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East West Manufacturing Blog

January 30, 2018

Making a Better Product: Value Engineering or Product Redesign? 

No matter the complexity, manufacturers are always looking for ways to reduce the cost of making things, and sometimes they end up with a better product as a result. That process is called value engineering. And yes, it's possible to make a better product through value engineering, especially if you ask a lot of the right questions.

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January 16, 2018

10 Factors That Influence The Cost of Making Your Product

Very few people walk into a store, take an item off the shelf and purchase it without looking at the price. Even if you’re reasonably certain you can afford it, you’ll glance at the label to see how much it’s going to cost. If it’s what you want, and the price is in line with your desire for the item, you’ll buy it. But retail prices aren’t...

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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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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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June 16, 2017

6 Factors That Influence Manufacturing Costs

Can you guess the topic of the questions we’re most frequently asked?

If you said cost or price, give yourself a gold star!
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May 29, 2017

Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis: A Key Differentiator

[Editor's note: This blog post originally ran in January 2017.]

You’re a company with an air- or water-moving product looking for a contract manufacturer (CM) to help take your design from prototype to market. There are plenty of companies out there willing to help you. But how do you sort through them? What differentiators should you look for?

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August 16, 2016

How Much Will It Cost to Manufacture My Product?

As a global contract manufacturer, we get asked a whole lot of questions, but one is more common than all the rest. Hands down, the most asked question is: "How much will it cost to manufacture my product?" This probably isn't too surprising, since most big decisions come down to cost in the end. The answer is a good ol' catch-22: simple,...

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January 28, 2016

5 Important Questions to Ask a Prospective Metal Supplier

Are you ready to launch your metal project? Are you trying to find the perfect manufacturing partner to get the job done? Below are five important questions you should ask any prospective metal supplier. The benefit of working with a qualified, experienced contract manufacturer is that they have a wealth of knowledge to ensure your product is...

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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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December 16, 2014

The Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Switch Manufacturers

When we meet new clients who are considering switching to a new contract manufacturing services company, the reason they are looking typically falls into one of three buckets. Of course there are more than three reasons, but on the surface these are the most frequent motives why they are considering to switch manufacturers: 

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