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October 05, 2017

Manufacturing Day 2017: What's the Point?

(Manufacturing Day is observed on the first Friday in October)

It’s safe to say that manufacturing and the issues that surround it are even more important today than they were when Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) was inaugurated in 2012. The themes of jobs, workforce education, the skills gap, trade, taxes and infrastructure were regularly...

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September 28, 2017

Exploring Contract Manufacturing? Know Your 5 Points of Contact

Okay, you’ve decided it’s time to sign on with a contract manufacturer. Maybe you’ve even identified the right one. We’ve compiled a list of the five basic points of contact you should have with your manufacturer, from the initial communication through the entire process.

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September 21, 2017

Tips for Building a Better BOM

Getting from point A to point B is easier with a road map (or Google maps, these days). The same is true when you’re making a product. Your manufacturing road map is called a Bill of Materials or BOM. The BOM is an essential tool that directs engineers as they pull together materials and parts for production.

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September 19, 2017

Metal Fabrication Capabilities: Finding the Best Manufacturing Fit

Relationships are tricky things. When they're good it's usually because each party has something the other needs, it's a mutually beneficial. That's true when you're looking for manufacturing suppliers, too. You're looking for a good fit. You win, they win. 

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September 14, 2017

Finding an EMS Partner: Making the Right Connection

There are few things in life as important as chemistry. Oh, not that class you took in high school. I’m talking about the connection you have with other people. It’s difficult to describe but you know it when you feel it.

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September 07, 2017

Thinking About Overseas Manufacturing? Read This First

It’s time. You’re ready to scale up your product and you know you want to outsource the production.

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September 05, 2017

How a Contract Manufacturer Assists Product Lifecycle Management

Do you ever stop to think about the products you interact with on a daily basis and how amazing they are? Let’s just think about the stuff you touch as you’re getting ready to head to work. Maybe you shut off a blaring alarm clock or alarm on a cell phone. Your coffee is ready in the kitchen because the night before you scheduled the beans to...

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August 31, 2017

Maintaining Quality Control When Manufacturing Overseas

Hindsight is 20/20. We’ve all heard that adage. But what if hindsight could become foresight? 

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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 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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