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November 16, 2017

How to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

When you’re here and your product is over there — wherever “over there” might be — you need supply chain visibility (SCV). An Aberdeen Group report defined SCV as “the awareness of, and control over, specific information related to product orders and physical shipments, including transport and logistics activities and the statuses of events and...

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November 14, 2017

Manufacturing, Innovation and Artificial Intelligence: 3 TED Talks

Today we're sharing three TED talks presented earlier this year on the topics of manufacturing, innovation and artificial intelligence and how the fields can — and must — coexist. As fans of TED talks, we know that you might hear things that challenge your views one minute and affirm them the next. The best advice is to watch and listen with an...

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November 09, 2017

What's In A Quality Plan and How It Works

Quality and cost are two of the top criteria most companies look at when seeking a contract manufacturer. The reasons are obvious. If your product doesn’t meet the definition of quality — defined by industry standards or the consumer — your product is doomed to failure. Every product development project — whether a new product or changes to an...

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November 07, 2017

Questions to Ask an EC Motor Supplier

Have you ever been faced with having to purchase a new major appliance? And have you ever made the mistake of just heading off to the local big box home improvement store without a clear idea of what you're looking for or a list of questions for the sales person? Talk about a waste of time. 

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November 02, 2017

2018 Chinese Holidays Planning Calendar [downloadable calendar]

Now that all the dust has settled surrounding Chinese New Year ordering, we’ve got something to tell you: There are other Chinese holidays, some spanning up to a week, that you need to be aware of.

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October 31, 2017

Questions to Ask When Looking for a Product Design Services Firm [PDF]

 

When you’re on the hunt for a product design firm it’s essential to understand the scope of the project. What exactly are you trying to accomplish?

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October 26, 2017

What You Should Know About Smart Technology in Manufacturing

Everything we know is being disrupted. The way we buy groceries or read the newspaper (what’s a newspaper?), the way we travel and communicate. Fueled by breakneck advances in technology, disruption has made its way into every industry, including manufacturing.

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October 24, 2017

Reduce Manufacturing Rework: Five Steps to Take

Rework happens. 

In fact, a 2013 study by the Lenox Institute of Technology of more than 100 industrial metal-cutting operations found that, “regardless of the percentage of machine uptime reported, respondents admitted that finished products don’t pass first inspection 20% of the time and require rework.”

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October 19, 2017

Manufacturing Location Considerations: Where to Make My Product?

Have you ever wished for an easy, all-in-one-place guide to the most cost-effective locations for specific manufacturing processes? Maybe you’re thinking, “No, but now that you mention it…” 😊

Such a guide would probably do very well, but because of the nature of contract manufacturing — no two projects are ever the same — it's not really...

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October 17, 2017

Sustainable Supply Chain, Packaging + Workforce: A Content Round-up

It's been a while since we pulled together a roundup of interesting stories or videos. Here are six pieces of content — stories, infographic and video — that caught our attention, gave us something to think about or made us laugh. Enjoy!

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