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Preparing Employees for COVID Outside of Work

Posted by Tom Barczak on Jun 4, 2020 5:23:32 PM

Fourstar’s Extended Family Approach Helps Build Trust and Ease Fears

Now that many states are reopening cautiously for business, those of us that have been fortunate enough to remain open can share some of the things that we learned during the heat of the pandemic.

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Topics: Interconnect Solutions, Electronic Manufacturing Service Provider, Preparing Employees During COVID-19

Manufacturing Strategies for Employee Safety During COVID-19

Posted by Tom Barczak on Apr 30, 2020 4:04:56 PM

Facing the Challenge with Safe Solutions

The Fourstar team, first and foremost, is grateful to be working and productive during the relative standstill we presently call life. As an essential business, we’re proud that we are, among our other ongoing projects, an integral supply chain partner for COVID-related test equipment. To keep our dedicated workforce safe while we do everything we can to contribute to the greater safety of our community, we have established many health and safety guideline while we work through this pandemic.

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Topics: Social Responsibility, Interconnect Solutions, Electronic Manufacturing Service Provider, Fourstar Coronavirus Update

Fourstar Is Designated an Essential Business

Posted by Phil Holman on Mar 24, 2020 4:08:40 PM

Coronavirus Update: March 23, 2020

With Governor Baker’s emergency order requiring all non-essential businesses and organizations in Massachusetts to close their facilities as of Tuesday March 24 at noon until April 7 at noon, we want to inform you that Fourstar meets the requirement for an essential business during the COVID-19 outbreak, which means we will continue to operate and manufacture the goods you rely on.

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Topics: Fourstar Coronavirus Update

Fourstar Connections Coronavirus Update

Posted by Phil Holman on Mar 19, 2020 4:44:18 PM

We continue to monitor the evolving coronavirus situation and are prioritizing the health and well-being of our employees, customers, and vendors. We are abiding by the guidelines set by the CDC and federal and local authorities and will adapt as changes are necessary.

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Topics: Wire Harness Assembly, Supply Chain Management, Electronic Manufacturing Service Provider, Fourstar Coronavirus Update

Time to Market for Spyce Kitchen Robotic Systems

Posted by Phil Holman on Jan 28, 2020 9:20:31 AM

Guiding MIT Engineers from Documentation to Interconnect Production

We were excited to see this article about Spyce Kitchen (originally written by Michael Santillo of Gusto Journal) pop up as a featured article in Apple News. Spyce is a Boston-based robotic restaurant. And while Jane Jetson along with her dedicated helper, Rosie Robot, made it look so easy years ago, push-button meal prep is much more complex than a prophetic cartoon character (who eventually suffered from a case of buttonitis!) portrayed for us over a quarter-century ago.

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Why Cirris Cable Testing Is Important for Cable and Harness Assemblies

Posted by Phil Holman on Jun 26, 2019 4:58:23 PM

How Self-Learn Testers Differ from the Reliability of Cirris Testers

Expectations are high and delivery times are urgent. We operate in a high-volume, get-it-done-yesterday world. It’s how manufacturing and commerce is done these days. What happens often is that on a quick-turn project, due to time-sensitive elements, some of the final testing requirements get waived because you don’t have tools, resources—and time—to complete them. But the consequences of skipping this phase can be devastating if your cable and harness assemblies are faulty. A cable could ship 100% tested, but fail in the field.

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Topics: Cirris Testing, Cirris Testing on Cable Assemblies

Fourstar Featured in Assembly Magazine Wire Harness Case Studies

Posted by Phil Holman on Mar 8, 2019 12:06:17 PM

This Time-to-Market Success Delivered 13,200 Cable Harnesses!

A recent article in Assembly magazine discusses several case studies in wire harnessing. Author Jim Camillo speaks of the importance for wire harness assemblers to use the latest processing equipment, workbenches, and testing system. He also highlights, when sharing Fourstar’s time-to-market success story, the vital role collaboration played in our project with Coghlin Companies (its prototype, DCI Engineering, and electronics manufacturing services, Columbia Tech, reached out to Fourstar in 2013).

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Topics: new product introduction process, new product introduction, time to market

Why You Should Care about RoHS Compliance

Posted by Phil Holman on Jan 23, 2019 11:28:25 AM

Your Non-Compliance May Be Costing You Money and Customers!

You might not think—or care—that RoHS regulations apply to you. And on the surface they may not, so including RoHS compliance in your supply chain isn’t part of your business plan. Think again. Do you know that as more and more suppliers, OEMs, and contract manufacturers have become RoHS-compliant and others choose to use RoHS-approved materials, the impact it has had on the global supply chain is, indeed, impacting yours?  

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

Implementing Kaizen in Electronic Manufacturing Services

Posted by Tom Barczak on Jan 10, 2019 4:51:23 PM

Becoming Fluent in Efficiency 

Sometimes you need to follow specific steps to help you eliminate unnecessary steps you may have been employing. One well known and effective lean approach that provides this type of transformative guidance is kaizen. Kaizen combines philosophy and action (with solution-finding workshops referred to as events) to create continuous improvement.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Electronic Manufacturing Service Provider

Lean Manufacturing Training for Electronic Services Provider

Posted by Tom Barczak on Dec 14, 2018 11:10:51 AM

Operational Excellence Programs from MassMEP 

We recently participated in a workshop that resides under MassMEP’s (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) “Operational Excellence” programs, which addresses lean methodologies. The goal of these programs is to add in-depth knowledge, expertise, and business acumen to our entire team, enabling us to position ourselves for continued success as part of the “next-generation” manufacturing community. Using a grant to fund the training, 35 of us participated in this “Principles of Lean Manufacturing” workshop. 

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Topics: Interconnect Solutions, Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Electronic Manufacturing Service Provider

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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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