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3 Tips For Finding the Right Manufacturer for Your Needs

Posted by Rachel Daugherty on Mar 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

There are many manufacturers available on the market and this can present a challenge when you need the right manufacturer for your manufacturing requirements. It is important to weed through the marketing hype and buzzwords to get down to what a manufacturer can do for you. Making a selection based solely on cost is not wise as while looking at price only, these prices can mean poor quality, late deliveries, freight and more. In most cases, the end cost is much higher than anticipated, and the domestic quoted part price when only analyzing piece part prices.  Intangible costs need to be considered.

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Which Manufacturing Process is the Most Reliable?

Posted by Rachel Daugherty on Dec 1, 2015 11:00:00 AM

To some extent answering the question as to which manufacturing process is the most reliable is like answering a question about when you should take a vacation. In both cases, the answer depends upon several factors.

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Has Manufacturing Overseas Gotten Any Safer?

Posted by Rachel Daugherty on Nov 17, 2015 8:55:43 AM

With the demand for cheaper products, many American manufacturers assemble or purchase manufactured goods overseas. But this comes at a price because worker safety in manufacturing overseas, especially in the Far East, has always lagged behind North American safety standards. The consequences of poor worker safety is more than just the risk of injury, because negative publicity surrounding incidents can tarnish the reputation of the U.S. company that has placed the order for goods. This is especially so because society is starting to hold American companies responsible for ensuring their overseas suppliers operate safely.

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Hidden Costs of Using a Foreign Manufacturer

Posted by Rachel Daugherty on Sep 1, 2015 9:49:15 AM

When engaging with, and outsourcing to a foreign manufacturer, it is important to recognize that there are hidden costs in the interaction that can eventually affect the overall efficiency and cost effectiveness of the project or purchase. In some situations, these hidden costs can directly affect the price per unit and thus increase the overall market costs. Therefore, caution should be employed when seeking an overseas manufacturer.

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3 Areas Foreign Manufacturers Fall Short On

Posted by Rachel Daugherty on Aug 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

While outsourcing to a foreign manufacturer might seem like a cost effective solution, going with a foreign supplier is not without peril. Not all foreign suppliers adhere to the necessary standards and practices involved with manufacturing. Additionally, issues with quality control, material quality and difficulty of communication can create problems and issues that can affect the overall production and delivery of the product. When looking for a foreign manufacturer for your product, remember a foreign manufacturer is under no obligation to put you, the customer, first. 

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The Decisions Behind the Apple Watch Manufacturing Process

Posted by Rachel Daugherty on May 26, 2015 11:12:26 AM

The sophisticated manufacturing process used in the creation of the new Apple watch combines technology with engineering to produce a product that is as beautiful to look at as it is complicated to construct.

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5 Statistics You Won't Believe about the Manufacturing Industry

Posted by Rachel Daugherty on Mar 31, 2015 11:45:40 AM

It’s all about the numbers.

Numbers, and the meanings behind them, drive the vast majority of the decisions we all make every day. Whether it’s the price of a new car or that shiny new tech gadget, or the chances that our favorite football team will win the next championship, we all rely on numbers to provide in-depth information about what we want to know.

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