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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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August 15, 2018

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

You want to build a robot. But not some cute little walking robot.

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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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July 31, 2018

Should You Use a Project Manager for Your Manufacturing Project?

Few things help a project — any project — more than objectivity. It's a great ability to view a task, whether editing a paragraph or designing a product completely free of emotion, but few people have that skill when it comes to their own work. That's why most companies use a project manager to guide the new product development process along. 

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July 26, 2018

What Are Incoterms 2010 and Why Should I Care About Them?

Whether you are brand new to international shipping or just need a refresher on the ins and outs of Incoterms, we have you covered. International freight a complex business, so it's important to understand the industry lingo, associated risks and costs, and how it all affects you. 

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July 24, 2018

Setting up a Vendor Managed Inventory Program in 5 Simple Steps

Are you looking for ways to reduce costs, streamline ordering and ensure that you never run out of product? Uh... Is this a trick question? Of course you are!

One tried and true solution could be adopting Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI), an arrangement between your company and your supplier to automatically replenish stock.

It's a simple...

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July 19, 2018

A Basic Guide to EC Motors: Is it Time to Switch?

Electronically commutated (EC) motors, sometimes called brushless DC (BLDC) motors, are a boon to the refrigeration industry that relies on continuously running motors. These quiet wonders can offer efficiencies in more ways than just energy savings. If you haven’t done it already, we can give you 7 excellent reasons to consider switching to EC...

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July 17, 2018

How to Manage Supply Chain Delays Caused by Chinese New Year

There's a lot of talk about tariffs and trade wars and what affect they MAY have on the global economy. Those things are incredibly important, of course. At the same time, if someone knew something was CERTAIN to affect their business and did nothing to prepare for it, they'd be considered incompetent, wouldn't they?

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July 12, 2018

Tooling Design and Maintenance: How to Make Your Tool Last Longer

Toolmaking is one of the most critical and expensive items on the manufacturing to-do list. And because your tool is the basis of your part or product, every decision you make about how your tool is made is, by default, a decision about the quality of your product.

Anything that significant is worth understanding in detail, but how much do you...

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July 10, 2018

How to Implement a Successful Global Sourcing Strategy

I have this image of a sourcing manager talking to a supplier with the conversation going something like this, “I don’t have extruded aluminum right now, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let me have the aluminum...

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July 05, 2018

Comparing Shaded Pole, PSC and EC Motors

We write a lot about electronically commutated motors, sometimes called EC Motors or ECM. But what's the difference between EC motors and other traditionally used motors like shaded pole motors or permanent split capacitor (PSC) motors? How much will those differences cost you and more importantly, save you? Let's spend a few minutes comparing...

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