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May 19, 2017

Why You Must Plan Early for Chinese New Year

If you're a regular blog reader you might have read the title and said, "It's TOO EARLY to start reading about planning for Chinese New Year!" And you're sort of right.

It's true you don't have to get your orders in for Chinese New Year (CNY). That would be overkill. But it's not too early to look at the calendar and strategize about how to...

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May 15, 2017

Are You Ready for the Supply Chain Disruptors?

You wouldn't start out on a road trip without your GPS or a good road map, would you? So why face your future supply chain without an idea of what to expect?

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May 01, 2017

5 Items to Consider When Designing Consumer Product Packaging

Packaging might not be the sexiest item on your product development checklist, but ignore its importance at your peril.

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April 21, 2017

How to Get Your Plastic Injection Part Design Ready for Manufacturing

Design is a big deal. It’s so big it’s a category with subcategories under it. There’s design for

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April 19, 2017

How to Provide Good Feedback on First Production Samples

One of the most exciting milestones in product development is the receipt of first samples.  At this point, the ideas that have traveled through your mind, napkin sketches and technical drawings now rest in your hands. While it may feel like you have summited the challenges that exist in navigating the product development life cycle, it is...

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April 14, 2017

What Is Value Engineering?

 So, your contract manufacturer offers Value Engineering. That’s nice.

Just one question: What does that mean?

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April 12, 2017

What is the Financial Benefit of Switching to EC Motors?

Progressive Grocer Magazine reported that, in 2015, there were just over 38,000 supermarkets in the U.S. with more than $2 million in sales. That is a lot of supermarkets. And did you know that between reach-in and walk-in coolers, evaporators, and condensers, the average supermarket in the U.S. has 300 EC motors?

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April 10, 2017

When Is It Time to Consider Production Outsourcing?

Here’s a question we get asked from time to time: When should I consider production outsourcing?

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March 27, 2017

The Challenge of Sourcing Materials in Medical Device Manufacturing

As the aging population increases and the desire for medical interventions allowing for an active lifestyle continues, the demand for implantable medical devices will expand further. A report released in early 2017 estimates the global implantable medical devices market will reach $54.2 billion by 2025.

  ABSORB stent made by Abbott. ©2016...

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March 23, 2017

A Podcast Round Up | Advanced Manufacturing, Supply Chain + Innovation

Are you a fan of podcasts? I am. I love hearing experts share the who/what/where/when/how of their field. I've always heard that you learn something new every day. With podcasts, that's certainly true. 

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