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5 Tips to Determine Who's In Your Supplier Network

April 26, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

In your search for a contract manufacturer, you’d be wise to consider the issues of corporate values and ethical business practices. A 2014 Nielsen survey found that 55 percent of global online consumers across 60 countries are willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive and environmental impact.

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Filed Under: Quality Control, Contract Manufacturing, Sourcing Materials, Suppliers, Supplier Network

When Is It Time to Consider Production Outsourcing?

April 10, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Here’s a question we get asked from time to time: When should I consider production outsourcing?

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, Outsourcing, Production Outsourcing

Moving Your Product From Prototype to Production

April 03, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Just think about it for a second. Every day you interact with hundreds of products that at one point were nothing more than an idea. But have you ever wondered what it looks like to take a product from prototype to production? It's a complex process that combines creativity and procedures. There are stops and starts. The timeline for development is as individual as the person who created the product. However, there are several milestones to look for along the way. 

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Filed Under: Product Management, Product Development, Contract Manufacturing

Contract Manufacturing Product Pricing | Factors to Consider

March 09, 2017 by Andy Reese

When a contract manufacturer sends you a quote, there are three typical responses.

  1. Wow, that’s a bargain!!!
  2. Eh, that’s about what I expected.
  3. THAT MUCH!! Are you kidding me?!

Whatever the reaction, a good contract manufacturer can provide you a costed bill of material (BOM) so you know which categories are driving your cost.

So, what are the key categories? Glad you asked.

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing, Pricing

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

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

7 Advantages to Manufacturing in India That Your Boss May Not Know

November 17, 2016 by Andy Reese

It's no secret that manufacturing labor costs are rising in China and the talk of alternative manufacturing locations continues to grow. While some manufacturing operations are returning to the U.S. and Europe, others are staying in Asia, and India is rapidly attracting more business.  Yes, there are labor and raw material advantages and an increasing infrastructure, but there are other advantages to manufacturing in India that you can share with your boss.

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Filed Under: India, Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturing

12 Ways NOT to Pick a Contract Manufacturing Partner

November 10, 2016 by Andy Reese

[Editor’s note: A lack of sarcasm will make reading this post far less enjoyable and potentially dangerous to your global manufacturing career if you follow any one of these.]

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing

Exploring Contract Manufacturing? Know Your 5 Points of Contact

October 11, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

Okay, you’ve decided it’s time to sign on with a contract manufacturer. Maybe you’ve even identified the right one. We’ve compiled a list of the five most basic points of contact any customer should have with their manufacturer, from the initial communication through the entire process.

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Filed Under: Contract Manufacturing