As a product developer, you may be wondering how you can verify the integrity of your supply chain during these uncertain times, with so many quarantine and travel restrictions in place. While it may be difficult or even impossible to visit a supplier in person, there are still some things you can do to help […]
Lean manufacturing helps identify and eliminate the seven types of waste typically found in manufacturing environments: transport, inventory, motion, waiting, overproduction, over-processing and defects. To combat this, manufacturers are increasingly adopting lean systems to become more efficient, more reliable and to provide higher quality. How to identify if your manufacturing partner is lean? Look for these […]
What is an HS Code? It’s probably a question most people have either heard or asked if they work with imports or exports. Here’s a brief overview of what it is and how it works.
There are tremendous new opportunities opening up for product developers, entrepreneurs and manufacturers around the world due to the increasing pace of globalization. Here are, in our opinion, the top three effects globalization is having on manufacturing and how our team thinks manufacturers should deal with them. 1. Trade Agreements Free trade agreements can be beneficial to […]
Most manufacturing processes, like CNC machining and plastic injection molding, will generate some form of waste product. The impact of these processes on the environment in undeniable. But there are ways manufactures and product developers can reduce negative consequences such as air pollution and landfill. If you’re unfamiliar with sourcing from China, you may find it challenging […]
Are You Getting The Plastic You Asked For? With so many different types of plastic on the market, being able to correctly identify each one is critical for getting the right results when manufacturing a new product. But what’s the best way to identify plastic material accurately and repeatably, when so many kinds look and feel the same […]
On December 20th, 2015 the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) came into effect after more than a decade of careful negotiations. If you wish to import manufactured products or parts from China, this change will allow you to save money and become more competitive. Here are some step by step instructions to guide you through the […]
There are a number of concerns that modern manufacturers have, above and beyond the making of products. Among these is the need to demonstrate due diligence in the sourcing of raw materials, especially if those materials potentially originate from war-torn regions of Central Africa. There are legal statutes like the Dodd-Frank Act in the United […]