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East West Manufacturing Blog

April 08, 2020

Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) When Strategic Sourcing

Do you remember the scene in the movie Father of the Bride when Steve Martin’s character George Banks goes nuts over the number of hot dogs in a package versus the number of buns in a package?

No?

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April 08, 2020

10 Engineering Lab Safety Tips [Free Checklist]

Setting up an engineering lab may feel like a mammoth task, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that safety should always be your top priority. Protect your employees and keep your engineering lab running efficiently with the following 10 lab safety tips. 

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March 25, 2020

What Are the Benefits of Offshore Manufacturing?

At some point the leadership team of a company that manufactures a product, sits around their conference room and asks themselves the million-dollar question, “Should we consider moving production offshore?”

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March 24, 2020

What is Design for Manufacturing or DFM?

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is the process of designing parts, components or products for ease of manufacturing with an end goal of making a better product at a lower cost. This is done by simplifying, optimizing and refining the product design. The acronym DFMA (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly) is sometimes used interchangeably with...

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March 24, 2020

How to Make an NPI Checklist

If you thought the new product development process was going to be a walk in the park, you might need to take a look at a survey conducted by Gartner in 2019. The survey questioned CEOs about the success of new product introduction, and the numbers were sobering. 

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March 23, 2020

What's In A Quality Plan and How To Create One

Quality and cost are two of the top criteria most companies look at when seeking a contract manufacturer. The reasons are obvious. If your product doesn’t meet the definition of quality — defined by industry standards or the consumer — your product is doomed to failure. Every product development project — whether a new product or changes to an...

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March 06, 2020

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

The term “industrial robot” encompasses everything from robots used in manufacturing to sapper robots used in the military to defuse or destroy ordnance. Robots are used in warehouses to pick, pull and deliver items. There are robot shopping carts and baggage check robots. We’re at the base of the industrial robot mountain in terms of...

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February 07, 2020

The Biggest Advantages of Domestic Manufacturing

One of the most common questions manufacturing partners will hear is "where should I make my product?" While it seems like a simple question, the answer is just a bit more multi-layered. Every product has such unique requirements and each company has its special challenges and priorities, making it nearly impossible to generalize a solution....

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January 22, 2020

Components of an Injection Mold

So you've designed a product. You've gone through the RFQ process, sharing your CAD drawings with engineers who probably made even more tweaks. The part is going to be made of plastic using the injection molding process. But you've never made a plastic injected part before. There are a lot of new words and phrases being tossed around and you...

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January 07, 2020

How Increasing Design Tolerance Can Cut Costs

The product design and development process is a fascinating one, marrying creativity with the disciplines of math, science, engineering and marketing. Transforming an idea into a marketable product doesn’t just happen.

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