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Why would we need a DFM review, and what is its value?

If you take an existing simple product and you only make a small tweak to its design, in a way that doesn’t impact manufacturing methods, there is no need for a DFM review. In other cases, you need to confirm … Continue reading

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Why do you have minimum amounts for some services, like prototyping?

For very simple products, “making a prototype” might simply mean pressing a button and sending a CAD file to a 3D printer. For the products we tend to work on, it means some initial analysis, the testing of a few … Continue reading

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We can find people with lower rates. What justifies your rates?

If you look online, you will find many people with low rates, and many (probably most) of them work remotely. Our product engineers work on-site in our facility and within the frameworks of our company. Their managers look after the … Continue reading

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Are you responsible for the quality of the production?

If you only engage us for quality assurance services, no. Some people have a misconception and think they can pay for an inspection and use that contract as an insurance policy. In reality, we only help reduce your risks by … Continue reading

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Can we count just 1 man-day for 1 shipment?

Yes, sure, as we usually do random inspections. But, in some cases (complicated products, high quantity, many SKUs), we’ll have to reduce the proportion of samples taken, as well as the scope of the inspection work, so much that it … Continue reading

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Can we pay a price per piece, or a percentage of the order value?

In many cases, that would result in either an abnormally high pay for us (not in your interest) or a very low pay for us (which means our incentive is to do as little as possible, again not in your … Continue reading

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Do you have MOQs for 3PL solutions?

We try to be flexible on MOQs as we work with businesses that place both small and large orders. For kitting and assembly we have an MOQ of at least 500 pieces per batch of products. If under 500pcs, we … Continue reading

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Are Sofeast’s warehouses climate-controlled?

A section of our warehouses is temperature and humidity-controlled. Sensitive materials such as lithium batteries and other electronic materials are kept between 20 and 27 degrees C. (Highest cost applies when materials need to be controlled this way.)

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Roughly how long will it take to produce our new hardware product?

This is a really difficult question to answer as every new product launch project is different, however, we’ll try to give you some ballpark figures. Engineering design: 15 days to 6 months Accelerated life testing on prototypes and iterations until … Continue reading

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Can Sofeast develop our electronic product’s firmware or mobile app?

We employ a software engineer who can write the firmware for your product. However, when it comes to mobile apps for users, our customers usually take care of that development work.

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