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The polyurethane production market is continuing to evolve at a rapid pace. Staying on top of emerging methodologies and production trends can quickly become overwhelming for an engineer with multiple projects on their plate. This is why it is important to seek out the expertise of a proven team of engineers that can guide you through all of the nuances around polyurethane casting processes.
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Low-pressure cast urethane molding can be a great entry-level option for creators new to manufacturing. This process offers many benefits that make it ideal for prototyping and small run production. However, it's not a perfect solution for every idea, so it's wise to discuss all options with a partner specialized in a wide range of production methods.
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There are many regulations in place designed to protect workers, but these are only a baseline. A company that wishes to preserve its culture and make employee health a priority needs to find ways to make workers take ownership of safety standards. Luckily, there are many options for incentivizing and motivating workers when it comes to health and safety in a manufacturing environment.
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The types of materials used in manufacturing are virtually endless. While the creator may have an initial design in mind when they think of their products, sometimes, the material choice isn’t as evident as it should be. The wrong material can result in a project that isn’t cost-effective or create production delays that cut into sales. Material choice is going to be a crucial factor in any project, so making an informed decision is essential.
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Waste in the manufacturing process leads to increased expenses that can drive down revenue. By carefully managing material use and controlling where workers focus their efforts, creators can build better products with less overhead. Waste in manufacturing can be both physical and intangible. Physical waste comes from material that leaves the supply chain and winds up in a landfill while intangible stems from lost working hours and productivity. Here are seven tips for combatting both.
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Local manufacturers often have greater supply chain stability, higher quality assurance, less waste, fair working conditions, and adherence to strict safety standards. So, before you look for an offshore manufacturer, see what options you have in the Seattle area first. This guide will help you locate local manufacturers and make an informed decision on who to partner with on your next project.
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New Product Introduction (NPI) is the process of establishing a clear plan to take your product from concept to its final form. The steps involved in this process vary from project to project, but the end goals are the same: reduce waste, avoid miscommunication, speed up production, and save money. To have a successful project, you need to have an appropriate NPI plan and work with engineers or contract manufacturers that are well-versed in NPI. Here’s how you can use
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Often, the two terms – along with production—are used as though they are synonyms. It’s not entirely wrong to do that, as they are very similar processes. However, creators may be surprised to find that a company that offers to manufacture a product is not capable of providing fabrication. Today’s supply chain is very segmented, so it’s not unusual for one company to handle processing raw materials while another uses the parts to make products.
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In most cases, a creator is going to have to work with a partner, or several partners, to make their way through the stages involved in taking a product to market. Otherwise, it would be far too costly and complicated to make their idea a reality. Here are the five standard steps most product development timelines will follow.
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The benefits of lean product development are extensive, making this a go-to method for creation across all industries, from computer applications to mass manufacturing. Lean builds predictability into an often unpredictable process. Here are just a few ways that lean helps creators.
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