The 4400-Metric-Ton Die Casting Machine in the Room

January 19, 2017 by Andy Reese

Engineers get excited about the smallest details, usually. And as an outspoken non-engineer, I get that different people are impressed with different interests. I may not own a micrometer but I enjoy some marketing analytics. We’re all different.

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Filed Under: Manufacturing

Inventory + Logistics: Can I Shorten the Lead Time on My Order?

January 17, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

At last! Your products are ordered.You worked with your customer service representative to create a forecast. The supplier arranged for the raw materials. A production schedule was created and aligned. You signed off on the schedule and once the manufacturer knows they have the raw materials, the order is confirmed. You’ve been given a lead time of 110 days until you take possession of your products. Exactly what goes into determining that lead time and can anything be done to shorten it?

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Filed Under: Logistics

Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis: A Key Differentiator

January 12, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You’re a company with an air- or water-moving product looking for a contract manufacturer (CM) to help take your design from prototype to market. There are plenty of companies out there willing to help you. But how do you sort through them? What differentiators should you look for?

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, CFD Analysis

Why Should You Use a Contract Manufacturer with a UL-Certified Lab?

January 10, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Safety and quality. If those two words aren’t at the top of every product manufacturer’s checklist there’s a problem. But who’s in charge of monitoring, testing and pronouncing everything A-Okay? That’s where Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) comes in.

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, UL Certification

Looking for a Robotics Supplier? Here Are Some Questions to Ask.

January 05, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You want to build a robot. But not some cute little walking robot.

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Filed Under: Robotics

EC Motors + IP Ratings: Why They Matter

January 03, 2017 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

You're looking to buy some electronically commutated (EC) motors. You're thinking about speed, noise and energy savings. But if the motors you're purchasing are powering commercial refrigeration units, you need to consider the IP rating as well. 

If you haven't given IP ratings much thought, let's take a dive into the details to discover what those seemingly arbitrary numbers can mean to your motor's protection and long-term performance. 

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Filed Under: EC Motors

Engineering, Incoterms and DFM: Our Top Blog Posts for 2016

December 29, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

It's been a busy year on the East West blog. We've tried to share content that answers your questions about product manufacturing and engineering. We've sought to pique your interest, and keep you reading and looking for more. As we put 2016 in the rear view mirror, we thought we'd take a look back at the most read blog posts of the year.

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Filed Under: Engineering, Manufacturing

Planning Ahead for 2017 Chinese Holidays

December 27, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

Want to be more organized in 2017?

Pro tip: Stop what you’re doing right now and pull out your phone, tablet, planner and desk calendar and mark the upcoming Chinese holidays.

Often, Chinese holidays span more than one day. Being aware of the dates that are affected can help you better forecast your ordering needs and keep from experiencing delays. These dates can also affect business travel so let’s get cracking!

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Filed Under: China, chinese new year

The Most Common Product Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

December 22, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

[Editor's note: This blog post originally ran in March 2016.]

Designing a new product is as easy as having a killer idea, right? Not right. There is a lot that goes into designing, developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling a new product. Millions of products have failed (take these 12 notorious product flops for instance), and chances are that all of them had at least one of the below mistakes in common. Save your product  and business  from inevitable demise by avoiding these common product design mistakes! 

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Filed Under: Product Development

Top Robotics Blogs to Bookmark for 2017

December 20, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

I’m old enough to remember when the word “robot” conjured up images of Rosie, the cartoon housekeeper for the Jetson family, or Robot B9 on Lost in Space. The idea seemed to be that robots would be large, metal human-like creations that would take over the menial or dangerous tasks humans no longer wanted to do.

These days, pop culture presents a much more nuanced and darker version of the robot – check out HBO’s Westworld or the BBC’s Humans and you’ll see what I mean.

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Filed Under: Technology, Robotics