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At What Stage of a Product’s Lifecycle Should You Bring in a CM Partner?

At What Stage of a Product’s Lifecycle Should You Bring in a CM Partner?

March 11, 2021

Your contract manufacturing partner can have a dramatic effect on the success (or failure) of your project. While an end-to-end CM can come in at any point of your production cycle, bringing them in at exactly the right time enables you to reap the greatest rewards.

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Causes, Costs and Cures for Unplanned Downtime

Causes, Costs and Cures for Unplanned Downtime

March 4, 2021

Some causes of unplanned downtime are as old as manufacturing itself, while others are very recent. Some of these causes impact highly regulated industries, such as medical device manufacturing, more so than other areas of manufacturing.

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The Many Hats of an Integrated Contract Manufacturer

The Many Hats of an Integrated Contract Manufacturer

February 17, 2021

In its 2020 report, Risk, Resilience and Rebalancing in Global Value Chains, McKinsey Global Institute includes a graph plotting different types of ‘shocks’ and their potential to disrupt value chains around the world.

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Leverage Key Suppliers for Consolidation

Leverage Key Suppliers for Consolidation

December 9, 2020

Market trends are driving significant consolidation within the medical device industry. OEMs are collaborating with suppliers that can provide solutions for multiple steps in the supply chain.

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The Importance of Choosing the Right Plastic

The Importance of Choosing the Right Plastic

November 18, 2020

Choosing the proper plastic for your injection molded component can be challenging. There are hundreds of raw resins to consider, and you must decide if the project will require an additive (like a flame retardant or UV stabilizer) and/or a colorant.

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A Closer Look at Electrical Tests

A Closer Look at Electrical Tests

October 21, 2020

Although many of the tests required by safety certifications like UL or CSA are performed at outside testing laboratories, some can (and need to) be done at the factory.

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Moving Down the Line: Electromagnetic Linear Actuators

Moving Down the Line: Electromagnetic Linear Actuators

September 10, 2020

Let’s first talk about linear motors, that can be thought of as conventional rotating motors whose stator has been unrolled, and laid out flat.

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The Basics of Stepper Motor Control

The Basics of Stepper Motor Control

September 9, 2020

Due to their durability, reliability, efficiency and availability in standardized sizes and mounting options, stepper motors are widely used in industrial automation, robotics, and new niche consumer products like desktop 3D printers.

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Sealing the Deal: A Primer on Rubber Injection Molding

Sealing the Deal: A Primer on Rubber Injection Molding

August 31, 2020

Injection molding isn’t just for thermoplastics. The same process, with a few minor tweaks, can also be applied to synthetic rubbers.

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A Rundown of Runners

A Rundown of Runners

August 20, 2020

Before molten resin can fill the part cavity, it must first wind its way from the sprue (the inlet of the mold) to the gate(s). In between those two end points, the molten resin is distributed through channels, called the runner system.

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How to Successfully Contract Out Cable Harness Assembly

How to Successfully Contract Out Cable Harness Assembly

July 17, 2020

A lot of OEMs (particularly smaller ones) use cable assemblies in their products built in-house and usually do the assembly by hand with the help of tools like crimpers, strippers, and heat guns.

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Choosing the Right Motor Can Really Move Your Application Forward

Choosing the Right Motor Can Really Move Your Application Forward

May 14, 2020

By converting electrical energy into motion, electrical motors literally keep our modern world turning. From compressors to ceiling fans, vacuum pumps to vacuum cleaners and dialysis machines to drones, motors are everywhere.

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Are You as Pumped about Pumps as We Are?

Are You as Pumped about Pumps as We Are?

April 2, 2020

Out of the three normal states of matter—solid, liquid, and gas—pumps can move the last two and pressurize the last one.

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Overlooked Thermal Considerations for PCBAs

Overlooked Thermal Considerations for PCBAs

March 4, 2020

Although we immediately think of electronics when printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) are mentioned, good PCBA design is in fact a multidisciplinary endeavor spanning electrical, mechanical, and even chemical engineering.

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The Importance of Tool Material Choice

The Importance of Tool Material Choice

February 24, 2020

In injection molding, there are two critical “material” choices that need to be made: which plastic material to make the product out of, and which tool material to use when building the part’s mold.

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The Importance of Gates

The Importance of Gates

January 23, 2020

Gates can be a standard part of the injection molding process. They are normally formed as molten plastic flows from the machine’s nozzle tip into a sprue and runner system, then into the part’s cavity.

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Using Core-outs to Reduce the Weight of Plastic Parts

Using Core-outs to Reduce the Weight of Plastic Parts

December 3, 2019

Core-outs are sections of a plastic part where a thick section of solid material has been replaced by a square, rectangle, or hexagonal section. This effectively replaces that solid material with empty voids surrounded by walls and ribs of uniform thickness.

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Importance of DFM Analysis For Injection Molding

Importance of DFM Analysis For Injection Molding

November 4, 2019

When OEMs and contract manufactures skip this step, an opportunity is lost to combine engineering and manufacturing expertise to detect manufacturing issues and correct them before significant costs are incurred.

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Medical Device Contract Manufacturing — When Less is More

Medical Device Contract Manufacturing — When Less is More

October 18, 2019

In the highly competitive industry of medical devices, outsourcing is almost required to stay ahead. Its benefits are evident — multidisciplinary expertise, cost savings, flexibility, expansion, reduced risk, increased innovation, and quality assurance to name just a few.

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Choosing the Correct Tool Cavitation

Choosing the Correct Tool Cavitation

September 24, 2019

Injection molding is a great way to produce a large number of plastic components at high speed and a reasonable cost. What OEMs often overlook.

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The Importance of Uniform Wall Thickness in Plastics

The Importance of Uniform Wall Thickness in Plastics

June 21, 2019

Keeping the walls of your injection molded plastic part the same thickness is important for maintaining good cosmetics and structural integrity.

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