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East West Manufacturing Blog

September 01, 2020

It's Time to Start Planning for Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year 2021 is on February 12th. Time to start planning!

Wait a minute, you say. It's only September, you say. 

We know, we know. But this is a big deal, and if you're going to escape Chinese New Year (CNY) unscathed, you need to start preparing now. We can feel you comparing us to those folks who hang their Christmas decorations...

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May 22, 2020

Warning: Experts Predict These Supply Chain Changes Are Needed to Survive

It is the pandemic that has shocked the world. Though health experts had been talking about a global pandemic for years, lack of adequate planning and global reliance on China’s manufacturing prowess allowed COVID-19 to unveil major vulnerabilities in today’s supply chain trends.

While we have our own theories on what the post-coronavirus world...

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April 28, 2020

Overseas Manufacturing: Guarding Against Risk

We've written a lot about protecting your facility and processes from cyberattack. As these incursions continue to escalate, in number and in scope, companies of all sizes must address the issue of cybersecurity.  

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April 28, 2020

3 Internet of Things (IoT) Challenges That Cannot Be Ignored

The Internet of Things (also called the Internet of Everything) is essentially about connecting conventional objects and sensors to the Internet, transforming them from ordinary items into "smart" devices. Some examples include connected cars, thermostats, refrigerators, wearables and televisions. What's staggering is how quickly IoT emerged...

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April 27, 2020

Should You Use a Project Manager for Your Manufacturing Project?

Few things help a project — any project — more than objectivity. It's a great ability to view a task, whether editing a paragraph or designing a product completely free of emotion, but few people have that skill when it comes to their own work. That's why most companies use a project manager to guide the new product development process along. 

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April 27, 2020

How Strong Supplier Relationships Add to Your Bottom Line

Want your business to become more profitable? Is the sky blue? Is grass green? Will the Cubs win the World Series again this year? (Never mind that last question.)

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April 27, 2020

Tips for Building a Better BOM

If you were going to make a cake (especially if you are a man), you would certainly want to start with a recipe.  The recipe provides instruction on what ingredients to use, and in what quantities.  In addition, a good recipe will provide instruction on how to prepare the ingredients – the order to mix them in, special instructions such as...

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April 24, 2020

Designing Electronics for Harsh Conditions

We expect a lot from our products, especially our electronic products. Think about it: cellphones, wearables, medical devices — for some reason we think they should still work after being immersed in liquid, left outdoors in freezing temperatures or dropped on concrete from a standing position.

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April 23, 2020

Why You Should Switch Manufacturers & Diversify

When we meet new customers who are considering switching to a new global contract manufacturing services company, the reason they are looking typically falls into one of four buckets. It used to be just three, but the world continues to change, and good contract manufacturers change with it. Of course, there are more than four reasons. These...

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April 23, 2020

Electronics Components Shortage: What You Need to Know

Q&A With VP of Supply Chain

With the rise of IoT, increased electronics in everything from home automation to new cars, it seems the supply (today it’s MLCC and resistor Chips) and demand surges of electronics components create waves of shortages. It’s no secret we’re either coming out of one shortage or heading into another. What’s causing...

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