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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

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

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

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

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

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

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