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Breaking Through Time-to-Market Barriers with Concurrent Engineering

How Does Your Product Development Cycle Stack Up? Did you know that Deere & Company reduced product development time for construction equipment by 60%, and IBM reduced direct costs in system assembly by 50%? And how did Fuji Xerox’s FX-3500 copier immediately capture 60% of the relevant domestic market? All are historical reference points to

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New York State of Mind: Lessons Learned from a Thriving Health Care Region

Global competition in the medical device industry is fierce and if your company is not constantly innovating and evolving, you are likely being left behind. For medical device companies in the New York region, staying stagnant is not an option. This tight-knit community plans on being assertive in creating medical devices that will improve lives

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Mixing it Up: Multiple Tracking Technologies for Beyond Line-of-Sight Supply Chain Visibility

Mixing it Up with RFID: Multiple Tracking Technologies for Beyond Line-of-Sight Supply Chain Visibility

The ability to locate, track, and manage your products throughout the supply chain using embedded RFID (radio frequency identification device) chips is undeniably valuable in terms of cost savings, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. In 2017, advances in real-time and point-to-point location and tracking technologies are dramatically improving supply chain visibility. From automotive to healthcare, OEMs

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Robots vs. Cobots: Electronics Manufacturing Trends in 2017

Now that the hype around the new year (Chinese New Year included) has settled and resolutions have been broken, people are pretty much back to their regular routines. While gym traffic may be neutralized, the year is still early and there are exciting things on the horizon. For us in the electronics industry, the new

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An Insider’s Guide to MD&M West: Managing the Madness

  Let’s be honest, tradeshows can be a bit crazy. With massive exhibition spaces filled with an infinite amount of people, booths and conference sessions over multiple days, it can sometimes be overwhelming to make best use of your time (especially if it’s your first visit to a particular show). While MD&M West is not

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17 Medical Device Trends on Everybody’s Minds for 2017

The start of a new year always brings people a sense of optimism. For those in the medical technology industry, it is the prospect of new innovative devices and solutions that will better humanity. But for all the good that medical devices bring, the industry itself is complex, filled with many regulatory requirements and barriers.

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3 Keys to a Successful, Large-Scale Product Transfer

For OEMs, switching your manufacturing solution is not as simple as switching your cable provider. Whether you build in-house or are using a contract manufacturer (CM), transferring a family of products to a new facility or partner can be a very complex, time-consuming, and expensive process. With so many factors to consider – from cost

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A Case for Mixed Model Line Design in Complex, High Mix, Electronics Manufacturing

Manufacturing facility design is like puzzle-solving, where managing space and operational efficiencies can pose a challenge – especially during periods of growth. Do we carve out more manufacturing space within our existing facility? Do we acquire more manufacturing space? Or do we continue to find new ways to optimize existing product flow? At Creation, the

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Passion and Perseverance: Takeaways from the Chicago Cubs Win

  In the world of professional sports, the impossible is possible. The Chicago Cubs – the lovable losers of the MLB – broke a 108-year championship drought last week by winning the World Series against the Cleveland Indians in a dramatic Game 7 win. Even for the impartial baseball fan, this was one of the

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The Conflict Minerals Effect Video Series Part III: Impact on Creation & Our Partners

The ethical sourcing of materials from conflict-free regions is a responsibility that most of us in the global EMS industry take very seriously, and not just when emerging legislation tells us it must be so. Prior to joining Creation, I was president of a company manufacturing bare printed circuit boards, and so I understand first-hand

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How Strong is Your Bullpen? Baseball and the Electronics Manufacturing Services Industry

For those of us who live in the Bay Area, there are three constants in life: we love our weather, we love our sports teams, and most of all, we love to win. Based in San Jose, where I am the Western VP of Business Development for Creation Technologies, I am no different. That is

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The ROI of UDI Legislation…Is There Any?

As Director of Regulatory & Quality for Creation Design Services, I continuously ask the question, “Is there value-add with the new UDI System?” The regulations to make medical devices safer and with the highest possible quality are constantly evolving. A good example of this has been the implementation of the Medical Device UDI System. The

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How to Avoid Hidden Costs and Delays in the Product Design-to-Commercialization Cycle: Creation Technologies Technical Workshop at PCB West

Tips for Engineers to Avoid Hidden Development Costs and Delays

I have yet to meet an engineer who enjoys seeing costs pile up during the design and development process. And unexpected costs are definitely unwelcome visitors in the drive for product commercialization. If you’d like some new, actionable ideas for getting a new product to market quickly and without those unexpected, expensive guests, here’s a

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The Conflict Minerals Effect Video Series Part II: Industry Challenges

In the second installment of our video series on conflict minerals, I discuss industry challenges and the effectiveness of the Dodd Frank legislation. Regulating the origin of raw materials is easier said than done. While it has good intentions, the Dodd Frank Act is flawed and presents significant compliance barriers for electronics manufacturers. This is

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MedTech President Jessica Crawford and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul kick off New York MedTech Week

New York Impact & Women Leaders in Medical: An Interview with MedTech’s Jessica Crawford

I had an opportunity to catch up again with Jessica Crawford, President of New York-based MedTech, connecting bioscience, pharmaceutical and medical technology companies. Jessica and I discussed the success of the inaugural New York Medtech Week, the amazing innovation in New York State, and the upcoming MEDTECH 2016 conference.   The Inaugural New York Medtech

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How Does Your Product Development Cycle Stack Up? Did you know that Deere & Company reduced product development time for construction equipment by 60%, and IBM reduced direct costs in system assembly by 50%? And how did Fuji Xerox’s FX-3500 copier immediately capture 60% of the relevant domestic market? All are historical reference points to

Global competition in the medical device industry is fierce and if your company is not constantly innovating and evolving, you are likely being left behind. For medical device companies in the New York region, staying stagnant is not an option. This tight-knit community plans on being assertive in creating medical devices that will improve lives

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