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November 03, 2016

Product Manufacturing: Are You Ready?

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That idea that was scribbled on a napkin late one night or that popped in your head one morning in the shower is finally ready to come to life. You have discovered an amazing idea for a product and you’ve done some research. It’s clear this product needs to get in the hands of thousands, possibly millions of people....

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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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October 18, 2016

Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Impact Medical Device Manufacturing

 Talk about explosive growth! The additive manufacturing industry has experienced 25 percent compound growth every year since 2009. It’s projected that additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing), as an industry, will be worth more than $5 billion by the end of 2016.

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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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September 01, 2016

3 Benefits of Using a Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI) Program

Vendor-managed inventory (VMI) is a product replenishment arrangement whereby a supplier either monitors the customer's inventory with its own employees or receives stock information from the customer. The vendor then refills the stock automatically, without the customer initiating purchase orders (source). This type of program boasts several...

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June 09, 2016

Improve Supply Chain Visibility in 5 Easy Steps

Supply chain visibility (SCV) is the ability of parts, components or products in transit to be tracked from the manufacturer to their final destination. According to TechTarget, the primary objective of SCV is to improve the availability of data to stakeholders and customers alike, ultimately strengthening and improving the supply chain.

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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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February 11, 2016

6 Myths About Quality Control in Chinese Factories

You've heard it all before: nothing but junk is made in China. While many low-cost and low-performing children's toys and other trinkets are indeed manufactured in China, many myths and misconceptions abound when it comes to quality control in Chinese factories. We're here to set the record straight. Good quality products can be and currently...

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December 01, 2015

11 Reasons Your First Production Purchase Order is Late

You made it through the RFQ process. Through the tooling, sampling and PPAP review. Now your world-changing product is – say it with me – in production. Oh, how good it feels. But don't be too quick to kick off your boots and celebrate. First production orders are notoriously plagued with unexpected delays (mostly minor!) that could throw a...
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September 17, 2015

5 Things to Know Before Submitting a Product for a Certification Mark

If you are producing goods that need to meet specific safety criteria (flame retardancy, durability, etc.), you will need to submit your product to a third party testing lab to ensure it meets the applicable safety requirements. Before we jump into the 5 things you need to know before submitting a product for a certification mark, we’ll cover...

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