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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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April 14, 2016

The Key Benefits of Offshore Manufacturing

There's a lot of talk about bringing manufacturing back to America, but from the perspective of an offshore manufacturing executive, demand continues to remain high for quality, low-cost, strategically sourced goods out of Asia. In this article, East West Vice President Jeff Sweeney reviews, in his own words, the major benefits of taking...

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April 12, 2016

The Future of Virtual Reality (VR) in Manufacturing

Virtual reality used to be relevant to the gaming industry alone, but the times, oh my, they have changed. This technology has the potential to reshape major industries, from healthcare to industrial design to hospitality. While the potential undoubtedly exists, the technology remains largely underutilized in most industries. Its coming-of-age...

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April 07, 2016

5 Ways to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck Out of Your EC Motor

Most EC refrigeration motors (in the 30-watt-and-under range) on the market today operate at 65 to 70 percent efficiency. But the motor itself isn't the only factor at play. What about the fan blade efficiency, the clearance distance between the fan blade and wall ring, and the programmability of the unit as a whole? These are important...

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April 05, 2016

5 Virtual Reality (VR) SlideShares You Don't Want to Miss

Virtual reality (VR) is making waves, and it's affecting more than just the gaming world. From medical technology to employee training, VR has amazing potential to launch us into industry 4.0 in a major way. Check out the five SlideShares below to learn more about this incredible technology and get some different perspectives on the future of VR...

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March 31, 2016

Beyond Nest: 9 Ways IoT is Reshaping the HVAC Industry

When you think of the Internet of Things and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry, what first comes to mind? It might be the infamous Nest Learning Thermostat, the first connected heating and cooling system of its kind. According to Emerson Climate Technologies, 33 percent of thermostats sold in 2014 were wifi-enabled....

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March 29, 2016

Can Expedited Shipping be a Strategic Supply Chain Solution?

The highly competitive landscape of global manufacturing has changed the game when it comes to international logistics. Expedited shipping was once reserved for emergencies only – but this isn't the case anymore. Some companies are leveraging their resources and incorporating expedited shipments in their supply chain strategies to stay...

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March 24, 2016

Infographic: Eliminating the 7 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing (Muda)

Muda is the Japanese word for waste. Waste is plentiful in the manufacturing world, although much of it goes unnoticed, or at least unaddressed. If you're thinking of waste purely in a physical capacity, you're catching only a small glimpse of the bigger picture. Any process that costs money but does not add value can be classified as waste. ...

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March 17, 2016

7 Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) Best Practices + Free RMA Form

No seller wants to learn that a customer is dissatisfied with their product – whether because of a defect, an incorrectly fulfilled order or simply a change of preference. Handling such returns in a systematic and timely manner will prove extremely beneficial to keeping your business running smoothly and, most importantly, keeping customers...

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March 15, 2016

4 Steps to Building Your Circular Supply Chain [Infographic]

We recently addressed the importance of transforming your supply chain from a linear model to one more circular in nature. If you missed that post, you can check it out here: Building a Circular Supply Chain for a Circular Economy. So we've covered the why, but what about the how? We're so glad you asked. Below is an infographic to help you...

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March 10, 2016

5 Reasons Alibaba is the Wrong Place to Find a Supplier

Unless your product is a shelf-stocked, run-of-the-mill commodity, Alibaba isn't the place to find your manufacturing partner – because that is just what you need: a partner. Small businesses often make hasty, emotion-induced decisions. This is the wrong approach. Objectivity becomes valuable when you're looking to forge a long-term...

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