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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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February 08, 2018

Designing Electronics for Harsh Conditions

We expect a lot from our products, especially our electronic products. Think about it: cellphones, wearables, medical devices — for some reason we think they should still work after being immersed in liquid, left outdoors in freezing temperatures or dropped on concrete from a standing position.

Photo courtesy of Handheld

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February 06, 2018

Why You Should Invest In Package Testing

A couple weeks ago we wrote about the importance of product testing, but have you ever thought about why you should invest in package testing?

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February 01, 2018

How to Create a Supply Chain Innovation Strategy [Infographic]

Last year we wrote about preparing your company for the supply chain disruptors described in one white paper as a "tsunami of new technology." 

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January 30, 2018

Making a Better Product: Value Engineering or Product Redesign? 

No matter the complexity, manufacturers are always looking for ways to reduce the cost of making things, and sometimes they end up with a better product as a result. That process is called value engineering. And yes, it's possible to make a better product through value engineering, especially if you ask a lot of the right questions.

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January 25, 2018

Know the Signs of Cyberattack: Securing Your Supply Chain

If you haven’t done it already, the beginning of the year is a great time to review what went right and what went wrong with your company’s ability to protect itself from cyberattack. Maybe you were one of the lucky companies that wasn’t hit by the NotPetya or Wanna Cry attacks in 2017. Maybe it even had to do with maintaining a strong cyber...

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January 23, 2018

Which Type Shipping Container Should I Use?

We know you're excited about this topic but try to contain yourself! (Ha! That’s a little inside shipping humor from our customer account analyst, Allison)

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January 18, 2018

How Engineering Support Can Affect Quality Control

Here’s the scenario: You have a part that you’ve been making and selling but you’ve decided to put it out to quote. You send your drawings package and samples of the part to a contract manufacturer that has a reputation for providing quality engineering support. In reviewing the drawings, the project engineer picks up on a small but significant...

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January 16, 2018

10 Factors That Influence The Cost of Making Your Product

Very few people walk into a store, take an item off the shelf and purchase it without looking at the price. Even if you’re reasonably certain you can afford it, you’ll glance at the label to see how much it’s going to cost. If it’s what you want, and the price is in line with your desire for the item, you’ll buy it. But retail prices aren’t...

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January 11, 2018

The Importance of Product Testing for Quality, Reliability and Durability

Raise your hand if you thought developing your product was going to be easy. Yeah, that's what I thought.

Product development takes time, creativity, resources and more time. One really vital piece of the development process is product testing for quality, reliability and durability. You need to find out whether your product will do what it's...

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January 09, 2018

Finding a Product Design Services Firm: What to Look For [Infographic]

We've said it before and we'll say it again — product development is not for the faint of heart. It will eat up your time, drain your bank accounts and possibly suck the joy out of your soul. It can also be a thrilling, fulfilling creative experience that can change the world for the better. What's not to like?

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