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,...
[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?
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...
Here’s a question we get asked from time to time: When should I consider production outsourcing?
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...
When a contract manufacturer sends you a quote, there are three typical responses.
- Wow, that’s a bargain!!!
- Eh, that’s about what I expected.
- 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...
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.
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?
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 ...
[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.]