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How to Design Electronics for Harsh Environments

May 22, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

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 and it will break because it’s not meant to be dropped. And in fact, I did drop the phone last Thanksgiving — into a pan of hot gravy. Talk about a harsh environment! 

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Filed Under: Engineering, Product Development, Manufacturing, Electronics

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

March 23, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

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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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Innovation

Just What Are Engineered Products Anyway?

February 21, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

If you’ve looked around websites for contract manufacturers (CM) or manufacturers in general, you might have seen the phrase “engineered products.” Maybe you’ve even thought, “What’s an engineered product?” After all, isn’t everything that’s made an engineered product of some type?

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Filed Under: Engineering, Manufacturing

The 4400-Metric-Ton Die Casting Machine in the Room

January 19, 2017 by Andy Reese

Engineers get excited about the smallest details, usually. And as an outspoken non-engineer, I get that different people are impressed with different interests. I may not own a micrometer but I enjoy some marketing analytics. We’re all different.

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Filed Under: Manufacturing

Engineering, Incoterms and DFM: Our Top Blog Posts for 2016

December 29, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

It's been a busy year on the East West blog. We've tried to share content that answers your questions about product manufacturing and engineering. We've sought to pique your interest, and keep you reading and looking for more. As we put 2016 in the rear view mirror, we thought we'd take a look back at the most read blog posts of the year.

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Filed Under: Engineering, Manufacturing

Are You Ready for Product Manufacturing?

December 13, 2016 by Jennifer Catalan

Who doesn't love a good quiz?

Have a little fun and take our quiz to learn whether you're ready to move  into full scale product manufacturing.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Manufacturing

3 Challenges for Medical Device Manufacturing in 2017

December 06, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

It’s that time of the year when journalists and bloggers do one of two things – look forward or look back. In the interest of leaving 2016 mercifully in the dust, we’re choosing to look forward at some of the challenges – or opportunities – awaiting medical device manufacturing (MDM) in the New Year.

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Medical, Medical devices

7 Advantages to Manufacturing in India That Your Boss May Not Know

November 17, 2016 by Andy Reese

It's no secret that manufacturing labor costs are rising in China and the talk of alternative manufacturing locations continues to grow. While some manufacturing operations are returning to the U.S. and Europe, others are staying in Asia, and India is rapidly attracting more business.  Yes, there are labor and raw material advantages and an increasing infrastructure, but there are other advantages to manufacturing in India that you can share with your boss.

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Filed Under: India, Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturing

The Future of Manufacturing [TED talk]

November 15, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

Seriously, who doesn't love a good TED talk? Last week I ran across a talk given in May 2016 by Olivier Scalabre, a senior partner and managing director with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the organization's Paris office. Scalabre is a member of BCG's Industrial Goods; Global Advantage; Operations; People & Organization; Marketing, Sales & Pricing; and Technology, Media & Telecommunications practices.

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Robotics

Why East West Doesn’t Manufacture in the US

November 08, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably visited our website. And if you’ve visited our website, you probably know that East West Manufacturing is a global contract manufacturer with facilities in China, Vietnam and India. That covers the east, but what about the west? Why doesn’t East West have manufacturing facilities in the U.S.?

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Filed Under: Business, Manufacturing