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October 04, 2016

7 Factoids to Amaze Family & Friends for National Manufacturing Day

Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Though it’s not a holiday on par with Halloween or Christmas, we’re just days away from National Manufacturing Day (it’s October 7th in case you weren’t aware). According to the official website, Manufacturing Day is described as “celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of...

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September 27, 2016

5 Reasons for Manufacturing Delays

I’ve heard jokes over the years that the military is built around, “hurry up and wait.”  Years of experience in global manufacturing have shown that the same exists in this space as well.

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August 25, 2016

Can a Manufacturer Protect My Intellectual Property (IP) in China?

Let me guess – you’ve designed a killer product that you want to manufacture in China, but you’re worried that a cheaper version of your product will appear on Alibaba in a month. Your concern is valid – we are talking about China, the world’s leading purveyor of counterfeit goods. Who wants to spend the R+D dollars to then have their...

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August 23, 2016

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 09, 2016

Which Type of Conformal Coating is Right for My PCB?

To protect a printed circuit board (PCB) from the elements, including moisture, dust and extreme temperatures, conformal coatings are often applied. But there are several types to choose from, so how can you be certain you're making the right call? Below we'll cover the five main types of coating, as well as advantages and disadvantages of each.

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August 02, 2016

What Will Manufacturing Look Like in 2021? Part Two: Challenges

Last week we opened the can of worms that is the future of manufacturing (specifically looking at progress over the next five years). If you missed part one of this article, check it out right here. So we covered a few opportunitie that lie ahead, but will the road be smooth, freshly paved and free of barriers? Probably not. Let's take a look...

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July 28, 2016

Top 10 Lessons in Offshore Manufacturing (from a Manufacturing VP)

Taking production overseas can be intimidating. Daunting. Downright scary! We get it. Lucky for you, we've done the dirty work. As a contract manufacturer, East West has learned countless lessons over the course of our 15 years in the game, and we're ready to share the knowledge. Take it from us it pays to keep calm and carry on (as our...

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July 26, 2016

What Will Manufacturing Look Like in 2021? Part One: Opportunities

Is it just me, or does it almost feel like the future is upon us, what with all the technological breakthroughs we're witnessing – from advanced robotics to 3D printing with an unlikely variety of raw materials? But what will manufacturing actually look like five years down the road, in good ol' 2021?

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July 14, 2016

3 Things Product Development Engineers Want More Than "Fast"

In a conversation with our technical program manager over the last several weeks, I have come to the conclusion that the terms "engineering" and "fast" rarely belong in the same sentence — or my expectation of how product development engineers define “fast” simply needed a major reboot. When a customer expresses interest, my emotional,...

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June 21, 2016

Gravity Casting and Forging 101

When selecting a process to produce a metal component, chances are a buyer will come across a staggering range of manufacturing methods to consider. Casting and forging are the most prevalent metalworking process for steel and iron products. Each metal manufacturing method offers its own pros, cons, capabilities and cost implications. Below...

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