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    Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

    Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis
    Mary-Kerstin, also known as MK, worked with East West Manufacturing for over 4 years before leaving to launch her own business. She joined the marketing team in 2015 as content writer after managing East West's international logistics for 2 years. She is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia.
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    January 03, 2017

    EC Motors + IP Ratings: Why They Matter

    You're looking to buy some electronically commutated (EC) motors. You're thinking about speed, noise and energy savings. But if the motors you're purchasing are powering commercial refrigeration units, you need to consider the IP rating as well. 

    If you haven't given IP ratings much thought, let's take a dive into the details to discover what...

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    September 15, 2016

    7 Ways to Reduce Packaging Costs

    When companies are looking to reduce costs, their first focus is often what product design changes can be made to reduce material costs. Many completely overlook the option of refining the product’s packaging design instead. Improving and optimizing packaging design can not only save a company boatloads of money, but it can also provide better...

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    September 13, 2016

    It's Time to Start Planning for Chinese New Year 2017!

    Chinese New Year 2017 is on January 28th. 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 CNY unscathed, you need to start preparing now. We can feel you comparing us to those folks who hang their Christmas decorations before the leaves change...

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    September 06, 2016

    7 Scenarios When Air Freight is Justified

    We know, we know. Air freight is the absolute worst. It brings on a headache – the kind that makes your temples pulse. It kills your soul. It makes you wonder whether there's any goodness left in this cold, heartless world. But sometimes it's a necessary evil we have to embrace. Below we'll talk about seven of those times. So feel better in...

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    September 01, 2016

    3 Benefits of Using a Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI) Program

    Vendor-managed inventory (VMI) is a product replenishment arrangement whereby a supplier either monitors the customer's inventory with its own employees or receives stock information from the customer. The vendor then refills the stock automatically, without the customer initiating purchase orders (source). This type of program boasts several...

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    August 09, 2016

    Which Type of Conformal Coating is Right for My PCB?

    To protect a printed circuit board (PCB) from the elements, including moisture, dust and extreme temperatures, conformal coatings are often applied. But there are several types to choose from, so how can you be certain you're making the right call? Below we'll cover the five main types of coating, as well as advantages and disadvantages of each.

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    August 04, 2016

    One Month In: Are New SOLAS Regulations Rocking the Boat?

    Can you imagine watching a tall stack of shipping containers collapse before your eyes? Sounds terrifying, right? It has certainly been known to happen – in fact, it is estimated that up to 10,000 containers fall overboard each year. While lost-at-sea containers aren't the only reason for new SOLAS regulations, this issue is certainly one of...

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    August 03, 2016

    East West Marketing Team is Hiring a Content Writer !

    August 02, 2016

    What Will Manufacturing Look Like in 2021? Part Two: Challenges

    Last week we opened the can of worms that is the future of manufacturing (specifically looking at progress over the next five years). If you missed part one of this article, check it out right here. So we covered a few opportunitie that lie ahead, but will the road be smooth, freshly paved and free of barriers? Probably not. Let's take a look...

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    July 28, 2016

    Top 10 Lessons in Offshore Manufacturing (from a Manufacturing VP)

    Taking production overseas can be intimidating. Daunting. Downright scary! We get it. Lucky for you, we've done the dirty work. As a contract manufacturer, East West has learned countless lessons over the course of our 15 years in the game, and we're ready to share the knowledge. Take it from us it pays to keep calm and carry on (as our...

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