Material Mentor: Thermoplastics

Plastic is a widely used material in manufacturing, both in products and packaging. It is energy efficient and relatively easy to manufacture in comparison to alternatives. However, there are countless different types of plastics that are used in different types of application. In general, plastics can be grouped into two main families: thermoplastics and thermosets. The main difference between these two types of polymers is that thermoplastics soften and become pliable above specific temperatures (upon heating) and solidify again upon cooling, whereas thermosets always remain in a permanent solid state once they have been molded. Today we will look at the thermoplastic group.

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5 Myths About Chinese Factories

The things we read or hear about in the news and media typically play a large part in shaping our perceptions about certain issues. They put generalizations in our minds about what a place or experience is like without us ever having tried it ourselves. This can be great to shed light on issues that we may not otherwise have been aware of, but it can also be misleading. The media tends to favor stories that shock and awe. You may hear stories about a factory accident, but you won’t necessarily hear about the factory that prides itself on its flawless safety record and employee well-being on a daily basis. Unfortunately many people get the wrong idea about what foreign manufacturing industries are really like. We’re here to shed some light on some of these topics.

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Manufacturing Overseas: China vs. Vietnam

Is Vietnam the new China in the manufacturing sector? 

The short answer is not yet. But it does have potential to get there in the future.

China’s economy is changing. It has been for a while. While that may shuffle the cards in the country’s manufacturing sector a bit, it also opens up opportunities for countries like Vietnam to move into a position of being a low-cost manufacturing hub.

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6 Things to Look for in a Contract Manufacturing Partner

There are many benefits to manufacturing abroad, but the logistics of it never come without challenges.

Whether you are just beginning your manufacturing journey or have already established a process, here are 6 things to look for in a contract manufacturing partner. With the right choice of a contract manufacturing partner, the process will be easier and much more manageable:

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3 Reasons Why DFM is Important to Think About

DFM (design for manufacturing) is the process of designing your product with the goal of making it easy to manufacture. It is a critical manufacturing tooling design and process development step before making a brand new product. If done well, DFM will assure both quality and productivity. Here are 3 reasons why you must take DFM into account in your planning:

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