Fourstar Connections Blog

Survey Results: Engineers Supporting NPI and DFM when Outsourcing Medical Devices

Posted by Phil Holman on Jun 14, 2017 11:16:09 AM

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

Engineers in the medical device industry who provide design and process support for manufacturing, along with supply chain managers, often have a challenging job to do when pushing towards a new product introduction (NPI), time to market (TTM), or design for manufacturing (DFM) initiative. To gain more insights about this, we recently ran a survey that asked engineers and supply chain managers questions regarding the challenges and successes of their jobs.

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Topics: new product introduction, design for manufacturing, Design Engineers for Medical Products, Supply Chain Management for Medical Products

Thirty Years of Interconnect Solutions

Posted by Phil Holman on Jun 7, 2017 2:23:51 PM

Building Loyal Relationships Is the Fundamental Foundation

We couldn’t be happier to be celebrating this upcoming milestone: our 30-year anniversary! Fourstar began in 1986 as a low-volume assembly contract manufacturing shop. Keeping our heads up during two recessions, we learned to be nimble and adapt to economic circumstances. Through the years we have evolved, redefined ourselves successfully, and grown along the way. Fourstar has been delivering the highest quality cable assemblies, wire harnesses, electronic assemblies, and full-turnkey complex box builds to our industry-leading customers for 30 years. Now, we are a fully integrated interconnect content solutions provider, helping companies reach their new product introduction (NPI), time-to-market (TTM), and design for manufacturing (DFM) goals.

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Topics: new product introduction, design for manufacturing, Interconnect Solutions

24 Factors to Consider when Choosing a New Interconnect Supplier or EMS Provider

Posted by Steve Marian on May 24, 2017 3:50:03 PM

Navigating Supplier Transition for Electronics Manufacturing Services

Are you considering transitioning to a new cable assembly, interconnect supplier, or electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider? If you are, there are many considerations worthy of exploring and vetting before you pull the trigger, as a hasty decision will likely prove disappointing, problematic, and costly. 

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Topics: outsourcing manufacturing, manufacturing outsourcing, design for manufacturing, Custom Cable Assemblies, EMS Supllier Transition

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

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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