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.Continue Reading →
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?Continue Reading →
Filed Under: Logistics
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?Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
You want to build a robot. But not some cute little walking robot.Continue Reading →
Filed Under: Robotics
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.Continue Reading →
Filed Under: EC Motors
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.Continue Reading →
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!Continue Reading →
[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!Continue Reading →
Filed Under: Product Development
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.Continue Reading →