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East West Manufacturing Blog

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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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 before...

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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 since...

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