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Demand More For Your Money From Assembly Electronic Services

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

EMS-Electronics2Contract electronics manufacturing has finally grown up, and it's time more people knew about it!

For the past twenty years or more "assembly electronic services" have largely meant cheap overseas production, taking pre-made schematics and churning out whatever is in them.  Companies employing such manufacturing partners usually had to do all the other leg work themselves, commissioning designs and prototypes and system software from other companies.

This made it very hard for all but the largest of firms deploying such methods to create products of the same quality that consumers demand, and frequently led to significant transportation issues, communication errors, and other unforeseen issues.

However, there's a new breed of assembly electronic services, ones who can deliver every service you need to launch a new product - and at affordable costs.  If you're still using "fire and forget" offshore assembly services, it might just be time to think bigger.

5 Ways Modern Electronics Assembly Partners Make Better Products

1 - Design and revision services

Today, all it takes is having the idea for a product, and you can still see it happen.  The best contract electronics partners have engineering experts on staff who can create products from scratch, or help revise and optimize existing designs to create the best possible final design.

They can also walk you through the design process, and help you understand the different production methods available, along with their pros and cons.

2 - Extensive testing

In the consumer market, especially, thorough testing is a necessity.  People are very often rough on their electronics, and they have to be built with real-world usage in mind.  Likewise, the onboard software has to be tested as well, to guarantee the product meets all the claims on the packaging.

A manufacturing partner with their own testing labs can also provide extensive predictive feedback on likely failure rates, allowing you to fine-tune your post sale expenditures.

3 - Software development

Software and hardware go hand-in-hand in modern electronics, and unless both are top-grade, a product is unlikely to succeed.  By having in-house software development servic

es, today's top-grade manufacturers can personally guarantee a perfect match.

Otherwise, outsourcing software development means significant delays, or else unacceptable levels of guesswork on the part of the software team, who can't work off official hardware.

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4 - Supply line oversight

 

With modern per-component trac

king processes, such as barcodes or RFID tags, it's possible for manufacturers to oversee

every part being used on every PCB, to guarantee only legitimate parts are used in production.  The problem of counterfeit components is a serious one in the manufacturing sector, and only this level of oversight can ensure an end product that's truly up-to-spec.

5 - Post-sale support

When we say "all-in-one" solution, we mean it.  In the best cases, your manufacturing partner can handle post sale support and repair services, often significantly slashing post-sale costs compared to other solutions on the market.  

Not only is your manufacturer going to be more familiar with the product than any outsourced call center, but they're going to have an inherent interest in ensuring your customers are happy with your products. More business for you means more busine

ss for them.

If it's time for a change in how you think about electronics assembly services, give ZenTech a call.  We can take your next product to market, and beyond.  

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Assembly Solutions: How They Solve Your Problems

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Though mostassembly-solutions people may not realize it, the fact stands that manufacturing services and assembly solutions require some of the most skilled and careful employees in today's workforce. After all, designing and crafting precise electronics are extremely challenging processes. Ultimately, this is the reason that many electronics companies decide to seek out a manufacturer who offers design and assembly solutions. But why should you outsource the manufacture of your products instead of handling it in-house? Here is a look at three ways that professional assembly solutions can solve your problems, and how to get the most out of your investment. 

1. Excellent Quality

As a business owner, it is understandable that you've got money on the brain. Of course you don't want to blow your budget on manufacturing costs, but quality should always be your primary concern when considering your assembly solutions options. After all, if you're not offering top grade products to your customers, you're going to lose a lot of revenue anyway. So what is the best way to determine whether or not a manufacturer will deliver the level of precision and quality that you require for your electronics? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Do your research - Not sure if you can trust an electronic contract manufacturer? Look them up online. These days, it's easy to find an online review of a company. It's also a good idea to check out the company's website to see what their professional profile looks like. Do they cater to your specific industry? This can make a huge difference in the quality of their work.

  • Ask for referrals - Your prospective manufacturing company should be more than able to supply you with a list of previous clients who were happy with their design and assembly solutions.

  • Order prototypes - One of the best ways to test a contract electronic manufacturer's abilities is through the order of prototypes. This will enable you to check out an example of the finished product(s) that will eventually be offered to your customers. By requesting a small batch, you will be able to see how much attention to detail is given to each prototype, plainly revealing how precise and committed to excellence the manufacturer really is.

  • Watch out for counterfeiting - A huge risk associated with working with offshore assembly solutions is the integration of counterfeit parts into your products. When reading reviews on your prospective manufacturing service or inspecting your prototype, be on the lookout for counterfeiting to ensure that you're receiving only high quality finished products.  

2. Save Money
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Once you are confident in your possible manufacturer's ability to del
iver stellar electronics, you can narrow your options down further by considering price. Here are two things to look for that will help to keep your costs under control:

  • Product Testing - Make sure to find out how your manufacturer tests the functionality and quality of finished products. Quality control is key to ensuring that your customers won't be sending back malfunctioning equipment, costing you more money on replacement, and possibly even causing you to lose business.

  • Robotics - Today, many manufacturers incorporate robotics into their assembly solutions. Robotic arms are capable of handling small scale assembly work that requires a great deal of precision and accuracy. Once assembly is completed, humans are able to check the work and make any corrections. Because the robotic equipment doesn't expect a paycheck at the end of the week, the manufacturer is able to save a significant amount of money and can then pass those savings onto you. 

3. Feel Comfortable

The last thing to consider when choosing an electronics assembly service is your level of comfort with the manufacturer. It's important to develop a relationship with open communication. When you feel confident that your manufacturer is truly listening to your needs and feedback, you'll find that the process of outsourcing your assembly solutions goes much smoother. 

How could professional assembly solutions help to solve your manufacturing services problems?

 

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4 Ways A Contract Manufacturer Can Provide Solutions For You

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, May 07, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

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No one likes to hear about a problem, but everyone is ready for a good solution! Unfortunately, finding an efficient and effective method for resolving any issues that your busies may be having can be a bit more challenging than it initially sounds - especially if your resources are somewhat limited. The good news for SMBs in the electronics industry is that a contract manufacturing company can actually help to stretch your resources, and empower your company by providing you with affordable and workable solutions that can improve your customer satisfaction rates and boost your sales revenue.

Let's explore just a few of the ways that a contract manufacturer can help to provide solutions to your problems and drive your cares away.    

Solutions for Design  

An efficient and effective product begins with the design of an efficient and effective PC board. In order to keep labor and material costs as low as possible throughout the design and manufacture process, it's extremely important that you'e able to create specs for a board the first time around. This requires a lot of careful planning, including size considerations and constraints, board thickness, necessary components, functionality, and layout. Even a seemingly insignificant miscalculation or misstep could result in a costly error, or even the loss of hour and hours of hard work.  

The problem for small businesses is that they don't always have the necessary labor force to dedicate as much time as is required for the design process. Cutting corners, though is not the answer. The best contract manufacturing companies will employ highly skilled and experienced design and engineering professionals who can help you with every step of the design process, depending on how involved you want them to be. Whether they are simply reviewing your team's plans to ensure that they are as efficient as possible, or are developing design schematics from scratch, you can count on their expertise to improve your boards.  

Solutions for Product Assembly  

There's no job that's too big or too small for a good contract manufacturing company to handle. When you're in a jam where you are unsure if you'll be able to meet a deadline for a batch order or prototype, a contract manufacturer can step up to the plate and ensure that your boards are produced correctly and on time. And through skilled labor, advanced machinery and robotics, and streamlined processes, the time and costs associated with batch assembly can both be reduced. 

Solutions for Equipment & Partsmotherboard  

As electronic devices grow more complex, yet more compact, the need for smaller, lighter, and denser PCBs becomes necessary. Without the right tools and latest technologies to assist you through the process of design and assembly, though, meeting this need can be extremely challenging. Unfortunately, engineering and manufacturing equipment can be a very costly initial investment, and require a good amount of upkeep and maintenance in order to continue functioning in a way that meets your needs. As a result, many "underdog" electronics companies are unable to afford to keep up with the competition. Partnering with a tech-savvy contract manufacturer can enable you to take advantage of the latest and greatest technologies without spending your own money.  

In addition to this, you may find that contract manufacturers have established strong relationships and connections with parts suppliers. As a result, you may notice that your manufacturing costs are decreased, as your contract manufacturing partner can help you to get the best deals possible on board components.    

Solutions for Repairs  

Spending too much on warranty replacements? There's no need to throw away money on a unit that is only struggling to function properly because of a single faulty component. Allow your contract manufacturer to troubleshoot the problem and repair it for a fraction of the cost.

No matter what the trouble, you can count on the fact that a reliable contract manufacturing company can provide the perfect solution for your business.

 

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Are You Still Offshoring Your Assembly Electronic Services? Domestic Solutions Are Now Much More Attractive!

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Mar 05, 2015 @ 06:00 PM

american based electronicsHandling your manufacturing in the US is becoming more cost-effective every year!  Despite the trend in the earlier 2000s to move operations offshore, a combination of factors are making a new case for on-shore manufacturing.  Simply put, sending your assembly electronic orders to Asia is no longer the deal it used to be.

In fact, according to research group Alix Partners, the overall cost of US manufacturing investment will be at parity with China within another year or two.

Furthermore, this isn't simply something being done by smaller manufacturers.  According to this J.P. Morgan report even major companies known for their offshore focus are bringing business back home, including Apple, Whirlpool, Caterpillar, General Electric, and even Wal-Mart.  

What's prompting this sudden interest in US manufacturing and assembly electronic services?  Here are a few of the reasons, as we see them.

Why Offshoring No Longer Saves Money Overall

1 - Supply Lines

Honestly, those two words alone could justify a move to nearby electronics assembly and production facilities.  With both fuel costs and shipping prices going up substantially in the last few years, the cost burdens associated with offshore work have gone up significantly... and they're not likely to come back down.

Even if sourcing parts in the US may bring higher sticker prices, the overall costs of getting them to your facilities and then into customers' hands are vastly cheaper.  Plus, short supply lines allow you to have actual repair services for warranty claims, rather than (as is often standard) having to send out full replacement units for any component failure.

2 - Inflexibility

Another problem with those long overseas supply lines is the time it takes to shift them, if the market changes.  If your offshore assembler already has a one-year contract for Widget A in place, and brand-new Widget B suddenly does the same job for half the cost, guess what?  You're not getting Widget B in your product for a year without paying huge penalties.

Nearby suppliers means you can have shorter supply lines AND shorter supply-line contracts.  In a market that frequently shifts every six months or less, this can give you significant advantages over other companies who are tied down by their supply lines.

3 - Counterfeitsfreight routing options

Still talking about supply lines here, another issue is counterfeit parts.  Most overseas suppliers have very poor parts control, and internal corruption is rampant.  Even the US Air Force has seen counterfeits show up in their overseas supply lines.

America has stronger business regulations, tighter counterfeit laws, and more-reliable shippers. Reshoring means having far more trust in the components you're putting in your products.

4 - Cost Of Living

The cost of living in China is skyrocketing, plain and simple, and it's largely a predictable result of the glut of manufacturing a decade ago.  Some estimates put the Chinese COL as rising at nearly 20% per year at this point.  Which means that, for the last 4-5 years at least, the cost-savings of Chinese manufacturing have dropped by nearly that much each year.

At this point, there is very little cost difference between Asian and American manufacturing, even just looking at the up-front costs.

5 - Quality

Let's be honest: "Made in China" has never had a lot of cache and, if anything, the flood of cheaply-made Asian products has only made that reputation worse.  American electronics manufacturers generally have newer equipment and techniques, with better oversight, and better individual employee productivity.

This, of course, pays off with longer-lasting products, fewer post-sale claims, and an overall better corporate reputation among customers.

American Electronics Assembly: You Get What You Pay For

Offshoring today is a "pennywise, dollar-dumb" strategy.  Early savings will almost always be mitigated by later problems that arise.  On the other hand, nearshoring is nearly at price parity with Asia, but with better products and services.

Want to learn more?  Contact ZenTech today to learn what domestic assembly can do for you! 

 

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How to Employ The Best Assembly Electronic Engineering Company

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Electronic Engineering CompanyThere are countless Electronic engineering, manufacturing companies out there and this makes it difficult to find a reputable company that can provide you with a satiating job of electronic assembly services. Going through all the companies to find the one that will deliver the results that you want can be time consuming, and not to mention, depleting your budget slowly.

Rather than sticking with a company and hope for a satisfying result (which may end up being very disappointing), you should consider searching for the results beforehand instead, and then, make your final decision thereafter. If you carry out proper research, you can achieve that within a short period.

All electronic manufacturing companies depend highly on their clients’ needs, as they can bring in huge orders for manufacturing projects that hinge on the utmost quality of electronic assembly and components. For companies to stay on top of their game, they need to produce quality results. Those results, of course, have to be compliant with all the safety standards as well. Searching for a company as mentioned before will take time, and that normally comes with digging around for solutions and outcomes that fit your requirements.

Display of Results

One of the signs of optimum results is the manufacturing company boasting their capabilities. You need to find out if their results can be found on the Internet and offline. If you find that they boast their handiwork in some manner, then you can usually be confident that the company will be a good choice.

However, keep in mind that electronic assembly companies that do not show off their work are often not worth pursuing. It depends on your trust in the company and their ability to conduct the business. It is simply a positive sign if a company has its portfolio online and offline and it indicates that it is safe to work with them.

Obtain Prototype TestingElectronic Engineering

Almost all electronic assembly companies have a small batch of prototypes of your choice. This is the time to test out the various companies to see how long it will take them to complete your particular project, what budget will be required, to confirm consumer experience, and to observe how good their results are according to your blueprints and designs.

If the prototype testing is not of good quality or up to your expectations, then you can easily look for a different potential company and not waste all your time, energy, and money on the primary engineering manufacturing company. Nevertheless, if your chosen company does not include prototype service (based on their website or leaflet), it is recommended to ask them if they can still provide it, perhaps at a minimum fee.

Find an Electronic Engineering Manufacturing Company Successfully

You can find this type of company on the Internet, in the Yellow Pages, or even in the local newspapers under the classifieds section. It is important to record the contact details of various companies and to find out as much as you can about them. Thereafter, narrow down your choices to two or three companies, and call them individually.

Ensure that you prepare a list of questions to ask them and make your final choice based on the answers given by those companies. It is highly recommended that you choose a company that meets all your requirements, particularly if it provides electronic assembly services that is within your allocated budget.

 

 

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How Could Your Electronic Assembly Processes Be Improved?

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Tue, Jul 08, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

pc boardsWhen it comes to remaining competitive within the electronics industry, there's always room for improvement. No matter how successful your small to midsize company has been in the past, it's always in your best interest to strive towards an even better business model so that you can continue to attract new clientele while maintaining a steady customer base. Unfortunately, the idea of improving business practices can seem somewhat overwhelming - especially if you're not sure where to begin. These tips and tricks will help you to pinpoint areas where positive changes can be made to make your company even more successful.

Best Practices for Improving Your Electronic Assembly Processes

Take Nothing for Granted

Sure, you may believe that your design specs and boards are as efficient as they could possibly be, but why should you settle for the status quo? When we become overly comfortable, we stop changing and improving. In order to avoid getting stuck in a rut, you might want to give some thought to teaming up with a trusted contract manufacturing company that can review your current plans. By taking a look at what you've got, a new set of eyes might be able to pinpoint areas that could actually be improved, enabling you to cut down on the number of components that need to be used, improve efficiency, and lower costs. 

Be Smart About Batch Sizes

Going back and forth between handling a large batch order and smaller-scale batch orders is not efficient. Being required to re-set the assembly for mismatched batch orders will slow you down, increasing production times and spending. Take care to plan ahead and plan strategically so that you are handling all large orders together and all smaller orders together. If you don't have the means of doing this, you might even want to consider subbing out some of your jobs to a contract manufacturing partner in order to improve efficiency.

Make Use of the Best

In order for you to speed up your electronic assembly processes without compromising quality, you'll need to take advantage of the most advanced machinery, design tools, robotics, and other state-of-the-art technologies. Unfortunately, for many small and midsize electronics companies, this can be very expensive and difficult to manage. If you're unable to keep up with your larger competitors, though, you can still stay in the game. A good contract manufacturer will keep up with all of the best techniques, practices, and technologies. Your partnership with such a third-party contractor will enable you to enjoy access to this tech without having to purchase, maintain, or house the equipment.

Don't Cut Cornerspcb assembly

One of the biggest mistakes that "underdog" electronics companies tend to make is hiring a contract manufacturing company that operates "across the pond". These offshore manufacturing services often offer lower prices than their American competitors, but you should understand that you'll get what you pay for. Many of these overseas companies have a tendency to cut corners, purchasing counterfeit parts in order to reduce their costs. This can completely compromise the quality of the product, resulting in board failures, and can even create unsafe conditions that could get you penalized or force a recall. To preserve your integrity and reputation, be sure to take the time to find a high quality American company to partner with. 

Minimize Warranty Replacements

Replacing a faulty board with a brand new warranty item can be very expensive, and is often a huge waste of money. In many cases, the board is failing because of one faulty component or a simple problem. When you or your contract manufacturer can troubleshoot and make easy repairs, you can save significantly and also improve customer confidence in your product.

Streamlining your electronic assembly processes and improving your business model is easier than you might think. By working with a reliable contract manufacturing company and sticking with these tips, you can boost efficiency in no time.

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Conquer Production Problems With Great Assembly Solutions

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Our world has become one that is extremely reliant upon electronics. Everyone, including the government, the healthcare sector, industrial corporations and even individual consumers are all in need of electronics products that are not only high-quality but also affordable. Although
this is great news for electronics companies, it can also create manufacturing challenges. 

The struggle to produce mass amounts of electronics in a way that is cost-effective, highly-functional, and precise is one that plagues all companies in the electronics industry. It is
assembly solutions because of this that most are in need of professional assembly solutions through a reputable electronic manufacturing services. In this post we will explore three common problems that electronics companies are face with, and how assembly solutions like our own can help to remedy them. 

Problem #1: Cost

Expensive electronics manufacturing is not only a problem to you as a business owner, but it also creates a problem in generating sales revenue from your customers. The more money that you must put into manufacturing your product, the more money your buyers must pay for it. Because of this, most electronics companies would say that it is the cost of production which creates the biggest budgeting problems. For starters, a business hoping to create quality electronic products in-house is required to be physically spacious enough to house all of the equipment associated with PCB design, design, production, testing, and quality control. Of course, the next cost would come from the necessity to purchase all of the aforementioned equipment. Unfortunately, purchasing and maintaining production equipment is not a one-time cost. As technology advances, your company will be required to regularly upgrade your equipment in order to continue to provide cutting edge and high-quality products that will satisfy your customers. Does this sound too expensive for your business? You are not alone.

It is because of this first problem that many electronics companies are turning to contract manufacturers for product assembly solutions. When selecting and electronic manufacturing service, however, it is very important that you consider a lot more than just the cost. Although it is unfortunate, there are many off-shore contract manufacturing companies which use counterfeit materials and can actually lower the value of your products. If you are in search of assembly solutions to lower your overall production costs, it's important that you are careful to select a service that has your best interests in mind and will give you the most value for your dollar. 

Problem #2: Quality

Another big issue for electronics companies is that of creating and manufacturing high quality products from start to finish. Quality control and testing is yet another expensive process,
however, it is essential to ensuring total consumer satisfaction. If your facility does not have
PCB assembly solutionsthe time or means to carefully monitor its supply chain or test each product, you must seriously consider seeking out professional assembly solutions. Working with an American-based electronic manufacturing service which is selective about all of its parts and supplies and carefully inspects each manufactured device will save you a lot of time, expense, and headache in the end. Design can also be an issue. Even in-house design could overlook issues that may reduce the overall functionality of an electronic device. In addition to offering assembly solutions, our facility can review design specs and offer useful input and suggestions to improve your product.

Problem #3: Precision

Without precision and uniformity in your electronics, your products may become a joke. These days, the instability of off-shore manufacturers like those in China have created a general attitude of foreign-produced electronics being cheap or unreliable. By seeking out assembly solutions on American soil and finding an manufacturing service with an extensive background in quality electronics production, you'll enjoy the peace of mind that each piece of your equipment will be of equal quality and precision. 

Are you ready to say goodbye to your production problems and start seeking out quality assembly solutions? 

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What Is Involved In An Electromechanical Assembly?

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, May 30, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Some field of technology like robotics or any other field that amalgamates mechanical motion with electricity has to use implementations of electromechanical designs. Under most cases, such combinations will result into functional units such as electric fans, a vacuum cleaner the motor that spins the disk in your computer.

In an electromechanical assembly plant, some core activities cannot be avoided if a design has to be implemented and released in the market safely. These involve:electro-mechanical-assembly

  • Design of the solution

  • Creation of prototypes and testing their functionality

  • Mass production of the product

Actual design of the solution

This is the foremost step in the making of any electromechanical assembly. Designers review the customer requirements and sketch an idea that in their opinion meets the requirements of the user whilst maintaining user safety and durability of the product.

After the conceptualization of the idea in the mind of the designer, most companies nowadays follow up with another strategically important step of modeling the design using a software build. This allows for the creation of a simulation in a computer setting with the exact environmental factors that the gadget will later be exposed to. This allows designers to learn from how the prototype works and eliminate any design flaws before the creation of the first actual model.

Creating actual prototypes and testing their working

Though the whole idea of simulated computer testing is meant to replace this step, there are some designs that must just be physically tested. This is important especially for critical electromechanical systems whose failure can lead to fatalities. By subject the first design to real life use scenario, experts can identify other faults especially those relates to structural strength and versatility.

This step can be made more bearable by building pcb prototype assemblies that concentrate on the part of the build you want to test. For instance, if your electromechanical design consists of a cooling fan and a mechanical arm and you are interested in the fan alone, you can omit the arm and look for something to cheaply simulate the arm hence cutting down on the complexity and cost of the prototype.

The actual mass production of the product

Ideally, this is the actual task of any electromechanical assembly plant. This is because it conventionally takes most of the time and input in terms of labor and cash while producing the actual end product to take to the market. Since the product has gone through all its test steps, no more research is needed in this step and all you need is your employees to churnelectromechanical-assembly out as many exact replicas of the original as they can per unit time.

To ensure that the models produced at this step, you can decide to use automated manufacture systems operated by a highly trained team. This will ensure that the market gets a taste of what you worked on without any flaws.

Other miscellaneous activities also core in electromechanical assembly

Apart from the actual steps aimed at taking a product through the four main phases in its production cycle, other things that go on at an assembly plant are also worth noting. For instance, your company must invest in elaborate systems that are both effective and safe to use.

The procuring of such systems will cost money and will need prior research to avoid ending up with something that you do not need. Important things that you should aspire to eliminate when staffing and buying equipment for an electromechanical assembly plant include;

  • safety of the equipment and the employees who will use it

  • the effectiveness of the systems you purchase

  • the dedication and skill of your staf

  • the relationship between employees and their tools in the plant

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Assembly Solutions Create Efficient Processes

Posted by Laura Austin on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

When you find your "groove" in running your business, you'll be hard pressed to try and change that for something else. The steps to find that efficiency will also mean doing some research, shopping around for the right fit with outsourced companies and making sure all of your work is getting done. The same can be said about efficient processes when it comes to assembling all of your products that are outsourced to an assembly company. assembly solutions

Searching for that "groove" even in assembly solutions can be hard, but again, it's still always good to seek it out and make the changes necessary to make sure you're providing the best service to your customers no matter what.

Finding The Best Solutions

When you're looking to provide the best of the best for your own customers when it comes to your assembled products, the first step is always going to be finding the perfect solution that fits your needs. All assembly companies provide solutions that can match up to the needs of their clients, ensuring that everyone in the deal is happy and gets the best available features to get their work done.

Picking and choosing the right solution normally means taking the time to do a little research on assembly solutions. Ask yourself: What are your pain points? What do you need the most? How much can you afford? When you know exactly what you want, you can go ahead and start searching for assembly businesses with the criteria you're looking for. Always remember to seek out an assembly solution that is:

  • Affordable and within your own means--it's your money, after all! If you think you can't afford the initial budget, then move on and find a solution that does. It won't hurt to look a bit more, after all.

  • A strong portfolio from the assembly company, one that showcases products similar to
    your own or at least within your own industry or niche. This means they are used to the work and will gladly help you out.

  • Reasonable solutions that actually are a value to you rather than just a package that is only going to waste your time and money. This means they can provide repairs and warranties on top of their assembly services. They should be throwing in designing and testing services, too.

Great Solutions = Efficiency
Always remember to do your homework, especially when it comes to the math of utilizing
PCB assembly assembly solutions. Just how much efficiency and ROI can you expect when you have chosen the right solution? If everything is lining up like it's fate, then you're absolutely good to go! If the solutions don't quite match up with the pricing, time, and efficiency you're looking for, don't be afraid to look elsewhere.

However, poor solutions rarely occur and most assembly solutions will provide the highest quality of results while also being highly efficient when it comes to your time and money. Because it's more than just money, it is also the time it takes to design, assemble, test and roll out the product while making sure everything works and won't break early in its life cycle.

Once you have found that perfect fit between the right assembly solutions and your business, then all you need to worry about is running your business. The assembly team will take care of everything else, including even making sure the design and blueprints are up to snuff. Then, you can find that groove for your assembly and really start seeing some great results.

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Electronic Manufacturing Company Automates Processes

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

The world of electronics manufacturing is a hugely complex one indeed, as anyone who starts thinking about bringing a new product to market quickly discovers. There are wheels within wheels within wheels to consider:PCB-assembly

  • The electronics design services process, which may require revisions depending on the equipment being used.

  • Components going into the design, which themselves are manufactured elsewhere and may or may not even be legitimate parts.

  • Testing needs, to ensure both before and during production the units being produced work right.

  • All the marketing problems, how to get people to see the need for your product. Market research may even lead to design changes.

  • Pipeline and supply problems emerge at every step in this process, as you try to move parts and assembled pieces to where they need to be, when they need to be.

  • Plus, even when it's on the shelves, there's still post-release support: repairs, replacements, possibly even hardware revisions in response to problems that got past testing, setting the whole thing in motion again.

The entire electronic manufacturing machine is a hugely complex process, and for a newcomer, it's just plain difficult to actually see, foresee, and plan for the contingencies that may arise as the product goes through its design and production phases.electronic-manufacturing-companyThis is why a good electronic manufacturing company is such a necessary partner in this process. The days of being able to design an electronics product and bring it to market entirely in-house are effectively gone. The system has become complex enough that you need electronic manufacturing experts.

Making Your Life Easier With an Electronic Manufacturing Company

Let's face it, you have a business to run. You undoubtedly have folks whose job it is to oversee production processes, but in the end, there's only so much that can be overseen by one or two people. Anything more than that, and you have committee meetings over every little thing. Since electronics contract manufacturing is now a separate business, it makes sense to pass the burden of the manufacturing processes themselves to experts: the people who do this for a living. It's all about choosing the right electronic manufacturing company to partner with.The big issue is that you need to make sure you find a manufacturer who will treat your needs as their own. This is the main reason that going with a full-service electronic design AND manufacturing firm ultimately pays off in the long run. It offloads the work to experts, and the better they're able to work with you to optimize your designs for their processes.Look for an electronic manufacturing company who offers:

electronics-manufacturing-companyDesign services: Undoubtedly your engineers are good, but very often a design can be optimized for the production line it will be running down. An electronics manufacturing firm that knows its own equipment well can often find ways to make your product better before it starts getting made.

Test services: You need thorough testing both before and during the production run. Testing, along with a knowledge of firmware, can head off plenty of problems that would otherwise cause expensive issues later on.

Supply chain management. The only way to keep counterfeit parts out of electronics is by having a strong hold of your supply chain management. Through a combination of computer parts tracking and having reliable partner suppliers, a manufacturer who knows their supply chain can help you with yours.

Post-sale fulfillment: If you really want to feel like your electronics manufacturer is on your side, look for one which also handles post-sale support. If they're going to be doing their own troubleshooting and repair requests, they have a lot more reason to get things right the first time.There are a lot of options for electronics manufacturing in the world. Take the option that ultimately saves you the most time and money. Even if it costs a bit more up front, the long term benefits will make it worthwhile.

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