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July 19, 2018

A Basic Guide to EC Motors: Is it Time to Switch?

Electronically commutated (EC) motors, sometimes called brushless DC (BLDC) motors, are a boon to the refrigeration industry that relies on continuously running motors. These quiet wonders can offer efficiencies in more ways than just energy savings. If you haven’t done it already, we can give you 7 excellent reasons to consider switching to EC...

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July 17, 2018

How to Manage Supply Chain Delays Caused by Chinese New Year

There's a lot of talk about tariffs and trade wars and what affect they MAY have on the global economy. Those things are incredibly important, of course. At the same time, if someone knew something was CERTAIN to affect their business and did nothing to prepare for it, they'd be considered incompetent, wouldn't they?

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July 12, 2018

Tooling Design and Maintenance: How to Make Your Tool Last Longer

Toolmaking is one of the most critical and expensive items on the manufacturing to-do list. And because your tool is the basis of your part or product, every decision you make about how your tool is made is, by default, a decision about the quality of your product.

Anything that significant is worth understanding in detail, but how much do you...

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July 10, 2018

How to Implement a Successful Global Sourcing Strategy

I have this image of a sourcing manager talking to a supplier with the conversation going something like this, “I don’t have extruded aluminum right now, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let me have the aluminum...

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July 05, 2018

Comparing Shaded Pole, PSC and EC Motors

We write a lot about electronically commutated motors, sometimes called EC Motors or ECM. But what's the difference between EC motors and other traditionally used motors like shaded pole motors or permanent split capacitor (PSC) motors? How much will those differences cost you and more importantly, save you? Let's spend a few minutes comparing...

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July 03, 2018

3 Keys to Painless Supplier Agreements

Every supplier agreement starts one way: conversation. Two parties  whether they’re individuals or companies — talk about what one wants and the other can provide. Lawyers or legal teams have their place, for sure, but if you can align mutual business priorities, it’s just drawing up paperwork.

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June 28, 2018

What is Design for Manufacturing or DFM?

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is the process of designing parts, components or products for ease of manufacturing with an end goal of making a better product at a lower cost. This is done by simplifying, optimizing and refining the product design. The acronym DFMA (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly) is sometimes used interchangeably with...

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June 26, 2018

Setting Up a Basic BOM Spreadsheet

When you work with engineers prepare yourself for a heaping helping of acronym soup! You’ll hear it all: PCB, PCBA, DFM, FMEA, PO, IP and of course the BOM, which stands for Bill of Materials. And while all those other acronyms are highly important to the product development process, it’s the BOM that gets you on your way.

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June 21, 2018

Advantages of Manufacturing in Vietnam

The secret has long been out: Vietnam is a great place for manufacturing. And not just textiles or tennis shoes. Vietnam is home to automotive and aerospace suppliers, and is considered a prime location for electronics manufacturing services (EMS). Vietnam combines many of the same benefits of manufacturing in China — a strong supply chain and...

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June 19, 2018

10 Engineering Lab Safety Tips with a Downloadable Checklist

Setting up an engineering lab may feel like an enormous task, and it kind of is, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that safety should always be your top priority. So, protect your employees and keep your engineering lab running efficiently with these 10 engineering lab safety tips. 

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