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A Podcast Round Up | Advanced Manufacturing, Supply Chain + Innovation

March 23, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Are you a fan of podcasts? I am. I love hearing experts share the who/what/where/when/how of their field. I've always heard that you learn something new every day. With podcasts, that's certainly true. 

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Innovation

How to Determine the Best Prototyping Method? 5 Questions to Ask

March 21, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

At last! It’s time to turn your design into a physical object. While it’s exciting to see something from your imagination turn into reality, there are questions that must be answered before you can begin.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Prototyping

How To Manage Quality Processes When Using a Contract Manufacturer

March 17, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

When you’re in the U.S. and your manufacturer is in Asia, Mexico or some other remote location, how do you know you’ll enjoy sustainable high quality production throughout the life of your part or product?

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Filed Under: Quality Control

Product Development Questions? Here are Some Resources

March 15, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step,” says the Lao Tzu proverb. The same is true when you’re developing a product. There is no place to begin except the beginning, and sometimes even that isn’t very clear.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Product Design Services

How Small Design Changes Can Affect Product Development Pricing

March 13, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You’ve submitted your design, you’ve seen your prototype and… there’s something not quite right. Maybe a curve is deeper than expected, there’s a ridge or dimple where there shouldn’t be. Perhaps it just doesn’t feel the way you expected it to. But it’s a simple fix, right?

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Filed Under: Product Development, Pricing, Product Design Services

Contract Manufacturing Product Pricing | Factors to Consider

March 09, 2017 by Andy Reese

When a contract manufacturer sends you a quote, there are three typical responses.

  1. Wow, that’s a bargain!!!
  2. Eh, that’s about what I expected.
  3. THAT MUCH!! Are you kidding me?!

Whatever the reaction, a good contract manufacturer can provide you a costed bill of material (BOM) so you know which categories are driving your cost.

So, what are the key categories? Glad you asked.

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, Pricing

Community & Culture: Hunger Walk/Run 2017

March 08, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen


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Filed Under: Culture

Shipping + Logistics: An Economic Engine

March 07, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

A couple weeks ago we wrote about the operations at the Garden City Terminal at the Port of Savannah — one of seven ports (including two inland ports) operated by the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA). We were all pretty blown away by the scope of shipping and logistics operations, and the sheer numbers put up by the Port of Savannah 

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Filed Under: Logistics, Shipping

What’s the First Thing to Know When Designing a PCB?

March 02, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Here’s a question that came across my desk the other day: What’s the first thing to know when designing a printed circuit board (PCB)? In case you’re not hip to PCBs, let me assure you that you interact with them on a daily basis. They’re found in everything from dollar store toys to radios to continuous glucose monitoring systems.

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Filed Under: Electronics

The 10 Commandments of Injection Molding [Video]

February 28, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

If you've ever had questions about the do's and don'ts of injection molding, this is the post for you. It's such valuable information, in fact, we asked the author, our colleague Jeff Tadin, Senior Product Development Engineer at East West, to walk us through it on video. 

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Filed Under: Plastic Injection Molding, Injection Molding