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    Patty Rasmussen

    Patty Rasmussen
    Patty is the Content Creator on the East West marketing team. She writes blog posts and enjoys sharing the East West message across social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).
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    March 24, 2020

    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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    March 24, 2020

    How to Make an NPI Checklist

    If you thought the new product development process was going to be a walk in the park, you might need to take a look at a survey conducted by Gartner in 2019. The survey questioned CEOs about the success of new product introduction, and the numbers were sobering. 

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    March 23, 2020

    What's In A Quality Plan and How To Create One

    Quality and cost are two of the top criteria most companies look at when seeking a contract manufacturer. The reasons are obvious. If your product doesn’t meet the definition of quality — defined by industry standards or the consumer — your product is doomed to failure. Every product development project — whether a new product or changes to an...

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    March 06, 2020

    Looking for a Robotics Supplier? Here Are Some Questions to Ask.

    The term “industrial robot” encompasses everything from robots used in manufacturing to sapper robots used in the military to defuse or destroy ordnance. Robots are used in warehouses to pick, pull and deliver items. There are robot shopping carts and baggage check robots. We’re at the base of the industrial robot mountain in terms of...

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    January 22, 2020

    Components of an Injection Mold

    So you've designed a product. You've gone through the RFQ process, sharing your CAD drawings with engineers who probably made even more tweaks. The part is going to be made of plastic using the injection molding process. But you've never made a plastic injected part before. There are a lot of new words and phrases being tossed around and you...

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    January 07, 2020

    How Increasing Design Tolerance Can Cut Costs

    The product design and development process is a fascinating one, marrying creativity with the disciplines of math, science, engineering and marketing. Transforming an idea into a marketable product doesn’t just happen.

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    September 30, 2019

    How To Manage Quality Processes When Using a Contract Manufacturer

    When you’re in the U.S. and your manufacturer is in Asia, Mexico or some other remote location, how do you know you’ll enjoy sustainable high quality production throughout the life of your part or product?

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    September 17, 2019

    How Small Design Changes Can Affect Product Development Pricing

    You’ve submitted your design, you’ve seen your prototype and… there’s something not quite right. Maybe a curve is deeper than expected, there’s a ridge or dimple where there shouldn’t be. Perhaps it just doesn’t feel the way you expected it to. But it’s a simple fix, right?

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    August 21, 2019

    Mold Flow Analysis Can Save Your Plastic Injection Mold Design

    One of the keys to a quality plastic injection molded part is an accurate mold – one that produces consistent pieces time and time again. So how is that accomplished?

     

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    August 08, 2018

    Submitting an RFQ to a Supplier? How to Avoid Quote Fatigue

    If you have been involved in global contract manufacturing (CM) for more than a few months  you will inevitably hear the phrase, “Quote Fatigue.” Quote Fatigue occurs when a prospect submits an RFQ (Request for Quote) to a manufacturer for pricing — then another, then another, then another, without the manufacturer securing any new business.

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