Fourstar Connections Blog

Survey Results from Test Engineers and New Product Introduction Challenges

Posted by Phil Holman on Apr 4, 2017 2:37:08 PM

A Dedicated Supply Chain Might Help with Time, Volatility, and Documentation Issues

Test engineers who provide testing and tooling for manufacturing often have a challenging job to do when pushing towards a new product introduction (NPI). To gain more insights about this, we recently ran a survey that asked test engineers questions regarding the challenges and successes of their jobs.
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Topics: manufacturing outsourcing, new product introduction, test engineer survey results, test engineer challenges

Addressing Stress in the Workplace with the MVP Wellness Program

Posted by Phil Holman on Mar 29, 2017 10:14:02 AM

Fourstar Kicks Off Stress Management Initiative with the MVP Wellness Program

As part of its “people-driven” business model, Fourstar Connections is committed to maintaining a happy, healthy, productive workforce. “Human capital value” (you know, people) is the driving force behind most business value today. Many forward-thinking companies are taking great strides to develop and support their employees and utilize cutting edge tools that allow them to quantify and measure the outcomes so they can continue to effectively manage their employee development programs.

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Topics: Sustainable Manufacturing, Social Responsibility

Fourstar Files Grant Request to Sponsor Sustainability Training Program

Posted by Phil Holman on Jan 19, 2017 9:48:43 AM

Government Funding to Help Sponsor the MVP Sustainable Supply Chain Program

There is a greater need to show responsibility towards our environment and be sustainable, NOW more than ever. As part of our sustainability program, Fourstar Connections has applied for the Massachusetts Workforce Training Grant in order to procure funding to conduct a training program on supply chain sustainability.

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Topics: Sustainable Manufacturing

It’s Not Only about Complex Box Builds and Interconnect Solutions!

Posted by Phil Holman on Jan 5, 2017 3:41:00 PM

Finding a Better Way to Serve at Fourstar

Every company is driven by core beliefs. At Fourstar, we take our tagline, “Finding a Better Way,” seriously. We apply this when we are working with customers, getting them to market on time, or helping test engineers with their supply chain needs to meet tooling and test requirements. But complex box builds and electronic assembly exposures aren’t all we are focused on.

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Topics: Sustainable Manufacturing, Wire Harness Assembly, Social Responsibility

Collaboration Improvements for Producing Custom Cable Assemblies and Complex Box Builds

Posted by Tom Barczak on Dec 14, 2016 1:14:08 PM

The Key to Communication Is Listening

Have you ever wondered why some improvement initiatives fail and some succeed? I do, and often look back on my experience and observations wondering why the things that looked so good on paper failed to take root and move forward as planned. Below is an example that is as perplexing as it is enlightening on this subject.

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Topics: new product introduction, time to market, design for manufacturing

Successful Design for Manufacturability Collaboration between Fourstar and Ambri, Inc.

Posted by Steve Marian on Dec 7, 2016 11:23:48 AM

Fourstar Connections Provides Strategic Services to Ambri, Inc.

Fourstar is honored to announce a successful, solutions-based collaboration with Ambri, Inc., a visionary leader in developing and commercializing the Liquid Metal Battery electricity storage technology with global transformative relevance. 

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Topics: design for manufacturing

Sustainability and Social Responsibility Initiatives at Fourstar

Posted by Phil Holman on Nov 21, 2016 3:02:58 PM

Adopting a Sustainable, People-Driven Business Model

By adopting a “people-driven” business model, Fourstar Connections has embarked on the path to developing human, environmental, social, and financial capital. It is our vision—and our commitment—to help you find a better way by providing services and solutions to tackle a wide range of manufacturing needs, all the while being acutely aware of our environmental footprint and our societal impacts. At Fourstar, we draw no distinction between sustainable measures and socially responsible practices—we consider them intrinsic equals and core values.

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Topics: Sustainable Manufacturing, Social Responsibility

Handling the Bill of Material with Design for Manufacturing

Posted by Steve Marian on Nov 15, 2016 1:39:24 PM

The “BOM” Conundrum

We’ve written about it before and know what a hot-button item bill of material (BOM) concerns are when outsourcing. Let’s review a bit. If, when outsourcing, you have “mature products,” it is probable that the bill of material structure in manufacturing resource planning (MRP) is “flat,” and is not conducive to outsourcing.

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Topics: bill of material, new product introduction, design for manufacturing, BOM

The Benefits and Wire Harnessing

Posted by Doug Parham on Sep 8, 2016 4:59:31 PM

How and Why Wire Harnessing Is Done

Wire harnesses—sometimes called cable harnesses—are custom-designed for each particular application. The harness could be designed for a small electrical enclosure, a large piece of construction equipment, or an aircraft. The wire harness can save a lot of time in the manufacturing of products by pre-cutting, terminating with the proper connectors, and bundling them in a neat and compact package.

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Topics: Wire Harness Assembly, Wire Harnessing

RoHS Compliance for Medical Devices and Monitoring or Military Equipment

Posted by Phil Holman on Aug 4, 2016 5:11:18 PM

Need Help Meeting Your RoHS Compliance Timeline?

If you produce any type of electronic equipment, you are impacted by the 2002 RoHS directive that seeks to eliminate the use of harmful substances used in the manufacture of electronic equipment.  Non-compliance will restrict the sale of your equipment into Europe and also into many other countries around the world that are requiring RoHS compliance.

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Topics: RoHS compliance, RoHS compliance for medical devices, RoHS compliance for security monitoring, RoHS compliance for military equipment

Finding a Better Way

Fourstar partners with leading companies to problem solve, innovate, and find better ways for New Product Introduction (NPI) and Design for Manufacturing (DFM) initiatives.

What you get:

  • Our project management and manufacturing expertise
  • Comprehensive range of products and solutions
  • Advanced IT systems
  • Exceptional customer support

From cable assemblies to complex box build solutions, we can quickly ramp up to meet target dates and volume requirements. We are dedicated to helping you improve program efficiency, enhance product performance, speed time to market, and lower total cost of product.

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