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Manufacturing Strategies for Employee Safety During COVID-19

Posted by Tom Barczak on Apr 30, 2020 4:04:56 PM

Facing the Challenge with Safe Solutions

The Fourstar team, first and foremost, is grateful to be working and productive during the relative standstill we presently call life. As an essential business, we’re proud that we are, among our other ongoing projects, an integral supply chain partner for COVID-related test equipment. To keep our dedicated workforce safe while we do everything we can to contribute to the greater safety of our community, we have established many health and safety guideline while we work through this pandemic.

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Topics: Social Responsibility, Interconnect Solutions, Electronic Manufacturing Service Provider, Fourstar Coronavirus Update

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’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

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

Collaboration Improvements for Producing Custom Cable Assemblies and Complex Box Builds

Posted by Tom Barczak on Dec 14, 2016 1:14:08 PM

The Key to Communication Is Listening

Have you ever wondered why some improvement initiatives fail and some succeed? I do, and often look back on my experience and observations wondering why the things that looked so good on paper failed to take root and move forward as planned. Below is an example that is as perplexing as it is enlightening on this subject.

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Topics: new product introduction, time to market, design for manufacturing

Upstream Testing for Cable and Harness Assemblies

Posted by Tom Barczak on Jul 15, 2016 1:27:04 PM

Operator-Based Quality Is the Key

Since when is paddling upstream ever fun? Usually, it’s not, but when you are a company committed to Operator-Based Quality, it is energy well expended. It also helps when you have all oars in the water rowing in the same direction.

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Topics: Custom Cable Assemblies, Cable and harness assembly testing

2 Key Considerations for Reshoring Manufacturing for Custom Cable Assemblies and Box Builds

Posted by Tom Barczak on Jul 1, 2016 5:13:08 PM

Add Fourstar to Your Reshoring Toolkit for Cable or Harness Assembly and Box Builds

It seems that lately, many companies are choosing to move some or all of their operations closer to home. The process involves weighing factors such as labor costs, material costs, customer proximity, product quality, and time to market. To be clear, evaluating manufacturing or service locations is an ongoing process, but with changing exchange rates, expat costs, rising labor costs, and environmental concerns thrown into the mix, the timing and sense of urgency appear to have increased.

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Topics: Reshoring

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Finding a Better Way

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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