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June 02, 2015

My Contract Manufacturer Only Does What?

They just want to make your product. Nonsense.

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May 21, 2015

Contract Manufacturing is Dead

Words have a way of defining us and creating labels. Every year new words or phrase are created and many fall out of style.  “Google it” did not exist prior to 1998. If you share a new technology and your friend say it is “far out” you are apt to define and label them as a throwback hippie from the 1960’s or 1970’s.  So it goes with what we...

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May 19, 2015

5 Questions to Ask Every Contract Manufacturer

You are searching for a Contract Manufacturer (CM) and you have leveraged Google to narrow down your search to a handful.  You’ve researched their websites thoroughly and now it’s time to engage.  You trade emails, maybe execute an NDA, and starting the ‘dating’ process by getting to know one another either by phone first or later face to face...

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April 14, 2015

Is my EMS CM also an ODM?

Working with engineers is very similar to working with military personnel in that to communicate effectively you need to learn acronyms quickly!  Follow along - OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) work with CMs (Contract Manufacturers) to bolster their supply chain.  If your OEM produces electronics than your CM might be an EMS (Electronics...

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March 19, 2015

3 Quick Ways to Fail Your Made in China, In a Hurry!

If you manufacture in China and want to fail faster than the next boutique cupcake shop in your hometown, follow these quick three tips!

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March 10, 2015

Potential Risks Going from Prototype to Production

It is not uncommon to find out that your prototypes and initial limited production runs are not exactly the same as each other. It could be slight variations in specs, color, dimensional tolerances, improper fit or even performance issues with function.

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February 10, 2015

Quiz: Are you Ready for a Contract Manufacturer?

Are you ready to take your product idea to the next level? How do you know when you're ready for contract manufacturing? Take our short 5 Question Quiz: "Are You Ready for a Contract Manufacturer?" and find out!

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February 05, 2015

From Invention to Production: The Only Thing You Need Is...

Manufacturing... and TIME! More Time that you might think!  One of the most common questions we get is: How long will it take to get into production?

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January 27, 2015

Cheap Oil Prices Are Just One Factor in the Onshore/Offshore Debate

Will cheap oil prices (Energy) drive more companies to move production back to the US?  Or how much more does it cost companies to keep manufacturing in the U.S?  That is the real question!

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January 22, 2015

A Manufacturer's Dilemma: To Outsource or Not Outsource? [Infographic]

Being a manufacturing company in today's ever-changing global economy is tough. There's always been a huge debate on whether manufacturing offshore is the right thing to do or whether manufacturing companies should be creating jobs here in the U.S. for Americans. East West has outlined our stance on off-shoring vs. on-shoring and the option we...

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