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January 18, 2018

How Engineering Support Can Affect Quality Control

Here’s the scenario: You have a part that you’ve been making and selling but you’ve decided to put it out to quote. You send your drawings package and samples of the part to a contract manufacturer that has a reputation for providing quality engineering support. In reviewing the drawings, the project engineer picks up on a small but significant...

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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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November 23, 2017

Just What Are Engineered Products Anyway?

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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October 03, 2017

Top Websites and Apps for Engineers

Even the smartest engineers need back-up sometimes. So where do the experts go when they have a question? We checked in with our engineering team to ask their go-to sites and got some great answers, so we've compiled our list of Top Websites and Apps for Engineers. 

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August 10, 2017

Practical Ways Engineering Support Benefits Product Development

When considering the value of engineering support as you go through the process of product development, there’s a great saying to keep in mind:

Experience is a great teacher, especially someone else’s experience.

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June 19, 2017

How A Project Manager Sets You Up For Success

If the Head of Engineering is a surgeon, the manufacturing Project Manager is the operating room charge nurse — making sure all the right players and tools are in the surgical suite, ready for action, managing details and looking for any red flags that might cause delays or problems.

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May 22, 2017

How to Design Electronics for Harsh Environments

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...

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February 14, 2017

How Engineering Support Positions Your Project for Success

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,...

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December 29, 2016

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

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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October 25, 2016

What is Design for Manufacturing or DFM?

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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