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August 03, 2017

Heat Treated vs. Methyl Bromide Treated Wood Pallets

Long before wood pallets became the material of choice for DIY furniture builders and as photo backgrounds for the Pinterest crowd, they were used pretty much exclusively in shipping and warehouses.

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August 01, 2017

Integrating Supply Chain Technology You Can Use Right Now

Drones in warehouses! Robots delivering everything from diapers to pizza! Artificial intelligence and augmented reality!

We’ve all read the breathless accounts of the ways technology is going to be integrated into the supply chain — from ordering materials, to manufacturing, to delivery. But many of those predictions of integrating supply chain...

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July 27, 2017

5 Factors That Affect Design for Manufacturability (DFM) [VIDEO]

You say potato, I say po-tah-to...

Whether you call it Design for Manufacturing, Design for Manufacturability or DFM — and we've called it all three — the goal is the same: How do you design a part so that it's easy to produce at the lowest possible price without diminishing quality or functionality?  

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July 25, 2017

Manufacturing Delays: Making the Best of a Slow Situation

Show of hands...Who likes waiting? Standing in line? Being put on hold?

No one.

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July 20, 2017

The Basics of Contract Manufacturing and New Product Development

Our engineers have a lot of experience with new product development and things you should look for when choosing the company that will build your product. Today, we've compiled the “gotta-know” details that are essential to having a successful contract manufacturing experience.

This post will explore some of those details, but you'll also find...

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July 18, 2017

Prepping for Chinese New Year 2018: Two Things to Do Now

If there's one thing we harp on over and over again here in the East West blog it's the need to be prepared for the Chinese New Year (CNY) and Tet holidays. 

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July 14, 2017

When Should You Use Air Freight? [Video]

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When you manufacture overseas, air freight is generally a luxury you can’t afford. After all, one of the main reasons for making your product overseas is to save money. The cost of shipping by air on a regular basis would be exorbitant, and cut into any margin you have built in. But there are times when paying extra for air...

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July 12, 2017

What Are the Factors Driving MOQ [Minimum Order Quantity]

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

No?

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July 10, 2017

Supply Chain Flexibility & Other Stories You Might Have Missed

I don't know about you but the amount of information that passes before my eyes is astonishing when I stop to think about it. Consider the sources: Email, Twitter, Facebook, Newspapers, Magazines, Trade pubs... the list goes on and it's difficult to keep up. 

Naturally some interesting stories will slip through the cracks, but here are a few...

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July 07, 2017

Can Increasing Design Tolerances Cut Your Production Costs?

Want a simple way to potentially save on production costs?

Take a look at your tolerances. 

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