Patty Rasmussen

Patty is the Content Creator for East West Manufacturing.
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Inventory + Logistics: Can I Shorten the Lead Time on My Order?

January 17, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

At last! Your products are ordered.You worked with your customer service representative to create a forecast. The supplier arranged for the raw materials. A production schedule was created and aligned. You signed off on the schedule and once the manufacturer knows they have the raw materials, the order is confirmed. You’ve been given a lead time of 110 days until you take possession of your products. Exactly what goes into determining that lead time and can anything be done to shorten it?

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Filed Under: Logistics

Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis: A Key Differentiator

January 12, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You’re a company with an air- or water-moving product looking for a contract manufacturer (CM) to help take your design from prototype to market. There are plenty of companies out there willing to help you. But how do you sort through them? What differentiators should you look for?

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, CFD Analysis

Why Should You Use a Contract Manufacturer with a UL-Certified Lab?

January 10, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Safety and quality. If those two words aren’t at the top of every product manufacturer’s checklist there’s a problem. But who’s in charge of monitoring, testing and pronouncing everything A-Okay? That’s where Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) comes in.

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, UL Certification

Looking for a Robotics Supplier? Here Are Some Questions to Ask.

January 05, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You want to build a robot. But not some cute little walking robot.

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Filed Under: Robotics

Engineering, Incoterms and DFM: Our Top Blog Posts for 2016

December 29, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

It's been a busy year on the East West blog. We've tried to share content that answers your questions about product manufacturing and engineering. We've sought to pique your interest, and keep you reading and looking for more. As we put 2016 in the rear view mirror, we thought we'd take a look back at the most read blog posts of the year.

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Filed Under: Engineering, Manufacturing

Planning Ahead for 2017 Chinese Holidays

December 27, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

Want to be more organized in 2017?

Pro tip: Stop what you’re doing right now and pull out your phone, tablet, planner and desk calendar and mark the upcoming Chinese holidays.

Often, Chinese holidays span more than one day. Being aware of the dates that are affected can help you better forecast your ordering needs and keep from experiencing delays. These dates can also affect business travel so let’s get cracking!

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Filed Under: China, chinese new year

Top Robotics Blogs to Bookmark for 2017

December 20, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

I’m old enough to remember when the word “robot” conjured up images of Rosie, the cartoon housekeeper for the Jetson family, or Robot B9 on Lost in Space. The idea seemed to be that robots would be large, metal human-like creations that would take over the menial or dangerous tasks humans no longer wanted to do.

These days, pop culture presents a much more nuanced and darker version of the robot – check out HBO’s Westworld or the BBC’s Humans and you’ll see what I mean.

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Filed Under: Technology, Robotics

Contract Manufacturing Trends to Watch for in 2017

December 15, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

If 2016 has taught us anything it’s that making predictions can be tricky business. Who knew at the beginning of the 2016 baseball season that the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series?



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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing

Top Internet of Things Blogs to Bookmark for 2017

December 08, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

The other day a colleague and I sat down with one of the engineers in our office to talk about the Internet of Things (IoT). While we talked, he sketched the picture above. It's one of those things that made sense at the time. It's good for a chuckle, right? 

The IoT is one of those topics that can be tough to pin down. Developments in IoT move fast, and in that spirit we offer this brief list of blogs to bookmark and Twitter handles to follow to stay up to speed with this rapidly changing sector. We invite you to add some of your favorite blogs on this subject in the comment section below.

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Filed Under: Technology, Internet of Things, Innovation

3 Challenges for Medical Device Manufacturing in 2017

December 06, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

It’s that time of the year when journalists and bloggers do one of two things – look forward or look back. In the interest of leaving 2016 mercifully in the dust, we’re choosing to look forward at some of the challenges – or opportunities – awaiting medical device manufacturing (MDM) in the New Year.

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Medical, Medical devices