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Ground Straps

Ground Straps literally serve as life savers. Especially since not using Ground Straps can be a Shocking Experience.

Staying grounded means keeping level headed with your feet on the ground (as well as above ground). 

However, not being ground can lead to….bad times. 

Ground Straps

For example, a company recently contacted us in need of Ground Straps. 

Why? 

While developing a new product during the prototype stage, the engineering firm that they had contracted with overlooked adding ground straps to their product. 

While they were demonstrating their new product at a trade show, the machine consistently issued out shocks to users. 

It was a mystery why their brand new product was dishing out electrical shocks. 

Failing to ground the product was the culprit. 

At a trade show of all places, while demonstrating their new product. Not an ideal situation. 

Ground Straps to the rescue. 

Avoid a Shocking Experience 

Shocking Experience

 
Ground Straps keep our customers safe. Ground Straps also keeps their customers safe. 
 
Not using Ground Straps can be a shocking experience. 
 
Being exposed to a live energy source can lead to severe injuries or even worse. 
 
 
The bottom line:
Ground Straps = AVOIDING SHOCKS & STAYING SAFE 
 
We have a saying for all DIYers: “When in Doubt – Ground IT” .
 
A few tips for avoiding shocks at home:
  1. Never overload a Power Strip 
  2. Stay clear of loose wires or broken outlets 
  3. Turn off the electrical supply of any device that you are working on or trying to repair 
  4. Call an electrician or take your repairs to a technician
  5. Stay clear of water when handling an electrical device 

Especially when you are in the shower or tub jamming to your favorite song, make sure your device is parked away at a safe distance.

Shocking Experience

Wrapping It Up 

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Wiring Harness News: Falconer Electronics

The team at Falconer Electronics is extremely excited to announce that we made the front page of the most recent Wiring Harness News! 

If you are a Wire Harness fanatic like we are and you subscribe to the Wiring Harness News, you will find this article front & center on the latest issue. 

Click here to view: 

Streamlining Inbound Marketing:

Falconer Electronics Develops In-house Quote Tool

 

 

Below includes the text of the article: 

Streamlining Inbound Marketing:

Falconer Electronics Develops In-house Quote Tool

Falconer Electronics has been a successful manufacturer of custom Wire Harnesses and Ground Straps since 1985. Yet, like many companies in the contract manufacturing arena, attracting new customers who fit their core competency became a challenge. As Roger Hall, Founder and President of Falconer Electronics explained, “There is a tendency to try to be everything to everybody. Someone knocks on your door, you respond, and you end up chasing things that aren’t really in your wheelhouse.” By embracing eCommerce and Inbound Marketing strategies, however, the company is changing this tendency, and focusing on its core strengths.

“To start, we decided to make an investment in creating two robust software tools to help streamline the purchasing process for our customers,” Roger revealed. The Ground Strap Quote Builder and the Wire Harness Estimator were created as a result. Because of the simplicity of their design, and the relative few inputs for configuration, the Ground Strap Quote Builder was an easier task. “Customers input data regarding specific requirements, and then receive a near-instant email quote on those customizations. The entire five-step process is simple and takes about 60 seconds or less,” he outlined. The five inputs are: RoHS compliance (yes/no), width and length of braided wire, A and B side terminal selection, terminal orientation (selection from seven illustrations), and finally, the specific quality needed. The Quote Builder includes video instruction with each step.

The Wire Harness Estimator works in a similar fashion, but as Roger advised, “Due to the near infinite number of variables in building a wire harness assembly, this tool provides an estimate only.” The tool allows the customer to enter their wire harness assembly information which includes adding actual manufacturer part numbers into the program. Once complete, the user receives an estimate instantly via email. “This creates immediate engagement with the customer,” he elaborated, “which typically converts to a Request for Quote soon after.”

According to Roger, the tool works great for new customers who want to compare prices with their current vendors. In addition, new product developers, engineers and those in purchasing who need a ballpark price promptly, find the Wire Harness Estimator extremely helpful. The development experience has been helpful to Falconer as well. “By creating these tools, it’s really helped us narrow down what we do and given us a more concise focus,” he continued.

“As a wire harness or ground strap assembly manufacturer, you don’t have a proprietary product per se,” Falconer Electronics eCommerce Consultant Curt Anderson suggested, “but you have a proprietary process.” He refers to what they are doing with these tools as, “scaling your proprietary process,” and he added that, this fall, Falconer will piggyback with some marketing firms to do workshops with other companies in their area. “In the workshops, we’ll be exploring how these tools help create a sales funnel to narrow focus so that you’re not chasing leads or product lines that aren’t a good fit.”

Curt explained Falconer is really trying to change the old school, back and forth, quote process. He sincerely hopes their efforts are a beacon for others. “Our goal is to encourage other U.S. contract manufacturers to embrace eCommerce strategies, as well as explore offering an online quoting tool to help reduce the cumbersome RFQ process.” He is convinced that allowing customers to make an easy and efficient buying decision lends to a healthy competitive advantage. “Especially as we all work together to strengthen the foothold of USA Made products in this highly competitive global market,” he concluded.

If you would like to see the tools in action, visit the Falconer Electronics website at www.falconerelectronics.com, or email [email protected] [email protected]

American Manufacturing

Outsourcing manufacturing in the U.S. continues to show many signs of steady growth. For example, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), American manufacturing contributed $2.33 TRILLION to the U.S. economy during 1st quarter of 2018.

To put that figure in perspective, American manufacturing output alone would be the 9th largest economy in the world. Consequently, only eight other countries, including the U.S. would rank higher in GDP. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, International Monetary Fund)

Additionally, according to the Department of Labor, since 2010, employment numbers in the U.S. Manufacturing sector continues to show healthy growth since the Great Recession (Chart retrieved from the Department of labor Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics survey).

Top Benefits of Outsourcing Manufacturing in the U.S.

So what does this information mean for your company?

A burning question for all companies outsourcing manufacturing includes: do we outsource manufacturing in the U.S. or find a cheap labor country?

Well, outsourcing manufacturing invites many challenges, domestically or abroad.

A great deal of vulnerability comes with outsourcing manufacturing. It takes incredible trust to contract with another company.

If the product is manufactured incorrectly, who pays for that mistake?

Though outsourcing manufacturing in the U.S. is off its peak, plenty of strengths and benefits exist with American manufacturing.

Additionally, many industries and products still make cents to manufacturer in the USA in spite of the fierce competition from cheap labor countries.

Yet, plenty of risks exist beyond your control when importing products from overseas.

Below includes a number of  issues to address with outsourcing manufacturing overseas:

  1. Fraud & stolen intellectual property
  2. Language barriers
  3. No ocean to cross
  4. Flexibility
  5. Low minimums 
  6. Quality
  7. Cultural differences
  8. Labor practices
  9. Shorter lead times
  10. Unpredictability & Uncertainty 

Let’s dig a little deeper.

#1) Fraud & Stolen Intellectual Property 

When purchasing products from other countries, are you truly in control?

Outsourcing manufacturing to a trusted partner is crucial.

What if your CAD drawings, proprietary processes or intellectual property end up in the wrong hands?

Do you know a good lawyer in that country?

Fighting copyright or patent infringement abroad invites steep challenges. Actually, it can become a nightmare.

Especially if you possess patented products.

Additionally, protecting your intellectual property also plays a critical role with outsourcing manufacturing.

However, protection for U.S. patented products only extends with the United States. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, you must apply for patent protection in that country you plan on outsourcing manufacturing operations. Most countries have their own patent law. So, even though you spend a small fortune protecting your product here at home, your patent fails to protect you beyond U.S. borders.

Concerns:

  • Patent Protection
  • Violated NDA
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property Infringement
  • Money Exchange Fraud

Do a Google search for “Chinese Knockoffs” and you will find an interesting list of articles.

For example, click here to check out “The 46 Craziest Chinese Counterfeit Products” from Ranker.com.

#2) Language Barriers = Lost in Translation

Ever have a miscommunication or a “lost in translation” with a friend or relative over a text or email?

Sometimes we still have a misunderstanding with close friends via digital communication like email or text?

Can you think of situations where you misunderstood a text or email from a spouse, friend, parent, a child or someone you know intimately?

Email or a text causes challenges. Was the sender being funny? Serious? Were they joking or angry?

You cannot sense the tone with digital communication.

Now combine that with translation challenges.

Especially with slang, lingo or even industry terms that can cause mistakes.

Now combine those communication challenges with someone in another country. Who does not know you and is unfamiliar with your language. Your lingo. Your sense of humor. 

What if critical details translate incorrectly?

  • Colors
  • Sizes
  • Lengths
  • Width
  • Gauges
  • Raw material

#3) No Ocean to Cross 

Ever cross an ocean via ship? Plenty of variables and perils exist that include:

  • Weathering storms = Bad storms = Tsunamis
  • Cargo Insurance
  • Theft
  • Time Delays
  • Dock Time
  • Long lead times
  • What if product is manufactured wrong?
  • Can you get a prototype first?
  • Import fees
  • Broker fees
  • Tariffs
  • What if your products get seasick or fall overboard?
  • Lastly, how about Sharks – Big Sharks – that bite – really hard

#4) Flexibility 

 

Wouldn’t life be much easier if we could all predict buyer behavior or customer purchasing patterns?

Unfortunately business life doesn’t work that way. Events occur where a customer suddenly needs products….NOW!

Sometimes it seems customers need their products…….yesterday.

When you are on the buying side and need product right away, vendor flexibility becomes critical.

Furthermore, it helps your business tremendously when flexible vendors rush orders for you.

Partnering with strong allies who change gears immediately for you offers tremendous benefits. 

#5) Low Minimums

For all of the fees, hassles and challenges with importing, odds are you need to purchase large quantities to make sense.

Yet, what if you just need a prototype?

How about a temporary product with a short production run?

What if you do not need a container load of product?

Is the low price worth purchasing product that you will never sell?

Is dead inventory sitting on the shelf an asset or liability?

Turnover your product fast. Keep it moving. Relentless pursue positive cash flow. Take advantage of domestic manufacturers to help your cause with turning over inventory quickly. Utilize their warehouse space to help minimize your overhead costs.

Many years ago I purchased a container load of product that had a long lead time. It took over 9 months to receive the product. By that time, my customers went else where. I was stuck with tens of thousands of dollars in unsaleable product. 100% my fault. A painful lesson learned.

#6) Quality

“Made in America” symbolizes high quality. Outsourcing manufacturing in the U.S. means products are produced by your neighbors, relatives and members of your community.

Though Patriotism is a great reason to buy “Made in USA” products, there needs to be more.

Consequently consumers and businesses speak loudly with their wallets and credit cards.

Put out a bad product however “Made in USA” only goes so far.

Yet, partnering with a U.S. manufacturer allows you to work closely ensuring the high quality that your customers expect. 

#7) Cultural Differences

Do you have certain businesses or products that you prefer not to support for various personal reasons? Possibly you don’t agree with product content. The company branding message. Maybe you just don’t care for what the company represents in your eyes.

When you purchase from a foreign manufacturer, are you certain that you share the same values? Do they have the same value on safety as you? Quality? 

Workers rights also fall into this category. Do we hold companies and manufacturers in other countries at the same standards as here in the U.S.? Hot topics in the U.S. currently include the $15 minimum wage, paternal leave, LGBT rights, sexual harassment and pay gap for women.

Consequently, as American consumers, are we aware of where China stands on a number of these important issues? 

In addition on a personal note, ever heard of the Yulan China Dog Meat Festival? (Did I really just type “Dog Meat Festival”??)  According to this article from Marc Ching at Forbes, this community event sounds…….deeply disturbing (I need to go hug my dog now). 

 

#8) Labor Practices

This ties in with the last point. Along with cultural differences, do you truly know the labor practices of the company where you have decided to outsources your manufacturing process?

Do foreign outsource partners share the same safety concerns for their employees that you do?

Wages? Benefits? Working conditions? Integrity? Injuries? Child labor? 

American manufacturers follow state and federal laws on all of these topics. 

For example, states in force minimum wages. Additionally OSHA patrols safety concerns at American manufacturers. 

#9) Shorter Lead Times

Did we mention no ocean to cross? For example, need something shipped overnight from your domestic manufacturer? No problem.

In addition, they might even be able to ship a package with regular ground service and have the package arrive to you in a timely fashion. At a low cost as well.

Isn’t the name of the game to put product in your customers hands as fast as possible? 

Reducing lead times helps increase inventory turnover, lowers inventory levels and drastically improves cash flow. 

#10) Unpredictability & Uncertainty

 

Lastly, have you been following the stock market lately? Markets seem to despise unpredictability and uncertainty.

Even though entrepreneurs and business owners are risk takers by nature, unpredictability and uncertainty certainly add tremendous stress.

However, minimizing risks makes live much easier. Especially when unpredictability and uncertainty can be reduced.

Outsourcing manufacturing in the U.S. offers opportunities to drastically increase stability.

Domestic vendors eliminates the challenges of dealing fluctuating currencies. 

Partnering with U.S. manufacturers also avoids of dealing with political unrest in those countries. Did you just roll your eyes with that comment?

Though political times are heated here in the U.S., we still live in the greatest country on the planet! That’s just our humble opinion. 

Wrapping It Up

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