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Developing a Go-to-Market Strategy for a New Product

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon , January 22, 2018

Bringing a brand new or improved electronic device to the market is an exciting step for companies. But without the right design and production plan, this excitement can quickly turn to disappointment.

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Deliver Quality Engineering as Your Company Grows

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , January 8, 2018

As a smaller business, you can interact with customers on a more personal level. This creates a foundation for future expectations. Customers expect a certain level of quality and service no matter what goes on behind the scenes.

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What It Means to be an Engineer of the Future

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , December 18, 2017

Engineers have served as the backbone to the technologies and products we rely upon most. It’s true of vehicles, machines and electronic devices — just like the one on which you’re reading this now.

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How Reengineering Can Reduce Costs & Improve Processes

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , December 11, 2017

Few things are more frustrating to an engineer than when one piece of an assembly throws off an entire project. This frustration is especially acute when a client complains that the piece they received from that company is subpar. It is also hurts a product, and company reputation, when they get complaints from their customers about delays, poor quality or cost overruns.

What’s a manufacturer to do? One solution is reengineering, or identifying opportunities to improve performance, reduce manufacturing processes, eliminate warranty claims and ultimately reduce overall costs.

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What Is Kanban & How Can It Reduce Manufacturing Waste?

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , November 27, 2017

While passing through the supermarket, it’s likely you’ll spot workers restocking shelves. As customers pull items from the shelf, those items are replenished to keep up with demand.

It was this method of handling inventory that gave Toyota industrial engineer Taiichi Ohno an idea: What if the same approach could help improve manufacturing efficiency?

What came from this idea was an innovative inventory scheduling system known as Kanban — a production technique that iCONN Systems uses.

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Why You Should Hire an Engineering Solutions Provider

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , November 13, 2017

You need a specific part for your product design. In some cases, you may be lucky enough to find that your solution already exists. An off-the-shelf part from a manufacturer fits your project’s application and environment.

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Cheap Cables and Connectors Could Hurt Your Product

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , October 30, 2017

Many companies are drawn to cheaper means of manufacturing when they are available. The reason they are so tempting: Cutting costs is a big advantage for any type of project.

While choosing the lowest-cost manufacturer may seem like a good idea upfront, there are some potential dangers with going this route. The costs saved on the front end can be counteracted by even larger costs at later stages of the product life cycle.

To avoid this trap, companies should look at the bigger picture — what sourcing product from the cheapest cable and connector manufacturer really costs.

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Benefits of Molding for Underwater Applications

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , October 16, 2017

Water and electricity don’t play nice together. Without the right safeguards in place, water exposure (even excess moisture) will corrode the internal components of your cable assembly. Inevitably, this will cause your equipment to fail (or worse). What’s particularly alarming about electrical systems and underwater applications is the potential for electric shock and drowning. “Water conducts electricity, which means a corroded cable can produce what’s called alternating current leakage. If this occurs, it can electrocute or even incapacitate nearby swimmers

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Sales Representative Appreciation: Joe Gillis of Innovate Sales

Posted by iCONN Systems on Mon , October 2, 2017

Our second installment in the two-part series introduces our partnership with Joe Gillis of Innovate Sales. Gillis is an independent manufacturer’s representative who works with a team of sales professionals to bring big value to his customers. He crossed paths with iCONN 10 years ago when working for a different rep firm.

Fast forward to 2016. Gillis and iCONN crossed paths again and the timing was perfect. iCONN was searching for representation and Gillis was a promising match. The rest (as they say) is history.

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Foil Shielding vs. Braided Shielding in Cable Assemblies

Posted by Tony Czyz on Mon , September 18, 2017

Electromagnetic and radio-frequency interference (EMI/RFI) is a top concern for cable assemblies involved in the transmission of data. The slightest disturbance could decrease signal quality, cause data loss, or completely disrupt the signal, resulting in equipment failure.

Shielding is a layer of insulation (containing electrical energy) that is wrapped around an electrical cable to prevent the cable from emitting or absorbing EMI/RFI. iCONN Systems specializes in various types of shielding, but the most commonly used methods include “foil shielding” and “braided shielding.” Here is a direct comparison of foil shielding vs. braided shielding to help you decide which is best for your product. Keep in mind, when you partner with iCONN, we will help guide you on every detail of your cable assembly construction to ensure the right fit for your application.

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