Choose Your Product Materials Carefully

Choose Your Product Materials Carefully

You’ve come up with an awesome product and are confident it will be a great success. Congratulations! Let’s slow down for a second. First, what specifically the materials your product will be made of. It is tempting to just use what everyone else uses with similar products, but taking some additional time to select the right materials can give you a competitive edge. Getting a product to market can be expensive. Coming up with the idea is the easy part. Now that you’ve done that you need a manufacturer, a company capable of turning your idea into reality. With all the hard work going into just getting your idea off the ground, money will need to be invested in the right places. As you see the budget adding up the temptation to cut corners becomes great, leading many to pursue the cheaper materials, and sacrifice quality. However, I propose to you that there is no worse decision than to lower your investment in this critical area of development. One of the first reasons why spending less on materials is a bad decision is because it is one of the first things your customers will notice about your product. It is pretty logical if you think about it. This tangible good ends up in their hands, and instantly they can determine if it feels durable or disposable, does it have a feel of good quality or not. Nothing guarantees dissatisfaction more than shoddy craftsmanship. This is particularly true if you are developing something you foresee people using on a daily basis. Investing in high quality materials in the production of...
Demand High Quality from Your Manufacturer

Demand High Quality from Your Manufacturer

Good manufacturing practices are good for everyone: the manufacturer, the buyer, and the customer. You must always be diligent about demanding high quality from your manufacturer. If you don’t look out for your business, no one else will. While this may seem obvious it is easy to place your trust in a supplier just because of their name or number of years doing business. We’ve put together some practical suggestions that can be used to ensure you are getting the best quality products for your customers. Manufacturing companies should already follow best practices for manufacturing, testing, and quality assurance such as Lean, Six Sigma, ISO or Total Quality Management (TQM). There are basic guidelines for hygiene and product safety such as, ensuring that instructions and procedures are written in clear and unambiguous language, manufacturing processes are properly defined, followed, and controlled, and that any changes are clearly documented. If you do receive complaints from customers about the product you may want to revisit how the agreed upon standards are being enforced by your manufacturer and identify the causes of poor quality. Taking swift action to prevent the same defects from occurring again can mean the difference from a successful product launch and a complete failure. The goal, of course, is to prevent customers from receiving defective products, especially if it can impact their safety. It is your obligation to choose the right manufacturer for your product and to fire a manufacturer if they are not meeting quality standards. The reputation of your brand and the safety of consumers depends on maintaining the utmost level of quality. In order to...
Why Your Supplier Should Understand Packaging Manufacturing

Why Your Supplier Should Understand Packaging Manufacturing

We’ve most likely all dealt with the disappointing occurrence of receiving a package with damaged goods inside. This is very frustrating, disappointing, and completely preventable. When you are importing products from overseas this becomes even more critical. Many companies simply rely on their logistics and transportation provider to safely pack and transport their products. However, if we’re honest with each other we all know that from time to time containers get dropped and products aren’t 100% secured for traveling 3,000 or so miles. So what can you do to avoid these common pitfalls? Most manufacturers only see their main task is to produce your product, so they don’t invest time into what happens to your product after it ships. The problem with that mentality is that quality does not end once a product comes off of the assembly line. Total Quality Management (TQM), by definition, is a management approach that focuses on the long-term success of your product with the end goal being customer satisfaction. Your investment in getting your product manufactured is not something to be taken lightly. Just because the majority of suppliers out there have a margin of acceptable loss due to defects and shipping doesn’t mean that you have to accept that as your only option. A manufacturer who truly executes TQM is customer-focused and process-centered. When you place an order you should not have to order 30% more inventory than what you need because of the unpredictability of the shipping process. A manufacturer who has established an integrated system that makes quality its top priority will offer you a solution for making custom packaging...
4 Important Considerations when Choosing a Prototype Manufacturing Company

4 Important Considerations when Choosing a Prototype Manufacturing Company

Prototype is a sample of a product that is manufactured to test a process or concept. A prototype is manufactured to receive feedback from the customers and work out the final design and manufacturing details of a product. It is simply a model that is used to demonstrate how a product works and how it will appear when manufactured according to full design specifications. Below are 3 Important considerations that you must take when selecting a prototype manufacturing company. Costs of Manufacturing a Prototype Cost is an important consideration when selecting a prototype manufacturing company. The rates charged by prototype manufacturing company differ. Some charge a lump sum fixed amount whiles other charge on an hourly basis. The price also depend on the process used in manufacturing the prototype. For instance, rapid prototype process cost more, but the process results in low turnaround. Moreover, complexity of the parts used in manufacturing the parts will determine the cost of the prototype. Make sure to get to know the complete costs when selecting a custom prototype manufacturing company. This will help in selecting a custom prototype manufacturing company that can manufacture the prototype according to your complete specifications and requirements. Turnaround Time Another important consideration when selecting a custom prototype manufacturing company is turnaround time of the project. You must ask how long the prototype manufacturing company will take to manufacture the product. You do not want to wait unnecessarily for a prototype. So, its’ best to select a company that can offer to build the prototype with quick turnaround. Bills of Materials (BOM) An important consideration when selecting a prototype...
Paragon Opens Headquarters in Fort Worth, TX [Press Release]

Paragon Opens Headquarters in Fort Worth, TX [Press Release]

Paragon Global Supply Solutions, LLC, a leading custom manufacturing company specializing in delivering superior quality products at small order quantities and optimizing product design for cost savings, announced its new headquarters will be located in Fort Worth, TX. Over the past 5 years the company has grown steadily and provide services for clients while based in Tampa, FL. The decision to move to the Dallas-Fort Worth area is a part of an overall strategy to better service clients and scale capabilities through key partnerships. Going forward Paragon is positioned to partner with product design & development firms, venture capitalists and logistics partners so that clients can benefit from a streamlined supply chain. This reinforces Paragon’s commitment helping clients get to market faster and maximizing profitability while delivering superior products to their customers. “Being an alumni of Texas Christian University it is exciting to be returning to Fort Worth. I’m looking forward to contributing to the community and participating in the programs led by the Neeley School of Business. I was deeply inspired to launch Paragon when I attended TCU and received invaluable insights from the centers for Entrepreneurship and Supply & Value Chain. We are confident that our relationships in the community and with our business partners in the area will serve as catalysts for a bright future.” The definition of the word paragon is “a model of excellence” and Paragon, as a company, is deeply rooted in this belief and is poised to help clients save on manufacturing costs and minimize their capital investment in tooling so they can re-invest in growing sustainable businesses. Paragon’s new office is...
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