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East West Manufacturing Blog

November 22, 2022

Advantages of Manufacturing in Vietnam

Companies are continuing to search for alternative low cost countries to manufacture their products to lessen their reliance on China as rising labor costs and persistent disruptions continue to affect the entire supply chain. Among other Asian countries, Vietnam is garnering significant attention from C-suites and has seen a massive jump in...

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November 17, 2022

Moving Production from China Has Never Been More Important

If you feel like your company is stuck manufacturing in China, you’re not alone. Companies have been talking about moving out of the country for years, but until recently, few followed through on such a change. Why? From what we have seen, C-suites tend to share the same few common roadblocks that hinder pulling the trigger.

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October 27, 2022

Items You're Not Including In Your BOM But Probably Should Be

Nothing steals the joy out of submitting an RFQ faster than realizing you’ll be waiting weeks longer than promised to get the quote back, or worse, you get the quote quickly, but it is wildly inaccurate.

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October 10, 2022

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

Chinese New Year 2023 is on January 22nd, the year of the rabbit. Time to start planning!

We know it's only October, but this is a big deal, especially when we are still dealing with the chaotic state of supply chains and transportation. If you're going to escape Chinese New Year (CNY) unscathed, you need to start preparing now. We can feel you...

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September 27, 2022

Procurement and Forecasting with an Unreliable Supply Chain

To state the obvious, the time between 2020 and 2022 was weird. People went inside and stayed inside, yielding massive boosts in sales for companies based on virtual services, while others who rely on face-to-face interactions to provide services were left struggling. This was most evident in industries such as fitness and home gym. But now...

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September 01, 2022

What You Need to Submit an RFQ

You have a problem that needs to be solved, you've done your research on who can help you find the best solution, and now you are ready to talk with a supplier to see if they are able to work within your specifications and budgetary requirements. As you prepare to submit an RFQ (Request for Quotation), you can expect the supplier, if they're any...

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September 07, 2021

This is When The Chip Shortage Will End

Since the beginning of the pandemic, most of us have experienced trying to order items that seem to never be in stock, or if we are lucky enough to successfully place an order, it is met with shipping estimates sometimes months out.

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February 04, 2021

Tips & Best Practices for Creating A More Accurate Demand Forecast

Overseas manufacturing is challenging enough, and now more than ever we are seeing disruptions at nearly every stage of the process from availability of raw materials to logistical nightmares and port congestion. Not to mention the typical challenges related to distance, time zones, language barrier, cultural differences. And if forecasting falls...

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January 14, 2021

Conformal Coating on PCBAs

Why Conformal Coat?

The function of circuit assemblies can deteriorate due to external factors such as moisture, salt spray, chemicals, and temperature extremes. Conformal coatings can be used in a wide range of environments to protect against damaging effects like corrosion, mold growth, and electrical failures caused by outside agents. This...

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December 07, 2020

Testing PCBAs in a Prototype Environment

Electrical PCBA testing finds anything from process defects to design issues. Process defects are faults that are created during the circuit board assembly process. These can be wrong component values, backward components, missing components, solder shorts / opens, etc. It is a huge task to launch a new product. Bill of Materials need to be...

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