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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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October 26, 2017

What You Should Know About Smart Technology in Manufacturing

Everything we know is being disrupted. The way we buy groceries or read the newspaper (what’s a newspaper?), the way we travel and communicate. Fueled by breakneck advances in technology, disruption has made its way into every industry, including manufacturing.

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October 24, 2017

Reduce Manufacturing Rework: Five Steps to Take

Rework happens. 

In fact, a 2013 study by the Lenox Institute of Technology of more than 100 industrial metal-cutting operations found that, “regardless of the percentage of machine uptime reported, respondents admitted that finished products don’t pass first inspection 20% of the time and require rework.”

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October 19, 2017

Manufacturing Location Considerations: Where to Make My Product?

Have you ever wished for an easy, all-in-one-place guide to the most cost-effective locations for specific manufacturing processes? Maybe you’re thinking, “No, but now that you mention it…” 😊

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October 17, 2017

Sustainable Supply Chain, Packaging + Workforce: A Content Round-up

It's been a while since we pulled together a roundup of interesting stories or videos. Here are six pieces of content — stories, infographic and video — that caught our attention, gave us something to think about or made us laugh. Enjoy!

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October 12, 2017

Benefits of Using a Vendor-Managed Inventory Program

You’re looking for ways to reduce costs, streamline ordering and ensure that you never run out of product. Isn’t everyone?

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October 05, 2017

Manufacturing Day 2017: What's the Point?

(Manufacturing Day is observed on the first Friday in October)

It’s safe to say that manufacturing and the issues that surround it are even more important today than they were when Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) was inaugurated in 2012. The themes of jobs, workforce education, the skills gap, trade, taxes and infrastructure were regularly...

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October 03, 2017

Top Websites and Apps for Engineers

Even the smartest engineers need back-up sometimes. So where do the experts go when they have a question? We checked in with our engineering team to ask their go-to sites and got some great answers, so we've compiled our list of Top Websites and Apps for Engineers. 

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September 28, 2017

Exploring Contract Manufacturing? Know Your 5 Points of Contact

Okay, you’ve decided it’s time to sign on with a contract manufacturer. Maybe you’ve even identified the right one. We’ve compiled a list of the five basic points of contact you should have with your manufacturer, from the initial communication through the entire process.

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September 26, 2017

Third Party Testing and Certification: Do They Matter?

Is there any value in seeking FDA approval for a product that doesn’t require FDA approval? Is a UL mark necessary? Isn't all this certification just a racket? Have you ever heard these questions or asked them yourself? You’re not alone.

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September 21, 2017

Tips for Building a Better BOM

Getting from point A to point B is easier with a road map (or Google maps, these days). The same is true when you’re making a product. Your manufacturing road map is called a Bill of Materials or BOM. The BOM is an essential tool that directs engineers as they pull together materials and parts for production.

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