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6. They assume all needs to be tested in their own labs.

Many laws/regulations call for testing and collecting data from those tests but don’t mention that a third-party lab, let alone an accredited one, needs to be used. In some cases, getting a test report from your supplier might be sufficient. … Continue reading

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When Sofeast does R&D work on our product, are we locked into paying a fixed price or do we have flexibility?

We do not lock you into R&D projects by requiring a fixed price. For the design phase, you can pay block by block, for example starting with a number of hours of industrial design work, seeing what we provide, and … Continue reading

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Can Sofeast sign an NDA before we work with you?

Yes, we are prepared to sign an NDA/NNN agreement before starting work in order that you feel secure that your product IP is protected as we understand how important that is to our customers. We often offer our regular agreement* … Continue reading
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Is Sofeast just a Quality Inspection company?

When sourcing a product quality inspection provider you have these 2 options: Work with a company that identifies itself as part of the “testing, inspection, certification” (TIC) industry Work with a company that can help you manage quality in addition … Continue reading

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What does Sofeast’s 90-point DFM checklist cover?

Our own checklist formulated by our in-house product design engineers includes 70 points for mechanical design and 20 points for electrical/electronic design, as a starting point. It documents how your product can be designed for better manufacturability. Here’s an excerpt … Continue reading

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Why to choose a DFM review?

When you’re designing your new product you need to find a way to work out what is and is not realistically feasible. Industrial designers are often concerned that their products are manufacturable, and so they choose to work together with … Continue reading

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Where in the world can Sofeast perform product quality inspections?

Sofeast provides you with product inspections in numerous countries around the world. Please note that our key operating areas are China, most of SE Asia, and Turkey, but we can provide inspections in many global countries thanks to our regional … Continue reading
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Why Can’t Sofeast Take On Our New Product R&D Project?

Sometimes the discussions about a new project between a new customer and Sofeast take many weeks. In cases like this, while we were waiting for clarifications on the scope of work etc. from a new customer, some other projects get … Continue reading

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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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