Shipping + Logistics: A Visit to the Georgia Ports Authority

February 23, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You can make all the product in the world but without global shipping and logistics, you're literally going nowhere. The shipping and logistics division of our company keeps track of customer’s orders, tracks the movement of freight from Asia to the U.S., and makes sure the customer’s order is received in full, intact and as close to the promised date as possible.

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Filed Under: Logistics, Global shipping

Just What Are Engineered Products Anyway?

February 21, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

If you’ve looked around websites for contract manufacturers (CM) or manufacturers in general, you might have seen the phrase “engineered products.” Maybe you’ve even thought, “What’s an engineered product?” After all, isn’t everything that’s made an engineered product of some type?

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Filed Under: Engineering, Manufacturing

What To Look For in a Product Design Service Firm

February 16, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

In the beginning, there was an idea. But what comes next? How do you turn your vision into a reality? Or should you? Is it time to talk with an product development firm and, if so, where do you start?

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Filed Under: Product Development, Design for Manufacturability, Product Design Services

How Engineering Support Positions Your Project for Success

February 14, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

All contract manufacturers (CM) are not created equal. Some focus almost exclusively on production and the manufacturing support that goes with it. Others provide a holistic approach, offering everything from design services to engineering to shipping and logistics.

This begs the question: When you’re looking for a contract manufacturing, what’s the value of engineering support?

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Filed Under: Engineering, Design for Manufacturability

Motor Reliability Testing: Does Your Contract Manufacturer Stack Up?

February 09, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Normally at the start of a manufacturing relationship, the contract manufacturer will ask the customer for a spec sheet — a report showing a variety of acceptable tolerances for the part or product. But if it’s a new product, or an older product that has undergone tweaks or changes through the years, there might not be a neat, up-to-date report.

That’s where motor reliability testing comes in. Reliability testing is an essential component of the manufacturing process. The test results provide information — pure data — that helps direct the design and manufacture of your product.

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Filed Under: EC Motors, Quality Control

Chinese New Year: We've Got Your Back

February 07, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Another Chinese New Year has come and gone, and you missed the boat. Literally. Amazon and Walmart bought all the space and your products were left on the dock. And you're kicking yourself because you're thinking, "They told me to plan..."

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How EC Motors Can Increase Efficiency in Your Cooling System

February 02, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Looking for ways to increase the efficiency and value of your refrigeration system?

Who isn't?

Here are five suggestions — some simple, and some requiring consideration, investigation and investment — to improve the effectiveness of your cooling system.

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Filed Under: Motors

How to Reprogram An EC Motor [Video]

January 31, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

There are several reasons to consider changing your older shaded pole motors for an electronically commutated motor (ECM). For starters, since they can be up to 70 percent more energy efficient than shaded pole motors, EC motors are an ideal choice for manufacturers of commercial refrigeration products — think refrigerators, freezers, reach-in coolers and bottle coolers in supermarkets, restaurants, commercial kitchens and convenience stores. They meet the energy efficiency standards required by the U.S. Department of Energy and, because they run cooler, they last longer. They’re also remarkably quiet. But here are a couple more nifty reasons to look at ECM, flexibility and saving money by reducing inventory.

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Filed Under: EC Motors

What's Happening With Industrial Robots + Robotics

January 26, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

If you haven’t read the ominous sounding phrase “the rise of the robots” over the past five years, you haven’t been reading the same stuff I read on a daily basis. A replacement for the now overused phrase needs to be found, at least that’s what I was whining to a friend this morning after I read “the rise of the robots” in yet another story about how robots were the “next big thing” in manufacturing.

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Filed Under: Robotics, Industrial Robots

7 Tips to Extend the Life of Your EC Motor

January 24, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You're probably aware that Electronically Commutated (EC) motors are the perfect solution for manufacturers that need to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy's efficiency regulations for commercial refrigeration units, pumps, fans and blowers. 

While they come with a higher pricetag, ECMs quickly pay for themselves. But you can get even more bang for your buck by extending the life of your EC motor with these seven tips.

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Filed Under: EC Motors

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