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Patty Rasmussen

Patty is the Content Creator on the East West marketing team. She writes blog posts and enjoys sharing the East West message across social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).
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Material Selection in Manufacturing: Plastic or Metal

June 23, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

There are a host of decisions that need to be made when you're designing a new product. One of the first, and biggest, is the question of material selection. 

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Material Selection, Materials

What Manufacturers Need to Know About Industry 4.0

June 21, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You’ve heard the phrase, right? Industry 4.0

But do you know what it means?

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Filed Under: Technology, Manufacturing, Internet of Things

How A Project Manager Sets You Up For Success

June 19, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

If the Head of Engineering is a surgeon, the manufacturing Project Manager is the operating room charge nurse — making sure all the right players and tools are in the surgical suite, ready for action, managing details and looking for any red flags that might cause delays or problems.

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Filed Under: Engineering, Product Development, project management, engineering services

6 Factors That Influence Manufacturing Costs

June 16, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Can you guess the topic of the questions we’re most frequently asked?

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturing, Pricing

7 Steps to Take Before Finding a Contract Manufacturer

June 14, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You have a great product idea, and you think it has a real shot at taking off. But you don't just take a drawing to a manufacturer and start production. In fact, there are many essential steps to take BEFORE you even meet with a manufacturer. From design to patent protection, from prototyping to marketing, as with so many things in life, attention to detail makes all the difference. The more thorough your preparation, the better the likelihood that you'll achieve your goals.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Contract Manufacturing, Production Outsourcing

5 Technological Innovation Stories You Might Have Missed

June 12, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

When you write for a living, it also means you read — a lot. It's my job to stay informed about manufacturing, specific capabilities, supply chain, logistics and other topics like robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) that fall under the technological innovation umbrella.

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Filed Under: Technology, Manufacturing, Robotics, Innovation, 3D Printing, AI

How IoT is Creating Logistics and Supply Chain Efficiency

June 09, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Consumers are a demanding bunch. They want what they want and they want it now! They also want to know where their product is at all times. Think about it: If you can implant a chip in a dog and know where it is when it runs off, why can't you do the same thing with a load of product on a ship, train or truck? Or even a specific product on a pallet or in a box?

The Freightliner Inspiration Truck on a U.S. Highway near Las Vegas, Nevada. On May 5, 2015, Daimler Trucks introduced the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, the world´s first autonomous truck to be granted a license for road use. (Photo courtesy of Daimler)

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Filed Under: Logistics, Technology, Supply Chain Management, Internet of Things, Innovation

Video: Common Product Development Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

June 07, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Product development can be an arduous process, with more twists and turns than San Francisco's famed Lombard Street. 

Photo by David Yu

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Filed Under: Product Development, Product Design Services

4 Digital Technologies Disrupting Procurement Organizations

June 05, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

By definition, technology disrupts.

After all, technology is the application of scientific principles for practical purpose. It’s meant to change the way things are done. So, it stands to reason that technology has the capacity to create a seismic shift throughout every aspect of the manufacturing industry, including procurement organizations.

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Filed Under: Strategic Sourcing, Procurement

7 Best Practices in the Return Merchandise Authorization Process 

June 02, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Returns. They're gonna happen. 

You ordered one thing, but received another. Or maybe there was a defect in the product. Maybe what you thought you wanted wasn't really what you wanted. Whatever the reason, you need to return part or all of your shipment. What's your next step?

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