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.
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?
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.
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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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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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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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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