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As we continue our blog series on American Manufacturers in the Movies, today we take a look at movie characters who became “Accidental Manufacturers”.

What do we mean by “Accidental Manufacturers”? Those who stumbled into manufacturing by accident. In some cases, they actually created accidents with their manufactured products. Read ahead and you will see what we mean.

We selected three classics that you are most likely quite familiar with. The clips below might even inspire you to go home tonight, fire up some popcorn and enjoy one of these movie adventures!

Accidental Manufacturers

  • Back to the Future Series

Doctor Emmett Brown (The Time-Traveling DeLorean)

Accidental Manufacturers: Doc Brown

The “Back to the Future” series is well-known for their use of the now famous DeLorean. However, the DeLorean is not just a car in these movies. It is a time-traveling machine that not only brings people to the future but also the past. Doc Brown is the brains behind the time-traveling DeLorean. Along with his trusty dog Einstein and their friend Marty they manage to do the impossible. They travel through time.

Doc Brown becomes one of the “accidental manufacturers” when he creates this time machine and then comes up with some unique ways to make it work. With the use of lightning and going the specific speed of 88 miles per hour, Doc, Marty, and Einstein are able to travel back in time to meet Marty’s parents. Before they were his parents of course. This is just the first movie in the series.

In the rest of the series, Marty and Doc take on other adventures. Traveling to the future and even further back in the past to the wild west. However, during each of these adventures, there are situations that they can’t control. Each of which changes their lives.

  • Forrest Gump

Benjamin Buford (Bubba) Blue and Forrest Gump (Bubba Gump Shrimp)

Accidental Manufacturers: Bubba Blue

Forrest Gump is the lovable well-meaning main character who not only narrates his story but lives each of the exciting adventures. However, he can’t do it all on his own. Much like any good movie, there is a strong friendship. Forrest befriends Bubba Blue and they eventually decide that they should go into business together.

Bubba loves shrimp and along with his best friend, he believes he will live his dream. However, before Bubba is able to make this dream a reality he is killed during The Vietnam War. Forrest knowing that he wants to carry out his friend’s dream starts the shrimping company in Bubba’s memory. Therefore, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is born and Forrest becomes one of our favorite “accidental manufacturers”.

  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Wayne Szalinski’s (The Shrinking Ray)

Accidental Manufacturers: Wayne Szalinski

When every attempt goes wrong with his invention, the shrinking ray, Wayne Szalinski is on the verge of giving up. However, his children accidentally prove that his invention does work. They prove this by shrinking themselves and their neighbors. Furthermore, it takes some time for Wayne and his wife to realize that their children are not the size they should be.

After discovering what has happened to them, all of the children realize that they have to work together in order to not only become their normal sizes but to also survive. It is not easy being tiny specks in a busy world. Therefore the children have to avoid different types of obstacles ranging from escaping a deadly lawnmower to swimming in a cereal bowl. In the end, they are able to return to their normal heights and their families are reunited. However, this is just the first time that one of Wayne’s inventions cause mayhem. There are still many more adventures to come with the Szalinkski family in the rest of the series movies.

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Electrical Engineer

Searching for an Electrical Engineer 

Last week we discussed “Building the Better Mouse Trap“. So let’s just say that you have a brilliant new product in mind. A solution that customers will love!

It’s now time to move forward with your exciting idea for developing a new product in electronics.

You know exactly how the product should work. This is going to completely disrupt the market.

You will be on Shark Tank soon pitching your new game changing product. You are going to make a fortune.

Electrical Engineer

Yet, one problem though. You lack an electrical engineering background.

Therefore, if you are not an Electrical Engineer, it would certainly help tremendously to connect with a worthy candidate. Especially an electrical engineer that you trust.

Where do you turn if you do not know an electrical engineer? Who are you going to call?

Do you hire a large firm? They may have significant resources but you find them really expensive.

Or would you prefer to find a small firm or even an individual consultant? Limited resources but possibly less expensive and more flexible.

You need someone that is experienced. Excited about your product. Trustworthy. Relentless. Deeply committed to your success.

Let’s explore several options to consider in your quest to find a high quality electrical engineer.

Volt Vision 

We are blessed to work closely with Steve French, LED specialist and President of electrical engineering firm Volt Vision. Steve has a dynamic background particularly working with LED lighting solutions.  It is a huge asset at Falconer Electronics having Steve as part of our team.

Steve is an expert in LED lighting and a fantastic musician as well. So his creative side combined with being an outstanding engineer makes a killer combination with LED lighting projects.

The Friends and Family Plan

Moving forward, if you do not have an existing relationship with an electrical engineer, start with your inner networking circle. Any friends, family, long lost relatives, college fraternity brothers or sorority sisters? Maybe someone from your soccer team 20 years ago? If not, let’s continue our search……..

Linking with an Electrical Engineer on LinkedIn 

Hopefully, you have a LinkedIn account. This is a great place to find professional connections. Especially in a specialized field such as an Electrical Engineer.

Just type “Electrical Engineer” or “Electrical Design Engineer” into the LinkedIn search box. You can search by:

  • People
  • Jobs
  • Content
  • Companies
  • Groups
  • Schools

LinkedIn is a powerful resource. For example, nearly 200,00 LinkedIn members belong to the LinkedIn Group Mechanical Design Engineers. Over 38,000 LinkedIn members have joined the Electrical Engineers Group.

Other Social Media 

If you find yourself still looking, jump on social media. Depending on the demographic or specialty that you are targeting, start with the platform that you are most active on:

Google Search 

Still no luck so far. You can turn to your trustworthy old friend, Google. If you just do a general search for “Electrical Engineer”, you are going to receive broad results. Having just conducted a search, it seems to be mainly job listings that turn up.

If you prefer someone local, type in your city in as well (Ex: Electrical Engineers in Boston).

Furthermore, you could type the specific type of engineer that you are searching. Ex: PCB engineer, energy systems, microelectronics, systems and controls, etc…

Local Business Networking Groups 

Do you belong to a local business networking group?

Chamber of Commerce

Local Networking Groups (Ex: BNI)

Small Business Development Center – The Small Business Development Center is also an excellent resource that can help out with your search.

Online Professional Freelance Websites

Lastly, there are numerous professional matchmaking websites to consider. All of these sites below offer connections to a wide variety of electrical engineers:

Electrical Engineer

 

Wrapping it Up 

Well, we wish you MASSIVE SUCCESS with your exciting new product.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog on searching for an Electrical Engineer. Also check out our continued blog series on Developing a New Product in Electronics.

If you need information on a Wire Harness with your new product, click here for tips on outsourcing.

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We are talking, “Grandma Would Be Proud of You” Type of Heavy Duty Ground Straps.

Buy Heavy Duty Ground Straps Direct & Save!

No Middle Man! Definitely No Additional Markups! Therefore, why buy retail when you can purchase directly from the manufacturer?

We make’em & ship’em. Quick!

With 33 years experience serving Fortune 500 Companies. Mid-size manufacturers. Small business owners.  As well as everyone in between, our team tackles any project.

Need 1 or 500,000? No problem.

Custom Orders? Absolutely.

Blanket Orders? We would be happy to.

Wide Selection of Heavy Duty Ground Straps

Heavy Duty Ground Straps

These Heavy Duty Ground Straps are corrosion resistant. Furthermore, the tinned copper braided wire offers durability, flexibility and maximum conductivity.

For your convenience and fast service, we offer a line of in-stock Heavy Duty Ground Straps. Currently, our stock lengths include 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20 inches.

Also, custom sizes and terminals available as well. We like to tell our customers, “Any Size for Any Job!” Therefore, we would love to discuss your project. Especially challenging jobs. 

In addition, you are always welcome to utilize our FREE WIRE HARNESS ESTIMATOR.

Made in the USA 

Take advantage of the tremendous benefits when purchasing Heavy Duty Ground Straps Made in the USA:

  • Low Minimums: Avoid the huge financial risks that go along with purchasing large quantities with importing
  • Short Lead Times and Quick Turnaround (No ocean to cross when you buy domestic)
  • Avoid the Hassle of Clearing Customs
  • Eliminate Unnecessary Duties and Import Fees
  • Also, Improve Inventory Turnover
  • In Addition: No Letter of Credit Needed
Agile and Flexible 

Furthermore, our customers value and appreciate the agility and flexibility offered when buying directly from the manufacturer. We consider ourselves an extension and partner of your business.

  • Free samples available upon request
  • Fast Turnaround
  • Highly Skilled and Experienced Team
  • Buying power that lowers your costs
  • Multiple shipping options also reduces your costs
  • In addition to our near perfect customer satisfaction levels
  • All Due to our 33 years of experience

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Wishing you an ELECTRIC DAY!

 

 

 

J100-03M Magnetic Amber LED Mining Light

Here at Falconer Electronics, providing our customers with quality products that can get the job done is paramount. That’s why we are so proud to announce that all of our LED Flashing Signal Lamps are MSHA Approved.  The purpose of this article is to illustrate the importance of the MSHA Approval.

J100-03M Magnetic Amber LED Mining Light

What Does MSHA Mean?

In order to explain why the MSHA Approval on Falconer Electronics LED Flashing Signal Lamps is so important, you should understand what MSHA is.  MSHA stands for Mining Safety and Health Administration; it’s the governing body that oversees the safety and health of miners within the industry.  (Basically, it’s like OSHA, but specifically for the mining industry.)  If you are interested in a deeper explanation of this organization, please read this article, “MSHA or OSHA,” by Michael T. Heenan, from Pit & Quarry.

Ensuring that products can withstand the pressures of mine work is incredibly important. Mines are different environments than any other place on Earth and require that special attention is given to those environments.  Product failures at the wrong time could put miners in danger, so MSHA provides an “Approval” process.

What Happens When a Product is MSHA Approved?

According to the official MSHA website, approved products receive, “official notification by MSHA that product under consideration meets the applicable 30 CFR Requirements.”  Additionally, MSHA Approval ensures products are, “not likely explosion hazard under normal operation when used in methane-air atmosphere or coal dust.”  This, “typically does not include performance requirements with several exceptions (e.g., methane detectors and cap lamps)”

How Did the LED Flashing Signal Lamps Get MSHA Approval?

For Falconer Electronics, LED Flashing Signal Lamps to have completed the Approval process, MSHA needed to ensure that these products met the General Requirement under 30 CFR.  (The MSHA rules are in Title 30 of the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations), Mineral Resources, Chapter I, which you can view in its entirety here.) 

Here are the General Requirements: 

The following information comes directly from the publication listed above, which may get updated, as conditions change.  Please refer to the Official CFR for the most up-to-date information. 

  1. The lamps shall be durable in construction, practical in operation, and suitable for the service for which they are designed and approved.
  2. The intensity of light, distribution of light, and battery capacity shall be adequate for the use for which the lamp is intended.
  3. Battery terminals and leads therefrom, as well as the battery gas vents, shall be designed to minimize corrosion of the electrical contacts.
  4. Bulbs and other replacement parts of the lamps shall be adequately marked as a means of identification.
Now What?

Once a product has been MSHA approved, it means that the company receives, “A formal document issued by MSHA which states that a completely assembled product has met the applicable requirements and which authorizes the attachment of an approval plate.”  

J100-01 Red LED Mining Light - MSHA Approval

This MSHA Approval also means that our customers, especially those in the mining industry, can rest assured that our LED Flashing Signal Lamps are high quality and can stand up to the pressures of mine work.  As stated previously, here at Falconer Electronics, providing our customers with quality products that can get the job done is paramount. We are proud to offer MSHA approved products and to support the safety of miners every day.

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New Wire Harness Manufacturer

Trying to Find a New Wire Harness Manufacturer? You have landed on the right place. As a Custom Wire Harness Manufacturer since 1985, our team at Falconer Electronics has worked with hundreds of customers ranging from many different industries. 

This blog post continues our series on maximizing the due diligence process when searching for a new custom manufacturer to outsource production. In particular, partnering with a New Wire Harness Manufacturer. Each week we are providing a helpful step by step process to provide guidance with your search. 

Previous posts include: 

Outsource Your Wire Harness Assembly Process – Part 1

Selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer – Part 2

This week we discuss the process of discovering a New Wire Harness Manufacturer. 

How to Find a New Wire Harness Manufacturer? 

Partnering with to a New Wire Harness Manufacturer would be extremely beneficial for your company. Once you have decided to outsource your Wire Harness Assembly process, now the search begins. 

Unless you already have a candidate in mind, most likely you will kick start the process by relying on connections within your network. A great place to start includes the list below: 

  1. Vendors
  2. Suppliers
  3. Customers
  4. Chamber of Commerce or other local connections and business organizations 
  5. Trade Associations

If you lack successful connections going this route, no fear. Call on your dear friend Google. Conducting a few Google searches will show you local and national Wire Harness Manufacturing companies. 

Is geography a critical factor? For example, if you were looking for a supplier of wooden pallets, you need somebody extremely close otherwise shipping costs would be brutal and cost prohibitive. 

With a Wire Harness Assembly, shipping costs are not prohibitive and detrimental. Partnering with the right company in another part of the country can still be an effective relationship. 

Once you have discovered a worthy prospect, begin conducting company research to see if this is a good fit for you. 

Check Out the Company Website:

  1. First, explore the company website. Does the website represent the company as a partner that you can trust?
  2. Does the company reveal itself having the staff, tools, resources, and ability to tackle your project?
  3. Do they serve your industry?
  4. Do they have the experience and expertise to take on your project? 
  5. Proximity? Do they need to be within a certain distance of your facility? 

Check out their Social Media:

  1. Is the company active on social media and communicating their culture?
  2. Does it fit with yours?
  3. Does the company provide helpful tips?
  4. Communicate the company mission? Does the mission fit with yours? 
  5. Can you easily submit a drawing of your wire harness assembly? 
  6. When you contact them, do you receive a quick response? 

Below are a few questions to consider asking: 

  1. Types of customers – What industry does the company target? Do they understand your needs? Can they speak your language? Do you feel a chemistry and kindred spirit with this company? Do they have the flexibility to speed up when during your busier times? Can they adjust to varying seasonal demands? 
  2. Vendor relationships – Do they have outstanding vendor relationships? Do they have purchasing power? Are they willing to negotiate and fight for the lowest cost on product for you? Do they have strong cash flow and pay their bills on time so there are no delays in purchasing your product? 

New Wire Harness Manufacturer

Next week with our series on selecting a New Wire Harness Manufacturer to partner with, we will dig further into questions that you can ask during the interview process. 

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Custom-Commercial-Power-Strips

Custom Electronics Manufacturer in the U.S. Since 1985

Falconer Electronics, Inc (FEI) has proudly served its community as a U.S. Custom Electronics Manufacturer since 1985. Our customers love the convenience and flexibility of working with a domestic manufacturer.

There are tremendous benefits gained when working with a domestic manufacturer. Especially since partnering with a U.S. Custom Electronics Manufacturer drastically reduces costs and lead time.

The three areas that FEI specializes in include:

  1. Wire Harness Assembly
  2. Commercial Outlet Strips
  3. Printed Circuit Boards

Benefits of Partnering with a Custom Electronics Manufacturer in the U.S.

Outsourcing your Wire Harnesses, Commercial Outlet Strips or Printed Circuit Boards to a U.S. Custom Electronics Manufacturer provides a list of competitive advantages for your company:

  • Time zone challenges do not exist – We get up super early and start our day at 6:00 am est.
  • Quick and easy communication where language barriers do not exist (except for our goofy accents).
  • Shipping charges are much cheaper.
  • QUICK turnaround time – we work fast!
  • Over 30 years of experience.
  • We lobby all of our tools, resources, and expertise to provide an outstanding customer experience.
  • “Made in the USA” is a symbol of pride and high quality. Hard working Americans at work producing incredible products.
  • Fast and convenient shipping options
  • Inventory management and control
  • Our purchasing power lowers your costs
  • Long-term relationship with vendors
  • Keeping our overhead costs as low as possible to pass savings on to our customers.  We are frugal! We consider ourselves part of your team and work relentlessly to keep prices down and dirty.
  • Accessibility – many of our customers visit our facility and we consider it a privilege to go on tour to visit our customers as well.
  • Supply chain efficiencies

Custom-Commercial-Power-Strips

Our experience, expertise, tools, knowledge, and resources become an extension of your business allowing you to do what you do best – Make your outstanding products and produce profits. One of the keys to the long-term success at FEI is our deep commitment to driving profits for our customers. The greater the ROI each customer enjoys from our products the better.

 

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Environmental Benefits Using LED Lighting

LED lighting has witnessed significant growth over the years. Our last blog post discussed the history of LED lights. There are many contributing factors driving this increasing popularity.  In particular, the Environmental Benefits Using LED Lighting are tremendous.

LED’s (light-emitting diodes) are a light source using semiconductor devices that produce visible light. According to the Department of Energy website, “the potential of LED technology to produce high-quality white light with unprecedented energy efficiency is the primary motivation for the intense level of research and development currently supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.”

Consumers are increasingly embracing LED lights. Walk into any home improvement store and you will notice the vast selection of LED lights available for residential use.

Environmental Benefits Using LED Lighting

Energy Efficiency  

LED lighting is also seeing huge growth in commercial usage. Many industries are plunging into LED lighting. Using LED lights greatly reduces energy consumption. Efficiency, durability, reliability and long lasting use are among the many advantages as well as the environmental benefits using LED lighting.

Longer lasting means much less energy waste, as opposed to incandescent and fluorescent lights since LED’s are a type of Solid State Lighting. Also LED lights do not carry the hazardous chemicals found in incandescent and fluorescent lights. In other words, no toxic chemicals in a dump site.  

LED’s offer highly efficient colored light sources with common colors in amber, blue and red. Falconer Electronics has been producing LED lighting for over 20 years. For example, we use LED lights in our MSHA approved Mine Lights as well as our safety lights which are all available in amber, blue and red. 

Environmental Benefits Using LED Lighting

LED Safety Light from Falconer Electronics

Reducing the cost of LED lighting is a top priority to continue penetrating the U.S. market. As of 2015, LED lights represented 6% of all installed lights. Therefore the DOE predicts that number to hit 86% by 2035. Savings for Solid State Lighting energy use for lighting in 2035 will be 75% lower than if LED’s had not entered the market: https://www.energy.gov/eere/ssl/ssl-forecast-report

For further information, follow our June blog posts on LED Lighting as well as “Wire Harness Wednesdays”. Check out our Facebook page for “Electrical Fail Fridays” and “What not to do” every week this month. You can also find us on LinkedInTwitter and Google+

 

There are times when an American business is the supplier of products in other countries. When working with a foreign company there can be some difficulty with achieving the final outcome. A few of the issues that can arise are the misunderstanding of what is needed, instructing for installation, and  the difficulty of repairing products once they have left the U.S.

Communication Issues in Doing Business

Sometimes when working with other countries there is a large communication gap. Whether the communication is happening through emails or even over the phone there can be a lack in the understanding. These communication barriers can prevent the American company from fully understanding the needs of the foreign company.

They can also cost the foreign company more money on materials. This can happen if they don’t know how to ask for what they need. Sometimes in these cases the American company may make assumptions based off of older models of the product. However, if those assumptions are incorrect the entire product could be wasted. It can be difficult to bridge the gap of communication and can cause a lot of extra time and money.

Installation Issues

Another issue that can go along with that of communication is the problem of giving installation instructions. If there is a gap in communication there is also a large chance that there will be difficulties instructing the foreign country how to install the product. If the instructions get lost or translated incorrectly the foreign business will have a difficult time using the product.

When there is an issue with instructions there is often a need for a representative from the American company to go to the foreign location. Depending on the distance away from the American business this travel can have a high cost. Traveling will also take up valuable time that could be used to work on other projects. Instructional issues can all be traced back to the main issue of communication.  Both companies would be able to achieve all the stages of the production if there were no communication gaps.  

Repair Issues

Another issue that can come from communication issues is damage. Some damage may occur during installation. If the foreign company is not accustomed to working with a product and they attempt repairs the situation could be made worse. It is difficult to troubleshoot a problem when you are not in physical proximity to it.

Repairs for goods damaged in shipping will be something that can’t be planned for. If there are damaged pieces that no longer work in the product they need replaced. There is no guarantee that the receiving company would be able to preform these tasks or have the product line in house to change out broken pieces. This can be a difficult situation to fix with the manufacturer being in a different country.

Communication, Installation, and Repair issues are problems that can happen when doing business outside of America. Communication is the basis for the other two issues. When there is a language difference it is difficult for everyone to understand solutions to problems.