Outsourcing makes it possible for businesses to bring products to market faster and for less money than possible with in-house production. When OEMs partner with a quality electronics manufacturer they gain access to the tools, people, equipment, and technology needed to produce a wide range of products. This provides numerous benefits and can give the OEM a competitive advantage. However, it’s important that companies considering outsourcing take their time to learn as much as they can and locate an experienced ECM.
A lot of time and effort goes into the creation of quality electronics. Although many OEMs develop their own design plans, it can be difficult to spot potential problems. Hiring a contract manufacturer during the design phase can help locate areas that could benefit from improvement. Often times, an ECM will point out ways to improve quality and/or reduce the costs involved with production. This can have significant benefits and help reduce the chance of costly recalls and repairs.
Even OEMs that design their electronics themselves may consider using an ECM to assist with the design of non-core electronics, enclosures, plastics, and other components.
Manufacturing Tooling Design
It’s important to make sure the ECM chosen can assist with every aspect of the new product launch. This may include manufacturing tooling, metal fabrication, and plastic injection molding.
Different industries have different requirements when it comes to electronic devices. OEMs should choose an ECM with a variety of testing capabilities. ECMs should be able to test device functionality and reliability even in harsh conditions. This is especially important for companies creating devices for the aerospace, medical, and defense industries.
New Product Introduction
Organizations should look for an electronics contract manufacturer with the experience, capabilities, and business processes in place to introduce and ramp-up production as needed.
Production Issue Resolution
When creating a new product, it’s not uncommon for production issues to arise. It’s crucial that the CM has the ability and experience to address the OEMs specific problems or concerns.
Means Engineering offers electronics contract manufacturing services for organizations across a wide range of industries. We work directly with each of our clients from concept to completion. Please contact us for information about our contract manufacturing services.