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China Manufacturing Decoded

Join Renaud Anjoran, Founder & CEO of Sofeast, in this podcast aimed at importers who develop their own products as he discusses the hottest topics and shares actionable tips for manufacturing in China & Asia today! WHO IS RENAUD? Renaud is a French ISO 9001 & 14001 certified lead auditor, ASQ certified Quality Engineer and Quality Manager who has been working in the Chinese manufacturing industry since 2005. He is the founder of the Sofeast group that has over 200 staff globally and offers services (QA, product development & engineering, project management, Supply Chain Management, product compliance, reliability testing), contract manufacturing, and 3PL fulfillment for importers and businesses who develop their own products and buyers from China & SE Asia. WHY LISTEN? We‘ll discuss interesting topics for anyone who develops and sources their products from Asian suppliers and will share Renaud‘s decades of manufacturing experience, as well as inviting guests from the industry to get a different viewpoint. Our goal is to help you get better results and end up with suppliers and products that exceed your expectations!

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Logistics Special! Rising Shipping Costs + FOB vs FCA Incoterms
Adrian is on hosting duty and is joined by Sofeast's Head of Supply Chain Management, Kate. Rising shipping costs (sea, air, and otherwise) are an issue facing importers from Asia now in 2024, but what's causing it and are there any tips to help you cope? Also, in a second topic, Kate dispels the confusion about FOB vs FCA, explaining why the more common incoterm (at least when buying from Chinese manufacturers) isn't necessarily the best for you!   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 01:23 - Shipping costs from China are spiking. How much are they now? 06:49 - What is causing the surging prices? 16:16 - What's the effect on shipping to Europe? 18:56 - FOB vs FCA Incoterms. 29:35 - Wrapping up.   Related content... The Red Sea attacks on shipping are still happening Brazil has increased the tariff on imported Chinese EVs Check the various supply chain management services we can help you with, including logistics Types of Incoterms [Guide] What do the USA’s May ’24 China tariffs mean for importers? [Podcast]   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
31:18 21/06/2024
Elon Musk's New Product Introduction Philosophy: What Can We Learn?
Adrian and Renaud get together to talk about Elon Musk's insights and philosophy into developing and bringing new products to market (from an interview by 'Everyday Astronaut' on YouTube at his launch facility a few years back). He shares his philosophies on new product introductions which cover some common sense topics that manufacturers of almost any product should bear in mind.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction to Musk. 07:20 - What can we learn from Musk? 11:08 - The Musk NPI philosophy. 16:08 - 1. Make Your Requirements Less Dumb. 20:44 - 2. Delete Parts or Processes, and Simplify/Optimize. 29:05 - 3. Accelerate cycle times. 32:46 - 4. Automate. 36:30 - Wrapping up.   Related content... The NPI process (Including graphic) Why does new product development take so long? 7 Key NPI Tasks To Do Before You Take Your Product Into Production [Podcast] Sofeast NPI process explainer video Elon Musk Biography: DFM Learnings and more! Get help from Sofeast's product engineering team to bring your product to market: New Product Introduction in China Solution   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel
40:15 14/06/2024
Exploring Apple's iPhone Reliability & Durability Testing
Renaud hosts and is joined by Andrew Amirnovin, Sofeast's product reliability head, and they're looking at how Apple tests iPhone reliability and durability. Recently Marques Brownlee shared some videos from within Apple's testing lab and interviews with their head of hardware engineering and the insights were interesting. It turns out that Andrew has also visited Apple's lab and he shares his own insights about that, and the pair discuss what you can learn from the way Apple do things.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 01:08 - The advent of the iPhone in 2006 and the testing it required. 08:48 - Worries about reliability: What did Andrew learn at Apple's testing lab back then? 13:40 - What can we learn from the tests in Brownlee's recent videos (June 24) from Apple's labs? 22:00 - What kind of drop test were they doing? 26:07 - What are the different drop surfaces used for? 29:10 - Apple's hardware engineering head wants to make a product that 'never fails.' Realistic? 31:49 - Is repairability better than durability? 36:21 - Wrapping up and closing questions.   Related content... Marques Brownlee posts on X about visiting the Apple labs (Thread) JOHN DEERE AND NEBRASKA’S RIGHT TO REPAIR, THE AFTERMATH OF A FAILED PIECE OF LEGISLATION Right To Repair: Blessing or Curse for Manufacturers? Robust Design: Enhancing Product Quality and Performance   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel
37:59 07/06/2024
When to do Design Reviews on Innovative Hardware Products?
Adrian hosts and Renaud goes deep into design reviews which can really save your skin by identifying and fixing problems that can lead to defects and failures. What kinds of product design reviews can be done to reduce problems, and when during the product design and development process should they be done?   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 02:25 - Why design reviews are important. 12:02 - The different types of reviews and when they're done: Phase 1. Early stages 17:18 - Phase 2. Proof-of-concept and feasibility study. 22:22 - Phase 3. Design FMEA when the design starts to take shape. 28:47 - When to do Design for Reliability / Manufacturing reviews? 34:08 - Process FMEA just before the design is locked and tooling is made. 37:22 - Wrapping up.   Related content... The Benefits of a Feasibility Study (during new product development) dFMEA: When to use it and how to get best results [Podcast] The Design for X Approach: 12 Common Examples Process FMEA: Template, Use Cases, and Examples FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis) Get help from Sofeast: On-Site Process FMEA + Process Control Plan Workshops   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
38:41 31/05/2024
Near-Sourcing in Europe (+ Turkey) VS Buying from China (Feat. Fredrik Gronkvist, Productmkr.com)
Renaud hosts and is joined by Fredrik Gronkvist, founder of Productmkr.com, to discuss near-sourcing from Europe + Turkey (and Mexico for North American buyers) VS buying from China. Fredrik has done a lot of research on how to source from China alternatives and he now offers a supplier database for subscribers to help make finding the right option easier. Here he shares his advice on near-sourcing and how it differs from the traditional approach of buying from China.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 04:14 - What are the key challenges importers face when near sourcing? 08:14 - How to improve your chances of receiving a response from non-Chinese suppliers? 11:04 - What is the impact of near sourcing on MOQs and lead times? 17:03 - Does near sourcing reduce quality and compliance risks? 22:40 - Does it make sense for all types of products? 27:23 - Is the process of identifying and screening potential suppliers in Europe/Turkey the same as in China or Vietnam? 32:19 - How should buyers approach sourcing from nearby countries? (Summary) 33:24 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Read Productmkr.com's analysis: Manufacturing in Europe vs China: A Comparison Nearshoring To Mexico. An Alternative To China? India Gaining Popularity over China as a Near-Shoring and Sourcing Destination Globalism 2.0: North American Importers To Move Supply Chains Out Of China Soon?   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
35:08 23/05/2024
What do the USA's May '24 China tariffs mean for importers?
Adrian and Renaud are back to examine the recent May 14th news of new China tariffs being implemented by the Biden administration with the overall aim of reducing trade with China whom many in America see as flooding the market with cheap exports that damage American businesses who can't compete. EVs, solar panels, medical devices, steel and aluminum, and more are in the firing line. So, how does this affect US importers and the relationship between the two giants? Let's find out...   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 03:26 - When did China tariffs start being used? 09:46 - Why add more tariffs now? 16:20 - What does China have to say in response to this? 20:45 - Which products and materials have been given these tariffs? 29:51 - The USA's target areas for improvement. 33:06 - Will Chinese companies find other customers instead? 36:36 - If you're an American buyer likely to be affected by these tariffs, what can you do? 39:51 - Wrapping up.   Related content... U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to Take Further Action on China Tariffs After Releasing Statutory Four-Year Review He Helped Trump Remake Global Trade. His Work Isn’t Done. Has the US declared economic war on China? ”Enterprise China” – China’s Strategy for Economic Success (Author Interview with Drs. Allen J. Morrison & J. Stewart Black)   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
42:12 17/05/2024
IP Protection when buying from China (Feat. Dan Harris, China Law Blog)
Renaud welcomes Dan Harris, Partner of the Seattle-headquartered and globally officed Harris Sliwoski LLP and long-time writer of the China Law Blog, to the podcast! Over the years he has shared so much valuable information for importers who buy from and manufacture in China; a key topic being keeping IP safe when purchasing from Chinese suppliers. So in this episode, we delve into Dan's decades of assisting Western companies navigate doing business with Chinese suppliers and get his tips on common IP risks and steps you can take to protect your business.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 03:27 - What are the major risks to IP concerning working with Chinese companies that Western businesses should look out for? 07:58 - Western companies consistently underestimate the risks of their technology and IP being used against them. 13:39 - Has the Chinese legal system evolved for the better (or worse) regarding IP protection? 20:11 - Protection 1: The right partner. 28:11 - Protection 2: The right contract. 30:21 - Protection 3. The right protections. 38:26 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Great reads from China Law Blog: China NNN Agreements: The Ten Most Asked Questions Answered China Trademark Protection: Is Your Chinese Manufacturer a Friend or a Foe? How to Avoid China Manufacturing Problems: A Primer China Due Diligence: NOT Optional You should also check out these resources from Sofeast: Sofeast's FREE guide: IP Protection in China when Developing Your New Product [Importer’s Guide] Video presentation: Legal Agreements & Tools Used By Manufacturers For Protecting Product IP Sofeast Combined Supplier Due Diligence Checks (Best Results & Value)   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
40:26 10/05/2024
Exploring Plastic Injection Molding Pilot Runs
Renaud hosts and is joined by Sofeast Group senior engineer, Paul Adams, to discuss how to go from a design to mass-producing your plastic injection molded parts, first following the proven pre-production pilot run approach to ensure risks are kept to a minimum. You'll learn what should be optimized and what should not be skipped, even if sometimes getting to market sooner seems tempting.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 01:49 - Why is an injection molding pilot run important? 05:05 - What are the steps involved? 09:53 - Why 'metal safe' is your goal after the trials. 12:39 - The supplier still needs to optimize the tooling  25:01 - Optimizing the injection mold press (machine). 34:55 - Keeping records of parameter settings helps to control the process. 39:04 - Wrapping up.   Related content... The Plastic Injection Molding Process: Top Questions and Answers Plastic injection molding explainer videos Injection Mold Textures: How to Choose the Right One? Mold Tech Texture Book Get help from our subsidiary to make your plastic parts in South China   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
40:52 03/05/2024
The Rise Of The Dragon: Exploring China’s Technology Dominance
Today Adrian and Andrew Amirnovin, our reliability and testing head, look at some of China's recent technology successes, what fuels China's tech dominance, and how technology is caught up in the middle of the US-China trade war.    Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 06:18 - What is fuelling China's tech dominance? 12:40 - The success story of Huawei. 20:32 - Other Chinese tech success stories. 23:30 - Is Chinese technology a privacy risk for users? 26:22 - How does the US-China relationship affect technology? 33:43 - New technologies coming out of China to be aware of. 36:10 - More semiconductor manufacturing to happen in the USA? 37:16 - Wrapping up and closing questions.   Related content... Tech Please rewind: China's top tech feats of 2023 Baidu DJI Drones U.S. bans new Huawei, ZTE equipment sales, citing national security risk Surprise! China's top Android phones collect way more info Huawei 5G kit must be removed from UK by 2027 Huawei The first phone maker to add satellite texting to its devices is... Huawei The US is headed for a much more aggressive trade war with China regardless of who is president next year, economist says America's billion-dollar bet on US chipmaking Guide to China's e-commerce websites This chart shows which countries produce the most lithium China's AI Analog Chip Claimed To Be 3.7X Faster Than Nvidia's A100 GPU in Computer Vision Tasks (Updated)   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel
41:14 26/04/2024
10 Common Problems From Chinese Suppliers (& How You Can Deal With Them)
Adrian and Renaud get together to talk about 10 common problems that companies with Chinese manufacturing suppliers often face, AND how you can deal with them. Hopefully, you are not one of the unlucky ones, but being prepared with the knowledge to avoid issues is always helpful!   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 03:22 - 1. If your supplier refuses to ship the goods you paid for. 09:40 - 2. Your manufacturer tries to force you to accept poor quality that you’re uncomfortable with. 16:00 - 3. If the supplier has failed to prepare export packaging of your products for your scheduled quality inspection. 21:41 - 4. When your supplier has disappeared with your tooling and/or inventory. 25:33 - 5. Your supplier won’t provide important supply chain information. 29:30 - 6. You catch your supplier selling your products as their own! 34:59 - 7. Your ‘factory’ turns out to be a trading company. 39:00 - 8. Coping with an unexpected price increase from suppliers. 41:50 - 9. Your current supplier blocks the transfer of your mold tooling to a new supplier. 46:09 - 10. Worries about keeping sensitive product information secure. 48:26 - Wrapping up.   Related content... We cover these cases: 10 Common Disputes With Chinese Suppliers And How To Overcome Them! Sourcing Chinese Suppliers? 7 Expert Tips To Get You Better Results! IP Protection in China when Developing Your New Product [Importer’s Guide] Will A China NNN Agreement Protect Us If We Start Assembling Products There?   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
49:16 19/04/2024
Quality Fade: Silent AND Deadly!
Adrian and Renaud discuss Quality Fade. This bad practice from suppliers sees them put their profits before your product quality, but the big problem is that you may not even know it is happening as it's a gradual process where quality declines over time, bit by bit. Are you at risk, how do you identify it, and what can you do to combat it? We reveal all in this episode!   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 02:27 - What is Quality Fade? 09:25 - Is it still happening today? 12:15 - Actions to help you avoid quality fade. 18:30 - If you are a victim of quality fade, how can you catch it? 23:44 - Examples of products affected by quality fade. 28:51 - Ongoing reliability testing: Warn the supplier, or do it secretly? 35:28 - Wrapping up.   Related content... ‘Quality Fade’: China’s Great Business Challenge Mattel Recalls 19 Million Toys Sent From China Learn how to source the right supplier from China in these podcast episodes: DIY Sourcing from China Series 5 levels of quality standards from best to worst practices   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
36:41 12/04/2024
PCBA Protection: How to Care for the Heart of your Electronic Product
On this episode of the China Manufacturing Decoded Podcast, Adrian hosts and is joined by Andrew, our reliability and testing head who is going to explain why the PCBA in your electronic product is critical, and how to protect it both physically and through product design.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 01:45 - What is the PCB and why is it so important? 03:04 - How and why do we protect the PCB? 04:40 - Conformal coating. 08:51 - Other PCB protection options. 14:14 - The process of protecting a product from the inside out. 18:42 - The costs of protecting PCBs. 23:44 - The coating process. 25:05 - Wrapping up.   Related content... PCB Prototyping Methods: 5 Favorites DFM for PCBA – 40+ Improvements Get help from us! We can make your PCBA in China CM + PCBA Factory vs. EMS Supplier in Shenzhen, China Electronics Videos: Basics about PCB, PCBA, and the SMT Process For Importers   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel
27:03 05/04/2024
Traceability In Manufacturing: Far More Than Just A Safety Net
Adrian and Renaud are talking about traceability for manufacturers which provides a detailed record of how the products are manufactured and the supply chain, from raw materials to finished products. Having this mindset and system can help you to reduce risks and deal with problems quickly by pinpointing where they arise. It can also help you be a more compliant business. Plenty of benefits, but it takes a cultural shift to put in place, so Renaud will explain how.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 03:53 - Traceability takes a conscious effort to put in place. 06:07 - Introducing traceability and the difference between batch level and unit level. 12:06 - Benefits. 24:01 - Is it expensive to run a traceability initiative? 25:35 - How does traceability relate to product passports in the EU? 27:44 - How to implement it? 35:41 - How to audit a supplier's traceability system? 40:47 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Get help to audit your supplier's traceability system from Sofeast Traceability in Manufacturing: Do your Chinese Suppliers Do it Right? Checking for Forward and Backward Traceability in a Factory What To Do If You Have A High Product Return Rate? [6-step Process]   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
41:44 29/03/2024
Boeing's Serious Issue: Bad Manufacturing Habits
Air travel requires an extremely high level of safety, so it's very embarrassing for Boeing that they have been dogged by quality and reliability issues lately, resulting in a near-disaster on a brand new Alaska Airlines 737 Max. Renaud and Paul look at Boeing's recent troubles, based on information from news reports, that seem to have been caused by bad manufacturing habits such as accepting sub-standard parts from suppliers without pushing them to improve, not fixing issues in-process and 'leaving them for later,' an over-reliance on inspections and rework when planes were complete, and a business culture which placed financial results above quality. They also explain the best practices that good manufacturers follow to reduce risks as your key takeaway from the episode.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction - where is Boeing going wrong? 06:15 - What do good factories do to avoid problems like travelled work? 10:08 - Investing time for training suppliers in the upstream supply chain to reduce quality risks 18:24 - What can we learn about dealing with in-process issues from the automotive industry? 27:14 - Why a focus on inspection and rework later increases risks. 33:32 - Summary: Good manufacturers' best practices. 37:46 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Behind the Alaska Blowout: a Manufacturing Habit Boeing Can’t Break (WSJ) Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 Near Disaster! Quality & Reliability Issues? NPI process explained   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
39:18 22/03/2024
Manufacturer's & Buyer's Risks in China: Mitigation and Insurance Tips
Our CEO Renaud is joined by Marc Burban and Amanda Han, insurance brokers from Asian Risks Management Services. We get advice from these two China insurance experts, explore the typical risks that manufacturers and buyers in China face, and learn how you can use insurance and risk management to mitigate them. For anyone manufacturing in China, this information will help you understand your best options moving forward and how an insurance broker can assist you in making the right choices.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 01:54 - What are the major risks that companies who are manufacturing or buyers having products manufactured in China need to keep in mind? 06:04 - How can these risks be mitigated? 10:02 - How does insurance work? 15:07 - Why national safety regulatory compliance is not necessarily enough to save a business when the worst happens? 20:30 -  What kind of insurance policies are available in China for manufacturers and buyers? 25:12 - Changing EU liability laws will mean product liability insurance will be even more important in Europe. 26:34 - Why work with an insurance broker instead of going direct? 31:35 - Amanda introduces Asian Risks Management Services & wrapping up.   Related content... Visit https://asian-risks.com/ to learn more about how they can help you with insurance in China. Getting Ahead Of The Upcoming EU Product Liability Directive   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
34:36 15/03/2024
Chinese e-Bike/Scooter Battery Fire Risks Are No Joke! (Feat.Clive Greenwood)
Renaud is joined by regular guest, Clive Greenwood, an international product compliance expert based in China. They talk about the growing risks of Li-ion batteries used in Chinese e-bikes and scooters amid many high-profile fires in China, deaths in the West, and grave warnings from the FDNY. Clive also makes suggestions about how legislation can change to improve safety moving forward. As these personal vehicles become more popular and importers around the world source them from China, it pays to understand the risks...spoiler alert, they're no joke!   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 03:57 - Looking at the risks of Li-ion batteries used in micro-mobility in China. 09:21 - What is the Chinese government doing to combat the dangers of batteries? 17:53 - What if you're buying e-bikes and scooters, or batteries for them, from China now? 21:22 - Does China need new battery regulations to make them safer, or to just enforce the current ones? 25:42 -  Safety tips for battery buyers. 28:46 - E-bikes and scooters are a new source of risk people need to adapt to. 33:01 - Wrapping up.   Related content... The Dangers of Cheap Li-ion Batteries and the Future of Compliance (Sofeast Podcast) Lithium-Ion Battery Safety (FDNY) FDNY warns that lithium-ion batteries are now a leading cause of fires and fire deaths in New York City NYC journalist's death is city's latest lithium-ion battery fire fatality, officials say (USA Today) Electric Scooter Explodes during Charging (Video from China) EU Batteries and Waste Batteries Regulation (2023): How Will It Impact Portable Electronics? Download Clive's FREE whitepaper on Li-ion battery risks and mitigation.   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
35:16 08/03/2024
Apple Vision Pro Cracking Up! Reliability Problems, So Soon? (BONUS)
In this bonus episode, our host and CEO Renaud is joined by our product reliability and durability expert, Andrew Amirnovin, to talk about the bad news for Apple that their much-hyped Vision Pro headset is cracking just weeks after being released to the public. They explore the durability problems rearing their heads only a month or so into the product's general release in early February 2024, based on information found in online news articles and videos.   Show Sections 00:00 - Introduction, what is the Vision Pro? Apple's Vision Pro headset is an incredibly well-received augmented reality headset that earned rave reviews worldwide. It took more than 10 years to develop and is one of the most groundbreaking Apple products released in recent years. 02:29 - Uh-oh, cracks to the headset! The external plastic layer, like a visor, is cracking in a straight line from the nose to the forehead on some models even though the customer didn't do anything like drop them. We don't know the percentage, so it's hard to ascertain what pattern there is, but these unsightly defects are not welcome in a device that costs over $3000+. 04:04 - How would an engineer start diagnosing this case? Environmental or transportation conditions may cause a defect like this or it could even be the packaging placing some kind of stress on the wrong part of the visor that eventually results in the crack developing. It is fair to say that the plastic seems fragile. Apple should accept field returns from customers and do a root cause analysis to identify the defect and its cause and then implement a corrective action plan. 06:40 - Is the return or repair policy straightforward? What should Apple customers do if they're affected? Apple may need to clarify its returns or repair policy, as some customers have reported receiving different responses from Apple with some stores offering to repair or replace, and some refusing to take responsibility. With visor repairs costing $800, it seems sensible to at least invest in an AppleCare extended warranty for the device to reduce potential repair costs. 08:48 - Is it likely Apple's engineers missed this issue and never saw it during product testing and development? It's hard to say, but was the visor that cracks added after most development and testing was done maybe for some reason? If so it may not have been tested (as much). If Apple doesn't fix this, and fast, it could damage their brand as this is such a high-profile release. The situation is similar to the problems they had with the Macbook 'Butterfly' keyboards in 2015/2016 which they replaced by returning to a scissor mechanism they then named the 'Magic' keyboard, although in those cases Apple replaced the defective keyboard (and sometimes added a new battery) for free. 11:29 - We all know that an iPhone is likely to suffer damage when dropped from 6ft, should we be surprised that the Vision Pro seems similarly fragile? The Vision Pro does not seem very durable, the same as the iPhone. The majority of users put their iPhones in a protective case for exactly this reason. An acceptable drop height for a mobile phone to withstand damage is about 1M, not 6ft. However the Vision Pro is meant to be worn on the face and is very front-heavy, so if it slips, it will likely fall from around 6ft. There is no protective case for the Vision Pro when it is in use unlike for phones, therefore, should it be durable enough to survive such a drop, especially for its price? 13:27 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Vision Pro owners are reporting a mysterious crack in the front glass Some Apple Vision Pro units are developing glass cracks in the same spot Making Apple Vision Pro - Apple Official Video Apple Vision Pro DURABILITY Test! Worth $3500?   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel  
15:03 05/03/2024
Plastic & Metal Development Prototypes: Uses & Limitations
Adrian hosts and is joined by Sofeast Group senior engineer, Paul Adams, and they talk about the uses and limitations of the metal and plastic 'development prototypes,' that is to say, product prototypes made during the development process and before mass production. Remember, these are not production-standard prototypes, but that doesn't mean that they aren't important as you will find out...it's all about controlling expectations.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 02:06 - Why are we producing prototypes to start with? 04:09 - Plastic prototyping processes. 07:02 - 3D-Printed plastic development prototype limitations. 12:10 - The trade-off between quality and cost when it comes to prototypes. 15:34 - Metal prototyping processes. 18:18 - Metal development prototype limitations. 22:48 - Key limitations of development prototypes. 29:35 - Considerations for you regarding prototypes. 32:56 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Rapid Tooling Prototyping Guide Plastic Enclosures for Electronics Projects (Plastics Sourcing Guide) CNC Prototyping In Metal And Plastic Development Prototypes for Parts: Issues and Limitations (2 examples) Mold Tech Texture Book Get help from Sofeast's engineering team to develop your prototoypes   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
34:45 29/02/2024
Handing Over To Manufacturing: Best Practices
Adrian and Renaud discuss how to plan for the handover of your innovative new product to manufacturing (with a focus on hard goods with mechanical elements and some electronic/electrical parts). Product handover should be a structured process of actions taken mainly before the manufacturer gets involved to ensure a smooth transition from you to them so the product ends up being made to your specifications and requirements and the risks of issues before product launch are minimized. You'll learn: What a product handover is. The drawbacks of not following a structured process and how not to hand over. What the best practices for handover are so you can follow them to streamline your next project.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 00:50 - Who needs to hand over their product to a manufacturer and why? 04:22 - The WRONG way to hand over to the manufacturer. 09:57 - Questions about the product that need to be answered. 12:55 - Who will do the DFM? 15:32 - What can happen if you just throw designs over the wall to a manufacturer without doing a DFM review? 18:15 - Handover best practices. 35:14 - When is the handover complete? 37:59 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Avoid Sending Immature Product Designs to a Chinese Manufacturer! [Podcast] Sourcing Chinese Manufacturers: Western Or Chinese Model? [Podcast] DIY Sourcing From China Part 1: Good Fit, Sourcing, Vetting, & Backups [Podcast] OEM, ODM, Contract Manufacturers: Which Chinese Supplier To Choose? The Danger of Developing your Custom Product with an ODM Factory   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
39:41 22/02/2024
Technology & Innovation in Freight Forwarding (Feat. Amit Rosenthal, CEO of Proboxx)
Renaud hosts today and welcomes guest speaker Amit Rosenthal, CEO of Proboxx, to the show and this episode's focus is on moving your products from Asia to where they need to be via freight forwarding. They discuss how the latest technological advancements in freight forwarding are streamlining operations, improving tracking and transparency, and offering more reliable and efficient services for Amazon sellers. Since many people manufacturing overseas end up selling on Amazon, at least as part of their mix, being up to speed on moving your products is useful, so hit that play button!   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction of Amit and his freight forwarding business, Proboxx. 06:03 - How and why freight forwarding needed to go from old-fashioned to cutting edge. 13:20 - Why not knowing their shipment's arrival date at the distribution facility can make life difficult for sellers. 19:21 - How do Amazon sellers plan their sales? 22:31 - Are GPS trackers for the products in a container helpful? 26:33 - Many small freight forwarders set up in China since around 2020 are going bust, how does this affect overseas customers? 32:05 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Learn more about Proboxx and how they can help you Impact of Yemen’s Houthis On Global Shipping in Jan ’24 [Bonus Podcast] Types of Incoterms (Guides) How Does International Shipping Work? FOB Risk Of Loss Is A Real Problem. Don’t Be Caught Out! HS vs HTS Codes: How to Find the Right Code for your Product? (incl. Links to Official Sources)   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
33:32 16/02/2024
What's A Good QA Auditing & Inspection Program For New Products?
Adrian and Renaud go through what makes a good QA auditing and inspection program for innovative new electro-mechanical products that will reduce risks of poor quality, reliability, and compliance, and detect the issues in time for them to be worked on before anything is shipped. Unless you are producing simple products or working with a supplier who is very experienced in manufacturing the exact product type you're developing, you will very likely require some form of QA program like this. It's split into 5 points: 1-3 cover the preparation of the product and process design, then 4-5 are after the product starts mass production. Listen and explore what needs to happen to power up your product quality!   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 01:37 - Why do you need a QA auditing and inspection program? 06:53 - #1. A DFM review of some components (especially custom-designed). 10:50 - #2. A quality system audit of suppliers’ factories. 18:00 - Are market surveillance authorities scrutinising product compliance more than before? 21:13 - #3. Production line preparation audit at the assembly factory. 28:46 - #4. A product inspection during the pilot run(s). 33:12 - #5. Final product inspections during and after production. 41:09 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Explore Sofeast factory audits and product inspections Documenting Your Company’s Quality Standard into the Details What Is A Quality Assurance Plan? Product Quality Checklist: How To Prepare It How To Choose Which Factory Audit You Need? How To Choose Which Product Quality inspection You Need?   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
42:24 09/02/2024
Why NOT doing ESD testing on new electronic products is scary!
On this episode of the China Manufacturing Decoded Podcast, Adrian hosts and is joined by Andrew, our reliability and compliance expert, from the Sofeast Group for a deep dive into electrostatic discharge (ESD) – a critical factor in electronics production with the potential for significant impact on product success and customer satisfaction. They stress the importance of ESD testing for bulk-manufactured electronics and discuss the potential consequences of failing to consider ESD in manufacturing, such as financial loss and product recalls. Beyond providing an overview of ESD's significance, this conversation also introduces listeners to three methodologies used for its testing: The Human Body Model (HBM), the Machine Model (MM), and the Charged Device Model (CDM). Andrew elucidates these models, their unique benefits, and their most appropriate application industries as part of a comprehensive ESD discussion. The need for ESD-resistant design, sound manufacturing environments, and ESD-protective packaging are a few of the critical preventative measures emphasized. Additionally, the roles of regular auditing and assessments for maintaining compliance and enhancing manufacturing methods are also underscored. The episode culminates with specific ESD requirements and testing protocols per product, concluding with insights on how a comprehensive ESD prevention approach can help avoid product returns and financial disparities. This episode equips listeners with the knowledge needed for safeguarding their electronic products against ESD, enlightening them about its potential damage, and details preventive measures for ESD in the manufacturing process.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 02:24 - What is ESD? 06:59 - 3 ESD test models. 13:41 - Common tests and voltages. 18:53 - The harm or damage that can be caused by ESD. 25:42 - How to prevent the effects of ESD? 35:53 - Product design to prevent ESD. 38:34 - Wrapping up.   Related content... ESD definition What To Do If You Have A High Product Return Rate? [6-step Process] Get help and advice from our testing lab if you have questions about ESD testing   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel  
43:13 02/02/2024
Impact of Yemen's Houthis On Global Shipping in Jan '24 (BONUS)
Welcome to our special 200th episode of China Manufacturing Decoded, a podcast by Sofeast Group, where we discuss global manufacturing topics to help you decode and navigate the supply chain world. In this episode, we discuss the impact of the Houthi Yemeni rebels' attacks on shipping in the Red Sea, and how it may affect your shipping costs and other issues you might face. We're joined by our very own Kate Oliynykova, Head of Supply Chain Management at Sofeast Group, who shares her insights on the current political events and their potential ripple effects on importers. Listen in as we unravel the complexity of this issue. The Red Sea route accounts for 12% of global trade, including 30% of the container traffic passing through the Suez Canal. Any disruption in this route affects not only oil and gas prices but also the availability and cost of a broad range of goods. The current attacks have caused a direct increase in ship insurance costs, prompting bigger shipping companies to opt for alternative routes around the Cape of Good Hope. This, in turn, not only escalates transportation costs but also significantly extends delivery times. In this scenario, we advise importers to diversify their supply chain, considering options like rail or truck deliveries, or partial shipments with air freight. What are the repercussions if the situation is prolonged? How can importers better prepare for these unforeseen circumstances? Tune in to this episode of China Manufacturing Decoded as we discuss the critical aspects of this multinational issue. Remember, the Sofeast Group offers an in-house logistics department to help formulate a tailored solution that meets your needs most cost-effectively, given the present situation.  
19:00 29/01/2024
The Experience Effect: The Key to Mass Production Cost Reduction & Efficiency
In this insightful episode, host Renaud Anjoran and senior engineer Paul Adams delve into the intriguing world of the 'experience effect' - a phenomenon that offers a wealth of benefits in mass production through persistent refinement and accumulated knowledge. Immersing you in several industrial examples, Renaud and Paul throw light on how Boeing and the semiconductor industry have leveraged the experience curve to their advantage. Witness firsthand, the complex interplay between efficiency, cost reduction, and the tangible journey of relentless improvement in mass manufacturing setups. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 00:51 - The example of Boeing in the 40s and 50s. 04:04 - The theory behind the experience effect. 12:10 - It's more than just individuals improving on the production line...the whole business must evolve.  20:00 - Pilot and starting costs are higher, but don't be tempted to skip ahead. 25:46 - The learning curve. 28:23 - How does the experience effect translate in commercial terms? 32:54 - Who does improvement work the right way? 35:10 - Conclusion.   Related content... Robust Design: Enhancing Product Quality and Performance 5 steps for a Chinese factory to improve its efficiency How To Improve Quality From Your Supplier? [Podcast] Keeping your supplier’s costs under control [Podcast]   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel  
37:40 26/01/2024
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 Near Disaster! Quality & Reliability Issues?
Renaud and Andrew Amirnovin, Sofeast's Head of Compliance and Reliability, are talking about the Boeing 737 Max 9 airplane that has been in the news again following a very frightening incident where part of the body blew out leading to a sudden depressurization and emergency landing. But why did this occur? Are there more quality and reliability issues to worry about?   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 01:18 - What happened on Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 on Jan 5th, 2024? 05:03 - Has the FAA been going too easy on Boeing? 06:33 - Did Boeing rushing to redevelop the 737 lead to catastrophic problems? 10:57 - Why was Boeing under such pressure? A look back over a few decades. 13:43 - Worrying tales from angry former Boeing employees. 18:39 - 737 Max grounding. 22:38 - Time for new leadership at Boeing? 26:52 - FAA audit. 29:32 - Had warnings been properly heeded? 34:12 - Next steps and takeaways. 37:45 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Mid-air blowout can 'never happen again,' Boeing CEO says after Alaska Airlines accident 'Loose hardware' found on more Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9 planes What happened after the Alaska Airlines flight took off, in 5 charts NTSB not sure if the bolts on blown-out door plug on Boeing MAX 9 were even attached (Video) Alaska Airlines Blowout Reveals Cockpit Door Vulnerability on Boeing Jet You may also like: Why Did The Titan Sub And Siemens Gamesa Wind Turbines Fail?   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
39:06 19/01/2024
Cost Vs Quality - How Manufacturers Can Find A Balance
Adrian and Renaud tackle the big question of cost versus quality and how they both affect each other in manufacturing. You'll learn common Chinese attitudes towards them, the long-term power of lean, and some achievable levers that can bring you cost and quality benefits that most businesses can implement quickly.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction (inc. our team at CES '24!) 01:50 - What do we mean by Cost V Quality? 04:49 - A typical Chinese manufacturer's logic about quality. 15:29 - The Lean manufacturing ideal. 25:32 - Day-to-day keys that can give you quality and cost benefits. 26:38 - Do design for manufacturing and assembly  29:30 - Follow a sound NPI process  32:57 - Use good tooling and automation  35:12 - Staff training for avoiding defects and more  37:21 - Experience effects  38:21 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Documenting Your Company’s Quality Standard into the Details The Design for X Approach: 12 Common Examples NPI Process (New Product Introduction) What is the “lean” approach to manufacturing, and is it applicable in China? Design for manufacturing (Video) Design for assembly (Video) Get NPI support from Sofeast's engineers to bring your product to market   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
40:48 12/01/2024
7 Key NPI Tasks To Do Before You Take Your Product Into Production
In this episode... Adrian and Andrew Amirnovin kick off 2024 by going through 7 key New Product Introduction tasks you need to be aware of to get a positive outcome before mass producing your product. If this is the year you bring a product to market, get ahead of the curve by bearing these 7 things in mind from one of our most experienced team members who is also Head of Compliance and Reliability.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introducing today's topic. 03:01 - 1. Document your requirements early during the design and development phase. 06:36 - 2. Do functionality and reliability testing. 10:19 - 3. Compliance testing and pilot run before pre-production. 13:54 - 4. Do final reliability testing. 15:20 - 5. Lock the BOM. 17:16 - 6. Validate tooling and manufacturing. 20:26 - 7. Focus on shipping in the post-production period. 21:13 - Why it pays importers to be knowledgeable about the NPI phases, even if you work with a manufacturer to do the development and manufacturing. 25:17 - Wrapping up.   Related content... What is the NPI process? Prototyping Process To Test & Refine a New Product Design Avoid Sending Immature Product Designs to a Chinese Manufacturer! Transitioning to Manufacturing from Product Development | 2 Options The NPI Process: Trouble Awaits If You Skip Its Steps! [Podcast]   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
26:50 05/01/2024
13 Strategies To Ensure Consistent Product Quality
Adrian and Renaud return for the last podcast of 2023, a bumper episode where they go through 13 quality strategies you can adopt to achieve consistent product quality. They're roughly split into pre-production and post-production strategies, so settle down and dive in here!   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. Pre-production 02:18 - 1. Due diligence and factory audits to ensure the supplier has the capabilities to reach your quality standards. 04:31 - 2. Define a quality standard. 08:35 - 3. Product design with quality in mind (DfX principles). 12:44 - 4. Feasibility study. 17:04 - 5. Specify all aspects of the product to avoid grey areas. 23:11 - 6. Implement a QA plan. 26:04 - 7. Use a manufacturer with a quality management system. 30:32 - 8. Quality (and compliance) testing. During and Post-production 33:32 - 9. Do IQC. 37:08 - 10. Conduct product inspections. 41:45 - 11. Process Controls. 45:13 - 12. Mistake-Proofing. 47:48 - 13. Traceability in the supply chain. 51:01 - Wrapping up.   Related content... How a Supplier’s Quality can be Evaluated and Validated Background checks on suppliers Documenting Your Company’s Quality Standard into the Details What Is A Quality Assurance Plan? The Design for X Approach: 12 Common Examples Why Skipping Incoming QC Is a Source of High Risks & Costs The Benefits of a Feasibility Study (during new product development) How To Do Product Reliability Testing? Various product inspection solutions we provide you with Process Control Plan Traceability in Manufacturing: Do your Chinese Suppliers Do it Right?   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
53:45 22/12/2023
How to add Surface Textures to Molded Plastic Parts (Feat. Paul Adams)
Adrian hosts and Paul Adams, one of Sofeast's senior engineers joins him to talk about how to add surface textures to plastic injection mold tooling and get the finish that we want on our plastic molded parts.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction to textures for plastic injection molded parts. 02:55 - General points about getting started adding textures. 07:59 - Draft Angle rules of thumb for mold design with textures in mind. 14:58 - 5 Common methods used to add surface textures to the mold tooling itself. 27:46 - Key benefits of Chemical Photoetching. 30:30 - Roughness: Ra Value and Mold Tool Textures 34:27 - Using mold texture books to help specify your texture/s 37:29 - Some examples of typical textures from the Yick Sang texture book. 43:20 - Summary and wrap-up.   Related content... Plastic Injection Mold Tooling Management & Risk Reduction [Podcast] What is a Mold Tech Texture Book? Should Tooling Fabrication and Plastic Injection Molding Be Done Together? Plastic Injection Molds: 8 Tips For When Requesting Quotes Product Tooling: Possible To Avoid Paying for it in Full? Using Prototype Injection Molds for the First Production: Realistic? All about Plastic Injection Molding and Thermoplastics [Videos] Avoiding 9 Plastic Injection Molding Defects: Key Preventive Measures Get help from Sofeast with your tooling fabrication and management with these services: Plastic Injection Mold Tooling Management Program Mold Capability Validation Supervision (for Plastic Injection Molds in China) Tooling Custody & Management (for Plastic Injection Molds in China)   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
49:03 15/12/2023
Do you need a sourcing agent to buy from China?
Adrian and Renaud chat about whether hiring a sourcing agent is necessary for businesses that want to purchase products from China. They also discuss the different options, such as doing the sourcing work yourself, and their pros and cons.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and news: CNY '24 prep and visa-free China entry for 6 countries. 08:06 - Who typically uses a sourcing agent to buy from China and what types are there? 13:10 - 4 sourcing approaches the buyer can take. 14:02 - When does each approach make sense (and pros & cons)? 41:25 - Sourcing options and compliance. 43:43 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Sourcing from China 101, Part 1: Do You Need a Sourcing Agent? Why First-Time Buyers Fall for Trading Companies in China   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIn Send us a tweet @sofeast Prefer Facebook? Check us out on FB Contact us via Sofeast's contact page Subscribe to our YouTube channel   Subscribe to the podcast  There are more episodes to come, so remember to subscribe! You can do so in your favorite podcast apps here and don't forget to give us a 5-star rating, please: Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts TuneIn Amazon Podcasts Deezer iHeartRADIO PlayerFM Listen Notes Podcast Addict Podchaser
45:28 08/12/2023

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