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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

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

24 Factors to Consider when Choosing a New Interconnect Supplier or EMS Provider

Posted by Steve Marian on May 24, 2017 3:50:03 PM

Navigating Supplier Transition for Electronics Manufacturing Services

Are you considering transitioning to a new cable assembly, interconnect supplier, or electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider? If you are, there are many considerations worthy of exploring and vetting before you pull the trigger, as a hasty decision will likely prove disappointing, problematic, and costly. 

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Topics: outsourcing manufacturing, manufacturing outsourcing, design for manufacturing, Custom Cable Assemblies, EMS Supllier Transition

Successful Design for Manufacturability Collaboration between Fourstar and Ambri, Inc.

Posted by Steve Marian on Dec 7, 2016 11:23:48 AM

Fourstar Connections Provides Strategic Services to Ambri, Inc.

Fourstar is honored to announce a successful, solutions-based collaboration with Ambri, Inc., a visionary leader in developing and commercializing the Liquid Metal Battery electricity storage technology with global transformative relevance. 

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Topics: design for manufacturing

Handling the Bill of Material with Design for Manufacturing

Posted by Steve Marian on Nov 15, 2016 1:39:24 PM

The “BOM” Conundrum

We’ve written about it before and know what a hot-button item bill of material (BOM) concerns are when outsourcing. Let’s review a bit. If, when outsourcing, you have “mature products,” it is probable that the bill of material structure in manufacturing resource planning (MRP) is “flat,” and is not conducive to outsourcing.

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Topics: bill of material, new product introduction, design for manufacturing, BOM

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