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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 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 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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    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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    July 26, 2016

    What Will Manufacturing Look Like in 2021? Part One: Opportunities

    Is it just me, or does it almost feel like the future is upon us, what with all the technological breakthroughs we're witnessing – from advanced robotics to 3D printing with an unlikely variety of raw materials? But what will manufacturing actually look like five years down the road, in good ol' 2021?

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    July 12, 2016

    Wood Pallets vs. Plastic Pallets: Which is Better for My Supply Chain?

    When you think of a shipping pallet, does the below image come to mind (wood on wood on wood)? While pallets are traditionally wood-manufactured, plastic pallets have become more prevalent in recent years as companies shipping often and in high volumes realize the advantages of this alternative. However, 90-95% of shippers still opt for the...

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    June 30, 2016

    EC Motors + Commercial Refrigeration Systems: Why IP Ratings Matter

    When purchasing electronically commutated (EC) motors, you're probably concerned about speed, noise and potential energy savings. If the motor will be powering a commercial refrigeration unit, you should definitely be thinking about IP ratings as well. Below we'll dive into the details of IP ratings and the implications these seemingly...

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    June 28, 2016

    How Are My Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Freight Rates Calculated?

    Becoming familiar with the driving forces behind less-than-truckload (LTL) freight rates will not only help you set reasonable expectations you'll actually be able to anticipate and project your shipping costs better than before. While full-truckload (FTL) shipments are usually rated on a per-mile basis, LTL rates are driven by a slew of...

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