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    December 05, 2018

    Are You Ready for the Supply Chain Disruptors?

    You wouldn't start out on a road trip without your GPS or a good road map, would you? So why face your future supply chain without an idea of what to expect?

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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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    October 10, 2018

    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...

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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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    May 22, 2018

    Tips & Best Practices for Creating A More Accurate Demand Forecast

    Overseas manufacturing is challenging enough. Distance, time zones, language barrier, cultural differences. We might as well tack on one more thing to the list: forecasting.

     

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    January 18, 2018

    How Engineering Support Can Affect Quality Control

    Here’s the scenario: You have a part that you’ve been making and selling but you’ve decided to put it out to quote. You send your drawings package and samples of the part to a contract manufacturer that has a reputation for providing quality engineering support. In reviewing the drawings, the project engineer picks up on a small but significant...

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    January 02, 2018

    Sourcing PCBA: Can Your EMS Supplier Do More?

    You’re in the market for some printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA) for your new product and you need to find the right supplier. You've looked online, gotten recommendations from friends and the choices are dizzying. Should you look domestically or overseas? What do you do now? Sourcing PCBA doesn't have to be difficult, but there are two...

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    December 28, 2017

    Overseas Manufacturing: Guarding Against Risk

    We've written a lot about protecting your facility and processes from cyberattack. As these incursions continue to escalate, in number and in scope, companies of all sizes must address the issue of cybersecurity.  

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    November 23, 2017

    Just What Are Engineered Products Anyway?

    If you’ve looked around websites for contract manufacturers (CM) or manufacturers in general, you might have seen the phrase “engineered products.” Maybe you’ve even thought, “What’s an engineered product?” After all, isn’t everything that’s made an engineered product of some type?

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    November 21, 2017

    How Strong Supplier Relationships Add to Your Bottom Line

    Want your business to become more profitable? Is the sky blue? Is grass green? Will the Cubs win the World Series again this year? (Never mind that last question.)

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