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January 13, 2016

Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015: Part Two

Hopefully you already checked out our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015: Part One, so let's jump right into the second half of this countdown and look at the top five blog posts of last year. 

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#5 | A Beginner's Guide to ICC Incoterms 2010 [Chart]

Whether you are brand spankin' new to international shipping or just need a refresher on the ins and outs of Incoterms, we have you covered. As a former international logistics coordinator, I used to live and breathe these three-lettered acronyms. International freight is a complex beast, so it's important to understand the industry lingo, associated risks and costs, and how it all affects you. Read More... 

#4 | 3 Contract Manufacturing Industry Trends to Plan for in 2015

Contract manufacturers have learned to be flexible and nimble to adapt to the new business environment that ALL manufacturers work in. Cost pressures, customer service challenges, OEM demands, and competition from around the corner to around the globe are here to stay. In recent conversations with engineering management, customers, and even competitors we have discovered the top 3 areas that we expect will impact the contract manufacturing industry trends through 2015. Read More...

#3 | What is Design for Manufacturing or DFM? 

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is the method of design for ease of manufacturing of the assortment of parts that will form the product after assembly. DFM is primarily concerned with reducing overall part production cost and minimizing the complexity of manufacturing operations.

DFM is the process of designing or engineering a product so that it is easy to manufacture at the lowest possible price. The process should include review of the raw material selection, secondary processes (finishing, plating), dimensional requirements and even final packaging. It’s the technical version of the “What if” and “Why did you choose…” game! Two great DFM questions: What needs to be added? What needs to be removed? Read More...

#2 | How to Implement the PDCA Cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act) [Free Template]

Continuous improvement is something all companies (should) strive for but many treat as an abstract concept. To actually achieve a level of continuous improvement, you must have a plan in place – something you can put on paper, execute, evaluate and repeat.

The Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle, also called the Deming Cycle, is a four-step approach to problem-solving that allows you to test various solutions to a problem to identify the most effective solution before implementation. The cycle can be refined and repeated time and time again for Continual Process Improvement (CPI) and can be used by any department, from quality to accounting to marketing. Let’s look at each step individually. Read More... 

#1 | Top 10 Engineering Websites for Engineers

I’m often amazed by the technical ability and extreme level of detail that engineers possess. Maybe because those are two traits I wish I had! Being surrounded by engineers daily, I’ve come to learn they are part detective as well. They live in a never-ending world of continuous learning. That’s the part I really like.

In a recent poll of our dozen or so engineers, I’ve been asking, “Where do you go to find an answer to a question?” Here is a quick list of a few key engineering websites that a few of our engineers go when they need an answer. Read More...

Thanks for helping make 2015 a great year for East West. We are off to a killer start in 2016 and wish the same for you and your business. Please let us know in the comments below if there are any topics you'd like us to cover on the blog this year, or tweet to us @eastwestmfg.  

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