OEMs in the United States and around the world rarely complete all aspects of product manufacturing and fabrication in-house. With all the specialized technology in equipment required today, it is more cost effective to outsource electronic contract manufacturing to a specialized company.
Finding the best company to provide electronic contract manufacturing is important for the OEM. As this type of outsourcing of production for electronic parts and components becomes more complex over time, working with a contract manufacturer with a reputation as providing cutting edge production capability is always that best option.
Initial Order Capacity and Growth
Particularly with new products, it is very common for an OEM to start with lower volume requirements and then increase order volume as they move the product into new markets.
When choosing the electronic contract manufacturing provider, be sure to consider your immediate, short-term, and long-term future order volume. By ensuring the contract manufacturing company has the ability to match your production needs, you do not have to change contract manufacturers throughout production.
Expertise in Industries
An advantage to using an experienced electronic contract manufacturing service is the industry knowledge the contract manufacturer brings to the table. This not only helps in choosing production processes, but it also translates into support for procurement of materials, understanding of industry regulations and standards, as well as a knowledge of how to keep the cost of production low.
In many ways, thinking of the contract manufacturer as the electronic supply partner for the OEM is the best option. Many of the top contract manufacturing companies also offer a full line of value-added services from electronic assembly to microelectronics, PCBA manufacturing and even specialized wiring harnesses and customized interconnect solutions.
Consider the basic services you need in a contract manufacturing company first, then look at the value-added services they offer. Comparing different contract manufacturing companies is a simple way to be able to determine the best match for your production needs.