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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Just What Are Engineered Products Anyway?

October 13, 2016 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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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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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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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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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!"

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Investment Casting vs. Die Casting: 7 Considerations When Choosing a Process

June 16, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Casting -- one of the oldest known manufacturing techniques -- is a process in which liquid material (e.g. molten metal) is poured into a mold cavity and hardened. After removing the piece from the mold, various finishing treatments can be applied to create a dazzling final product. This process is used primarily to manufacture complex solid and hollow designs for a wide range of industries, from aerospace and automotive to electronics.

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Here's How We Transform Your Design Idea Into a Quality Product

June 02, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Ideas morph into tangible products on the daily, but if you haven't been a player in -- or a witness to -- this process, it may seem like a mind-numbingly abstract concept. How does a contract manufacturer turn your initial design idea into a functioning, quality product?

While we can't speak for all manufacturers, our business model is built on the ability to manage the product lifecycle from start to finish. This often means beginning with a product that is still in the early prototype stage. Killer design doesn't equal sound manufacturability, and that's where we come in. Our sourcing, engineering and sales teams have the skills to determine if a concept is merely strong in theory or actually translates into a scalable production opportunity. Although each product has its own set of factors to consider, a few key milestones exist for all projects that come across our desks.

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Filed Under: Product Management, Engineering