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Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis
Mary-Kerstin, also known as MK, worked with East West Manufacturing for over 4 years before leaving to launch her own business. She joined the marketing team in 2015 as content writer after managing East West's international logistics for 2 years. She is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia.
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June 23, 2016

The Power of Private Labeling

Private labeling is on the rise as companies attempt to improve their bottom lines and create loyal customer bases. According to the latest data from Nielsen, total sales of private label products were a whopping $115.3 billion in 2014.

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June 21, 2016

Gravity Casting and Forging 101

When selecting a process to produce a metal component, chances are a buyer will come across a staggering range of manufacturing methods to consider. Casting and forging are the most prevalent metalworking process for steel and iron products. Each metal manufacturing method offers its own pros, cons, capabilities and cost implications. Below...

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June 16, 2016

Investment Casting vs. Die Casting: 7 Considerations When Choosing a Process

Casting -- one of the oldest known manufacturing techniques -- is a process in which liquid material (e.g. molten metal) is poured into a mold cavity and hardened. After removing the piece from the mold, various finishing treatments can be applied to create a dazzling final product. This process is used primarily to manufacture complex solid...

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June 14, 2016

Top 11 Internet of Things (IoT) Blogs and Resources of 2016

Howdy! We updated this blog post for 2017. You can read it by clicking right HERE!

The Internet of Things seems to be buzzing no matter which way you turn, but where can you go for the most up-to-date information and thoughtful perspective? No worries -- we've scoured the web and done the work for you. Below is a list of the top 11 IoT blogs...

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June 09, 2016

Improve Supply Chain Visibility in 5 Easy Steps

Supply chain visibility (SCV) is the ability of parts, components or products in transit to be tracked from the manufacturer to their final destination. According to TechTarget, the primary objective of SCV is to improve the availability of data to stakeholders and customers alike, ultimately strengthening and improving the supply chain.

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June 07, 2016

7 Misconceptions About the Future of Robotics in Manufacturing

In September 2015, The Boston Consulting Group predicted that investment in advanced robotics will increase to around 10 percent annually (up from 2-3 percent today) over the next decade – a direct result of corporations beginning to realize the positive economic implications of sophisticated automation. BCG also projected that, across select...

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June 02, 2016

Here's How We Transform Your Design Idea Into a Quality Product

Ideas morph into tangible products on the daily, but if you haven't been a player in -- or a witness to -- this process, it may seem like a mind-numbingly abstract concept. How does a contract manufacturer turn your initial design idea into a functioning, quality product?

While we can't speak for all manufacturers, our business model is...

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May 31, 2016

5 Qualities to Look for in the Ideal EC Motor (ECM) Manufacturer

You wouldn't let just anyone babysit your kids, and you shouldn't let just anyone manufacture your EC motors either (they are precious cargo too)! When seeking an ECM manufacturing partner, there are several factors to consider and a whole slew of question to ask before diving into a serious commitment. We explore some of the most critical...

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May 26, 2016

5 Ways to Guarantee Brand Protection in a World of Counterfeit Goods

Counterfeiting is a detrimental reality across many segments, from fashion, to automotive, to the medical industry. In the manufacturing sector, we're exposed to a crippling amount of phony electronic parts. According to a 2013 IndustryWeek article, "reports show consumer and industrial businesses are losing approximately $250 billion each year...

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May 24, 2016

13 Motivational Quotes for Design and Manufacturing

Feeling uninspired, defeated, or just need a boost? Get your groove back with these 13 motivational quotes from some of the greatest players in manufacturing and design. Sometimes all we need is a little pick-me-up (and maybe some tough love) to hop back on that metaphorical horse. The main takeaway from the below insights is pretty simple,...

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