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East West Manufacturing Blog

April 10, 2020

How Do I Find the Right Contract Manufacturer?

When aiming to become a world-class seller of premium products, selecting the right contract manufacturer is the most important step. Your ultimate goal should be building a partnership with your manufacturer – a relationship that commands respect and cooperation in both directions. Before setting out on your quest, there are a few steps you...

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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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February 26, 2019

EVT v. DVT v. PVT Explained

It probably won’t come as a surprise that engineers love their acronyms. If you’re not fully immersed in this world, it can become increasingly difficult to decode what may sound like a foreign language, and while we can’t explain every abbreviation you may come across in one blog post, we’re going to start by discussing the differences between...

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December 12, 2018

RFx Management: Understanding the Difference Between RFI, RFP and RFQ

It's a common mistake among procurement newbies to use the acronyms RFQ and RFP interchangeably. Throw in RFI, and things really start to get hairy. Understanding the nuances that distinguish these different types of requests (for information, proposal and quote) will help you get what you need a little faster and more easily, and that's...

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November 14, 2018

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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August 29, 2018

11 Reasons Your First Production Purchase Order is Late

You made it through the RFQ process. Through the tooling, sampling and PPAP review. Now your world-changing product is – say it with me – in production. Oh, how good it feels. But don't be too quick to kick off your boots and celebrate. First production orders are notoriously plagued with unexpected delays (mostly minor!) that could throw a...
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July 10, 2018

How to Implement a Successful Global Sourcing Strategy

I have this image of a sourcing manager talking to a supplier with the conversation going something like this, “I don’t have extruded aluminum right now, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let me have the aluminum...

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June 26, 2018

Setting Up a Basic BOM Spreadsheet

When you work with engineers prepare yourself for a heaping helping of acronym soup! You’ll hear it all: PCB, PCBA, DFM, FMEA, PO, IP and of course the BOM, which stands for Bill of Materials. And while all those other acronyms are highly important to the product development process, it’s the BOM that gets you on your way.

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June 21, 2018

Advantages of Manufacturing in Vietnam

The secret has long been out: Vietnam is a great place for manufacturing. And not just textiles or tennis shoes. Vietnam is home to automotive and aerospace suppliers, and is considered a prime location for electronics manufacturing services (EMS). Vietnam combines many of the same benefits of manufacturing in China — a strong supply chain and...

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June 14, 2018

6 Biggest Mistakes When Selecting a Contract Manufacturer

We get it.

Finding the right manufacturer for your project is tough. Do you stay in the U.S. or go overseas? Do you need to work with a design service team? How much is it all going to cost? It's cheaper in China, right? Can't I just find someone on Alibaba to do it all?

 

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