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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

Team Involvement Problem Solving Training for New England Manufacturers

Posted by Tom Barczak on Dec 12, 2018 1:39:08 PM

MassMEP Offers TIPS for Fourstar 

Being in business for over 30 years, one strength that has been a common thread in our success is our commitment to relationships and healthy partnerships—whether it is with customers, suppliers, or our community.

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

Have Hands-On Experience with Industrial Wiring Solutions

Posted by Tom Barczak on Aug 20, 2018 3:45:40 PM

The Power of Panduit Demo Bus Is Coming to Fourstar!

Collaborations like the one we have with our customers are important to us, which is why we are inviting you to visit with one of our valued supply chain partners, Panduit, on Wednesday, August 29. Panduit representatives are driving their massive mobile demo “bus” to the Fourstar facility to provide hands-on visuals of their wire processing and wire assembly products and tools. Experience, firsthand, the products and innovations that allow Fourstar to meet your needs.      

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Topics: design for manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Supplier Relationships, Electronic Manufacturing Service Provider

Fourstar Connections Releases Its First Annual Corporate Sustainability Report

Posted by Phil Holman on Jul 12, 2018 2:24:26 PM

A Sustainable Business Model that Serves Our Workforce, Customers, Community, and Planet

As part of our comprehensive sustainability-focused business model, Fourstar has adopted a “people-driven” approach focused on how we impact the planet, starting with internal resources and our workforce. 

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Topics: Sustainable Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing Practices, Social Responsibility, Sustainable Practices

Optimizing Design-for-Manufacturability and Time-to-Market Strategies with Your EMS Partner

Posted by Steve Marian on Apr 11, 2018 3:30:55 PM

Fourstar Provides Comprehensive Product Development & Engineering Center of Excellence

Have you ever wished you had a convenient way to work closely with your electronic manufacturing services (EMS) partner to optimize product manufacturability, total-manufactured-cost, and time-to-market?

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Topics: new product introduction, time to market, design for manufacturing, Electronic Manufacturing Service Provider

Fourstar Connections to Conduct Carbon Disclosure Project Training

Posted by Phil Holman on Apr 2, 2018 1:08:37 PM

Keeping Stakeholders Informed and Sustainability Goals Aligned   

From recycling our waste to reducing energy consumption by installing solar panels, our team here at Fourstar Connections has, in our own way—by default—been ramping up our sustainability practices. Satisfying one more step of our five-step More Value & Profit (MVP) Supply Chain process, which is currently funded by the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund, we will be conducting Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) training.

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Topics: Sustainable Manufacturing, Carbon Disclosure Project

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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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