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Zentech Featured in Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 @ 01:12 PM

Zentech was recently featured in Military & Aerospace Magazine in the article, Contract Manufacturing: there when you need it, and includes insight from Matt Turpin, Zentech's CEO and President. 

SMT-soldering.jpgThe nation's prime defense contractors often find themselves with too many orders to handle with in-house expertise. That's where electronics contract manufacturing comes in.

With the rapid expansion of high-tech military equipment and componentry, thousands of small specialty manufacturers have come into being, with the initial big boost during with the Space Race of the 1960s.

That decade also marked the start of an acquisition and merger cycle that saw the majority of those
companies — large and small — joined to become 20th  Century defense industry giants, such as McDonnell and Douglas, Northrop and Grumman, Lockheed and Martin, as well as those whose names did not
continue, as with the McDonnell Douglas acquisition of Hughes Helicopters about a decade before McDonnell Douglas itself vanished into Boeing.

Throughout that period — and with even greater frequency since the turn of the century — contract manufacturing of military electronics grew into a major industry in its own right. Working primarily for systems integrators, contract manufacturers typically focus on specific areas, such as machining; mechanical and electrical assemblies; power systems; lasers; optics; sensors; robotics; vehicular controls; RF systems; satellite instrumentation; environmental stress screening; G-force testing; and electronic circuit card assembly.

“In the last 10 years, if you look at industry consolidation, that tends to support systems integration, which intuitively should mean more con- tract manufacturing,” says Matt Turpin, CEO of contract
manufacturer Zentech Manufacturing Inc. in Windsor Mill, Md. “Given the peaks and troughs of the mil-aero business, any company that tried to stay vertically integrated would probably die. Given the rate of technology change, vertical integration would not, in general, be able to keep up.”

The role of industry consolidation
This is the primary reason that big systems integrators like Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and L-3 rely on best-in-breed contract manufacturing,” Turpin says. “The economics don’t really support them trying to do it all in-house.  If you try to bring in that capability for just your stuff, you can’t even out the troughs in mil-aero the way an independent contract manufacturer can.”

Contract manufacturing of military electronics is significantly different from the model in use in many other industries, where the contract manufacturer produces complete products under the contractor’s brand.

In the military market, the contract manufacturer may produce unique components designed by the contractor or provide its own designs, developments, prototyping and modeling, assemblies, fabrication, tooling, manufacturing, qualification testing, procurement, and logistics services to meet the contractor’s requirements.

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A Single-Source Contract Electronics Manufacturer Streamlines Your Products

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

PCB-ServicesOne unfortunate byproduct of the offshoring boom of the 90s-00s was the maze of sub-contractors it often created.  If you've gotten stuck in this trap, there are alternatives!

The Many Problems With Multi-Sourced Electronics Manufacturing

It's something we see a lot of clients dealing with, when they come to us.  They've got one contract electronics manufacturer handling prototyping, and another group handling manufacturing, and another one developing software, and (usually) yet another party handling their post-sale support work.  Sometimes even minor aspects like documentation end up outsourced to third parties or freelancers.   On top of that, many of those contractors may have sub-contractors of their own which the original client may or may not know about.  

It's easy to see why this happens:  Most of the cut-rate contractors are ultimately specialists (using the term loosely) with a limited variety of services offered.  Several have to be hired at once to bring a full product to fruition.  The problems introduced in such a case are often numerous:

  • Overall huge duplications of effort
  • Many lines of communication plus employees overseeing them
  • Mismatches in production capabilities, like final-build manufacturers who cannot properly recreate the prototype 
  • Software that fails to properly utilize the hardware
  • Added costs, including transportation and taxes across many countries
  • Lengthy contract terms tying you to those vendors
  • Poorly trained support with conflicting (or no) documentation
  • Supply line inconsistencies
  • Full-unit warranty replacements rather than cost-effective repair work 

The basic end result is that, over and over, "cheap" outsourcing turns out to be far more expensive in the long run due to these sorts of systemic problems that keep cropping up.  And that's without some of the other problems that can crop up with offshoring, such as IP theft.

Luckily, there's now an alternative.  Challenged to remain relevant in a changing market, US-based contract electronics manufacturers have been rapidly expanding their services offered to provide all your needs under one roof.surface-mount-eletronics

One-Stop Shops Can Solve Your Electronics Outsourcing Maze

The basic principle seems so simple that it's almost hard to understand how sub-subcontractors managed to proliferate.  If you want a quality piece of hardware coming to market, every aspect of its design and production needs to be focused.  That's basically impossible to achieve when working through many separate vendors, each focused on a single aspect of the product.

So today's domestic manufacturing centers really can take you through the entire process, including:

  • Initial schematics and design work
  • Prototyping, testing, and troubleshooting
  • Custom firmware and software
  • Hardware optimization and\or eco-friendly design tweaks
  • Supply chain oversight and management
  • Failure rate testing and prediction
  • Full manufacturing runs
  • Post-sale technical support and repairs

The result is end-to-end work that's of far higher quality than what a client can generally get from multiple outsourcers, and at a final price that's comparable -if not cheaper- than the real world TCO of that outsourcing maze.  Plus, of course, better products usually translate into better returns on the overall effort, and better ongoing customer goodwill.

It's truly a win-win scenario all around.

So if you've been thinking there's got to be a better way to handle outsourced electronics manufacturing, give ZenTech a call.  Our experts can take your product from the idea phase through production and beyond, delivering superior value for your investment.  

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Keep Your Contract Electronics Manufacturing Safe By Staying Local

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 06:25 PM

american-pcb-assemblyWe spotted a new story this week that once again highlights how risky it is, outsourcing contract electronics manufacturing to China.  It's just another example of why modern businesses need to be looking to manufacturing centers with strong IP protections.

Stories of failed Kickstarter projects are a dime-a-dozen, but the saga of The Dot is slightly different. The pitch was simple:  Affordable < $100 Bluetooth earbuds stored in a self-charging tube roughly the size of lipstick.  The Kickstarter reached its funding goal within a matter of hours, and was on track to have plenty of excess funding.  Then the entire project was shut down, and all pledges refunded, because Kickstarter decided that The Dot was a re-sold Chinese product.

The twist?  According to The Dot's inventors, their outsourced prototypes -needed to sell the Kickstarter- were stolen and manufactured before they even had time to get to market.

It's a He-Says-She-Says game that will likely never be proven either way, but now The Dot is DOA.  The unprovability is really just part of the problem:  When you're dealing with a country that doesn't respect IP laws, there's simply no way of protecting your designs.

Chinese IP Theft Endangers Global Contract Electronics Manufacturing

The US-government IP Commission Report lays out in stark detail just how bad this problem has gotten.  China is, according to the report, responsible for 80% of US IP theft, amounting to a whopping $300 billion in losses.  By comparison, that is roughly the same as the total legitimate US-to-China trade.

To make matters worse, the Chinese government is flatly in denial about the situation, even though anyone who's lived in Asia for any amount of time knows how incredibly common counterfeit products are.  IP protections are simply non-existent, and only the most valuable (ie, highest-paying) companies have any reasonable chance at redress.

Smaller operations, like the group attempting to make The Dot, are simply SOL if their designs get rippedElectronic-Engineering-Company off.

To make matters even worse, China is now starting to outsource to Africa, as their own manufacturing centers can no longer remain competitive in the cutthroat low-cost market.  So a company sending prototypes to China may basically be spreading their "secret" schematics across half the known world.

Domestic Manufacturing Keeps Your Designs Safe

The alternative is simply to look towards the USA.  The United States has some of the strongest IP protections in the world, along with taking a leadership role in bringing other countries in line.  Furthermore, despite reports to the contrary, manufacturing in the US now costs roughly the same as Chinese manufacturing. 

Simply put, the Chinese boom of the last 20 years has driven their own costs of living and doing business up to the point there simply isn't a major price difference, especially when externalities like transportation costs are taken into account.

So for a Western company looking to succeed with a new product, American manufacturing is an all-around good idea:

  • Top-grade equipment and manufacturing processes
  • Agreed-upon standards for per-component inventory tracking
  • Shorter in-country supply lines
  • All-in-one services, including design, software, and post-sale support
  • Far stricter "green" standards for eco-friendly designs
  • Rapid prototyping services, potentially in less than a week

Domestic manufacturing makes sense again, and ZenTech is here to help.  Contact us today to safely make your next project a reality.  

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5 Characteristics Of A Great Contract Manufacturer

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 06:00 PM

Professional-Electronics-DesignAs a small to mid-sized electronics company, you may find yourself struggling, from time to time, to keepup with the large brands and businesses. While these "big fish" game players may be able to afford to employ a large staff of skilled designers and engineers, and stay on top of the latest and greatest assembly machinery, you may not have the same resources available to you. This is not an uncommon problem. To find success, many SMBs choose to contract the production of their PC boards out to a third-party manufacturer.

Entrusting this task to an outsider, though, can be nerve-wracking. Your PC boards, after all, play a substantial role in the efficiency, effectiveness, and appeal of your devices. In order for you to keep customers happy and grow as a successful business, it's important that you find the perfect contract manufacturer for the job. But how can you sort through your prospects and recognize the best from the rest? This post will explore the 5 characteristics of great contract manufacturers so that you can narrow down your options and make your choice with confidence.  

1. Skilled & Experienced  

For obvious reasons, you want your contract manufacturer to be well-established and to have the skills and experience required to property construct your PC boards. It's wise to do a bit of research to find out how long your prospect has been in business, and what their background is in the industry. Another good idea is to ask your prospective manufacturing partner what types of experience or level of education they require from those that they hire to design and construct the boards. The best manufacturers will be operated by seasoned individuals who demand the same level of expertise from their staff.  

2. Flexible  

What types of services does your contract manufacturer offer? It's always in your best interest to narrow down your prospects to those that are willing and able to provide an array of services and are flexible to work with. For example, you may typically only require a contract manufacturer to assemble your boards, but in once instance, you may need help in correcting design flaws or in developing a prototype. Your partner should be able to help you with these tasks on an as-needed basis.  

3. Current  

In order for you to keep up with the competition and satisfy your customers, you need to give your business to a modern contract manufacturer who stays current with the latest manufacturing techniques, industry standards, and equipment. As technological advancements continue to be made, new manufacture equipment is being developed that can help speed up the production of boards, and help to reduce glitches or errors.  pcb assembling

4. Well-Connected  

One of the advantages of working with an experienced contract manufacturer that has been in the business for awhile is that they are often well-connected. If your business is just starting out, or is relatively small in size, you may find that it's not always easy to develop strong work relationships with suppliers. When you partner with a great manufacturing company, though, they will have already made these connections. This means that the cost to produce your boards may be decreased, as manufacturers with strong-supplier relationships will be able to work better deals.  

5. In it for the Long-Haul  

You don't want a manufacturer who will leave you high and dry if something goes wrong with the boards after production. The best contract manufacturers will work with you to provide fulfillment services. Troubleshooting and repairing the problem is cheaper than replacing the entire PC board.    

When outsourcing the construction of your PC boards, there's nothing more important than feeling certain that your contract manufacturer has the skills, experience, and tools required to do the best job possible. By seeking out these 5 characteristics in your prospects, you'll find a partner that will take care of your needs and help you to thrive. 

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Electronic Contract Manufacturing Companies, What To Expect From The Best

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Today, a growing number of small to mid-size electronics businesses are making the decision to Electronic Contract Manufacturingoutsource some of their work to third parties. But while there are plenty of electronic contract manufacturing companies for you to choose from, it's important to understand that they are not all equal. How can you be sure that you are partnering up with a reputable business that you can truly put your trust in? To help you narrow down your options, here's a look at 10 things that you should expect from the best electronic contract manufacturing companies.


1. Multiple Skill Sets

A great contract manufacturer will bring multiple services to the table for its clients to take advantage of. Look for a company that is not only able to manufacture your boards, but can also assist with the design process, reworking schematics, and repairing faulty devices.

2. Extensive Experience

It's important to ensure that your contracted partner company has the skills and experience necessary to handle your job(s). You should choose to work with electronic contract manufacturing companies with an extensive background in the industry, and that know the ins and outs of the trade.

3. Up-to-Date Processes

Is your prospective contract manufacturer still relying on old or dated methods, or are they taking advantage of the latest and greatest design and manufacturing processes available today? You want your partner to be as forward thinking as possible.

4. Advanced Equipment

As technology evolves, so does the equipment and machinery used to develop modern circuit boards. These technological changes make it possible to create denser, yet more compact products. Because this meets consumer demands, it's important for your contract manufacturer to make use of the best equipment possible.

5. Compliant with Industry Standards

Never agree to work with electronic contract manufacturing companies who cannot prove that they adhere to industry standards for both safety and quality. Doing so could cause damage to your company's reputation. A great manufacturer will be happy to prove their compliance.

6. Meets Deadlines

Entrusting a portion of your business's work to an outside party can be nerve wracking - especially when you have customer deadlines to meet. Because of this, you must take the time to find a contract manufacturer that has proven its ability to complete projects on time - every time.

7. Excellent References Contract Manufacturing Companies

Reputable electronic contract manufacturing companies will be ready and able to supply you with a list of both current and previous clients who have been happy with their services. Be sure to call these references to find out what the company's customers thought about them in terms of professionalism, experience, knowledge, skill, and value.

8. Careful Product Testing

Any contract manufacturer that is worth working with will have a process for carefully testing boards after they have been developed to ensure that large batches are not defective, or to catch problems before they reach the end user. To ensure that this is the case, feel free to ask your prospective partner how they go about testing products, and what steps they take in the event that an issue is detected. 

9. Fast Repairs

In the event that a board is found to be faulty, how involved will your contract manufacturer actually be? Some electronic contract manufacturing companies will only provide services as far as design and production, leaving you responsible for handing troubleshooting and repairs. This can be a challenge if your team didn't develop the original schematics. A good contract manufacturer won't leave you out in the cold, but will be able to quickly detect and repair problems

10. All American

If you want high quality from your contract manufacturer, it's best to stick with an American company. U.S.-based businesses will work up to code with national standards, and will use better system components for boards.

By keeping these 10 things in mind, you're sure to find the the perfect partner for your needs. 

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Quality Begins With Contract Electronics Manufacturer

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, May 23, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Just like with all of your products that are assembled and shipped off to your clients, you want every single piece of component and part of your designs to be associated with quality. Who doesn't want to have the best of the best when it comes to their manufactured parts? Your clients trust that you're providing the best service to them, so why not expect the same kind of service and top notch quality in parts when it comes to your contract electronics manufacturer?

It doesn't matter if the parts are going to be sold commercially, to factories, to other businesses, or wherever they're going, everyone wants to be assured that the electronicscontract-electronics-manufacturing they're using are only the greatest quality that money can buy. That is why so much testing, designing, research and development goes into electronics, because the expectations are so high. Unfortunately, businesses who contract out to manufacturers can run the risk of working with lesser quality manufacturing that can be a big risk--including losing out on thousands of dollars and all of those man hours to create your product.

So, how do you spot the best quality contract electronics manufacturers? Easy, just check out these following signs.

Sourced In The USA

A majority of contract electronics manufacturer companies that started out in the United States eventually took most of their operations overseas, mostly to cut down on costs and provide a better deal for their clients. While this worked for several years, things have changed recently and manufacturing services overseas isn't the same anymore. There are much higher risks of dealing with faulty and counterfeit parts in your electronics assembly if it is outsourced to other countries, such as arcing or short circuiting--or something even worse.

One way to avoid such problems is relying on a manufacturer that sources most, if not all of their parts from the United States. Not only that, but another great sign of excellence is if they also keep a large chunk of their workforce in the U.S. as well.

Great Consultation

When you start working with a contract electronics manufacturer, are they keeping in contact with you throughout the different processes? If you've experienced manufacturers that suddenly lose contact and never speak to you throughout the design, pc board assembly and testing overseas-manufacturingphases, then you may want to find someone who does care about keeping open communication with you.

You should confidently know where your parts are coming from, on top of how they're being created and treated. Also, should anything go wrong during the assembly process, you should know immediately when it comes instead of much later on and have to deal with potentially bad electronics. Communication between you and the manufacturer must be a two-way street.

Beautifully Manufactured Products

It's not often you hear an assembled electronic component is "beautiful" or "impeccable," but shouldn't that be expected of your own products when they're manufactured by a electronics contract manufacturer? While it may seem like too lofty of a goal, you should always expect excellent--and get those sort of results--when it comes to your project. You've already put in a lot of time to design the particular piece, on top of marketing it and building up a client base. Now, the manufacturer needs to reflect that same hard work in their own assembly.

This doesn't mean that all manufacturers are going to produce a low quality product no matter what. Quite the opposite, in fact. Contract electronics manufacturers are in the business of making your products the best quality there is, which means providing all of things mentioned above and more. Don't settle for anything less and you will always have the best quality there is.

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How Contract Electronics Manufacturing Modernizes Processes

Posted by Laura Austin on Sat, May 18, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Miniaturization, Nanotechnology and testing of micro-circuits are no easy task, they can take days to complete, which most manufacturing and assembly departments do not have, the cost overrun alone can dent into your company's strategy, which is why you need to modernize your manufacturing process, the only question is how.

Making the Informed Business Choice

It is likely that you will eventually be required to seek outsourced services, which will offer contract-electronics-manufacturingyou countless advantages and long term relationships that will ensure that your targets and goals are met with efficiency and required quality. Contract electronic manufacturing will meet the demand your company is facing, especially in pacing up to the trending technological advancements and modern methods of manufacturing, testing and housing.

With the services at hand, you will be able to respond to all the modern technology demands. The trend with most electronic devices is to reduce the surface area of a circuit, making it as small as possible and therefore increasing functionality with each square inch. This is increasingly difficult to achieve using in-house resources, which is why contracting for consultancy, design, manufacturing and testing in all phases of the project become the ultimate choice.

Prototyping

Contract electronics manufacturing will meet all the current requirements of testing through PCB prototype assembly for your design and running it through real time scenarios in determining whether you should invest in that particular design. This process requires modern equipment and staff that are trained with the most current technologies in assuring the outcome results. A prototype is a test version that is used in making sure that the design is sound, and can withstand the requirements for which it was designed. Sophisticated processes and simulations are used before implementing each phase of the project, test teams and instrumentation use the latest devices in measuring outputs and meeting precise specifications before releasing the devices to alpha manufacturing and testing. This modern approach to building your electronic product will only ensure the success of the venture and increase the chances of a profitable outcome.

Testing and Instrumentation

Understanding the intention of the product is the priority of all the test teams in contract electronic manufacturing through the electronic manufacturing company, who are trained to understand the intent of the product in the market and therefore the specific output of each module of the product is key in providing the final results. The instruments designed to measure outputs and gather results in changing scenarios are accurately calibrated with theelectronics-manufacturing-solutions highest resolution, leaving nothing to chance. The subject circuit will be subjected to a number of test scenarios in avoiding costly manufacturing of parts and modules. Each scenario is exhausted of all possibilities and reiterated in ensuring an accurate outcome before passing it down to the final phases of production.

Investing in Newer Technologies

It is every manufacturer's dream to utilize the capital investments in applying technology for as long as possible while turning huge profits. Unfortunately, the trends of technology are versatile and dynamic, and it is hard to make such a decision in establishing the most profitable investment that will last over time. Modernization is inevitable, and with contract electronic manufacturing, it is no longer a significant investment factor for you since we make it our business to invest in the latest technology, with manufacturing as our mainstream focus, we dedicate a lot of resources in research and development of the latest trends in cutting internal costs and meeting the demand of trending technology. This keeps you competitive in your area of electronic specialization, and keeps your investments secure as you outsource the service and the potential risk in capital investment. Keeping up with the latest technology is part of our core process, and the investment is catered for, even in the most advanced and sophisticated manufacturing specifications. 

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Contract Electronics Manufacturing: Parts For Every Process

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, May 09, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

For every single process put into your product by an electronics manufacturing company, there is a specialized part to make sure it works. Every circuit board and other electronics that go into bigger machines are all put together by parts that are included in every single part of the process, ensuring that everything works once it is completed and is in top notch shape for your client.contact electronics manufacturing

This also means that every single process employed to create your electronics need parts that are high quality and won't break in the middle, or beginning, of their life cycle. How can you ensure that all of the parts for every process are in working order and you're getting the most for your time and time? Working with a contract electronics manufacturing company with all of these right signs is a great start, first off.

Parts Sourced From Trusted Buyers

When it comes to manufacturing, the company you choose to put together all of your batch orders is normally sourcing all of their parts from another company that just handles all of the components that are put into electronics. Whether it's unfinished boards, screws, electrical parts or something else, the manufacturer needs to find buyers that they trust and in turn you trust.

Unfortunately, not all contract electronics manufacturing companies are sourcing from the same, reputable places. That means your parts could potentially be made with faulty parts that could instantly break and cost you thousands of dollars. This is a very serious issue that has happened to businesses before, almost putting them on the brink of bankruptcy and losing many loyal customers. Instead of dealing with such a mess, always remember to find a manufacturing company using parts that are from highly reputable companies or made within the United States.

Once you know the chain of parts and manufacturing that goes into your own parts, won't you feel more at ease? You will also have the confidence of knowing where exactly the parts are coming from that are going into your electronics, creating electronic solutions.

Specialized Testing & Designing

Does your manufacturer take the time to make sure every part of the building process is
built specially for your product? If they're taking the time--and energy--to make sure that your own process is built for you and not built to simply be as automated as possible to get
contract manufacturingthem another paycheck, then you know that each part of the process is given a special eye for detail and higher standards.

Your contract electronics manufacturing company is a very integral step in the entire design, creating, and implementing stages that your products go through. Shouldn't you take the extra time to double check that they're sourcing only the best parts and give the best attention of detail and personalization to your products?

Using The Right Tools

All of this also includes all of the parts of the process on their end, including machinery. If they aren't using the right tools to complete your order, then your products aren't going to be assembled correctly and have a much higher chance of breaking down. 

Also, most manufacturers are automating most of the process, which is perfectly fine to an extent, but if they aren't properly setting the machinery before they put together your products, that's another risk that can mean less clients for you at the end of the day. Again, find a contract electronics manufacturing company that keeps you in mind when they're assembling your components. It's a lot easier than you might think.

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Electronic Contract Manufacturing Companies Create Power

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

“Power” is a funny thing. The dictionary definition of the word is so deceptively simple: “The ability to act or produce an effect.” Yet, as we continue to discover, there are so many different ways that power can be found, harnessed, and deployed.

  • Power can come from a gun, pointed at someone's head: The power to terrify into submission.

  • Power comes from knowledge, as 70s and 80s cartoons were so fond of reminding us.

  • Power can come through conversation: The power to inspire others to act as you want.

  • Power definitely comes from money, giving people a self-interested reason to do as you want.electronic-contract-manufacturing-companies

  • Power even comes from time itself, with time being money and all that.

You can find power and empowerment in virtually any situation, and one useful way to view your business dealings is in how much additional power they afford you. Whatever venture you enter into, if you can find new ways for it to bring you additional power, you get that much more ability to do the things you want to do.

So, we'd just like to take this moment to point out that hiring electronic contract manufacturing companies to do your electronics work isn't just an investment. It is yet another method of bringing yourself power, when harnessed correctly.

The Hidden Powers of Electronic Contract Manufacturing Companies

So, let's say you've found a quality onshore electronics manufacturing firm to produce your next line of electronics for you. How does this empower you? And what aspects of your company does it give you additional power over?

  • Time: If you've partnered with trustworthy electronic contract manufacturer and he or her company, you will have to devote vastly less time to oversight of it than you would if you hired a less-expensive and less-reliable firm. This is especially true if you choose an onshore facility, rather than one offshore. How much time on the part of your most important employees (including yourself!) would get wasted in transcontinental flights and 2AM phone calls to the other side of the world?

  • Money: Let's face it, as the Emcee says: money makes the world go 'round, world go 'round. Outsourcing your electronics production almost certainly saves you money, as compared to the costs of trying to create your own in-house manufacturing center.
    Further, going with electronic contract manufacturing companies that focus on quality mean spending far less on the back end. Quality products made right the first time don't get sent back for costly repairs and replacements.

  • Communications: You will have far more control – power – over your Public Relations when the public is on your side, than when they are against you. Putting out good products that people want to buy improves your public image, makes people like you, and makes them more receptive to your marketing messaging. In the global conversation, you want people talking about your strengths, not your weaknesses.

  • Knowledge: Many state-of-the-art electronics assembly firms know their equipment
    electronic-contract-manufacturing-services better than your engineers do. Electronic contract manufacturing companies can take your designs and improve on them to take advantage of the current top-line assembly processes. This knowledge, applied, means the power to produce better, more reliable,and less expensive products. It's a power threefer.

In fact, really, the only power your business can't easily gain through electronics manufacturing is the power of the gun, but we're fine with that. There's no need for coercion in today's business world, when you can instead harness the elements of your business to generate just as much power for yourself as a gun could grant.

So, when you consider hiring electronic contract manufacturing companies, stop to think for a moment about just how much you're buying. With the right partner, you aren't simply buying products. You're buying power in the form of time, money, communications, and knowledge that you simply could not have gotten by doing it alone.

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Contract Electronic Manufacturers Produce Precision, Efficiency

Posted by Laura Austin on Tue, Feb 05, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Contract manufacturing is a practice that describes the signing of a working agreement between two organizations. As mentioned in the agreement, one company offers products or services on behalf of the second company. What this helps in, is getting freed from maintaining and managing manufacturing tools and facilities, selecting and purchasing raw materials and also hiring labor that can help in producing the end product. Today, most businesses are entering into contract manufacturing agreements to enjoy a win-win situation. Just a few such include types of a pharmaceutical contract manufacturing company, computer manufacturing, food manufacturing and electronic contract manufacturers (ECM). Also, companies dealing with production of hygiene and personal care products, medical supplies, automotive parts and more are entering this setup.

Contract electronic manufacturing: when did this began and why?

Contract electronic manufacturers are very much in demand in current times. The business contract-electronicsfocuses on accomplishing manufacturing needs for low and medium volume industries that demand products which are highly reliable. Defense, aerospace, scientific instrumentations, oil and gas exploration, mass transportation, professional electronic industries are few such industries in this respect. The major reason which has driven electronic companies towards contract electronic manufacturers is the recession that shook up the global finances. Several companies feel safer to sign a contract with an electronics manufacturer than setting up a unit themselves.

The advantages of hiring a contract electronic manufacturer

One should hire a company which has years of experience, and many good referrals from all their past projects.

  • The greatest advantage of hiring an ECM is efficient results at lower cost.

  • Professionals at such companies are well versed and are capable of leading you from conceptualization stage through development and designing, prototype building, device testing and to designing and end product assembly manufacturing.

  • Engineers here are experienced and acknowledged and can manage projects of any size efficiently, thus helping you enjoy efficient outcomes.

  • Most such manufacturers have the most updated and state of the art equipments and comply with the latest industry standards, meaning you can save a lot of money which you would have otherwise spent in undertaking the whole set up.

Your chances of getting discounts are high as most of these service providers carry out bulk orders. So, spend your money on other core needs and leave the work on contract electronicContract Electronic Manufacturers manufacturers who can offer you efficient results, at low cost and within deadlines.

Hiring contract electronic manufacturers can help you enjoy precision and efficiency

The world of electronics is changing and so are its needs and demands. Outsourcing your needs to a service provider who is well equipped with the necessary tools, skill and experience can help you in enjoying many tangible advantages worth considering. The efficiency you can enjoy when hiring such service provider is top notch, and much better than what it must have been when you handled the work. The new product introduction would seem much accurate, easy also you can experience cost effective material management. Also, order fulfillment would seem achievable. The technical competency is as per the industry standards. The customer satisfaction curve is high and acceptable. The prompt management response is simply overwhelming which can help you enjoy precision with the utmost efficiency in every project you undertake.

The Future Scope

Outsourcing is a trend that will gain ample momentum in the nearing future and saying that contract electronic manufacturers are here to stay, will not be exaggerating. If you are looking to cut down on cost and enjoy precision proof strategies and efficient end results then there is nothing better than outsourcing your work to an ECM.

Zentech Manufacturing Inc. is one of the leading contract manufacturing companies in the USA. The company excels in building other people’s products while taking care of efficiency and precision. Having Zentech by your side will relieve you from every worry regarding quality control, technical efficiency, precision proof results and cost effectiveness.

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