When looking for the perfect contract electronics manufacturing company to take care of all of your manufacturing needs, whether it is PCBs or otherwise, it is always wise to do your research and find out what companies holds the quality of the process as one of their highest priorities. Contrary to popular belief, not all manufacturing companies are compliant with certain standards or might not truly do a quality job of manufacturing components despite what they might market.
So, how can you tell when a company truly believes in quality over quantity and won't just hand over faulty pieces? There are some signs to look out for when you start your search on an electronic manufacturing company, all of them listed below.
Parts With Integrity
One of the most costly mistakes that any business outsourcing their electronics manufacturing can face is faulty components and parts in their finished products. This is a common occurrence among manufacturers with their main processing and manufacturing teams in overseas factories like China or India.
Poorly designed and usually counterfeit components are used instead of high quality, non-counterfeit parts in order to cut corners with pricing. While saving a buck might be tempting, this usually results in arcs, bad circuity, and even the entire piece short circuiting and causing even more outside damage. That is potentially thousands of dollars at stake, on top of possible recalls and lawsuits from faulty components. Find a company with United States based parts and manufacturing and you will find parts with integrity and the highest quality available.
Speaking of United States based components and manufacturing, it is actually possible--and preferable--to find an on-shore business that tries to keep as much of their manufacturing, engineering, and testing processes within the United States as possible. Simply asking the manufacturer about their operations is a great way to find a transparent business that makes
sure your product is only of the highest quality.
Not only that, but keeping in contact with the manufacturing services business will be much easier if they aren't half a world away or only have a virtual office in the United States for the sake of
looking like they have operations in America. Any questions or concerns can be addressed immediately, instead of having to sit through hours of customer service or not hearing any reply at all.
Quality Assurance & Testing
If the price looks too good to be true then it more than likely is! An electronic manufacturing company needs to be able to assure the best of the best from your final design and product--if not, then it needs to go back to the drawing board to be re-tested until it passes rigorous tests. Check to see what services are offered and what exactly your electronic components are going through, process by process, to make sure that there is indeed QA testing going on.
Most companies will say right on their website if they have on-site testing and Quality Assurance. If you can't find any information regarding such, then don't hesitate to ask and make sure the final product is truly safe and ready to be shipped out or implemented to other pieces. This is your budget, after all--make it count!
Deadlines Met, Budget-Friendly
Finally, if possible, check out any white papers, case studies, or any other helpful information on the electronic manufacturing company you want to do business with. Find out if they can keep strict deadlines or might need some leg room to work, or if they can successfully stay within budget or you might have to find someone else instead. Don't be afraid to turn down first offers from manufacturing companies and going with someone else.
It is possible to find a quality company with all of the above traits in today's economy, all it takes is just a little research and being able to say "no" when you don't feel comfortable.