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5 Things I Learned About the Current State of Manufacturing in APAC

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In light of the U.S.-China China trade war, I have traveled extensively within the Asia Pacific region in search of understanding how the global supply chain is rapidly evolving.

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From Idea to Reality: Navigating New Product Introduction (NPI)

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Your company has gone from idea to prototype to the precipice of production. In short, your new product is getting ready to be introduced to the world. Congratulations! funding New Product Introduction NPI supply chain management Quality Management System production oversight supply chain

5 Reasons Why Manufacturing Should Implement Project Management Methods

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Designing and manufacturing a product should never be a business of gambling. You might be betting on new technology, new recruits or even new markets, but anything you do is only gambling if you don’t know what you are doing.

How Cobots Are Improving Manufacturing Production Cycles

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Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

'Ask a Dragon' #4: Answering Your Manufacturing Questions - Shipping by the Holiday Season

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At Dragon Innovation, we're approached with manufacturing questions all the time. While our business is leveraging our expertise and knowledge directly for our customers, we also like to share our wealth of knowledge more broadly with the manufacturing community.

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A 100 Day Journey of Manufacturing Insights in Asia Begins

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Join Dragon Innovation’s VP of Strategic Planning, Shawn Chang , as he explores the state of Manufacturing in Asia, beyond just China.

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Patent Considerations When Approaching a Manufacturer

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'Ask a Dragon' #3: Answering Your Manufacturing Questions

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At Dragon Innovation, we're approached with manufacturing questions all the time. While our business is leveraging our expertise and knowledge directly for our customers, we also like to share our wealth of knowledge more broadly with the manufacturing community.

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Who Moved My VC: State of Hardware Funding 2019

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Common sense says – if you don’t know where to look, you will never find what you are searching for. If you’re a Hardware company thinking about manufacturing at scale, finding money is the only way to do so. But, where do you go to find it? Where are the Venture Capitalists?

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

On-Demand Recordings from the "Ask Scott Anything" series with Dragon Innovation CEO, Scott N. Miller

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Get answers to your manufacturing questions from Dragon Innovation CEO, Scott N. Miller, over a series of live webinars from the "Ask Scott Anything" series that we've packaged on-demand: Hardware Hardware journey Manufacturing product development scott miller

The New Product Introduction (NPI) Process: "Zero-to-One" is a lot different than “One-To-Many”

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In anticipation of Halloween, I decided to build a robot to hand out candy. It was great to take a break from thinking about manufacturing in high-volume and focus on just getting one prototype to work.

On-Demand Recording: Live Q&A on Tariffs with Dragon Innovation & Fictiv

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Shawn Chang, VP of Strategic Innovation at Dragon Innovation and Ricardo Ortiz, International Logistics Lead at Fictiv came together for a live webinar to discuss tariffs. Get answers to your questions on tariffs from this live webinar that have been packaged on-demand.

4 Quick Tips for Business Travel to Hong Kong During the Protests

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Traveling to Asia is very much an important aspect for a business manufacturing in that region. This is the time and place where you are able to see your product come to life at your contract manufacturing partner's facility.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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What to Know Before Visiting Your First Factory in China

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I’ve heard many things from many people about what to expect on a manufacturing business trip to China , and when it was my turn to embark on my first trip to several factories, I had my preconceptions of what to expect.

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"Ask a Dragon" #2: Answering Your Manufacturing Questions

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At Dragon, we're approached with manufacturing questions all the time. While our business is leveraging our expertise and knowledge directly for our customers, we also like to share the wealth more broadly for the manufacturing community.

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Lead Time Considerations in Manufacturing

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Lead-time to produce a product is generally based on producing and/or acquiring the components and then assembling them. However, lead times in manufacturing a product should have more to do with how often the product changes than how much money is tied up in inventory you are willing to carry.

"Ask a Dragon" #1: Answering Your Manufacturing Questions

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At Dragon we get approached with manufacturing questions all the time. We're happy to help share our expertise and knowledge directly with a prospect or customer, however we like to share the wealth.

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The New Product Introduction (NPI) Process: 2 Key Decision Types

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In this series we'll focus on the New Product Introduction (NPI) process and how to successfully go from a “napkin sketch” all the way through high-volume production. We’ll break this journey into three distinct phases: Proof of Concept / Prototype. New Product Introduction (NPI).

What's in a Complete Bill of Materials (BOM) & CAD Package

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Here at Dragon Innovation, we’re often approached with incomplete Bills of Materials (BOM)/CAD packages. BOM and CAD packages come in all shapes and sizes, but in order to move forward with choosing your factory and starting manufacturing, they need to be complete.

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2019 - What is it and how does it affect your manufacturing plans?

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Chinese New Year (CNY), a.k.a. Spring Festival, is the most important holiday for the Chinese people. 2019 is the 'Year of the Pig', and this year Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, February 5, but celebrations last approximately 15 full days, concluding on Tuesday, February 19.

Meet A Dragon: Tan Li - Project Manager Far East Team

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In the “Meet a Dragon” blog series we’ll be introducing our team members who help guide your product through the New Product Introduction (NPI) process and ongoing manufacturing. These people act as an extension of your team and are on the front lines with you day in and day out.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

The New Product Introduction (NPI) Process: Design Constraints in Manufacturing

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In this series we'll focus on the New Product Introduction (NPI) process and how to successfully go from a “napkin sketch” all the way through high-volume production. Designing a product from scratch is insanely difficult.

Bill of Materials (BOMs) 101

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This blog post may be a little less exciting than the last two ; but it’s essential! Today I’m going to talk about Bills of Material(s), more commonly known as BOMs. Bill of Materials bom Engineering Idea Phase assembly


3D Printing Cost Estimation – Did You Think of Everything?

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This is a guest post by. Castor. Castor provides cost estimation for its customers, by analyzing which parts are 3D printable. 3D 3d printing COGS Prototype prototyping Costing Machining (CNC


Reverse Engineering: A Holiday Toy Train Set

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Watching my father-in-law struggle for about an hour to set up this year’s holiday train set gave me another opportunity to reflect on manufacturing at scale and specifically the quality aspect of a product. Manufacturing quality Reverse Engineering toys

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

Dragon Innovation Presents: The Halloween Candy Robot

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I love to build things, especially robots. Much of my day job at Dragon Innovation is focused on helping other companies build complex, high volume consumer electronics products.

The Winning Manufacturing Formula for Hardware Startups

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As you may have heard already, building hardware is hard. To help young companies understand (and avoid) the common pitfalls of building physical products Dragon Innovation has put together a comprehensive breakdown of the manufacturing process.

Adapting to a Digital World - Agile, Collaborative and Innovative Supply Chain Management

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There are now only five weeks until Digital Supply Chain will be returning to Amsterdam. So if you haven’t already booked your seat, now is the time

How the heatwave impacted the High Street

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By Matthew Robertson, co-CEO, NetDespatch. As we see the first signs of the heatwave dissipating and wetter weather coming in, this got me thinking about recent articles that I've read about the negative impact on productivity the balmy summer weather has had on office workers, with many preferring to work from home and not venture into heat-baked cities, over-crowded tubes and frenzied traffic jams


Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

Supply chain attacks on the rise as one of the biggest new threat vectors as organisations scramble to close gaps

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CrowdStrike Inc., the cloud-delivered endpoint protection solutions provider, has announced the results of its global supply chain survey, Securing the Supply Chain, produced by independent research firm Vanson Bourne