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Third Party Testing and Certification: Do They Matter?

September 26, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Is there any value in seeking FDA approval for a product that doesn’t require FDA approval? Is a UL mark necessary? Isn't all this certification just a racket? Have you ever heard these questions or asked them yourself? You’re not alone.

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Filed Under: UL Testing, Testing, Certification

Tips for Building a Better BOM

September 21, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Getting from point A to point B is easier with a road map (or Google maps, these days). The same is true when you’re making a product. Your manufacturing road map is called a Bill of Materials or BOM. The BOM is an essential tool that directs engineers as they pull together materials and parts for production.

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Filed Under: Product Management, Product Development, Contract Manufacturing

Metal Fabrication Capabilities: Finding the Best Manufacturing Fit

September 19, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Relationships are tricky things. When they're good it's usually because each party has something the other needs, it's a mutually beneficial. That's true when you're looking for manufacturing suppliers, too. You're looking for a good fit. You win, they win. 

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, Metals

Finding an EMS Partner: Making the Right Connection

September 14, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen


There are few things in life as important as chemistry. Oh, not that class you took in high school. I’m talking about the connection you have with other people. It’s difficult to describe but you know it when you feel it.

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, EMS

Chinese New Year: Recommendations to Keep Your Supply Chain on Track

September 12, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Well, here we are. It’s mid-September and we’re reminding you one last time about preparing for Chinese New Year (CNY) delays.

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Filed Under: China, Supply Chain Management, chinese new year

Thinking About Overseas Manufacturing? Read This First

September 07, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

It’s time. You’re ready to scale up your product and you know you want to outsource the production.

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, Outsourcing, Production Outsourcing, Overseas Manufacturing

How a Contract Manufacturer Assists Product Lifecycle Management

September 05, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Do you ever stop to think about the products you interact with on a daily basis and how amazing they are? Let’s just think about the stuff you touch as you’re getting ready to head to work. Maybe you shut off a blaring alarm clock or alarm on a cell phone. Your coffee is ready in the kitchen because the night before you scheduled the beans to grind, the water to drip and the heating element to warm in your fancy coffeemaker. You zap a sausage biscuit in the microwave and you’re out the door. (Note: I didn’t even mention the miracle of indoor plumbing!)

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Filed Under: Product Management, Product Development, Contract Manufacturing

Maintaining Quality Control When Manufacturing Overseas

August 31, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Hindsight is 20/20. We’ve all heard that adage. But what if hindsight could become foresight? 

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Quality Control, Contract Manufacturing

NPI Transition Checklist: Items to Include

August 29, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen


Distractions. We all fight them.

It’s easy to take your eyes off the steps it takes to reach a goal. In construction, contractors will use a punch list to ensure that every detail on the building is completed before handing over the keys. So, what’s the best way to ensure that your product design is ready to hit the manufacturing line (hopefully) without a hitch? Allow me to introduce you to the NPI transition checklist.

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Filed Under: Product Management, Product Development, Contract Manufacturing, Product Design Services

Overseas Manufacturing: Guarding Against Risk

August 24, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Several weeks ago, we wrote about protecting your facility and processes from cyberattack. With the uptick in such attacks, it’s something companies of all sizes are taking seriously.

One thing we know for sure, uncertainty lurks everywhere. (Which is an oxymoron so it’s funny, right?) Managing potential threats is critical for every company, but when you’re in the business of overseas manufacturing and all it entails, risk mitigation is an ongoing, day-to-day operation. It touches every part of the process, from materials to manufacturing, from labor to logistics.

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturing, Intellectual Property, Risk Mitigation

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