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Patty Rasmussen

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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December 14, 2017

6 Factors Driving Manufacturing Costs

The word “money” is considered a marketing power word. Its use in a headline or caption will almost always grab your attention. Why’s that? Because it’s something we’re either trying to get more of or trying to hold onto.

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December 12, 2017

5 Questions to Ask About Your Product Idea

 

Almost everyone has had a great idea that makes them think, “This could literally change the world.” But what's the difference between someone who thinks that and someone who acts on it? Nerve? Grit? Financing? Entrepreneurs tend to have a great deal of confidence and enthusiasm for their idea. Maybe that’s you. Maybe you’ve created a product...

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December 07, 2017

Trends in Robotics for 2018 and Beyond

By 2019, it’s predicted that robot adoption in manufacturing will have increased by more than one-third. That’s just one of the trends included in the Worldwide Semiannual Commercial Robotics Spending Guide released in June 2017.

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December 05, 2017

DFM Rules of Thumb for Accurate Plastic Injected Parts

Accuracy demands attention and making accurate parts, consistently, requires close attention to design for manufacturablility (DFM). The goal of the DFM process is to reduce manufacturing costs without reducing performance, and that means every detail of your product or part is on the table. Yes, we harp a lot on DFM, but it’s a critical part...

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November 30, 2017

Which Type of 3D Printing Should I Use?

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is generating significant disruption in the manufacturing industry. It’s easy to understand why. The methods used in additive manufacturing are significantly cheaper and less time consuming than traditional manufacturing. In a recent interview with 3D Printing Industry, an online journal, Daan...

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November 28, 2017

Looking for a Rubber Component Supplier: Questions to Ask

 

Looking for a rubber component supplier can be a daunting task. The process is so multi-layered with discussions of materials (there are a bunch of them) and manufacturing processes (there are a bunch of those, too). And the variations of materials and processes makes for a fairly complex decision tree. But if you like asking questions, it'll...

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November 23, 2017

Just What Are Engineered Products Anyway?

If you’ve looked around websites for contract manufacturers (CM) or manufacturers in general, you might have seen the phrase “engineered products.” Maybe you’ve even thought, “What’s an engineered product?” After all, isn’t everything that’s made an engineered product of some type?

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November 21, 2017

How Strong Supplier Relationships Add to Your Bottom Line

Want your business to become more profitable? Is the sky blue? Is grass green? Will the Cubs win the World Series again this year? (Never mind that last question.)

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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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