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Meet the Burger (Part 1): SKUs - The Value Meal of Manufacturing

When exploring Product Planner, one of the first concepts you'll come across is our burger diagram, essentially explaining how your product SKUs are l...

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New In Product Planner: The Issues Report

Introduction and Background Every team starts off with a Bill Of Materials (BOM) in a spreadsheet.  Whenever there's a heavy reliance on custom spread...

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Prototyping On A Budget

Building a prototype is an essential part of any product development cycle and as an early stage start-up, getting the most out of your prototype is c...

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Product Planner: Empowering Hardware Companies with Hardware Insights

Less than a year ago, we introduced the Dragon Standard BOM to give the hardware community a professional grade BOM template that helps them get start...

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Top 10 Manufacturing Reasons Hardware Companies Fail

Having worked with hundreds of hardware companies and startups over the course of many years, you can say at Dragon Innovation that we've seen it all....

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Factory Audits: A Manufacturing Sanity Check

We often use the analogy that picking a Contract Manufacturer (CM) is like picking a spouse; you are going to be together for better or for worse and ...

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Understanding Gross Margin in Hardware

Recently, Brad Feld published an insightful post on hardware gross margin. As a follow-up, I thought it would be useful to take a deeper dive into thi...

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The Quality Plan - A Critical Piece of the Hardware Puzzle

When introducing the need to create a Quality Plan with our customers, we usually get a combined look of confusion and fear. There is an inherent assu...

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Chinese New Year - What Is It and How Does it Affect Your Manufacturing Plans?

Chinese New Year (CNY), also known as Spring Festival, is the most important holiday for the Chinese people. This year, Chinese New Year's Day falls o...

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