellows and molded rubber convoluted boots.  Information is now available on the five steps or questions that designers need to consider when developing a custom molded rubber boot or bellow.

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  • New Look For Molded Rubber Products Website

    We're very excited about the recent launch of our new website. Much of the content is carried over - our old site had excellent illustrations of the types of products we make and customers we serve - but the look and feel of the site is much more up to date. We've included some larger photos showing some of our employees at work and have updated many of the product pictures.

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