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July 12, 2017

What Are the Factors Driving MOQ [Minimum Order Quantity]

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

No?

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July 07, 2017

Can Increasing Design Tolerances Cut Your Production Costs?

Want a simple way to potentially save on production costs?

Take a look at your tolerances. 

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June 26, 2017

How to Assess the Technical Capability of Your Contract Manufacturer

You think you've finally discovered a company to manufacture your product and you are eager to get production started! But how can you be sure this manufacturer is properly outfitted to produce quality goods to meet your customer’s standards? In other words, how can you assess a manufacturing company's technical capability?

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June 23, 2017

Material Selection in Manufacturing: Plastic or Metal

There are a host of decisions that need to be made when you're designing a new product. One of the first, and biggest, is the question of material selection. 

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June 21, 2017

What Manufacturers Need to Know About Industry 4.0

You’ve heard the phrase, right? Industry 4.0

But do you know what it means?

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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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June 12, 2017

5 Technological Innovation Stories You Might Have Missed

When you write for a living, it also means you read — a lot. It's my job to stay informed about manufacturing, specific capabilities, supply chain, logistics and other topics like robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) that fall under the technological innovation umbrella.

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May 24, 2017

Extending the Life of Your EC Motor in 7 Easy Steps

No doubt you're aware that Electronically Commutated (EC) motors are the perfect solution for anyone needing to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy's efficiency regulations for commercial refrigeration units, pumps, fans and blowers. Not only do they use less energy, they're also cooler and quieter. 

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May 22, 2017

How to Design Electronics for Harsh Environments

Last year I upgraded my phone. It’s a beautiful phone – sleek, champagne colored. I love the feel of it. Unfortunately, I rarely see what the phone actually looks like because after purchase I immediately encased it in a hard plastic, optic yellow case with a turquoise blue rubber overlay.

I did that because I know me. I will drop the phone...

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March 23, 2017

A Podcast Round Up | Advanced Manufacturing, Supply Chain + Innovation

Are you a fan of podcasts? I am. I love hearing experts share the who/what/where/when/how of their field. I've always heard that you learn something new every day. With podcasts, that's certainly true. 

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