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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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:

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  • Advanced IT systems
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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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