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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

Building Solid Supplier Relationships in Electronic Manufacturing Services    

Posted by Brian Holman on Mar 16, 2018 4:33:03 PM

How Report Cards, Training, and Supplier Retention Programs Help!

Email programs, project management platforms, virtual conferencing, 3D CAD displays, automated production, inventory and ERP systems—these are some of the tools we use to get through a work day. But at the end of the day, one constant remains: we are people doing business with people. Cliché as it may be, our people—more to the point—our relationships, are our most important assets. 

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Topics: Custom Cable Assemblies, RoHS compliance, Interconnect Solutions, Supplier Relationships, Electronic Manufacturing Service Provider

Fourstar’s Low-Temperature, Low-Pressure Molding Is Heating Up

Posted by Tom Barczak on Jan 19, 2018 12:32:01 PM

And We Can’t Keep Our Cool!

My Dad always said, “Keep your cool, keep it low, and don’t boast.” Well Dad, I’m about to break that rule. I’m so excited to share our progress on low-pressure molding (LPM), I’m going to spill the beans. Please read below as we share the story of our newest capability.

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Topics: Low-Pressure Molding, Quick-Turn Molding, Time-to-Market Molding

Fourstar Connections Featured in Newsweek’s Article, “Greener 401(k)s Choices Are Popular with Employees”

Posted by Phil Holman on Dec 28, 2017 1:18:02 PM

Employees Want to Invest in Their Future and the Planet’s

Fourstar Connections was recently featured in Newsweek’s, “Greener 401(k)s Choices Are Popular with Employees,” by R. Paul Herman and Megan E. Morrice, an article that speaks to the current focus that employees, nationwide, have for “saving the planet while also making money.” The article discusses how employees are becoming increasingly aware of the detrimental effects of climate change. As a result, they are looking to invest in “green,” environmentally focused 401(k) and 403(b) plans.

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Topics: Social Responsibility, Sustainable Practices

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

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What you get:

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