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Founding a Hardware Start-Up Is Getting Easier

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Investors have long shied away from start-ups making gadgets such as wearable electronics, because of the challenges posed by manufacturing, distribution, inventory, and technical support. But help has arrived: Today’s contract manufacturers, such as PCH International, will not only make your product for you, they’ll also provide engineers and project managers in China; as a consequence, U.S. Only 3% of U.S.

Entrepreneurs Take On Manufacturing

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However, in recent years a parallel explosion of digital tools and services has taken place in the manufacturing realm as well, drawing in computer-assisted design and 3D printing equipment to open-source operating systems, the cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

It’s OK to Move Down (Yes, Down) the Value Chain

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Leaders of many companies — in industries ranging from contract manufacturing, and software services to consulting and health care — tell us the same thing: “We want to move up the value chain.” Operations Manufacturing Supply chain Growth strategy

The Limits of 3D Printing

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Contrary to what some say , 3D printing is not going to revolutionize the manufacturing sector, rendering traditional factories obsolete. However, we also know that 99% of all manufactured parts are standard and do not require customization.

When It Comes to Digital Innovation, Less Action, More Thought

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An entrepreneur can rent computing capacity from Amazon Web Services, find skilled designers via eLance, accelerate software development with GitHub, place targeted advertisements on Google or Facebook, and tap into a legion of contract manufacturers.

The Internet of Things Will Change Your Company, Not Just Your Products

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I saw this when traditional manufacturers tried to build internet intelligence into products like refrigerators, office products, and health management devices. The resulting challenges may include new contract-manufacturing relationships, which can be a complicated and disorienting process for the uninitiated.

CEOs Need to Get Serious About Sales

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A contract manufacturing company that builds products for IT equipment makers, for example, had a dedicated team of speculative market analysts whose active trend monitoring led to a 15 percent return on investment. In manufacturing, lean both cuts cost and increases effectiveness (e.g.,

Lessons in Adaptive Strategy

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Here's a company I can be pretty sure you've never heard of: Grace Manufacturing. Grace started out in the 1970s as a contract manufacturer of etched steel parts, such as for printers. I'd never heard of it either until this New York Times profile , though I've seen and used its products — "microplanes" for shaving cloud-like piles of parmesan, truffles, and other high-end ingredients.

Community Financing Breathes Life into a New U.S. Manufacturing Firm

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Even in this contentious election year, all sides agree on one issue: The loss of American manufacturing jobs over the past decade has been a disaster for the U.S. But it is realistic to envision the growth of high-value-add, high-skill, high-wage manufacturing industries like the microprocessor and computer-networking businesses that Intel and Cisco launched in the 1980s. based product and services businesses that also tended to manufacture and deliver their products via U.S.-based

In Praise of Going it Alone

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If the company were selling just one small piece of a camera, a manufacturer such as Nikon might swap out old technology for the new one. Today, with Internet sales, contract manufacturers, and other enablers of this strategy gaining rapid strength, we'll see many more companies turn their backs on partnerships to create new markets on their own. Partner relentlessly, or do it yourself?

Don't Like Your Job? Change It (Without Quitting)

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Thomas Heffner is an engineer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, a university-affiliated research center that contracts with the Department of Defense. Still most of his tasks — managing schedules, developing contracts, reviewing documentation — involved working alone. Nine years ago, when Shammy Khan took a job at a contract manufacturer based in Texas, he knew it wasn't the perfect job for him.

How to Manage a Perfectionist

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Henry Chasen,* a director at a contract manufacturing company, managed Sean* for more than 15 years. Do you have a perfectionist on your team? The good news is that your direct report has high standards and a fine attention for detail. The bad news is that he fixates on every facet of a project and can't set priorities. Can you harness these positive qualities without indulging the bad? Can you help him become less of a stickler? Yes and yes.