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Solutions for Automotive Electric Connectors

Posted by Peter McGuire on Apr 26, 2016 1:12:38 PM

Making the Right Connection for Hybrid Vehicles

Fourstar recently completed a design for manufacturing (DFM) project with XL Hybrids that involved automotive electric connectors for use in hybrid vehicles. Fourstar was asked to help build connecting assemblies for XL Hybrids’ conversion kits.

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Topics: automotive energy storage solutions, automotive electric connectors

Design for Manufacturing Solutions for Automotive Electric Connectors

Posted by Peter McGuire on Jan 19, 2016 5:39:45 PM

Making the Right Connection for Automotive Energy Storage Solutions

When companies search out partners to help them with their design for manufacturing (DFM) initiative, it’s usually because they are having challenges with exiting products or for the following reasons:

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Topics: design for manufacturing, automotive energy storage solutions, automotive electric connectors

Dang! Testing-Phase Speed Bumps Trump Your Time to Market Delivery

Posted by Peter McGuire on Jun 4, 2015 2:46:00 PM

Manufacturing Outsourcing Can Keep You on Track

Engineering has vetted your design and you are ready to go. You are on target and on time to market as you go into your testing phase. And—bang—you hit a bump in the road. You discover that the standard cable assemblies you’ve counted on in the past—which are still reliable—may need some customization to get over the testing hurdles that have cropped up. Now what?

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Topics: outsourcing, outsourcing manufacturing, manufacturing outsourcing, new product introduction, time to market

Time to Market

Posted by Peter McGuire on Apr 2, 2015 5:41:39 PM

Successfully Done with Manufacturing Outsourcing

You’ve already spent time and research on your product, and now you are up against the clock in a time to market race. You realize your best option is manufacturing outsourcing, and you may be surprised to learn the many ways outsourcing to a contract manufacturer can increase your capabilities.

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Topics: manufacturing outsourcing, time to market

New Product Introduction Checklist

Posted by Peter McGuire on Mar 25, 2015 1:10:47 PM

20 NPI Steps for Success

You’re sure you have the next great thing to hit the market. Well, once it reaches the market. Of course, even before that, you have to introduce it to the market. There are many crucial steps required to get your product from inception to delivery.

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Topics: manufacturing outsourcing, new product introduction process, new product introduction

What You Can’t Afford Not to Ask about New Product Introduction

Posted by Peter McGuire on Dec 12, 2014 1:06:00 PM

Pragmatic Prep for New Product Development Process  

Your idea can innovate sweeping change across your industry’s landscape, or maybe it will dramatically affect the lives of third-world farmers trying to feed their community. You might be answering the call of a valued customer who is trying to keep up with market demands and has new requirements. But this next great thing can’t do anything for anyone until you bring it to market. New product introduction (NPI) can feel as complicated as the first schematic you drew of your engineering marvel that will change the world. But how do you successfully launch a new product into the market? 

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Topics: manufacturing outsourcing

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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
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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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