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January 16, 2018

10 Factors That Influence The Cost of Making Your Product

Very few people walk into a store, take an item off the shelf and purchase it without looking at the price. Even if you’re reasonably certain you can afford it, you’ll glance at the label to see how much it’s going to cost. If it’s what you want, and the price is in line with your desire for the item, you’ll buy it. But retail prices aren’t...

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January 09, 2018

Finding a Product Design Services Firm: What to Look For [Infographic]

We've said it before and we'll say it again — product development is not for the faint of heart. It will eat up your time, drain your bank accounts and possibly suck the joy out of your soul. It can also be a thrilling, fulfilling creative experience that can change the world for the better. What's not to like?

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January 02, 2018

Sourcing PCBA: Can Your EMS Supplier Do More?

You’re in the market for some printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA) for your new product and you need to find the right supplier. You've looked online, gotten recommendations from friends and the choices are dizzying. Should you look domestically or overseas? What do you do now? Sourcing PCBA doesn't have to be difficult, but there are two...

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December 28, 2017

Overseas Manufacturing: Guarding Against Risk

We've written a lot about protecting your facility and processes from cyberattack. As these incursions continue to escalate, in number and in scope, companies of all sizes must address the issue of cybersecurity.  

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December 26, 2017

NPI Transition Checklist: Items to Include

Distractions. We all fight them.

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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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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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October 19, 2017

Manufacturing Location Considerations: Where to Make My Product?

Have you ever wished for an easy, all-in-one-place guide to the most cost-effective locations for specific manufacturing processes? Maybe you’re thinking, “No, but now that you mention it…” 😊

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October 05, 2017

Manufacturing Day 2017: What's the Point?

(Manufacturing Day is observed on the first Friday in October)

It’s safe to say that manufacturing and the issues that surround it are even more important today than they were when Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) was inaugurated in 2012. The themes of jobs, workforce education, the skills gap, trade, taxes and infrastructure were regularly...

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September 28, 2017

Exploring Contract Manufacturing? Know Your 5 Points of Contact

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 basic points of contact you should have with your manufacturer, from the initial communication through the entire process.

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