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How to Design Electronics for Harsh Environments

May 22, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Last year I upgraded my phone. It’s a beautiful phone – sleek, champagne colored. I love the feel of it. Unfortunately, I rarely see what the phone actually looks like because after purchase I immediately encased it in a hard plastic, optic yellow case with a turquoise blue rubber overlay.

I did that because I know me. I will drop the phone and it will break because it’s not meant to be dropped. And in fact, I did drop the phone last Thanksgiving — into a pan of hot gravy. Talk about a harsh environment! 

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Filed Under: Engineering, Product Development, Manufacturing, Electronics

Just What Are Engineered Products Anyway?

February 21, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

If you’ve looked around websites for contract manufacturers (CM) or manufacturers in general, you might have seen the phrase “engineered products.” Maybe you’ve even thought, “What’s an engineered product?” After all, isn’t everything that’s made an engineered product of some type?

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Filed Under: Engineering, Manufacturing

How Engineering Support Positions Your Project for Success

February 14, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

All contract manufacturers (CM) are not created equal. Some focus almost exclusively on production and the manufacturing support that goes with it. Others provide a holistic approach, offering everything from design services to engineering to shipping and logistics.

This begs the question: When you’re looking for a contract manufacturing, what’s the value of engineering support?

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Filed Under: Engineering, Design for Manufacturability

Engineering, Incoterms and DFM: Our Top Blog Posts for 2016

December 29, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

It's been a busy year on the East West blog. We've tried to share content that answers your questions about product manufacturing and engineering. We've sought to pique your interest, and keep you reading and looking for more. As we put 2016 in the rear view mirror, we thought we'd take a look back at the most read blog posts of the year.

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Filed Under: Engineering, Manufacturing

What is Design for Manufacturing or DFM?

October 25, 2016 by Jennifer Catalan

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.

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Filed Under: Engineering, Manufacturing

5 Reasons for Manufacturing Delays

September 27, 2016 by Andy Reese

I’ve heard jokes over the years that the military is built around, “hurry up and wait.”  Years of experience in global manufacturing have shown that the same exists in this space as well.

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Filed Under: Engineering, Manufacturing

Top 10 Engineering Websites for Engineers

September 20, 2016 by Andy Reese

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 asked, “Where do you go to find an answer to a question?” Below is a list of some key engineering websites our engineers turn to when they need answers.

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Filed Under: Engineering

7 Ways to Reduce Packaging Costs

September 15, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

When companies are looking to reduce costs, their first focus is often what product design changes can be made to reduce material costs. Many completely overlook the option of refining the product’s packaging design instead. Improving and optimizing packaging design can not only save a company boatloads of money, but it can also provide better product protection and a reduced carbon footprint. Break free from the “we’ve always done it this way” mindset and analyze whether your product packaging is as efficient as possible. Below are 7 surefire ways to reduce packaging costs!

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Filed Under: Engineering, Product Development

Which Type of Conformal Coating is Right for My PCB?

August 09, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

To protect a printed circuit board (PCB) from the elements, including moisture, dust and extreme temperatures, conformal coatings are often applied. But there are several types to choose from, so how can you be certain you're making the right call? Below we'll cover the five main types of coating, as well as advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Filed Under: Engineering, Manufacturing

3 Things Product Development Engineers Want More Than "Fast"

July 14, 2016 by Andy Reese

In a conversation with our technical program manager over the last several weeks, I have come to the conclusion that the terms "engineering" and "fast" rarely belong in the same sentence — or my expectation of how product development engineers define “fast” simply needed a major reboot. When a customer expresses interest, my emotional, transactional side stands at attention and screams, “Deliver it now!"

After spending time with the engineering and technical teams, I have come to realize that four weeks for a sample is a rather quick turnaround for them. The team echoed, “There are more important parameters than speed.”

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Filed Under: Engineering, Manufacturing

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