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When you manufacture overseas, air freight is generally a luxury you can’t afford. After all, one of the main reasons for making your product overseas is to save money. The cost of shipping by air on a regular basis would be exorbitant, and cut into any margin you have built in. But there are times when paying extra for air...
Do you remember the scene in the movie Father of the Bride when Steve Martin’s character George Banks goes nuts in the grocery store over the number of hot dogs in a package versus the number of buns in a package?
I don't know about you but the amount of information that passes before my eyes is astonishing when I stop to think about it. Consider the sources: Email, Twitter, Facebook, Newspapers, Magazines, Trade pubs... the list goes on and it's difficult to keep up.
Naturally some interesting stories will slip through the cracks, but here are a few...
Want a simple way to potentially save on production costs?
Take a look at your tolerances.
A couple years ago I visited one of the Fraunhofer Institute locations in Germany. One of the coolest experiences was interacting with a large robotic arm that seemed to bob and weave around me. It reminded me of a scene from the 1986 movie The Flight of the Navigator.
(This post was originally published on March 29, 2017)
If the only forecasting you’ve ever heard of had to do with whether you should carry an umbrella to work, you definitely want to read this post. In the shipping and logistics industries, forecasting has less to do with weather and more to do with what you need and when you’re going to need...
Want to make a great product? Make a great tool! (If only it was that easy!)
Tooling is a crucial and expensive item on the manufacturing to-do list. Think about it this way: Each decision you make about the tool is a decision you’re making about your product. But how well do you understand the process of making a tool?
Let’s take a quick look...
You think you've finally discovered a company to manufacture your product and you are eager to get production started! But how can you be sure this manufacturer is properly outfitted to produce quality goods to meet your customer’s standards? In other words, how can you assess a manufacturing company's technical capability?
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.