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    November 28, 2018

    Investment Casting vs. Die Casting: 7 Considerations When Choosing a Process

    Casting -- one of the oldest known manufacturing techniques -- is a process in which liquid material (e.g. molten metal) is poured into a mold cavity and hardened. After removing the piece from the mold, various finishing treatments can be applied to create a dazzling final product. This process is used primarily to manufacture complex solid...

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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 31, 2018

    6 Things a World-Class Strategic Sourcing Team Must Consider

    Let’s be honest. With a show of hands, when we say strategic sourcing, how many of you think this concept is really just about buying at the cheapest price? While engineers and brand managers get most of the credit for successful new product development and commercialization of product launches, the unsung hero is often the team who wears the...

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    August 22, 2018

    7 TED Talks Engineers and Manufacturers Should Listen To

    TED Talks have been a driving force of inspiration, information and innovation since their inception in 2006. Born out of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference, the talks have become a global, viral sensation over the past decade. Below we've compiled seven of the best TED Talks to inspire engineers and manufacturers. How will...

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    June 28, 2018

    What is Design for Manufacturing or DFM?

    Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is the process of designing parts, components or products for ease of manufacturing with an end goal of making a better product at a lower cost. This is done by simplifying, optimizing and refining the product design. The acronym DFMA (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly) is sometimes used interchangeably with...

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    June 21, 2018

    Advantages of Manufacturing in Vietnam

    The secret has long been out: Vietnam is a great place for manufacturing. And not just textiles or tennis shoes. Vietnam is home to automotive and aerospace suppliers, and is considered a prime location for electronics manufacturing services (EMS). Vietnam combines many of the same benefits of manufacturing in China — a strong supply chain and...

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    June 19, 2018

    10 Engineering Lab Safety Tips with a Downloadable Checklist

    Setting up an engineering lab may feel like an enormous task, and it kind of is, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that safety should always be your top priority. So, protect your employees and keep your engineering lab running efficiently with these 10 engineering lab safety tips. 

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    June 12, 2018

    Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) When Strategic Sourcing: A Necessary Evil

    Do you remember the scene in the movie Father of the Bride when Steve Martin’s character George Banks goes nuts over the number of hot dogs in a package versus the number of buns in a package?

    No?

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    April 24, 2018

    Questions for a Supplier Evaluation Checklist: Assessing Your Supplier

     

    You’ve found your contract manufacturer! YAY!

    But that manufacturer is only as good as its weakest link. It’s up to you to know all about the companies supplying your manufacturer. It’s time for supplier evaluations, and we've got a list of questions for a supplier evaluation checklist.

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    April 12, 2018

    Managing Long Lead Time Component Ordering

    Hey, we get it. No one, NO ONE, likes to wait. But there are ways to mitigate the potential delays in ordering electronic assemblies containing long lead time (LLT) components.

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