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What will you do with your custom manufacturing equipment?

In the last blog entry of this series, we talked about how to find an “off-the-shelf solution.” (OTS) But if OTS is not the right solution for you, it’s time to figure out how to get the custom machine that fits your […]

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Tips for the early phase for laser processing

Mark Turner, CEO of Turner Laser Systems (TLS) has started a blog series to walk you through the key steps and challenges in laser process development. The first article focuses on the early phase when you’ve just discovered laser as a potential […]

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Off-the-Shelf Manufacturing Solutions

In an earlier blog on How to Select a Custom Manufacturing Equipment Supplier, we introduced a humorous flowchart that guides you to an optimal solution for your equipment needs. This blog leads you through the first step in this process—how to find […]

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Engaging the Hidden Customer

by Lori Runyan How often have you been well down the development path only to suddenly find it derailed by a new requirement? How often did that requirement come from someone you didn’t even know was a stakeholder? Changing requirements, either due […]

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How to select a Custom Manufacturing Equipment Supplier

One of the first questions our clients or prospects ask us is “How do I decide where to design and build my custom manufacturing equipment?” We understand the importance of this question and have extensive experience working with our prospects to identify […]


Market Requirement Statement: Missing the Mark

The Market Requirements Statement (MRS) is a key element in an organized new product development (NPD) process. It is the yardstick by which the proposed design is evaluated. Too often, however, the MRS is given to engineering without detailed discussion and debate. […]

Owens Design Receives 2019 Best of Fremont Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fremont Award Program Honors the Achievement FREMONT, CA | SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 — Owens Design has been selected for the 2019 Best of Fremont Award in the Manufacturer category by the Fremont Award Program. Each year, the Fremont Award […]

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Advanced Turnkey Manufacturing vs. Contract Manufacturing

In our technologically complex world, there is a growing need for customized manufacturing services to meet the ever-expanding needs of emerging technology industries.  This has created a variety of manufacturing services catering to specific product and project needs. Today we’ll be discussing […]

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Why We “Insist” on Manufacturing Our Designs

I recently had a thought-provoking conversation with a senior executive from a leading semiconductor equipment OEM. During a discussion on business strategy, I asked this longtime customer how he would describe Owens Design to his peers. His response was “an excellent engineering […]

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Off-The-Shelf vs. Custom Equipment

Depending on a company’s product design, they’ll have different manufacturing needs. In some cases, all the materials, equipment, and processes are already in place so your product will have a speedy transition to the market. This scenario would call for off-the-shelf factory […]