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Anatomy of an Industrial Robot [Infographic]

April 24, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

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Filed Under: Robotics, Industrial Robots

How to Get Your Plastic Injection Part Design Ready for Manufacturing

April 21, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Design is a big deal. It’s so big it’s a category with subcategories under it. There’s design for

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Filed Under: Product Development, Plastic Injection Molding, Design for Manufacturability

How to Provide Good Feedback on First Production Samples

April 19, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

One of the most exciting milestones in product development is the receipt of first samples.  At this point, the ideas that have traveled through your mind, napkin sketches and technical drawings now rest in your hands. While it may feel like you have summited the challenges that exist in navigating the product development life cycle, it is essential that you use this time to closely evaluate the first samples with a critical eye and communicate your findings to your contract manufacturer.

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Filed Under: Product Development

UL and ETL Certification Marks: What’s the Difference?

April 17, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

In your product development quest, you’re undoubtedly getting familiar with the acronym soup that surrounds quality, safety testing and deciding which certification marks your product will require. 

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Filed Under: Product Development, Quality Control, UL Testing, UL Certification

What Is Value Engineering?

April 14, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

 So, your contract manufacturer offers Value Engineering. That’s nice.

Just one question: What does that mean?

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Filed Under: Product Development, Value engineering

What is the Financial Benefit of Switching to EC Motors?

April 12, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Progressive Grocer Magazine reported that, in 2015, there were just over 38,000 supermarkets in the U.S. with more than $2 million in sales. That is a lot of supermarkets. And did you know that between reach-in and walk-in coolers, evaporators, and condensers, the average supermarket in the U.S. has 300 EC motors?

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Filed Under: EC Motors

When Is It Time to Consider Production Outsourcing?

April 10, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Here’s a question we get asked from time to time: When should I consider production outsourcing?

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, Outsourcing, Production Outsourcing

Robots in Manufacturing, AI and the Future Workplace | TED Talks

April 07, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

We’ve made no secret of our fondness for TED talks. [TED stands for technology, entertainment and design.] You can easily find talks on virtually every topic thanks to YouTube. In the past, we’ve shared engineering and manufacturing talks but since we know many of our blog readers are engaged in robotics, making parts for robots and using robots in manufacturing, we thought you might enjoy a compilation of TED talks on robots — primarily the intersection of robots and manufacturing, and the effect robots are having on today's workforce, and the workforce of the future. 

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Filed Under: Robotics, Industrial Robots, AI

Designing Products with Sustainable Manufacturing in Mind

April 05, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Think eco-friendly and manufacturing don’t mix? Think again.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Sourcing Materials, Sustainable Manufacturing

Moving Your Product From Prototype to Production

April 03, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Just think about it for a second. Every day you interact with hundreds of products that at one point were nothing more than an idea. But have you ever wondered what it looks like to take a product from prototype to production? It's a complex process that combines creativity and procedures. There are stops and starts. The timeline for development is as individual as the person who created the product. However, there are several milestones to look for along the way. 

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Filed Under: Product Management, Product Development, Contract Manufacturing