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What To Look For When Hiring Electronic Contract Manufacturers

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Following the manufacturing boom of the 1990s through today, there's now literally a world of options in terms of hiring contract electronics firms.  How do you choose between your options?

Picking the right partner is more essential than ever, if you want your electronics design to succeed.  More products are being introduced into the marketplace more quickly, while both businesses and consumers continue to demand higher quality.  Simply offshoring manufacturing to the lowest bidder can easily mean a product that's late to market, and with quality that's not up to par.

Manufacturers today have found ways to cut costs while simultaneously offering more services than ever before.  You can get a lot more for your money, if you look carefully.

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Topics: electronic contract manufacturer, Contract Electronic Manufacturers

Domestic Contract Electronic Assembly Services Protect Your Product End-to-End

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

There's been plenty of talk lately about the growing trend of reshoring - that is, companies which had previously moved their electronics assembly overseas are now coming home.  We're not just talking small companies either:  Major names like GE, Ford, and even Apple are moving assembly services back to America.

The reasons behind these shifts are complex, from the rising cost of living in Asia to the flexibility problems created with extra long-tailed supply lines.

However, in our opinion, one of the biggest driving factors may be plain security.  There are a number of ways that offshore manufacturing can risk the integrity of your product or your Intellectual Property, whereas US manufacturing greatly reduces those risks.

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Topics: electronic contract manufacturer, electronic assembly

4 Reasons to Consider Hiring A Contract Manufacturing

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 06:00 PM

A growing number of companies are turning to contract manufacturing services as a means of improvingtheir own existing business models. Could this be a viable solution for your needs? If you're on the fence, take a look at 4 of the many ways in which a contract manufacturer could help to improve the development of your electronics.

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Topics: electronic contract manufacturer, American PC Board Assembly

Things To Look For In Electronics Manufacturing Services

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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Topics: electronics repair services, assembly process, electronic contract manufacturer

Realizing The Value Of Working With A Contract Manufacturer

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

As an electronics business, your goal is to provide your customers with superior devices, powered by efficient and highly-functional PC boards. You want to keep buyers happy with boards that will continue to support your products for many years.  But despite your best efforts, there's always the chance that something will go wrong with one of your devices. How do you handle it when there's trouble with one of your units? Do you simply cut your losses and ship a warranty replacement unit?

For many small to mid-sized companies, this may seem like the simplest solution, but is it really worth it? In many cases, the problems associated with a faulty device can be traced right back to the PC board. Through troubleshooting, you might find that the issue really boils down to one or two components that may need to be replaced, or another quick fix. Ultimately, taking the time to make these adjustments can save you a significant amount of money.

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Topics: electronics repair services, assembly process, electronic contract manufacturer

An EMS For Emergencies In Electronics

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

When an emergency occurs in every day life, we all know what we need to do: call 911. By dialing these 3 simple numbers, we can take comfort in the fact that help is on the way, as an emergency medical services (EMS) technician has been dispatched. But did you know that there's an EMS that can also help you with your electronics emergencies? Electronics manufacturing services can help you to work your way through any problem and to improve the quality of your technology and services so that you never have to worry about losing a customer.

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Topics: contract electronic manufacturing, electronic contract manufacturer, contract electronic manufacturing services

Is Your Electronic Contract Manufacturer Taking Care of You?

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

If you been utilizing the same electronic contract manufacturer for awhile, you may not often take the time to evaluate the quality of the services being provided to you. As long as your batch orders are being processed, you assume that everything is going well. But how can you be sure that your manufacturing provider is really taking care of you as well as they should?

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Topics: contract electronic manufacturing, electronic contract manufacturer, contract electronic manufacturing services

What Services Does An Electronic Contract Manufacturer Provide?

Posted by Adam Washburn on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 @ 07:00 AM


Whether your electronics business is thinking about seeking out help, or if you already use a third party service, it is very important that you know how to get the most value from your relationship with an electronic contract manufacturer. Although overseas partnerships may offer little more than mediocre product assembly, a qualified and professional service will be able to assist you in numerous areas. To ensure that you enjoy the most benefit from your outsourced help, here are several services that you should expect from your electronic contract manufacturing company.

Assistance with product design

Efficiency during the design phase is crucial to ensuring that your project goes smoothly. In order for your business to develop a product that your customers will be satisfied with, your team must take the time to carefully understand consumer demands and craft an electronic device that will be able to handle numerous functions while still being relatively simple to operate. Unfortunately, this often proves to be more challenging than it sounds.

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Topics: electronic contract manufacturer, electronics contract manufacturing, state of the art equipment

4 Reasons To Use A Contract Electronics Manufacturer

Posted by Adam Washburn on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Due to the fast-paced nature of this world, it's no surprise that the electronics industry is as competitive as it is. Electronics companies are constantly pushed to reach beyond their limitations to create devices that are more compact and more advanced, while still keeping prices low. The expenses involved with creating new products, however, can make it very difficult to keep customer costs down or to make much of a profit. It is for these reasons that a growing number of companies are seeking out help from outsource vendors. But is this the best solution for you? If you're not certain, here are four key reasons that you should seriously consider working with a contract electronics manufacturer.

1. Gain New Insights

Although there is no doubt in your mind that your team is highly knowledgable and good at what they do, you should never convince yourself that you or your staff have nothing left to learn.Technology is constantly evolving, and new ideas and methods are continuously being developed in order to streamline the process of designing and building better electronics. A contract electronics manufacturer can bring these new concepts to the table, opening your eyes to a world of new possibilities. Your contract partner may be able to point out ways to adjust your product designs in such a way that production costs will be reduced, or your device will run smoother, and with a reduced likelihood for malfunctions or other issues. Additionally, an electronic contract manufacturer can help you to work out problems and kinks that your team has been struggling to resolve, so that you can keep your business moving forward and making money.

2. Take Advantage of the Most Advanced Technology

For the largest enterprises, it may not be as difficult to spend the money on advanced technological upgrades every year or two. For smaller and medium sized business ventures, on the other hand, this may not be possible.  When your company's cash flow is tied up or somewhat restricted, it can be impossible for you to make the investment in the latest and greatest manufacturing machinery which, in turn, makes it very hard for you to keep up with the competition. A contract electronics manufacturer can "level the playing field" by offering your business access to more advanced technologies throughout the production of your devices. Robotic arms can be utilized to manipulate even the smallest parts with care and precision, so that human-error can be removed from the equation. Fast, accurate machinery will speed up the product assembly process without ever detracting from the operability of your electronics, so that you can stop wasting money on time and faulty equipment.

3. Improve Customer Satisfaction

By working with a contract electronics manufacturer, you can improve the quality of your products and ensure that your customers will be happier with their devices. This is not only due to the fact that the machinery and equipment used to manufacture these devices is so precise and advanced, but because the best parts are used, and all products are tested for quality. A good, American-based contract partner will never utilize bootlegged  parts during the manufacture process, and will have a solid system in place for verifying product functionality.

4. Broaden Your Horizons

From start to finish, a contract electronics manufacturer can speed up your processes while improving the design and production of your devices. Because of this, your business will become more efficient and organized, freeing up the time for you and your team to "dream big" and develop new, more exciting and technologically advanced products to share with your customers. At long last, you will have the time, technology, and financial resources available to become the industry leader that you always wanted to be.

Stop holding yourself back, and start finding out how working with a contract electronics manufacturer can transform your business into something bigger and better than ever before.

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Topics: contract electronics manufacturer, electronic contract manufacturer, manufacturing machinery

5 Ways You Could Benefit From Assembly Manufacturing

Posted by Adam Washburn on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

In today's economy, many businesses are the outsourcing assembly manufacturing to overseas companies as a means of saving money. But although this is initially less expensive, in the long run, it could cost you big time. Bootlegged products, shoddy craftsmanship, and failure to comply with safety regulations could lead to significant losses in revenue, a damaged reputation, and even fines or lawsuits. Because of this, it is wise to bring assembly manufacturing back home, and work with an American based electronic contract manufacturer that specializes in the design and production of complex electronics. Here are just five of the many reasons why doing this could work to your advantage.

1. Fast, Attractive Prototypes

When you are taking on a new client who is interested in the electronic products that you have to offer, they will want to see an example of your work before signing a contract and giving you their business. In some cases, your clients may need a device that is customized to their specific needs, which means that you will need to have the ability to quickly design and produce a workable prototype. A professional contract manufacturer will be able to help you to come up with a flawless design plan, and through a high-tech assembly manufacturing process, you can turn out the prototype fast. This will give your new client the assurance that you can work at high seed, while still creating a quality products and meeting their demands. 

2. Catch Errors Quickly

An offshore company may utilize non-skilled labor as a cheap means of handling the assembly manufacturing process. Unfortunately, this means that hundreds of your products could be put together incorrectly, or with faulty parts before anyone notices. In fact, your device could actually end up on store shelves or shipped to your customers before the mistakes are detected. An experienced American contract manufacturer will be staffed with experts who will be able to prevent problems like these from happening. Skilled workers with a trained eye will be able to spot issues quickly and fix them to minimize losses and uphold your reputation.

3. Utilize the Best Technology

When you have an assembly manufacturing partner, there's absolutely no need for your business to continuously try to "keep up with the Joneses" in terms of investing in better, more advanced equipment. Your contract manufacturer will keep their facility current with the latest and greatest machinery for producing electronics, so that you can take advantage of advanced machinery and precision robotics without spending a dime of your own.

4. Testing and Quality Control

With the right contract manufacturer, you can count on the fact that your products will be manufactured correctly, from start to finish. Your partner will even test your completed devices in-house to ensure functionality and operability before sending them to your clients. This will ultimately prevent the losses and embarrassment involved with having to recall a product, or re-do an entire order as a result of overlooked flaws and mistakes. 

5. Sell the Best Products

At the end of the day, your primary objective is to give your customers and clients the best possible electronics possible. If you are trying to handle large orders in-house, you may struggle to keep up with demand, which will lower the quality of your devices. On the other hand, we have already seen how outsourcing the assembly manufacturing process to an offshore location can be damaging to both your company and the end users.

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Topics: assembly manufacturing, electronic contract manufacturer