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East West Manufacturing Blog

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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January 11, 2018

The Importance of Product Testing for Quality, Reliability and Durability

Raise your hand if you thought developing your product was going to be easy. Yeah, that's what I thought.

Product development takes time, creativity, resources and more time. One really vital piece of the development process is product testing for quality, reliability and durability. You need to find out whether your product will do what it's...

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October 31, 2017

Questions to Ask When Looking for a Product Design Services Firm [PDF]

 

When you’re on the hunt for a product design firm it’s essential to understand the scope of the project. What exactly are you trying to accomplish?

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September 05, 2017

How a Contract Manufacturer Assists Product Lifecycle Management

Do you ever stop to think about the products you interact with on a daily basis and how amazing they are? Let’s just think about the stuff you touch as you’re getting ready to head to work. Maybe you shut off a blaring alarm clock or alarm on a cell phone. Your coffee is ready in the kitchen because the night before you scheduled the beans to...

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July 20, 2017

The Basics of Contract Manufacturing and New Product Development

Our engineers have a lot of experience with new product development and things you should look for when choosing the company that will build your product. Today, we've compiled the “gotta-know” details that are essential to having a successful contract manufacturing experience.

This post will explore some of those details, but you'll also find...

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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 14, 2017

7 Steps to Take Before Finding a Contract Manufacturer

You have a great product idea, and you think it has a real shot at taking off. But you don't just take a drawing to a manufacturer and start production. In fact, there are many essential steps to take BEFORE you even meet with a manufacturer. From design to patent protection, from prototyping to marketing, as with so many things in life,...

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June 07, 2017

Video: Common Product Development Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Product development can be an arduous process, with more twists and turns than San Francisco's famed Lombard Street. 

Photo by David Yu

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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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April 21, 2017

How to Get Your Plastic Injection Part Design Ready for Manufacturing

Design is a big deal. It’s so big it’s a category with subcategories under it. There’s design for

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