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6 Factors That Influence Manufacturing Costs

June 16, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Can you guess the topic of the questions we’re most frequently asked?

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturing, Pricing

7 Steps to Take Before Finding a Contract Manufacturer

June 14, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You have a great product idea, and you think it has a real shot at taking off. But you don't just take a drawing to a manufacturer and start production. In fact, there are many essential steps to take BEFORE you even meet with a manufacturer. From design to patent protection, from prototyping to marketing, as with so many things in life, attention to detail makes all the difference. The more thorough your preparation, the better the likelihood that you'll achieve your goals.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Contract Manufacturing, Production Outsourcing

Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis: A Key Differentiator

May 29, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

[Editor's note: This blog post originally ran in January 2017.]

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

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

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