Fourstar Connections Blog

Lean Manufacturing Mindsets to Improve Your Factory

Posted by Tom Barczak on Oct 23, 2017 3:16:17 PM

Implement Lean Principles on Your Production Floor

Studying the principles of lean manufacturing in classes and workshops, and through projects creating lean practices cannot, alone, prepare you for success. In the many years I have been involved with lean practices—on the ground, in manufacturing plants—there are three factors that make all the difference when implementing lean strategies.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement

Electronic Manufacturing Services Provider Taking on Sustainability

Posted by Fourstar Connections on Oct 11, 2017 3:29:33 PM

Creating Sustainable Interconnect Solutions in the Manufacturing Industry

Sustainable Brands is a learning, collaboration, and commerce community of over 348,000 sustainable business leaders from around the globe. It was launched in 2006, and continues to grow as a beacon and support structure for sutainability professionals and companies that are leading the way with innovative measures. Sustainable Brands helps companies embed environmental and social innovation into the DNA of their business so that sustainability becomes a core driver of business and brand value.

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Topics: Interconnect Solutions

Fourstar Conducts Employee Well-Being Assessment

Posted by Phil Holman on Sep 11, 2017 3:40:56 PM

Fourstar’s Employees Report Overall Improvement in Health and Morale

At Fourstar Connections, we formulate our sustainability goals in a way that allows us to support our employees, customers, community, and the planet through sustainability initiatives and increase our company’s performance at the same time.

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Topics: Sustainable Manufacturing Practices, Social Responsibility

RoHS Compliance Responsibilities of Electronic Manufacturing Service Providers

Posted by Phil Holman on Aug 17, 2017 11:14:47 AM

6 Organizational Segments and 3 Component Categories of RoHS Over Sight

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. If you designed a product to be used in the U.S., and are now looking to move into European markets, this discussion will be particularly helpful.

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Topics: RoHS compliance, RoHS compliance for medical devices, RoHS compliance for security monitoring, RoHs-Compliant Cable Assembly Assessement

13 Variables that Affect Electronic Manufacturing Services Pricing

Posted by Steve Marian on Jul 26, 2017 1:22:33 PM

Unit Price vs. Total-Cost Benchmarking

With persistent industry emphasis on dual-continent, low-cost region manufacturing; constant price pressure/margin erosion; environmental initiatives such as RoHS, REACH, and Conflict Minerals; duty/taxes/brokerage fees; post-9/11 security-related transit fees; fluctuating fuel costs; and an uncertain political environment with respect to global manufacturing, electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers continue to be confronted by an abundance of difficult challenges. 

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Topics: Reshoring, Reshoring Manufacturing, EMS Supllier Transition, Electronic Manufacturing Services Pricing

Sustainability Training Funds for Massachusetts Businesses

Posted by Phil Holman on Jul 26, 2017 10:20:35 AM

Fourstar Receives a Massachusetts Workforce Training Grant to Sponsor its Sustainability Training Program

Earlier this year, as part of its sustainability program, Fourstar Connections applied for the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund grant to procure funding to conduct a training program on supply chain sustainability. We are very proud to announce that this first-of-its-kind grant request has been approved.

This project is funded by a Workforce Training Fund grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program is administered by Commonwealth Corporation.

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Topics: Sustainable Manufacturing

Tesla Charging Station … It’s On!

Posted by Phil Holman on Jul 16, 2017 11:08:36 AM

Fourstar Opens 24/7 Electric Cars Charging Stations to the Public!

In keeping with our community outreach and social responsibility initiatives, we recently kicked off our Tesla charging station program.

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Topics: Electric Car Charging Stations, Tesla Charging Stations

A 30-Year Milestone Providing Interconnect Solutions

Posted by Phil Holman on Jul 7, 2017 1:24:46 PM

Grateful and Inspired to Continue Helping Customers Reach Their Cable Assembly Goals

Fourstar’s recent 30th anniversary event was every bit the celebration we wanted it to be. We were thrilled to reminisce with old friends and colleagues and recognize our many long-standing, dedicated employees.

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Topics: Custom Cable Assemblies, Interconnect Solutions

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

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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