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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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May 24, 2018

EC Motor vs PSC: Why Choose an ECM?

It's a question for the ages...What's the difference between a Permanent Split Capacitor (PSC) motor and an Electronically Commutated Motor, also known as an EC Motor or ECM?

(Okay, maybe not a question for the ages, but it's an important question.)

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May 22, 2018

Tips & Best Practices for Creating A More Accurate Demand Forecast

Overseas manufacturing is challenging enough. Distance, time zones, language barrier, cultural differences. We might as well tack on one more thing to the list: forecasting.


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May 17, 2018

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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May 15, 2018

Contract Manufacturing Product Pricing | Factors to Consider

We can do a lot of things but giving people “ballpark” estimates of how much it would cost to make their product without knowing any of the details isn’t one of them. And yet, you might be surprised to learn how often we’re asked to do that very thing.

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May 10, 2018

Making Sourcing Decisions Based on Total Cost of Ownership

You make a product in China. You went it alone. You found someone on the internet and they promised they could manufacture your product to your standards in the time required for the lowest price. 

Unfortunately, they also made an absolute hash of it.

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May 08, 2018

UL and ETL Certification Marks: What’s the Difference?

Third party testing and certification is one of the most important and expensive decisions you'll make in the product development process. Certification marks — whether UL, ETL or some other entity — demonstrate that the testing facility has tested samples of the product and found that it met that entities' requirements. The mark guarantees the...

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May 03, 2018

Providing Helpful Feedback on Preproduction Samples

There are few moments as thrilling as when you receive the first samples of your product. And while you might think "Whew! At last!" it’s really just the beginning.

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May 01, 2018

6 Tips for Sourcing Managers

Sourcing. Procurement. Purchasing. Whatever you call it, the person doing it is probably one of the unsung heroes of manufacturing and new product development. 

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April 26, 2018

What's Wrong With My Gerber Files?

Our engineers work with a lot of Gerber files. You probably know what that means, but just in case you don’t, Gerber is the file format for submitting printed circuit board (PCB) file designs to a PCB manufacturer. When you’re developing a product that includes electronics, you will have to supply Gerber files along with all your other product...

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April 24, 2018

Questions for a Supplier Evaluation Checklist: Assessing Your Supplier


You’ve found your contract manufacturer! YAY!

But that manufacturer is only as good as its weakest link. It’s up to you to know all about the companies supplying your manufacturer. It’s time for supplier evaluations, and we've got a list of questions for a supplier evaluation checklist.

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