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September 27, 2016

5 Reasons for Manufacturing Delays

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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September 20, 2016

Top 10 Engineering Websites for Engineers

Howdy! We have updated this blog post to reflect additional websites and smart phone apps now available. To read this updated post, click HERE!

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...

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September 15, 2016

7 Ways to Reduce Packaging Costs

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...

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August 09, 2016

Which Type of Conformal Coating is Right for My PCB?

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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July 14, 2016

3 Things Product Development Engineers Want More Than "Fast"

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,...

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June 16, 2016

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

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...

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June 02, 2016

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

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...

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May 24, 2016

13 Motivational Quotes for Design and Manufacturing

Feeling uninspired, defeated, or just need a boost? Get your groove back with these 13 motivational quotes from some of the greatest players in manufacturing and design. Sometimes all we need is a little pick-me-up (and maybe some tough love) to hop back on that metaphorical horse. The main takeaway from the below insights is pretty simple,...

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May 19, 2016

7 TED Talks Engineers and Manufacturers Should Listen To

TED Talks have been a driving force of inspiration, information and innovation since their inception in 2006. Born out of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference, the talks have become a global, viral sensation over the past decade. Below we've compiled seven of the best TED Talks to inspire engineers and manufacturers. How will...

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May 12, 2016

Mold Flow Analysis Can Save Your Plastic Injection Mold Design

The secret to a quality plastic injection molded part is a flawless mold – one that produces consistent pieces time and time again. So, what's the key to a flawless mold? In addition to a strong initial design, mold flow analysis is your secret weapon. It's an indispensable component of any plastic injection molding design project. MFA software...

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