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November 29, 2023

How Strong Supplier Relationships Add to Your Bottom Line

Studies by Planning Perspectives, Inc. (PPI), determined a causal link between a company’s profitability and the quality of the relationships it has with its suppliers. Dr. John W. Henke, Jr., president and CEO of PPI, specializes in studying OEM buyer/supplier relationships in the automotive and 17 other industries. His company publishes an...

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June 07, 2023

5 Factors Impacting Injection Tool Pricing

The cost of injection mold tooling varies significantly depending on where in the world they are made. From the shores of the United States to the manufacturing hubs of Asia, a range of factors contribute to these regional differences. Sure, you may already know that the closer to the US, the more expensive, but there are 5 other main factors that...

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May 30, 2023

Designing and Manufacturing In-Mold Electronics

What are In-Mold Electronics?

In-mold electronics (IME) refers to a manufacturing process that integrates electronic circuitry into a molded plastic component. By combining traditional injection molding techniques with printed electronics, IME eliminates the need for separate circuit boards, connectors, and cables, resulting in sleek and seamless...

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May 16, 2023

Achieving Manufacturing Excellence in Wearable Biosensors

As wearable electronic devices become increasingly prevalent, manufacturers face the challenge of maintaining a competitive edge in the market. To succeed, it is crucial for companies to prioritize the effectiveness, cost-efficiency, and highest quality of each wearable device they produce. In this blog post, we will explore the key considerations...

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May 01, 2023

Wearable Electronics are Transforming the Medical Device Industry

Wearable electronics have been gaining traction in the medical device industry in recent years, and for good reason. They are perfect for a variety of applications, and benefits ranging from improving patient care and outcomes to streamlining manufacturing processes. Let’s look at how wearable electronics are revolutionizing healthcare and some of...

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April 18, 2023

Membrane Switches: Creating Efficient and Intuitive Human Machine Interfaces

Membrane switches are a type of HMI (human machine interface) that can be used to control electrical devices. Without knowing it, you are likely encountering these multiple times a day. Ever use a microwave? Fill your car with gas? Have you found yourself in a hospital bed and needed to adjust its position? All of these scenarios utilize membrane...

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March 07, 2023

Why the Right NPI Team is Critical to Manufacturing Success

What is “New Product Introduction”?

By nature, engaging with a manufacturer is a long-term partnership and as with any relationship, it’s important to get off on the right foot. Often the difference between a good manufacturing partner and a bad one comes down to how successfully new products were launched into production. Was design and...

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February 24, 2023

Case Study: AI-Powered Greenhouse Lighting Producers

Inspired by nature, Sollum’s state-of-the-art LED fixture is an AI-powered computer providing exceptional spectral quality. In tandem with its smart LED fixture, the cloud-based SUN as a Service® platform uses smart algorithms to create an infinite number of light recipes that can be adapted to any type of crop, as well as mixed production...

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February 06, 2023

EC Motors: Exploring What Determines Efficiency

You are seeing it everywhere. Electric cars are popping up in your neighborhood more and more, the U.S. government is incentivizing homeowners to make high-efficiency upgrades including air conditioners and even light bulbs. The race to normalize energy-efficient practices is on. Electric motor-driven systems (EMDS) are the largest single source...

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January 20, 2023

Manufacturing in Mexico: Why U.S. Companies are Making the Move

Mexico has been gaining a reputation as a leading alternative to offshore manufacturing and a key piece in many companies’ global supply chain strategies. Since the United States administration began imposing tariffs on select imports from China in 2018, Mexico’s exports have risen over 21%, according to the U.S. Census. Executive teams across the...

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