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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

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

Engineers Supporting NPI and DFM when Outsourcing Medical Devices

Posted by Phil Holman on Jun 14, 2017 11:16:09 AM

A Dedicated Supply Chain Might Help with Time, Volatility, and Documentation Issues

Engineers in the medical device industry who provide design and process support for manufacturing, along with supply chain managers, often have a challenging job to do when pushing towards a new product introduction (NPI), time to market (TTM), or design for manufacturing (DFM) initiative. To gain more insights about this, we recently ran a survey that asked engineers and supply chain managers questions regarding the challenges and successes of their jobs.

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Topics: new product introduction, design for manufacturing, Design Engineers for Medical Products, Supply Chain Management for Medical Products

Thirty Years of Interconnect Solutions

Posted by Phil Holman on Jun 7, 2017 2:23:51 PM

Building Loyal Relationships Is the Fundamental Foundation

We couldn’t be happier to be celebrating this upcoming milestone: our 30-year anniversary! Fourstar began in 1986 as a low-volume assembly contract manufacturing shop. Keeping our heads up during two recessions, we learned to be nimble and adapt to economic circumstances. Through the years we have evolved, redefined ourselves successfully, and grown along the way. Fourstar has been delivering the highest quality cable assemblies, wire harnesses, electronic assemblies, and full-turnkey complex box builds to our industry-leading customers for 30 years. Now, we are a fully integrated interconnect content solutions provider, helping companies reach their new product introduction (NPI), time-to-market (TTM), and design for manufacturing (DFM) goals.

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Topics: new product introduction, design for manufacturing, Interconnect Solutions

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

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

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

When Design for Manufacturing Requires Reverse Engineering

Posted by Doug Parham on Mar 4, 2016 4:04:37 PM

Finding Solutions through Back-Tracking the Design

You’re upgrading a system and see that the cable assembly looks worn out, but can’t find the specs to recreate it. The supplier you used to rely on seems to have slipped in quality and no longer completes the box build to your standards. A component in your existing supply chain is not available or it might be cost effective for you to source it elsewhere. Your harnessing needs to be reworked, but you want it to perform as closely to the existing configurations as possible—and you aren’t sure where to start—or who to go to for help. Sound familiar?

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Topics: design for manufacturing, reverse engineering

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

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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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