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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

Survey Results from Test Engineers and New Product Introduction Challenges

Posted by Phil Holman on Apr 4, 2017 2:37:08 PM

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

Test engineers who provide testing and tooling for manufacturing often have a challenging job to do when pushing towards a new product introduction (NPI). To gain more insights about this, we recently ran a survey that asked test engineers questions regarding the challenges and successes of their jobs.
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Topics: manufacturing outsourcing, new product introduction, test engineer survey results, test engineer challenges

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

New Product Introduction—NPI

Posted by Phil Holman on Feb 19, 2015 5:20:14 PM

Save Time and Money with a Successful NPI Process

Having a proper new product introduction (NPI) process is intrinsically tied to successful product launches. Take the inverse approach: if you don’t do your homework, which includes market research about consumer need, competition, and shelf-life for technical obsolescence among some of the considerations, your idea is effectively dead in the water and your product—should you actually get it down the production line—will very likely fail. 

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Topics: outsourcing manufacturing, 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

The CEO Says, “Outsourcing Manufacturing Is Our New Direction!”

Posted by Phil Holman on Nov 12, 2014 4:46:00 PM

Now What?

There are many catalysts that cause a vertically integrated company to consider outsourcing manufacturing content. It can be cost related, or time to market driven, or just a change in the senior management philosophy. This task is usually assigned to the supply chain management team, but generally also includes input from the quality and engineering departments before execution.

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Topics: bill of material, outsourcing, outsourcing manufacturing, 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
  • 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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