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March 17, 2017

How To Manage Quality Processes When Using a Contract Manufacturer

When you’re in the U.S. and your manufacturer is in Asia, Mexico or some other remote location, how do you know you’ll enjoy sustainable high quality production throughout the life of your part or product?

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March 15, 2017

Product Development Questions? Here are Some Resources

“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step,” says the Lao Tzu proverb. The same is true when you’re developing a product. There is no place to begin except the beginning, and sometimes even that isn’t very clear.

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March 13, 2017

How Small Design Changes Can Affect Product Development Pricing

You’ve submitted your design, you’ve seen your prototype and… there’s something not quite right. Maybe a curve is deeper than expected, there’s a ridge or dimple where there shouldn’t be. Perhaps it just doesn’t feel the way you expected it to. But it’s a simple fix, right?

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February 28, 2017

The 10 Commandments of Injection Molding [Video]

If you've ever had questions about the do's and don'ts of injection molding, this is the post for you. It's such valuable information, in fact, we asked the author, our colleague Jeff Tadin, Senior Product Development Engineer at East West, to walk us through it on video. 

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February 16, 2017

What To Look For in a Product Design Service Firm

In the beginning, there was an idea. But what comes next? How do you turn your vision into a reality? Or should you? Is it time to talk with an product development firm and, if so, where do you start?

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February 09, 2017

Motor Reliability Testing: Does Your Contract Manufacturer Stack Up?

Normally at the start of a manufacturing relationship, the contract manufacturer will ask the customer for a spec sheet — a report showing a variety of acceptable tolerances for the part or product. But if it’s a new product, or an older product that has undergone tweaks or changes through the years, there might not be a neat, up-to-date report.

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February 02, 2017

How EC Motors Can Increase Efficiency in Your Cooling System

Looking for ways to increase the efficiency and value of your refrigeration system?

Who isn't?

Here are five suggestions — some simple, and some requiring consideration, investigation and investment — to improve the effectiveness of your cooling system.

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January 31, 2017

How to Reprogram An EC Motor [Video]

There are several reasons to consider changing your older shaded pole motors for an electronically commutated motor (ECM). For starters, since they can be up to 70 percent more energy efficient than shaded pole motors, EC motors are an ideal choice for manufacturers of commercial refrigeration products — think refrigerators, freezers, reach-in...

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January 03, 2017

EC Motors + IP Ratings: Why They Matter

You're looking to buy some electronically commutated (EC) motors. You're thinking about speed, noise and energy savings. But if the motors you're purchasing are powering commercial refrigeration units, you need to consider the IP rating as well. 

If you haven't given IP ratings much thought, let's take a dive into the details to discover what...

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November 22, 2016

What Lurks in the Future for Supply Chain Management?

It’s that time of year when companies begin looking back with an eye toward assessment. Over the next few weeks “Best of” lists will swirl around like leaves falling from the trees. But it’s also a time when companies, especially those in the predicting business, look forward.

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