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How To Find The Best US Contract Electronic Manufacturing Services

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, Nov 01, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Times are changing!  If you need contract electronic manufacturing services, you no longer have to look overseas.  The cost of living in China and other popular offshoring countries is rising, and in the meantime, the poor jobs market in the US is lowering manufacturing costs state-side.  Combine that with the greater reliability and oversight you gain from having your manufacturing done in the US, and reshoring your contract electronic manufacturing services starts to make a lot of sense.

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Topics: electronics manufacturing, electronic manufacturing company, contract electronics manufacturing, Contract Electronics Assembly

A Guide To Reducing The Cost of Electronic Circuit Boards

Posted by Laura Austin on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

While electronic board design is just as important during the creation and assembly manufacturing process of a circuit board, especially for printed circuit boards (PCBs), there are several other factors which must always be considered in order to save on cost and make your business at least some profit. Beyond making components which work, what else can a seller do in order to ensure that they can reduce the cost of their electronic circuit boards?

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Topics: electronics manufacturing, pcb assembly service, electronic PCB assembly, Contract Electronics Assembly

Nexus 7 Proves US Contract Electronic Assembly is Cost Effective

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

As business news channels are filled yet again with stories of rioting at China's infamous Foxconn electronics plant, it's time to again consider the benefits of reshoring and bringing contract electronic assembly back to the United States.

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Topics: electronics manufacturing, electronic manufacturing company, Contract Electronic Assembly, US manufactured electronics

Baltimore Maryland Electronics Manufacturing Company Achieves AS9100

Posted by Laura Austin on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Anyone involved in either the manufacturing or bulk purchasing of electronic components knows just how important quality assurance is. With counterfeit parts becoming an increasing concern, it's more important than ever that an electronic manufacturing company is able to guarantee its products are legitimate and produced according to the highest standards.

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Topics: electronics manufacturing, electronic manufacturing company, contract manufacturing, manufacturing services, electronic design and manufacture, Electronics Assembly Maryland, contract electronics manufacturing, electronics industry, maryland electronics manufacturing, EMS industry

Evaluating Cost Of Ownership In Contract Electronics Manufacturing

Posted by Laura Austin on Sat, Sep 22, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

The concept of total cost of ownership (TCO) is not new to the electronics industry. In essence, it is defined as the total direct and indirect cost and benefits associated with the purchase of any part, assembly, sub-assembly or product. There are many models, tools and techniques for evaluating TCO in different industries. The electronics industry has its own set of unique costs and economic realities. To evaluate TCO here, you need to understand the product in detail. 

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Topics: electronics manufacturing, contract electronics manufacturing, electronics industry, total cost of ownership, off shoring, out-sourcing, cost of ownership

Contract Manufacturing Moving Back to USA

Posted by Laura Austin on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 @ 07:00 AM
American manufacturing is finding itself in a much deserved media spotlight as more companies decide to set up shop for production here in the United States. After a couple of decades of steady job loss to offshoring, several companies, such as  Airbus which is building a plant in Alabama, are deciding to produce here in the U.S. 
But there's another trend taking place that's equally encouraging: reshoring. If you're not familiar with the term, reshoring refers to the trend of manufacturers bringing production back to North America after offshoring to a low-cost labor country such as China. For proponents of domestic manufacturing, this is great news. But the question remains, how can we propel this trend forward?
What's Driving the Reshoring Trend?
Before we can understand how to encourage more companies to come back to the U.S., we have to understand the factors that are driving this trend. While the exact reasons that companies decide to come back are varied, there are a few popularly cited reasons. Most of these reasons corrode the value of low-cost labor:
  • Chinese labor costs are expected to rise at a rate of 13 percent per year through 2015;
  • The cost of shipping products around the world is dramatically increasing;
  • Distance is making it difficult to design and collaborate on products; and, 
  • It’s increasingly difficult (and expensive) to protect intellectual property in China. 
Beyond these reasons, bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. is also great for company image and generating good will in the community as companies can tout the fact that their product is "Made in America." So how can we keep the trend moving forward?
Three Ways to Continue the Reshoring Trend
At the moment, reshoring is by no means the dominant trend in the industry, but it could be--at least for  some industries. The key issue for American manufacturing will be to not only understand what's causing companies to come back, but to understand how to continue the trend. According to Harry Moser of the  Reshoring Initiative and Mitch Free, CEO of  MFG.com, there are three main ways to propel this trend forward:
  • Create a more educated workforce that can fill skilled labor gaps and get Americans interested in manufacturing careers at all levels (e.g., assembly, engineering, management, etc.).
  • Use automated assembly processes to limit the labor input of production more extensively.
  • Help companies evaluate their true total cost of ownership (TCO) to help model the risks and costs of offshoring production. 
Once we can tackle these issues, we'll have a shot at changing reshoring from a trickle to a trend. What do you think it will take to keep domestic manufacturing moving forward?
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Topics: electronics manufacturing, contract manufacturing, manufacturing services, contract electronics manufacturing, Zentech technologies, smt manufacturing, total cost of ownership, Reshoring, offshoring, made in america

Ensuring Solder Quality in Electronics Contract Manufacturing

Posted by Laura Austin on Sat, Sep 08, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

In the past, post-assembly requirements for electronics contract manufacturing of boards were simpler compared to bare-board requirements. It was easy to purchase a board that didn’t have visible damage, but after investing money and time in the assembly, the product was no longer functioning well.  Because of this, improvement in the quality standards of electronic products became inevitable.

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Topics: electronics manufacturing, contract manufacturing, contract electronics manufacturing, electronics industry, Zentech technologies, soldering electronics, component lead times, electronic parts

Improving Reliability of Product Assembly through ESS Testing

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, Sep 06, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

There are many factors to consider when deciding on a contract manufacturer to build your electronics or perform your product assembly. The first factor to come to mind is usually price, but there are others that are equally important. You also have to factor in quality control, shipping costs and reliability of the finished product. Unless your manufacturer has thoroughly tested the design and helped to make appropriate modifications, you could end up losing money in warranty repairs or even recalls.

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Topics: electronics manufacturing, product assembly, contract manufacturing, contract electronics manufacturing, electronics industry, technical design, ESS testing, reliability testing

Integrating Design and Electronics Manufacturing to Reduce Cost

Posted by Laura Austin on Wed, Sep 05, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Integrating Engineering Design and Electronics Manufacturing to Reduce Cost

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Topics: electronics manufacturing, contract manufacturing, manufacturing services, electronic design and manufacture, contract electronics manufacturing, electronics industry, SMT Assembly, Zentech technologies, electronic parts, design review, electronic design, manufacturing, engineering design