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...
5 Benefits of Working with a Contract Manufacturing Company

5 Benefits of Working with a Contract Manufacturing Company

Do you have a bright idea about a gadget or product but do not have the necessary capacity to bring to market? If so, you must enlist the services of a contract manufacturing company. An experienced contract manufacturing company can bring your product to the market. Below are 5 ways you can benefit from working with a custom manufacturing company. Outsource Production Activity Working with a custom contract manufacturing company is in a way outsourcing the entire manufacturing activities. You entrust the production of the product to the custom manufacturing company. This will help in bringing the formula or design to the market as the company can both manufacture and ship the product. Cost Saving Benefits The custom contract manufacturing company can provide bespoke manufacturing services. They provide almost all type of services from complex assembly, CNC machining, aluminum die casting, broaching, grinding, forging and gears. Hiring the services of a custom manufacturing company provides great cost saving benefits. You do not have to pay for labor costs or purchase of manufacturing equipment and supplies. Hiring a custom manufacturing company will save you costs in manufacturing the product. They have multiple customers due to which they have lower costs per head in manufacturing a product or services. Quick Turnaround Another great benefit of custom contract manufacturing is speed. Professional custom contract manufacturing companies have close relations with supply manufactures. They can quickly manufacture products gaining efficiencies from supply chain optimization. The company can quickly produce the required goods that fulfill your exact criteria and requirements. Quality Control Custom contract manufacturing implement strict quality control that conform to state and...
Why Injection Molding Is Better

Why Injection Molding Is Better

Many of the things that consumers buy are made of plastic or at the very least contain plastic parts inside of them. There are a number of different ways to produce plastic parts and injection molding is one of these ways and it is considered to be one the best if not the very best way to produce plastic items using molds. To be clear plastic manufacturing via injection molding is a process where hot liquid plastic is injected into a mold at high pressure to produce the desired product. This of course means that mold manufacturers must produce special molds for the plastic products manufacturer so they can use this process. None the less injection molding is the best way to do it and here’s why. Environmentally Friendly One of the reasons injection molding is better is because it is far more sustainable and environmentally friendly. All of the surplus and unused plastic as well as failed products are never thrown away. They can simply be ground into little pieces, melted back down, and turned into new injection plastic for the molds. Injection molding adheres to the principle of recycling and being eco-friendly to make everyone’s lives a little better. Design Flexibility Custom contract manufacturers, prototype manufacturers, and other plastic parts manufacturers using injection molding is that the designs are very flexible and you can make pretty much anything you want to make. As long as you can build a mold for it then it can be built! Virtually Zero Labor Costs The next great thing about injection molding is that labor costs are very low due to...
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