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Manufacturing Delays: Making the Best of a Slow Situation

July 25, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Show of hands...Who likes waiting? Standing in line? Being put on hold?

No one.

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Filed Under: Manufacturing

The Basics of Contract Manufacturing and New Product Development

July 20, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Our engineers have a lot of experience with new product development and things you should look for when choosing the company that will build your product. Today, we've compiled the “gotta-know” details that are essential to having a successful contract manufacturing experience.

This post will explore some of those details, but you'll also find useful links to past posts throughout the text that provide more information. And we'd love to hear from you. Let us know in the comment section below if you have questions that weren't answered or suggestions for topics we can cover.

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

Prepping for Chinese New Year 2018: Two Things to Do Now

July 18, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

If there's one thing we harp on over and over again here in the East West blog it's the need to be prepared for the Chinese New Year (CNY) and Tet holidays. 

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When Should You Use Air Freight? [Video]

July 14, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

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When you manufacture overseas, air freight is generally a luxury you can’t afford. After all, one of the main reasons for making your product overseas is to save money. The cost of shipping by air on a regular basis would be exorbitant, and cut into any margin you have built in. But there are times when paying extra for air freight is an absolute must. 

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Filed Under: Supply Chain Management

What Are the Factors Driving MOQ [Minimum Order Quantity]

July 12, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Do you remember the scene in the movie Father of the Bride when Steve Martin’s character George Banks goes nuts in the grocery store over the number of hot dogs in a package versus the number of buns in a package?


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Filed Under: Product Development, Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturing, Minimum Order Quantity

Supply Chain Flexibility & Other Stories You Might Have Missed

July 10, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

I don't know about you but the amount of information that passes before my eyes is astonishing when I stop to think about it. Consider the sources: Email, Twitter, Facebook, Newspapers, Magazines, Trade pubs... the list goes on and it's difficult to keep up. 

Naturally some interesting stories will slip through the cracks, but here are a few that I stopped to read these over the past few weeks. Some are short, others a little longer, but all are worthwhile and touch on topics I typically read for work. We've included a little bit of everything — manufacturing, robotics and workforce, supply chain flexibility in a time of change, and even a history lesson on shipping containers. 

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Filed Under: Supply Chain Management

Can Increasing Design Tolerances Cut Your Production Costs?

July 07, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Want a simple way to potentially save on production costs?

Take a look at your tolerances. 

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

Dispelling 7 Myths About Industrial Robot Integration

July 05, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

A couple years ago I visited one of the Fraunhofer Institute locations in Germany. One of the coolest experiences was interacting with a large robotic arm that seemed to bob and weave around me. It reminded me of a scene from the 1986 movie The Flight of the Navigator.

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Filed Under: Robotics, Industrial Robots

6 Tips for Creating A More Accurate Demand Forecast

July 03, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

(This post was originally published on March 29, 2017)

If the only forecasting you’ve ever heard of had to do with whether you should carry an umbrella to work, you definitely want to read this post. In the shipping and logistics industries, forecasting has less to do with weather and more to do with what you need and when you’re going to need it.

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Filed Under: Inventory, Supply Chain Management, Forecasting

How to Make Your Tool Last Longer: Tool Design + Maintenance

June 30, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Want to make a great product? Make a great tool! (If only it was that easy!)

Tooling is a crucial and expensive item on the manufacturing to-do list. Think about it this way: Each decision you make about the tool is a decision you’re making about your product. But how well do you understand the process of making a tool?

Let’s take a quick look at the process of toolmaking.

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