China Manufacturing Decoded

Sofeast

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! read less
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Getting Ahead Of The Upcoming EU Product Liability Directive (Feat. Clive Greenwood & Prof. Simon Choi)
6d ago
Getting Ahead Of The Upcoming EU Product Liability Directive (Feat. Clive Greenwood & Prof. Simon Choi)
In this episode... Renaud hosts this episode on the EU's forthcoming directive on product liability which should get you nervous if you sell into Europe. Clive Greenwood and Prof. Simon Choi are two highly experienced compliance experts and Professor Choi brings a fresh outlook on how this affects manufacturers in China and EU importers in legal terms.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introducing today's topic. 04:23 - What is the intent of the directive? 06:53 - What does this directive change for economic operators on the distribution and retail side of things? 12:47 - Transparency in the supply chain. 16:56 - Even if a factory in, say, China can now be held liable for product problems as a supply chain actor under this new legislation, realistically, can an importer obtain compensation from them? 24:47 - How the burden of proof for manufacturers is changing. 28:45 - Product labelling must make it easier for any parties, especially consumers, to bring a case against a product's seller. 32:50 - Foreign manufacturers are going to be under a lot of pressure to change the way they do things. 34:02 - Why the product safety's burden of proof is on the party who brings the product into the EU. 37:17 - Will this directive even be possible to enforce in manufacturing in China? 39:38 - Wrapping up.   Related content... How ISO 37301 Might Improve Chinese Suppliers’ ComplianceExploring 9 Quality Management Challenges in China [Podcast]The EU Ecodesign Regulation Is Coming, But Are You Prepared? [Podcast part1]Exploring Product Safety & Reliability Issue Liability [Podcast]   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
How A Supplier’s Quality Can Be Evaluated & Validated
Nov 17 2023
How A Supplier’s Quality Can Be Evaluated & Validated
In this episode... Renaud and Andrew, Sofeast's head of New Product Development, are in the booth discussing how a supplier's quality can be evaluated and validated. In order to avoid purchasing parts or materials that will let you down, you need to be able to assess if a supplier is capable of reaching your requirements, and they're going to tell you how!   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introducing today's topic. 01:31 - Why is supplier quality important? 05:56 - When should you start being concerned with supplier's quality and what should you do to mitigate risks of poor quality? 15:33 - Why the quality team must help to include your quality standards in the PRD (product requirement document). 22:05 - Why small businesses may benefit from working with a supplier who has in-house engineering resources. 23:32 - Doing due diligence to qualify that a supplier's quality is good. 33:16 - Checking the supplier's QMS. 35:07 - Regular audits can also uncover helpful information about suppliers. 37:35 - Formalize approved suppliers. 41:43 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Sourcing New Suppliers From China: 7 Tips For Success.Free Download: Ultimate Guide To Sourcing From China And Developing Your Suppliers [eBook]Click here to listen 👉 DIY Sourcing from China SeriesGet help from Sofeast to source new suppliers for you and do due diligence on themSelect numerous helpful factory audits from Sofeast   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
Sourcing Chinese Suppliers? 7 expert tips to get you better results!
Nov 10 2023
Sourcing Chinese Suppliers? 7 expert tips to get you better results!
In this episode... Adrian hosts and welcomes Kate Oliynykova, Sofeast's head of supply chain management, onto the podcast once again. This time she sheds light on how we do supplier identification for customers, sharing 7 tips for key areas to focus on and lots of advice that can help you get better results when you're sourcing from China (or other countries in Asia, too, actually).   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introducing today's topic. 04:12 - 1) How to find a good supplier in China: Platforms to use 10:02 - 2) Key points to pay attention to when selecting a supplier 12:39 - 3) Checking certifications 17:44 - 4) Collect supplier contact info. and cross-check 21:47 - 5) Getting better quotations. 27:59 - 6) Selecting the right incoterms. 32:45 - 7) Source yourself or use a third party? 35:41 - An example of what can go wrong if you've sourced suppliers yourself. 41:36 - Sofeast's tried-and-tested sourcing approach. 44:27 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Are Suppliers We Find On Alibaba.com And GlobalSources.com Trustworthy?Chinese trading companies and their dirty little secretsWork with Sofeast as we assist you with New Supplier / Factory Identification using our experienced teams around Asia to help you avoid risks and provide suppliers you can rely onSofeast supplier background check - it's great value and might just save your bacon!Our guide into the key Incoterms importers might useRead this eBook for free: Ultimate Guide To Sourcing From China And Developing Your Suppliers [eBook]Read our many posts about disputes with Chinese suppliers and how to handle them   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
China’s REAL business environment for foreign investors today + How to set up a manufacturing company there
Nov 3 2023
China’s REAL business environment for foreign investors today + How to set up a manufacturing company there
Sofeast's CEO Renaud welcomes China business expert Angel Ho, CEO of Hongda Business Services in Shenzhen, onto the show to talk about what the business environment for foreigners seeking to do business there today is really like, and about the process of setting up a manufacturing facility in China for foreigners and all of the legal and administrative points you'll need to take care of. They also both share some of the key mistakes that foreign businesses make when setting up their factory.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings. 01:06 - Angel and Hongda introduction. 02:21 - What's the general business environment in China after 'Zero-Covid' really like for foreign businesses? 07:40 - The Chinese economy is less vibrant than before now. What is the government doing to encourage foreign investment? 11:55 - How easy is it to hire foreigners in China today? 16:41 - If a Western company wants to start their own manufacturing company in China, what's the process? 21:30 - Selecting the right area and government support for manufacturers. 25:55 - 7 Common mistakes foreign businesses make when setting up a manufacturing facility in China. 35:39 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Check out Hongda Business Services here and see what kinds of help they can offer you if you're doing business in China now or soon will beHow We Set Up A New Factory In China From Idea To Operation [Podcast]Want To Prevent Assembly Problems? Use This Checklist.   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
18 steps for selecting electronic components the right way
Oct 27 2023
18 steps for selecting electronic components the right way
In this episode... Adrian and Andrew Amirnovin, Sofeast's reliability expert and our head of New Product Development, return and explore component selection (especially for electronics). This is just one piece of the manufacturing puzzle, but if you get it wrong it will come back to bite you! Luckily, Andrew is here to walk you through 18 steps that will help you choose components that fit the bill.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introducing today's topic. 01:17 - What is the component selection process and where does it occur during New Product Introduction? 04:20 - The component selection steps: 1. Define your Requirements 2. Select the Key Components 06:02 - 3. Analyze the Operating Environment/s 06:34 - 4. Identify Critical Parameters per component 10:04 - 5. Source the Components 15:26 - 6. Consider the Supply Chain 16:53 - 7. Check for Obsolescence 17:34 - 8. Analyze costs 21:01 - 9. Selecting Components of the right Reliability and Quality 24:53 - 10. Purchase Second-Source Components 26:28 - 11. Component Database 29:08 - 12. Design for Excellence, especially DFM 30:54 - 13. Compliance and Standards 33:49 - 14. Simulating and Prototyping the Product 35:14 - 15. Documentation and Record-Keeping 38:12 - 16. Design Reviews 41:13 - 17. Lock the Bill of Materials (BOM) 44:45 - 18. Pilot Run 45:59 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Get help from Sofeast to do Reliability Engineering & Testing (in a China lab) - we provide reliability engineering services including reliability testing on component and PCB levels as well as the product level on various types of consumer products. Some of these tests include drop, vibration, temperature and humidity and package testing. We can customize the right tests for your product.How To Do Product Reliability Testing?Golden Sample: Why You Need It Before Mass Production StartsPlanning For Effective Pilot Runs [Podcast]DfX Product design video playlist   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
Technology Readiness Levels: How can they help today’s manufacturers?
Oct 20 2023
Technology Readiness Levels: How can they help today’s manufacturers?
In this episode... Renaud hosts and is joined by Sofeast's senior engineer Paul Adams to go through Technology Readiness Levels which is a product development framework that is often used to gauge the progress of a new product launch project, especially during prototyping. But is it useful for today's manufacturers who are mass producing, say, consumer electronics? Find out here...   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introducing today's topic. 01:08 - Where did the TRL originate? 04:37 - The 9 Technology Readiness Levels. 20:02 - Can we use this framework for products that will be mass-produced? 26:09 - What is missing from the TRL in order to manufacture products in large quantities? 37:38 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Technology Readiness Levels: A Better Product Development Framework?The Design for X Approach: 12 Common ExamplesDFX: Product Design Optimizations You Should Consider [Podcast]The TRL explained [Video]Get help to develop your new product and bring it to mass production from our experienced engineers who work with you to guide you and provide expertise where you need it: New Product Introduction support from Sofeast    Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
DFM lessons we can learn from Elon Musk
Oct 13 2023
DFM lessons we can learn from Elon Musk
Sofeast's CEO Renaud flies solo in this episode and discusses what he thought of the recent Elon Musk biography by Walter Isaacson. What can we, the manufacturing community, learn from this enigmatic character? As you'll hear, one of his specialities is making positive DFM (Design for Manufacturing) changes, so there will be plenty of focus on those, but also on his 5-point algorithm for success, triumphs and failures in manufacturing, and more.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 06:25 - Elon Musk: A great contributor to humanity? 09:21 - Automation then de-automation 11:26 - Making product design engineers responsible for the manufacturing process. 13:24 - Musk's 5-point algorithm for success. 23:44 - The 'Idiot Index'. 25:44 - Material science: The unexpected choice to replace carbon fiber with stainless steel in some SpaceX parts. 27:31 - Using a revolutionary stainless-steel body for the cyber truck. 30:30 - Changing how die-casting is used in the automotive trade. 32:23 - Wrapping up.   Related content... What is Design for Manufacturing (DFM)?DFM for PCBA – 40+ ImprovementsGet help from Sofeast's product engineers to examine your product and suggest ways that it can be improved for manufacturability by purchasing our DFM review for Manufacturing in Asia.DFM and DFA explainer videoThe Design for X Approach: 12 Common ExamplesDFX: Product Design Optimizations You Should Consider [Podcast]   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
Testing To Failure For Your Product - Why?
Oct 6 2023
Testing To Failure For Your Product - Why?
In this episode... Adrian and Andrew Amirnovin, Sofeast's reliability expert and our head of New Product Development, are back on the pod and taking you on a journey into what testing to failure is, its benefits, and why you will find it a useful tool in your product reliability testing arsenal.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introducing today's topic. 01:28 - What is test to failure? 05:33 - Why does testing to failure matter to companies who are bringing a new product to market (5 reasons)? 14:30 - Some examples where weaknesses were found in products which allowed them to be fixed. 19:56 - What kinds of methodologies can we follow when doing test to failure? 32:31 - Products and industries where this is a very useful kind of testing to do. 37:20 - Is test to failure wasteful? 41:10 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Get help from Sofeast to do Reliability Engineering & Testing (in a China lab) - we provide reliability engineering services including reliability testing on component and PCB levels as well as the product level on various types of consumer products. Some of these tests include drop, vibration, temperature and humidity and package testing. We can customize the right tests for your product.How To Do Product Reliability Testing?DFR Design For Reliability Guide & Implementation SecretsHow Many Product Samples Are Required For Reliability & Compliance Testing?   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
7 Key Learnings From Manufacturing Organizational Charts
Sep 29 2023
7 Key Learnings From Manufacturing Organizational Charts
Sofeast's CEO Renaud explains what a manufacturing organizational chart is and, critically, 7 key things that we can learn about our suppliers from theirs. During your sourcing journey, Renaud's advice will help you spot potential issues with some red flags to be aware of. (Adrian from the team hosts).   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 02:03 - What is an organizational chart? 06:39 - 1. No Quality Dept. 10:26 - 2. Placing the quality department under the production manager. 14:44 - 3. Putting the production manager in charge of the planning department. 16:20 - 4. No planning system at all! 20:35 - 5. No team of manufacturing engineers. 24:16 - 6. No dedicated HR department or the HR staff are at a junior level. 27:08 - 7. Job titles are unclear on the org chart and sometimes inappropriate for the person. 30:44 - Summary and wrapping up.   Related content... Organizational chart definitionManufacturing Organizational Chart: Top 7 Common Mistakes To AvoidOrganizational Physics: The Science of Growing a Business Hardcover – Lex SisneyDesigned to Scale: How to Structure Your Business for Exponential Growth - Lex Sisney   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
How to use reliability data to make better products & save money
Sep 22 2023
How to use reliability data to make better products & save money
In this episode... Renaud hosts today and is joined by Andrew Amirnovin, Sofeast's reliability expert and our head of New Product Development, to cover the topic of reliability data and how it can be used to help you make better products and reduce your costs.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introducing today's topic. 00:43 - What kind of reliability data can we get? 04:43 - Keeping a database of past issues or 'lessons learnt.' 10:29 - Where do issues that occur during manufacturing come from? 12:50 - How can reliability data be used to make better products? 17:16 - How user experience can influence a new testing plan. 19:46 - Over-engineering and reliability: Mercedes Cars in the 1980s and NOKIA phones that seemed to be indestructible. 25:11 - How can reliability data be used to cut production costs? 27:56 - An example from the early automobile industry: Henry Ford's Model-T Kingpin 33:52 - Takata airbag safety scandal. 38:39 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Get help from Sofeast to do Reliability Engineering & Testing (in a China lab) - we provide reliability engineering services including reliability testing on component and PCB levels as well as the product level on various types of consumer products. Some of these tests include drop, vibration, temperature and humidity and package testing. We can customize the right tests for your product.The story of the NOKIA 3210How To Do Product Reliability Testing?DFR Design For Reliability Guide & Implementation SecretsHenry Ford kingpin storyTakata airbag recall   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
Avoid Sending Immature Product Designs to a Chinese Manufacturer!
Sep 15 2023
Avoid Sending Immature Product Designs to a Chinese Manufacturer!
Renaud makes it clear where you need to be with new product designs before you approach Chinese manufacturers. He also explains the risks with immature designs, common red flags, and the work you'll need to do to have designs that can be called 'ready to industrialize.'   Show Sections 00:00 - Introduction. 01:24 - What do we mean by mature product designs? 04:54 - Don't ignore important phases and milestones in the NPI process. 07:30 - What the average Chinese manufacturer will need from you before they can get started. 09:45 - Approaching suppliers in the right way. 16:20 - Is there a risk that a 'bad' manufacturer might take your project with immature designs and lead to failure and wasted time and money? 18:53 - Common red flags demonstrating that product designs are immature. 25:41 - Summary and wrapping up.   Related content... Why Skipping NPI Phases Is A Big MistakeSee our visualization of the NPI processThe Benefits of a Feasibility Study (during new product development)The Hardware Academy   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
Building Better Systems & Processes For Importers (Feat. Gianmarco Meli)
Sep 8 2023
Building Better Systems & Processes For Importers (Feat. Gianmarco Meli)
Renaud welcomes e-commerce guru and host of the popular 'The Seller Process' podcast, Gianmarco Meli, to the podcast today to talk about building better systems and processes for your company if you're importing and selling products that you make or buy in low-cost Asia online via e-commerce and want to be more successful.   Show Sections 00:00 - Introducing today's topic and Gianmarco. 04:19 - When starting up with e-commerce, what to work on (and optimize/systematize) first? 15:52 - Tips for systematizing and improving processes. 21:11 - When importing products and selling them in e-commerce, what are the biggest risks to watch out for? And what are the processes that really make a difference in reaching business objectives? 27:09 - The number 1 risk when selling products online. 30:02 - How to build good relationships with suppliers? 39:10 - Wrapping up.   Related content... The NPI Process for Effective Product DevelopmentNavigating Compliance: Protecting Your Business in Today’s MarketGet started sourcing from China...Listen to our DIY Sourcing from China SeriesKraljic Matrix: Sourcing a Strategic Supplier – Are YOU a Good Fit for THEM?Check Sofeast's various supply chain management solutions where we can help you with sourcing, managing suppliers, storing and fulfilling your products from China, and much more!   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
The Benefits of a Feasibility Study (during new product development)
Sep 1 2023
The Benefits of a Feasibility Study (during new product development)
Renaud and Adrian talk about what a feasibility study for new products is, its benefits, and everything you need to know in order to implement yours. This will really help you to identify potential issues long before you manufacture your product, saving time and money on correcting them later on.   Show Sections 00:00 - Introduction. 02:01 - Many people don't consider doing a feasibility study. 03:11 - The 6 phases of the NPI process for an electro-mechanical product. 15:12 - The role of industrial designers in realizing concepts where the product needs to look good and who else helps you here. 20:10 - What to do in projects where figuring out how to make the product work is paramount.  23:01 - Using the feasibility study's designs and prototypes for marketing and sales. 24:54 - The 'Just Do It' or 'Go' syndrome is the biggest mistake to avoid. 38:30 - What if a product is rushed into mass production? 44:21 - Tips on how to do your own feasibility study based on how large businesses conduct theirs. 50:26 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Why Skipping NPI Phases Is A Big MistakeCrowdfunding Failures: 4 Great Prototypes That Failed To LaunchdFMEA: When to use it and how to get best results [Podcast]Don’t Send Immature Product Designs To A Chinese Manufacturer!See our visualization of the NPI process   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
Component-Level Testing Deep Dive
Aug 24 2023
Component-Level Testing Deep Dive
In this episode... Join Andrew Amirnovin, Sofeast's reliability expert and our head of New Product Development, on a deep dive into what component-level testing is, the process followed for selecting and testing components that won't let you down, and the various benefits you'll get by doing this during the product design and development process.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introducing today's topic. 01:21 - What is the difference between component-level and product-level testing? 08:14 - What's the component qualification process? 15:59 - The 10-point component testing and evaluation process.  36:13 - Why businesses and entrepreneurs bringing a new product to market shouldn't be expected to have the testing expertise in-house and what we do to help. 40:18 - Examples of problems that might occur if component testing is not done properly. 43:37 - Do YOU need to decide on and do all types of component-level testing? 47:10 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Get help from Sofeast to do Reliability Engineering & Testing (in a China lab) - we provide reliability engineering services including reliability testing on component and PCB levels as well as the product level on various types of consumer products. Some of these tests include drop, vibration, temperature and humidity and package testing. We can customize the right tests for your product.How To Ensure your Chinese Factory Purchases Good Components?What is the Pilot Run for Components and Products?Component Selection: Should I Use Tried-and-Tested OR Cutting-Edge Components?CTQ Components: How Component Engineers Manage Their QualityHow To Reduce The Risks Of Substandard Components In Your Productions   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
The Taguchi Method (Robust Design): Manufacturing New Products Consistently
Aug 18 2023
The Taguchi Method (Robust Design): Manufacturing New Products Consistently
Renaud and our senior engineer Paul Adams discuss the Taguchi method, also known as Robust Design. The Taguchi method is a tool used in engineering and manufacturing to improve product and process quality and reduce defects at an early stage. It is a statistical analysis approach used early in the product development process that reduces your costs and improves product quality and reliability, so is a popular way to develop products that are less risky to manufacture.   Show Sections 00:00 - Introduction. 01:07 - What is the Taguchi method? (Summary) 04:01 - Would a Taguchi method analysis point out risks and provide solutions about how to change the product design and/or manufacturing processes so the product could be made consistently well? 06:36 - Example: Plastic injection molding. 12:25 - Taguchi method is not a recent innovation, it's a well-established methodology. 18:03 - What do you need for good finished products? 21:05 - Benefits of doing early Taguchi analysis. 24:54 - The concept of value loss. 30:49 - How do teams who try to develop a new product without using the Taguchi methodology usually get on? 34:13 - When to follow a Taguchi testing approach? 36:50 - Caution: Statistical approaches are not a magic bullet. 38:49 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Robust Design: Enhancing Product Quality and PerformanceNew Product Launch: Planning & Discovery Phases Are So Important Don’t Send Immature Product Designs To A Chinese Manufacturer!Basic Statistics Any Chinese Factory Can Understand   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
Cheap Battery Risks And Why New Laws Mean Their Days Are Numbered
Aug 11 2023
Cheap Battery Risks And Why New Laws Mean Their Days Are Numbered
In this episode... China-based British compliance expert, Clive Greenwood, joins  Renaud this time to discuss the risks that cheap Li-ion batteries from China flooding the globe pose to consumers. They go on to discuss in detail the health and safety and compliance laws governing batteries (and most products), and forthcoming sustainability laws that will be in place from next year that will affect all importers. It doesn't matter if you're in the EU, USA, or elsewhere; you're running out of time to comply with the laws discussed, and no, those cheap batteries aren't going to be compliant...   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introducing Clive. 02:41 - Today's topic: The Risks Posed by Cheap Batteries from China. 06:09 - The battery lifecycle. 11:31 - Some examples of the differences in cost and risk of batteries and EV components from China. 20:19 - Existing and forthcoming standards and regulations affecting batteries. 26:52 - How personal EVs will probably be governed by IATF 16949 in future. 29:10 - New legislation coming in 2024 and 2025 that targets consumer lithium batteries specifically and what this means to importers. 37:19 - From 2025 the liability for fires and other dangers caused by poor-quality batteries is going to be on YOU, the importer, and there's no escape. 41:13 - Selling products with a Li-ion battery? Take these actions to avoid problems... 43:47 - Most issues with batteries are 'near-misses' that importers may never hear about leading to a lack of awareness about the risks with batteries. 45:35 - Chargers and the prevention of battery fires. 47:51 - The ESPR represents a serious challenge for importers with a supply chain in China (and other Asian countries to an extent). 50:19 - Liability for problems won't wait for the importer to put things right, they need to be right the first time around. 52:14 - What changes are happening in other parts of the world regarding health and safety?  57:08 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Chinese battery danger Telegraph articleGet help from Sofeast to prepare to comply with the EU ESPRWhat is the EU Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation?The EU Ecodesign Regulation Is Coming, But Are You Prepared? [Podcast part 1]How To Comply With The EU Ecodesign Regulation? [Podcast part 2]E Waste Impact on the Environment (Analysis)Understanding The Environmental Impact of EV Batteries   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
Reliability Nightmares! Titan Sub Disaster & Siemens Gamesa Wind Turbines
Aug 4 2023
Reliability Nightmares! Titan Sub Disaster & Siemens Gamesa Wind Turbines
In this episode... Sofeast's CEO Renaud and Andrew Amirnovin, reliability expert and our head of New Product Development, explore two high-profile product reliability nightmares that have been in the news recently: the destruction of the Oceangate Titan submersible that catastrophically imploded near the wreck of the Titanic and the reliability failures of the Siemens Gamesa wind turbines that suffered from vibration landing them with a $ 2 billion price tag to fix and denting their stock prices    Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introducing today's topic. 02:23 - 1. The destruction of the Titan submersible visiting the wreck of the Titanic. 22:14 - Do strict standards actually stifle innovation and make it hard for new companies to enter a market? 27:46 - 2. Vibrating Siemens Gamesa wind turbines. 34:52 - Comparing possible testing solutions for the Titan sub and the wind turbines. 39:52 - Summary: What it takes to manufacture and keep manufacturing a reliable product.   Related content... The Oceangate Titan submersibleThe Siemens Gamesa wind turbinesGet help from Sofeast to do Reliability Engineering & Testing (in a China lab) - we provide reliability engineering services including reliability testing on component and PCB levels as well as the product level on various types of consumer products. Some of these tests include drop, vibration, temperature and humidity and package testing. We can customize the right tests for your product.How Reliability Testing Is Critical To Obtaining Great Mass-Produced ProductsThe Design for Reliability Process for Launching Reliable Products   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
EU Product Compliance Overview & Tips for Buyers (Feat. Fredrik Grönkvist)
Jul 27 2023
EU Product Compliance Overview & Tips for Buyers (Feat. Fredrik Grönkvist)
Sofeast CEO Renaud welcomes our friend Fredrik Grönkvist of Compliancegate.com to the show today to talk about EU product compliance, in particular, harmful substances of note, common regulations or directives you need to comply with, and what we can learn from recent data about non-compliant products found by EU market surveillance authorities. They also provide some great advice about how to ringfence compliance from your suppliers during the procurement stage of your project which is helpful no matter where you're listening!   Show Sections 00:00 - Introducing our guest: Fredrik Grönkvist of Compliancegate and our topic today. 03:16 - Why has the EU banned certain substances from being used in products? 05:40 - Examining the list of non-compliant products caught in the EU since 2022 for chemical composition safety reasons. What can we learn? 10:00 - 4 directives or regulations related to the chemical makeup of products imported into the EU. 16:02 - What are the key non-compliances and problem substances found for common product categories imported into the EU in the past year? 23:09 - Are there any problems with using data about harmful substances found and common non-compliances to predict future issues with your products? 27:36 - What actions do importers need to take to be compliant in general? 29:16 - What's the role of procurement when it comes to product compliance? 36:35 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Don't forget to visit Fredrik's site Compliancegate.com and request help with your project. Their tool is great for most consumer products and will give you a detailed understanding of your potential compliance requirements.Learn how to create a valid manufacturing contract in ChinaFind the right supplier from China. Click here to listen 👉 DIY Sourcing from China Podcast SeriesWhat is EU RoHS certification?11 Common Electronic Product Certification And Compliance RequirementsGet help from Sofeast with Compliance Testing Consulting where our experts confirm which standards your product must comply with and create and implement a compliance testing plan for you.Watch: on Youtube (The video version is a recording of the discussion and includes graphs and charts showing the data discussed)   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
Partnering with a Chinese Factory: A Misguided Intention?
Jul 21 2023
Partnering with a Chinese Factory: A Misguided Intention?
Renaud and Adrian tackle the issue of whether partnering with your Chinese factory is a misguided intention. The Western win-win mindset doesn't mean as much in China, and buyers may find that neglecting basic protections such as a manufacturing contract in the name of not upsetting their supplier and having a 'strong partnership' is a big mistake. Here's why...   Show Sections 00:00 - Introduction. 01:22 - Why some buyers are attracted to 'partnering up' and what it really means. 05:18 - What is the basis for a good partnership that really makes sense for buyers who develop their own products? 08:24 - How about the relationship for buyers purchasing existing products from an ODM? 13:33 - Why there is an unspoken assumption by Chinese ODM suppliers that if they do you a favor, you will owe them one back. 15:57 - Leaving things open because you want a good partnership with a supplier and don't want to upset them by enforcing a contract is a recipe for trouble. 22:31 - Activities you can take as a buyer that will help to build a good relationship with your supplier. 31:02 - Be aware of your track record with suppliers, because word spreads. 35:00 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Negotiating terms, leverage over suppliers, and describing your needsResponsible & Sustainable Purchasing Practices in FocusVetting Chinese suppliers (Podcast series)Kraljic Matrix: Sourcing a Strategic Supplier – Are YOU a Good Fit for THEM?Learn how to create a valid manufacturing contract in ChinaOEM, ODM, Contract Manufacturers: Choose your China Supplier WiselyResponsible purchasing practices   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser
”Help! I Have No Idea What Reliability Testing My Product Needs!”
Jul 14 2023
”Help! I Have No Idea What Reliability Testing My Product Needs!”
In this episode... Sofeast's Andrew Amirnovin, product reliability expert, joins Adrian from the team to introduce reliability testing and explain the kinds of questions you'll need to answer if you're bringing a new product to market and want to assure that it's as reliable as possible. You may know that you need your product to be reliable, but what's involved? Listen in, and you'll get a good grounding in reliability and be ready to answer the questions your reliability engineer will be asking you.   Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction to today's topic. 02:01 - What is product reliability? 04:41 - Quality is not the same as reliability. 07:06 - Someone doesn't know how to get started with reliability testing. What questions might we ask them in order to proceed? What industry is the product in?What kind of product is it? 14:29 - What are your reliability needs for the product? 16:54 - What if someone's reliability demands are too extreme or not strict enough? 18:45 - Examples of common reliability testing requirements for a typical consumer product (a smartwatch in this case). 22:11 - Reliability does have a cost, but is it a worthwhile investment? 28:45 - For many consumer products, focus on your product being at least reliable enough to last beyond its warranty period, but without over-designing and testing it to the point of overkill. 30:49 - Wrapping up.   Related content... Design for Reliability Secrets [Podcast]Why Product Safety, Quality, and Reliability Are Tightly LinkedCost Of Poor Quality and Reliability: “Pay Me Now, or Pay Me Later.”How Reliability Testing Is Critical To Obtaining Great Mass-Produced ProductsWhat To Do If You Have A High Product Return Rate? [6-step Process]   Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedInSend us a tweet @sofeastPrefer Facebook? Check us out on FBContact us via Sofeast's contact pageSubscribe 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 PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser