If you're not looking to repair defective equipment, and send out replacements instead, you could be throwing away a lot of money along with the circuit boards!
Do you know how to find a superior electronics contract manufacturing company? Too many small to mid-sized electronics businesses make the mistake of basing their partnership decisions on little more than the lowest bid offered. This, however, can be a fatal mistake. In all cases, you'll get what you pay for in terms of quality of components, parts, production value, and services. As a result, it's important that you have a concrete set of criteria that will help you to pinpoint a "zero" from a "hero" and ensure that you make the best possible decision when hiring a contract manufacturing service. This list of characteristics and qualifications will help to get you on your way to a successful partnership.
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.
Although it's unfortunate, we live in a very wasteful society. If something stops working, very few people take the time to fix it - the item is simply discarded and replaced. In the world of electronics manufacturing, however, this isn't always a possibility. After spending a great deal of time in the engineering design services phase and spending the money to manufacture a prototype or product, simply "junking" a malfunctioning device could result in the loss of thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars - and that doesn't include the amount of money lost on the potential sales of the product, had it been successful.