For many small to mid-sized manufacturing, production and fabrication companies, the myth that doing everything in-house is good for the bottom line may be hurting the company’s future.
There is a good reason why the large companies, including the global manufacturers, processors, and fabricators don’t do everything in-house. The reality is the cost involved in trying to keep abreast of the latest of equipment and technology in electronic manufacturing simply makes it cost prohibitive to as part of the services offered except by specialized companies.
These electronic manufacturing service companies are able to offer the latest in technology, equipment, and experts on everything from printed circuit boards to electronic design and full component testing services. As they only provide electronic manufacturing services, they can specialize, keeping their services focused and their costs down.
Scope of Work
When selecting electronic manufacturing service companies always consider the full scope of work you require for a particular part, component or device. Often an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) will find that the electronic manufacturing company may offer related services.
For example, it is not uncommon for an electronics manufacturer to be able to provide cable hardware assemblies or electro mechanical box build service. They can also provide full testing of the part or component, ensuring the in-house team simply has to complete the installation.
Expertise and Experience
For OEMs with large volume orders or for small companies looking for electronic manufacturing service companies to help with value-added services and support in moving into new markets, choosing expertise and experience are critical.
Look for manufacturing companies with at least a decade in the business as well as expertise in the given industry area. This provides confidence the company has a solid track record in both quality control, on time delivery and the ability to work to exacting industry standards.