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February 23, 2016

Tooling Design and Maintenance 101: How Long Will My Tool Last?

Designing a tool isn’t just about making a perfect product – it’s also about making the tool last as long as possible. Many buyers are focused solely on the production and quality of their product, but it's important to keep in mind that a tool must be in spec to make a product that is in spec. Even if you don't have a hand in designing or...

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January 19, 2016

13 Questions to Expect After Submitting Product Design Drawing Package

You've completed your product design drawings, squared away your IP and are now prepared to submit an RFQ to a contract manufacturer. You may feel like the bulk of your work is done, but your contract manufacturer will likely have additional questions for you before the formal quoting process can get started.

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December 15, 2015

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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December 03, 2015

The Value of Tolerance: How Increasing Design Tolerance Can Cut Costs

Tolerance is one of those areas that is in the buyer's hands. It's your responsibility as the buyer to tell your contract manufacturer what you will and will not accept in terms of tolerances. I sat down with our head of EMS, as well as one of our product development engineers, to talk design tolerance. I found out that we have received many...

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November 10, 2015

The Right Way to Hand Off Engineering Projects

Handing engineering projects off to other team members is more than a task – it's a skill, and one that many people undervalue or lack entirely. When saying goodbye to a project, there are a few general guidelines you should follow to ensure a smooth exchange. Below we'll take a look at things to do and mistakes to avoid.

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October 01, 2015

How to Maximize Rework Cost Savings

You've probably been told that it's alright to make a mistake as long as you learn from it. This is something we preach here at East West. While mistakes do happen, some can be very costly and chip away at your bottom line (something our CFO likes to avoid). One such example is accumulating costs from rework, which is the correcting of a...

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September 01, 2015

7 Ways to Reduce Packaging Costs

When companies are looking to reduce costs, their first focus is often what product design changes can be made to reduce material costs. Many completely overlook the option of refining the product’s packaging design instead. Improving and optimizing packaging design can not only save a company boatloads of money, but it can also provide better...

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August 25, 2015

Thermoset vs. Thermoplastic: Which is Right for My Product? [Infographic]

When it comes to choosing the right plastic for your product, there are an overwhelming number of options. The first thing you need to narrow down is this: thermoset or thermoplastic? Your decision will be largely based on your product's specifications and final application. Let's dive in with the help of an infographic to examine the...

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July 30, 2015

Making the Material Handling Equipment that Moves the Supply Chain

According to the Material Handling Institute (MHI), Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing represents some $30 Billion (over 25%) for the US Material Handling Consumption of nearly $165 Billion! $30 Billion!  Consider for a moment that $1 Billion = 10 tons (or about 10 pallets stacked neatly with $100 bills). Lots of $100 bills.

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July 28, 2015

2 Best Ways Engineers Find the Right Contract Manufacturer

We literally met one of our fastest growing customers walking down the hallway of their office after a meeting with the engineering and purchasing teams when the Global Sourcing Manager stuck his head out of his office and quipped, “Hey, can you guys make this?”  Turns out the answer was, “Yes!”

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