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Material Selection in Manufacturing: Plastic or Metal

June 23, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

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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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Material Selection, Materials

What Manufacturers Need to Know About Industry 4.0

June 21, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You’ve heard the phrase, right? Industry 4.0

But do you know what it means?

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Filed Under: Technology, Manufacturing, Internet of Things

6 Factors That Influence Manufacturing Costs

June 16, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Can you guess the topic of the questions we’re most frequently asked?

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturing, Pricing

5 Technological Innovation Stories You Might Have Missed

June 12, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

When you write for a living, it also means you read — a lot. It's my job to stay informed about manufacturing, specific capabilities, supply chain, logistics and other topics like robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) that fall under the technological innovation umbrella.

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Filed Under: Technology, Manufacturing, Robotics, Innovation, 3D Printing, AI

Extending the Life of Your EC Motor in 7 Easy Steps

May 24, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

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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Filed Under: EC Motors, Manufacturing, Motors

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

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