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January 04, 2018

Protecting Your Supply Chain From Disaster

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could anticipate everything that could adversely affect your business? But let’s face it, some things defy imagination.

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January 02, 2018

Sourcing PCBA: Can Your EMS Supplier Do More?

You’re in the market for some printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA) for your new product and you need to find the right supplier. You've looked online, gotten recommendations from friends and the choices are dizzying. Should you look domestically or overseas? What do you do now? Sourcing PCBA doesn't have to be difficult, but there are two...

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December 28, 2017

Overseas Manufacturing: Guarding Against Risk

We've written a lot about protecting your facility and processes from cyberattack. As these incursions continue to escalate, in number and in scope, companies of all sizes must address the issue of cybersecurity.  

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December 26, 2017

NPI Transition Checklist: Items to Include

Distractions. We all fight them.

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December 21, 2017

Robotics, Culture & Spectacular Product Failures: A Content Roundup

It’s time to share some of our favorite content from the past few weeks. We have stories for you ranging from the tale of a small company in Seattle building its brand through a much larger company in Seattle, three reasons why your corporate culture needs help and a story about a museum that celebrates failure. Hope you enjoy!

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December 19, 2017

Looking Ahead: Distribution Trends for 2018

As 2017 winds down, we’re assessing our experiences from the past year on the distribution side of our business and scouring the Internet learning about other companies’ experiences. We recently watched a webinar, ‘Top Distribution Trends for 2018,’ presented by Industrial Distribution. Going in, we felt like we had a pretty decent...

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December 14, 2017

6 Factors Driving Manufacturing Costs

The word “money” is considered a marketing power word. Its use in a headline or caption will almost always grab your attention. Why’s that? Because it’s something we’re either trying to get more of or trying to hold onto.

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December 12, 2017

5 Questions to Ask About Your Product Idea

 

Almost everyone has had a great idea that makes them think, “This could literally change the world.” But what's the difference between someone who thinks that and someone who acts on it? Nerve? Grit? Financing? Entrepreneurs tend to have a great deal of confidence and enthusiasm for their idea. Maybe that’s you. Maybe you’ve created a product...

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December 07, 2017

Trends in Robotics for 2018 and Beyond

By 2019, it’s predicted that robot adoption in manufacturing will have increased by more than one-third. That’s just one of the trends included in the Worldwide Semiannual Commercial Robotics Spending Guide released in June 2017.

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December 05, 2017

DFM Rules of Thumb for Accurate Plastic Injected Parts

Accuracy demands attention and making accurate parts, consistently, requires close attention to design for manufacturablility (DFM). The goal of the DFM process is to reduce manufacturing costs without reducing performance, and that means every detail of your product or part is on the table. Yes, we harp a lot on DFM, but it’s a critical part...

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