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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!

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Hong Kong

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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!

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English


Episodes
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The Growing Importance of Software in Electronic Product Manufacturing

7/18/2024
In this episode of China Manufacturing Decoded, Adrian and Renaud discuss the evolving role of software in the development and manufacturing of electronic products. They explore how software has become a significant source of competitive advantage, often surpassing hardware in importance. Using examples from smartphones to cars, they illustrate how software drives innovation, user experience, and brand differentiation. The discussion also highlights the strategic shift from hardware-centric to software-centric designs, inspired by insights from Richard Rumelt's book, "Good Strategy, Bad Strategy." Whether you're a manufacturer or a tech enthusiast, this episode offers valuable perspectives on the critical balance between hardware and software in today's electronic products. Show Sections 00:00 - Introduction to the Importance of Software in Electronic Products. 05:38 - Evolution of Chip Design at Intel. 10:14 - Transition from Vertical to Horizontal Structure in Computers. 13:19 - Challenges and Expenses of Hardware Modifications. 15:24 - Advantages of Software Updates over Hardware Changes. 19:19 - Increasing Importance of Software in the Automotive Industry. 22:48 - Utilizing Software for Differentiation in Products. 26:06 - Building Brand Recognition through Software Interaction. 26:55 - Wrapping up. Related content... Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters8 Must-Follow Tips for Software Companies Developing a New Hardware ProductCan Sofeast develop our electronic product’s firmware or mobile app? Get in touch with us Sofeast's contact pageConnect with us on LinkedInSubscribe to our YouTube channelX @sofeastCheck us out on FB

Duration:00:28:40

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Prototyping Essentials: The 5 Key Uses of Prototyping Equipment

7/12/2024
Join us as we delve into the five main uses of prototyping equipment, including 3D printers, CNC milling, and more. Our host, Renaud, is joined by Paul Adams, head of the new product development team, to explore why prototyping is crucial for design houses, manufacturing companies, and product developers alike. In this episode, we break down the distinctions between prototyping and production equipment and discuss the importance of having in-house prototyping tools. We cover five key uses of prototyping equipment, including: We also touch on how prototyping equipment can be used to create production tooling, such as jigs and fixtures, to streamline the manufacturing process. Tune in to gain valuable insights into the world of prototyping and how it can benefit your product development journey. Don't miss out on this informative discussion that will help you understand the nuances of prototyping and its vital role in bringing new products to market efficiently and effectively. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 13:26 - The Importance of Functional Prototypes. 18:29 - Designing Look-Like Prototypes. 32:02 - Stress Testing Prototypes. 43:45 - Bridge Production Run Overview. 44:43 - Utilizing Prototyping Equipment for Production Tooling. 52:00 - Wrapping up. Related content... Prototyping Process To Test & Refine a New Product DesignHow Many Prototypes Are Needed Before We Get ‘Perfection?’Exploring The Benefits Of Rapid Prototyping And Rapid Tooling [Podcast]Do A Bridge Production Rather Than Rushing Into Mass ProductionPrototype Development Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast's contact pageSubscribe to our YouTube channel

Duration:00:52:48

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Selecting the Right Factory Audit for Your Needs

7/4/2024
Join hosts Renaud and Adrian as they discuss the ins and outs of factory audits and how to select the right one based on your specific requirements. In this episode, Renaud shares insights from his recent experiences and highlights the latest developments at Sofeast Group, including the expansion of their plastic injection molding facility. The main focus of the discussion is on different types of factory audits such as quality system audits, social compliance audits, and environmental system audits. They explain what each audit entails, why they are important, and how to choose the most appropriate audit for your situation. Whether you are sourcing a new supplier or ensuring compliance with existing partners, this episode offers valuable guidance to help you make informed decisions and manage risks effectively. Tune in for expert advice and practical tips to enhance your manufacturing processes in Asia. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and discussing the expansion of our plastic injection molding facility. 02:32 - Selecting the Right Factory Audit. 09:38 - Diverse Approaches to Environmental Audits. 14:14 - Focus on Quality System Audits. 16:56 - Social Compliance Audits and Risks. 22:21 - Initial Factory Evaluation vs. Quality System Audit 25:58 - Factors Beyond Quality Systems in Supplier Selection. 27:37 - Dealing with Factories that Restrict Access 34:59 - Factory audits as part of the new product development toolkit 36:36 - Wrapping up. Related content... Factory audits and quality inspections: Differencesour different factory auditsHow To Choose Which Factory Audit You Need?New Product Introduction in China Solution Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast's contact pageSubscribe to our YouTube channel

Duration:00:38:13

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From "Poorly made in China" to "Made with Quality in China"

6/28/2024
Renaud hosts and is joined again by regular guest, Andrew Amirnovin. They talk about where China has come from quality-wise and the forces that aligned to transform Chinese products from poor to great quality in the past two decades or so. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 03:46 - What happened to transform China-made products from low to high quality over the past couple of decades or so? 17:05 - Why the foreign buyer's role cannot be underestimated. 22:09 - 4 key drivers of improved quality. 32:59 - Chinese ODMs and OEMs have an incentive NOT to provide poor-quality products. 39:06 - Which products have benefited from the most reliability and quality improvements? 44:47 - What quality challenges remain for Chinese products? 59:09 - Wrapping up. Related content... Poorly Made In ChinaDocumenting Your Company’s Quality Standard into the DetailsThe Rise Of The Dragon: Exploring China’s Technology Dominance [Podcast]What do the USA’s May ’24 China tariffs mean for importers? [Podcast]IP Protection when buying from China (Feat. Dan Harris, China Law Blog) [Podcast]Ultimate Guide To Sourcing From China And Developing Your Suppliers [eBook] Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast's contact pageSubscribe to our YouTube channel

Duration:01:01:17

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Logistics Special! Rising Shipping Costs + FOB vs FCA Incoterms

6/21/2024
Adrian is on hosting duty and is joined by Sofeast's Head of Supply Chain Management, Kate. Rising shipping costs (sea, air, and otherwise) are an issue facing importers from Asia now in 2024, but what's causing it and are there any tips to help you cope? Also, in a second topic, Kate dispels the confusion about FOB vs FCA, explaining why the more common incoterm (at least when buying from Chinese manufacturers) isn't necessarily the best for you! Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 01:23 - Shipping costs from China are spiking. How much are they now? 06:49 - What is causing the surging prices? 16:16 - What's the effect on shipping to Europe? 18:56 - FOB vs FCA Incoterms. 29:35 - Wrapping up. Related content... The Red Sea attacks on shipping are still happeningBrazil has increased the tariff on imported Chinese EVssupply chain management servicesTypes of Incoterms [Guide]What do the USA’s May ’24 China tariffs mean for importers? [Podcast] Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast'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 PodcastsSpotifyTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser

Duration:00:31:18

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Elon Musk's New Product Introduction Philosophy: What Can We Learn?

6/14/2024
Adrian and Renaud get together to talk about Elon Musk's insights and philosophy into developing and bringing new products to market (from an interview by 'Everyday Astronaut' on YouTube at his launch facility a few years back). He shares his philosophies on new product introductions which cover some common sense topics that manufacturers of almost any product should bear in mind. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction to Musk. 07:20 - What can we learn from Musk? 11:08 - The Musk NPI philosophy. 16:08 - 1. Make Your Requirements Less Dumb. 20:44 - 2. Delete Parts or Processes, and Simplify/Optimize. 29:05 - 3. Accelerate cycle times. 32:46 - 4. Automate. 36:30 - Wrapping up. Related content... The NPI process (Including graphic)Why does new product development take so long?7 Key NPI Tasks To Do Before You Take Your Product Into Production [Podcast]Sofeast NPI process explainer videoElon Musk Biography: DFM Learnings and more!New Product Introduction in China Solution Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast's contact pageSubscribe to our YouTube channel

Duration:00:40:15

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Exploring Apple's iPhone Reliability & Durability Testing

6/7/2024
Renaud hosts and is joined by Andrew Amirnovin, Sofeast's product reliability head, and they're looking at how Apple tests iPhone reliability and durability. Recently Marques Brownlee shared some videos from within Apple's testing lab and interviews with their head of hardware engineering and the insights were interesting. It turns out that Andrew has also visited Apple's lab and he shares his own insights about that, and the pair discuss what you can learn from the way Apple do things. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 01:08 - The advent of the iPhone in 2006 and the testing it required. 08:48 - Worries about reliability: What did Andrew learn at Apple's testing lab back then? 13:40 - What can we learn from the tests in Brownlee's recent videos (June 24) from Apple's labs? 22:00 - What kind of drop test were they doing? 26:07 - What are the different drop surfaces used for? 29:10 - Apple's hardware engineering head wants to make a product that 'never fails.' Realistic? 31:49 - Is repairability better than durability? 36:21 - Wrapping up and closing questions. Related content... Marques Brownlee posts on X about visiting the Apple labsJOHN DEERE AND NEBRASKA’S RIGHT TO REPAIR, THE AFTERMATH OF A FAILED PIECE OF LEGISLATIONRight To Repair: Blessing or Curse for Manufacturers?Robust Design: Enhancing Product Quality and Performance Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast's contact pageSubscribe to our YouTube channel

Duration:00:37:59

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When to do Design Reviews on Innovative Hardware Products?

5/31/2024
Adrian hosts and Renaud goes deep into design reviews which can really save your skin by identifying and fixing problems that can lead to defects and failures. What kinds of product design reviews can be done to reduce problems, and when during the product design and development process should they be done? Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 02:25 - Why design reviews are important. 12:02 - The different types of reviews and when they're done: Phase 1. Early stages 17:18 - Phase 2. Proof-of-concept and feasibility study. 22:22 - Phase 3. Design FMEA when the design starts to take shape. 28:47 - When to do Design for Reliability / Manufacturing reviews? 34:08 - Process FMEA just before the design is locked and tooling is made. 37:22 - Wrapping up. Related content... The Benefits of a Feasibility Study (during new product development)dFMEA: When to use it and how to get best results [Podcast]The Design for X Approach: 12 Common ExamplesProcess FMEA: Template, Use Cases, and ExamplesFMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis)On-Site Process FMEA + Process Control Plan Workshops Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast'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 PodcastsSpotifyTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser

Duration:00:38:41

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Near-Sourcing in Europe (+ Turkey) VS Buying from China (Feat. Fredrik Gronkvist, Productmkr.com)

5/23/2024
Renaud hosts and is joined by Fredrik Gronkvist, founder of Productmkr.com, to discuss near-sourcing from Europe + Turkey (and Mexico for North American buyers) VS buying from China. Fredrik has done a lot of research on how to source from China alternatives and he now offers a supplier database for subscribers to help make finding the right option easier. Here he shares his advice on near-sourcing and how it differs from the traditional approach of buying from China. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 04:14 - What are the key challenges importers face when near sourcing? 08:14 - How to improve your chances of receiving a response from non-Chinese suppliers? 11:04 - What is the impact of near sourcing on MOQs and lead times? 17:03 - Does near sourcing reduce quality and compliance risks? 22:40 - Does it make sense for all types of products? 27:23 - Is the process of identifying and screening potential suppliers in Europe/Turkey the same as in China or Vietnam? 32:19 - How should buyers approach sourcing from nearby countries? (Summary) 33:24 - Wrapping up. Related content... Manufacturing in Europe vs China: A ComparisonNearshoring To Mexico. An Alternative To China?India Gaining Popularity over China as a Near-Shoring and Sourcing DestinationGlobalism 2.0: North American Importers To Move Supply Chains Out Of China Soon? Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast'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 PodcastsSpotifyTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser

Duration:00:35:08

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What do the USA's May '24 China tariffs mean for importers?

5/17/2024
Adrian and Renaud are back to examine the recent May 14th news of new China tariffs being implemented by the Biden administration with the overall aim of reducing trade with China whom many in America see as flooding the market with cheap exports that damage American businesses who can't compete. EVs, solar panels, medical devices, steel and aluminum, and more are in the firing line. So, how does this affect US importers and the relationship between the two giants? Let's find out... Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 03:26 - When did China tariffs start being used? 09:46 - Why add more tariffs now? 16:20 - What does China have to say in response to this? 20:45 - Which products and materials have been given these tariffs? 29:51 - The USA's target areas for improvement. 33:06 - Will Chinese companies find other customers instead? 36:36 - If you're an American buyer likely to be affected by these tariffs, what can you do? 39:51 - Wrapping up. Related content... U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to Take Further Action on China Tariffs After Releasing Statutory Four-Year ReviewHe Helped Trump Remake Global Trade. His Work Isn’t Done.Has the US declared economic war on China?”Enterprise China” – China’s Strategy for Economic Success (Author Interview with Drs. Allen J. Morrison & J. Stewart Black) Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast'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 PodcastsSpotifyTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser

Duration:00:42:12

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IP Protection when buying from China (Feat. Dan Harris, China Law Blog)

5/10/2024
Renaud welcomes Dan Harris, Partner of the Seattle-headquartered and globally officed Harris Sliwoski LLP and long-time writer of the China Law Blog, to the podcast! Over the years he has shared so much valuable information for importers who buy from and manufacture in China; a key topic being keeping IP safe when purchasing from Chinese suppliers. So in this episode, we delve into Dan's decades of assisting Western companies navigate doing business with Chinese suppliers and get his tips on common IP risks and steps you can take to protect your business. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 03:27 - What are the major risks to IP concerning working with Chinese companies that Western businesses should look out for? 07:58 - Western companies consistently underestimate the risks of their technology and IP being used against them. 13:39 - Has the Chinese legal system evolved for the better (or worse) regarding IP protection? 20:11 - Protection 1: The right partner. 28:11 - Protection 2: The right contract. 30:21 - Protection 3. The right protections. 38:26 - Wrapping up. Related content... Great reads from China Law Blog: China NNN Agreements: The Ten Most Asked Questions AnsweredChina Trademark Protection: Is Your Chinese Manufacturer a Friend or a Foe?How to Avoid China Manufacturing Problems: A PrimerChina Due Diligence: NOT Optional You should also check out these resources from Sofeast: IP Protection in China when Developing Your New Product [Importer’s Guide]Legal Agreements & Tools Used By Manufacturers For Protecting Product IPSofeast Combined Supplier Due Diligence Checks (Best Results & Value) Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast'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 PodcastsSpotifyTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser

Duration:00:40:26

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Exploring Plastic Injection Molding Pilot Runs

5/3/2024
Renaud hosts and is joined by Sofeast Group senior engineer, Paul Adams, to discuss how to go from a design to mass-producing your plastic injection molded parts, first following the proven pre-production pilot run approach to ensure risks are kept to a minimum. You'll learn what should be optimized and what should not be skipped, even if sometimes getting to market sooner seems tempting. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 01:49 - Why is an injection molding pilot run important? 05:05 - What are the steps involved? 09:53 - Why 'metal safe' is your goal after the trials. 12:39 - The supplier still needs to optimize the tooling 25:01 - Optimizing the injection mold press (machine). 34:55 - Keeping records of parameter settings helps to control the process. 39:04 - Wrapping up. Related content... The Plastic Injection Molding Process: Top Questions and AnswersPlastic injection molding explainer videosInjection Mold Textures: How to Choose the Right One?Mold Tech Texture Bookmake your plastic parts in South China Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast'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 PodcastsSpotifyTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser

Duration:00:40:52

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The Rise Of The Dragon: Exploring China’s Technology Dominance

4/26/2024
Today Adrian and Andrew Amirnovin, our reliability and testing head, look at some of China's recent technology successes, what fuels China's tech dominance, and how technology is caught up in the middle of the US-China trade war. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 06:18 - What is fuelling China's tech dominance? 12:40 - The success story of Huawei. 20:32 - Other Chinese tech success stories. 23:30 - Is Chinese technology a privacy risk for users? 26:22 - How does the US-China relationship affect technology? 33:43 - New technologies coming out of China to be aware of. 36:10 - More semiconductor manufacturing to happen in the USA? 37:16 - Wrapping up and closing questions. Related content... Tech Please rewind: China's top tech feats of 2023BaiduDJI DronesU.S. bans new Huawei, ZTE equipment sales, citing national security riskSurprise! China's top Android phones collect way more infoHuawei 5G kit must be removed from UK by 2027HuaweiThe first phone maker to add satellite texting to its devices is... HuaweiThe US is headed for a much more aggressive trade war with China regardless of who is president next year, economist saysAmerica's billion-dollar bet on US chipmakingGuide to China's e-commerce websitesThis chart shows which countries produce the most lithiumChina's AI Analog Chip Claimed To Be 3.7X Faster Than Nvidia's A100 GPU in Computer Vision Tasks (Updated) Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast's contact pageSubscribe to our YouTube channel

Duration:00:41:14

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10 Common Problems From Chinese Suppliers (& How You Can Deal With Them)

4/19/2024
Adrian and Renaud get together to talk about 10 common problems that companies with Chinese manufacturing suppliers often face, AND how you can deal with them. Hopefully, you are not one of the unlucky ones, but being prepared with the knowledge to avoid issues is always helpful! Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 03:22 - 1. If your supplier refuses to ship the goods you paid for. 09:40 - 2. Your manufacturer tries to force you to accept poor quality that you’re uncomfortable with. 16:00 - 3. If the supplier has failed to prepare export packaging of your products for your scheduled quality inspection. 21:41 - 4. When your supplier has disappeared with your tooling and/or inventory. 25:33 - 5. Your supplier won’t provide important supply chain information. 29:30 - 6. You catch your supplier selling your products as their own! 34:59 - 7. Your ‘factory’ turns out to be a trading company. 39:00 - 8. Coping with an unexpected price increase from suppliers. 41:50 - 9. Your current supplier blocks the transfer of your mold tooling to a new supplier. 46:09 - 10. Worries about keeping sensitive product information secure. 48:26 - Wrapping up. Related content... 10 Common Disputes With Chinese Suppliers And How To Overcome Them!Sourcing Chinese Suppliers? 7 Expert Tips To Get You Better Results!IP Protection in China when Developing Your New Product [Importer’s Guide]Will A China NNN Agreement Protect Us If We Start Assembling Products There? Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast'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 PodcastsSpotifyTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser

Duration:00:49:16

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Quality Fade: Silent AND Deadly!

4/12/2024
Adrian and Renaud discuss Quality Fade. This bad practice from suppliers sees them put their profits before your product quality, but the big problem is that you may not even know it is happening as it's a gradual process where quality declines over time, bit by bit. Are you at risk, how do you identify it, and what can you do to combat it? We reveal all in this episode! Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 02:27 - What is Quality Fade? 09:25 - Is it still happening today? 12:15 - Actions to help you avoid quality fade. 18:30 - If you are a victim of quality fade, how can you catch it? 23:44 - Examples of products affected by quality fade. 28:51 - Ongoing reliability testing: Warn the supplier, or do it secretly? 35:28 - Wrapping up. Related content... ‘Quality Fade’: China’s Great Business ChallengeMattel Recalls 19 Million Toys Sent From ChinaDIY Sourcing from China Series5 levels of quality standards from best to worst practices Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast'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 PodcastsSpotifyTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser

Duration:00:36:41

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PCBA Protection: How to Care for the Heart of your Electronic Product

4/5/2024
On this episode of the China Manufacturing Decoded Podcast, Adrian hosts and is joined by Andrew, our reliability and testing head who is going to explain why the PCBA in your electronic product is critical, and how to protect it both physically and through product design. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 01:45 - What is the PCB and why is it so important? 03:04 - How and why do we protect the PCB? 04:40 - Conformal coating. 08:51 - Other PCB protection options. 14:14 - The process of protecting a product from the inside out. 18:42 - The costs of protecting PCBs. 23:44 - The coating process. 25:05 - Wrapping up. Related content... PCB Prototyping Methods: 5 FavoritesDFM for PCBA – 40+ ImprovementsWe can make your PCBA in ChinaCM + PCBA Factory vs. EMS Supplier in Shenzhen, ChinaElectronics Videos: Basics about PCB, PCBA, and the SMT Process For Importers Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast's contact pageSubscribe to our YouTube channel

Duration:00:27:03

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Traceability In Manufacturing: Far More Than Just A Safety Net

3/29/2024
Adrian and Renaud are talking about traceability for manufacturers which provides a detailed record of how the products are manufactured and the supply chain, from raw materials to finished products. Having this mindset and system can help you to reduce risks and deal with problems quickly by pinpointing where they arise. It can also help you be a more compliant business. Plenty of benefits, but it takes a cultural shift to put in place, so Renaud will explain how. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction 03:53 - Traceability takes a conscious effort to put in place. 06:07 - Introducing traceability and the difference between batch level and unit level. 12:06 - Benefits. 24:01 - Is it expensive to run a traceability initiative? 25:35 - How does traceability relate to product passports in the EU? 27:44 - How to implement it? 35:41 - How to audit a supplier's traceability system? 40:47 - Wrapping up. Related content... Get help to audit your supplier's traceability system from SofeastTraceability in Manufacturing: Do your Chinese Suppliers Do it Right?Checking for Forward and Backward Traceability in a FactoryWhat To Do If You Have A High Product Return Rate? [6-step Process] Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast'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 PodcastsSpotifyTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser

Duration:00:41:44

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Boeing's Serious Issue: Bad Manufacturing Habits

3/22/2024
Air travel requires an extremely high level of safety, so it's very embarrassing for Boeing that they have been dogged by quality and reliability issues lately, resulting in a near-disaster on a brand new Alaska Airlines 737 Max. Renaud and Paul look at Boeing's recent troubles, based on information from news reports, that seem to have been caused by bad manufacturing habits such as accepting sub-standard parts from suppliers without pushing them to improve, not fixing issues in-process and 'leaving them for later,' an over-reliance on inspections and rework when planes were complete, and a business culture which placed financial results above quality. They also explain the best practices that good manufacturers follow to reduce risks as your key takeaway from the episode. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction - where is Boeing going wrong? 06:15 - What do good factories do to avoid problems like travelled work? 10:08 - Investing time for training suppliers in the upstream supply chain to reduce quality risks 18:24 - What can we learn about dealing with in-process issues from the automotive industry? 27:14 - Why a focus on inspection and rework later increases risks. 33:32 - Summary: Good manufacturers' best practices. 37:46 - Wrapping up. Related content... Behind the Alaska Blowout: a Manufacturing Habit Boeing Can’t BreakAlaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 Near Disaster! Quality & Reliability Issues?NPI process explained Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast'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 PodcastsSpotifyTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser

Duration:00:39:18

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Manufacturer's & Buyer's Risks in China: Mitigation and Insurance Tips

3/15/2024
Our CEO Renaud is joined by Marc Burban and Amanda Han, insurance brokers from Asian Risks Management Services. We get advice from these two China insurance experts, explore the typical risks that manufacturers and buyers in China face, and learn how you can use insurance and risk management to mitigate them. For anyone manufacturing in China, this information will help you understand your best options moving forward and how an insurance broker can assist you in making the right choices. Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 01:54 - What are the major risks that companies who are manufacturing or buyers having products manufactured in China need to keep in mind? 06:04 - How can these risks be mitigated? 10:02 - How does insurance work? 15:07 - Why national safety regulatory compliance is not necessarily enough to save a business when the worst happens? 20:30 - What kind of insurance policies are available in China for manufacturers and buyers? 25:12 - Changing EU liability laws will mean product liability insurance will be even more important in Europe. 26:34 - Why work with an insurance broker instead of going direct? 31:35 - Amanda introduces Asian Risks Management Services & wrapping up. Related content... https://asian-risks.com/Getting Ahead Of The Upcoming EU Product Liability Directive Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast'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 PodcastsSpotifyTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser

Duration:00:34:36

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Chinese e-Bike/Scooter Battery Fire Risks Are No Joke! (Feat.Clive Greenwood)

3/8/2024
Renaud is joined by regular guest, Clive Greenwood, an international product compliance expert based in China. They talk about the growing risks of Li-ion batteries used in Chinese e-bikes and scooters amid many high-profile fires in China, deaths in the West, and grave warnings from the FDNY. Clive also makes suggestions about how legislation can change to improve safety moving forward. As these personal vehicles become more popular and importers around the world source them from China, it pays to understand the risks...spoiler alert, they're no joke! Show Sections 00:00 - Greetings and introduction. 03:57 - Looking at the risks of Li-ion batteries used in micro-mobility in China. 09:21 - What is the Chinese government doing to combat the dangers of batteries? 17:53 - What if you're buying e-bikes and scooters, or batteries for them, from China now? 21:22 - Does China need new battery regulations to make them safer, or to just enforce the current ones? 25:42 - Safety tips for battery buyers. 28:46 - E-bikes and scooters are a new source of risk people need to adapt to. 33:01 - Wrapping up. Related content... The Dangers of Cheap Li-ion Batteries and the Future of ComplianceLithium-Ion Battery SafetyFDNY warns that lithium-ion batteries are now a leading cause of fires and fire deaths in New York CityNYC journalist's death is city's latest lithium-ion battery fire fatality, officials sayElectric Scooter Explodes during ChargingEU Batteries and Waste Batteries Regulation (2023): How Will It Impact Portable Electronics?whitepaper on Li-ion battery risks and mitigation Get in touch with us Connect with us on LinkedIntweet @sofeastCheck us out on FBSofeast'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 PodcastsSpotifyTuneInAmazon PodcastsDeezeriHeartRADIOPlayerFMListen NotesPodcast AddictPodchaser

Duration:00:35:16