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July 12, 2017

What Are the Factors Driving MOQ [Minimum Order Quantity]

Do you remember the scene in the movie Father of the Bride when Steve Martin’s character George Banks goes nuts in the grocery store over the number of hot dogs in a package versus the number of buns in a package?

No?

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July 07, 2017

Can Increasing Design Tolerances Cut Your Production Costs?

Want a simple way to potentially save on production costs?

Take a look at your tolerances. 

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July 03, 2017

6 Tips for Creating A More Accurate Demand Forecast

(This post was originally published on March 29, 2017)

If the only forecasting you’ve ever heard of had to do with whether you should carry an umbrella to work, you definitely want to read this post. In the shipping and logistics industries, forecasting has less to do with weather and more to do with what you need and when you’re going to need...

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June 30, 2017

How to Make Your Tool Last Longer: Tool Design + Maintenance

Want to make a great product? Make a great tool! (If only it was that easy!)

Tooling is a crucial and expensive item on the manufacturing to-do list. Think about it this way: Each decision you make about the tool is a decision you’re making about your product. But how well do you understand the process of making a tool?

Let’s take a quick look...

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June 23, 2017

Material Selection in Manufacturing: Plastic or Metal

There are a host of decisions that need to be made when you're designing a new product. One of the first, and biggest, is the question of material selection. 

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June 09, 2017

How IoT is Creating Logistics and Supply Chain Efficiency

Consumers are a demanding bunch. They want what they want and they want it now! They also want to know where their product is at all times. Think about it: If you can implant a chip in a dog and know where it is when it runs off, why can't you do the same thing with a load of product on a ship, train or truck? Or even a specific product on a...

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June 07, 2017

Video: Common Product Development Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Product development can be an arduous process, with more twists and turns than San Francisco's famed Lombard Street. 

Photo by David Yu

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May 29, 2017

Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis: A Key Differentiator

[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?

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May 24, 2017

Extending the Life of Your EC Motor in 7 Easy Steps

No doubt you're aware that Electronically Commutated (EC) motors are the perfect solution for anyone needing to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy's efficiency regulations for commercial refrigeration units, pumps, fans and blowers. Not only do they use less energy, they're also cooler and quieter. 

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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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