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March 22, 2018

EC Motors and Reliability Testing: What You Should Know

 

Reliability testing is an essential step in the manufacturing process of EC motors. Like any other quality process, reliability testing provides the pure data that helps drive the design and manufacture of the motors.

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January 18, 2018

How Engineering Support Can Affect Quality Control

Here’s the scenario: You have a part that you’ve been making and selling but you’ve decided to put it out to quote. You send your drawings package and samples of the part to a contract manufacturer that has a reputation for providing quality engineering support. In reviewing the drawings, the project engineer picks up on a small but significant...

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November 09, 2017

What's In A Quality Plan and How It Works

Quality and cost are two of the top criteria most companies look at when seeking a contract manufacturer. The reasons are obvious. If your product doesn’t meet the definition of quality — defined by industry standards or the consumer — your product is doomed to failure. Every product development project — whether a new product or changes to an...

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October 24, 2017

Reduce Manufacturing Rework: Five Steps to Take

Rework happens. 

In fact, a 2013 study by the Lenox Institute of Technology of more than 100 industrial metal-cutting operations found that, “regardless of the percentage of machine uptime reported, respondents admitted that finished products don’t pass first inspection 20% of the time and require rework.”

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August 31, 2017

Maintaining Quality Control When Manufacturing Overseas

Hindsight is 20/20. We’ve all heard that adage. But what if hindsight could become foresight? 

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April 26, 2017

5 Tips to Determine Who's In Your Supplier Network

In your search for a contract manufacturer, you’d be wise to consider the issues of corporate values and ethical business practices. A 2014 Nielsen survey found that 55 percent of global online consumers across 60 countries are willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive and environmental...

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April 17, 2017

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

In your product development quest, you’re undoubtedly getting familiar with the acronym soup that surrounds quality, safety testing and deciding which certification marks your product will require. 

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March 17, 2017

How To Manage Quality Processes When Using a Contract Manufacturer

When you’re in the U.S. and your manufacturer is in Asia, Mexico or some other remote location, how do you know you’ll enjoy sustainable high quality production throughout the life of your part or product?

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February 09, 2017

Motor Reliability Testing: Does Your Contract Manufacturer Stack Up?

Normally at the start of a manufacturing relationship, the contract manufacturer will ask the customer for a spec sheet — a report showing a variety of acceptable tolerances for the part or product. But if it’s a new product, or an older product that has undergone tweaks or changes through the years, there might not be a neat, up-to-date report.

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March 17, 2016

7 Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) Best Practices + Free RMA Form

No seller wants to learn that a customer is dissatisfied with their product – whether because of a defect, an incorrectly fulfilled order or simply a change of preference. Handling such returns in a systematic and timely manner will prove extremely beneficial to keeping your business running smoothly and, most importantly, keeping customers...

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