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    November 07, 2018

    Moving Your Product From Prototype to Production

    Just think about it for a second. Every day you interact with hundreds of products that at one point were nothing more than an idea. But have you ever wondered what it looks like to take a product from prototype to production? It's a complex process that combines creativity and procedures. There are stops and starts. The timeline for...

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    October 17, 2018

    The Most Common Product Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Designing a new product is as easy as having a killer idea, right? Not right. There is a lot that goes into designing, developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling a new product. Millions of products have failed (take these 12 notorious product flops for instance), and chances are that all of them had at least one of the below mistakes in...

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    September 05, 2018

    Practical Ways Engineering Support Benefits Product Development

     When considering the value of engineering support as you go through the process of product development, there’s a great saying to keep in mind:

    Experience is a great teacher, especially someone else’s experience.

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    August 08, 2018

    Submitting an RFQ to a Supplier? How to Avoid Quote Fatigue

    If you have been involved in global contract manufacturing (CM) for more than a few months  you will inevitably hear the phrase, “Quote Fatigue.” Quote Fatigue occurs when a prospect submits an RFQ (Request for Quote) to a manufacturer for pricing — then another, then another, then another, without the manufacturer securing any new business.

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    June 26, 2018

    Setting Up a Basic BOM Spreadsheet

    When you work with engineers prepare yourself for a heaping helping of acronym soup! You’ll hear it all: PCB, PCBA, DFM, FMEA, PO, IP and of course the BOM, which stands for Bill of Materials. And while all those other acronyms are highly important to the product development process, it’s the BOM that gets you on your way.

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    May 31, 2018

    Items to Include in an NPI Checklist

    If you thought the new product development process was going to be a walk in the park, you might need to take a look at a survey conducted by Gartner in 2017. The survey questioned CEOs about the success of new product introduction, and the numbers were sobering. 

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    May 29, 2018

    7 Steps to Reduce Packaging Costs

    Reducing costs is an ongoing task for every company, but what if I told you that you could save money without having to change a single millimeter of your product?

    You’d probably be thrilled.

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    May 17, 2018

    How Increasing Design Tolerance Can Cut Costs

    The product design and development process is a fascinating one, marrying creativity with the disciplines of math, science, engineering and marketing. Transforming an idea into a marketable product doesn’t just happen.

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    May 08, 2018

    UL and ETL Certification Marks: What’s the Difference?

    Third party testing and certification is one of the most important and expensive decisions you'll make in the product development process. Certification marks — whether UL, ETL or some other entity — demonstrate that the testing facility has tested samples of the product and found that it met that entities' requirements. The mark guarantees the...

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    February 06, 2018

    Why You Should Invest In Package Testing

    A couple weeks ago we wrote about the importance of product testing, but have you ever thought about why you should invest in package testing?

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