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East West Manufacturing Blog

April 23, 2020

4 Reasons Why Production Tooling is Late

After spending months or perhaps years of blood, sweat and tears on the development of your product, the wait between achieving your Production CAD Release milestone and that holiday-like buzz of unwrapping your first off-tool parts can be excruciating.  Despite today's same-day delivery mindset, creating a tool still follows the same general...

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April 22, 2020

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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April 21, 2020

FCL vs. LCL: Sometimes an LCL Shipment is Your Best Option

Less than Container Load (LCL) shipping (also called groupage) get lots of grief, but it can save you from time to time, especially when you don't have enough goods ready to ship a Full Container Load (FCL). If you find yourself in an FCL vs. LCL situation, review the following benefits and risks and apply them to your particular scenario – and...

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April 20, 2020

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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April 20, 2020

Addressing Product Quality Issues with Your Supplier [Free Checklist]

Product quality issues can be a real pain to deal with, but one thing is for sure: quality issues are inevitable, no matter how experienced your supplier is. So knowing how to address such problems is a skill worth learning. Of course, some issues will be more substantial than others, but approaching them with purpose and patience is the best...

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April 16, 2020

Making Strategic 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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April 16, 2020

Moving Your Product From Prototype to Production

If death and taxes are two guarantees in life, time and money are the two constants when taking an idea from the prototype stage through new product introduction (NPI) into commercial launch.

But have you ever wondered what it looks like to take a product from prototype to production? It's a complex process that combines creativity and...

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April 16, 2020

Thermoset vs. Thermoplastic: Which is Right for My Product?

When it comes to choosing the right plastic for your product, there are an overwhelming number of options. The first thing you need to narrow down is this: thermoset or thermoplastic? Your decision will be largely based on your product's specifications and final application. Let's examine the differences between the two, the pros and cons of...

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April 16, 2020

Is my EMS CM also an ODM?

Working with engineers is very similar to working with military personnel in that to communicate effectively, you need to learn acronyms quickly!  Follow along:

An ID firm can create the concept and DS (or DMS) produces the drawings you need for a CM to manufacture your product. OEMs work with CMs to bolster their supply chain. If your OEM...

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April 15, 2020

The Most Common Product Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Designing a new product is as easy as having a great idea, right? Not right. There is a lot that goes into designing, developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling a new product. Millions of products have failed, and chances are that all of them had at least one of the below mistakes in common. Save your product  and business  from an...

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