Outsourcing PCB Assembly

5 Common Mistakes in Outsourcing

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If you own a company that produces or manufactures a product using electronics, outsourcing some of your electronics product’s components can be a dream come true or your worst nightmare – depending on the choice you make. If you outsource printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) and you choose the wrong contract manufacturer (CM), you could ship a product that doesn’t …

The Benefits of Working With a Contract Manufacturer

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Do you have a company that makes and sells an excellent product, for instance, an MRI machine that takes magnetic resonance images? The healthcare field and the machines that medical personnel use face a huge number of standards, regulations, and requirements, making full compliance a very expensive, time-consuming exercise that also carries huge manufacturing liability issues. Electronics contract manufacturing (CM) …

Best Electronics Contract Manufacturer

5 Steps to Contract Manufacturer Selection

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If your company makes anything that uses printed circuit board assemblies (and what electronic product doesn’t use PCBAs??), it is imperative to collaborate with the best electronics contract manufacturer (CM) to enjoy all the benefits you can derive from outsourcing. The right CM can ensure that you have time to concentrate on all the other aspects of making your product …

How to Identify If Your CM Has the Technical Chops to Handle Your Project

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The success of your electronics manufacturing project depends upon the technical prowess of your contract manufacturer (CM). It’s of the utmost importance to verify that a potential CM is tech-savvy enough to meet your desired project goals and expectations. Otherwise, you could sign a contract with a CM that delivers unsatisfactory, low-quality, or defect-prone electronics – after you’ve already paid. …

ISO 9001 Certification

What Certifications Are Critical for Your Contract Manufacturer to Have?

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Industry certifications should be non-negotiable requirements when it comes to selecting the ideal electronics contract manufacturer. Electronics manufacturing certifications exist to ensure CMs meet rigorous quality expectations according to the industry. Without the proper certifications in your industry or niche, a CM cannot guarantee product quality or consistency. If you come across a CM without the following certifications (based on …

Is Your Electronics Contract Manufacturer Overlooking These Critical Items in Your Documentation?

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If a CM doesn’t thoroughly review customer supplied documentation, the facility could make major mistakes that cost your company time and money. You could end up with an unusable product or one that falls short of expectations. Finding a CM that reviews documentation, on the other hand, results in benefiting from in-depth conversations about your product, a firm understanding of …

Electronics CM

7 Common Pitfalls With Contract Manufacturer Customer Service

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Outsourcing to an electronics contract manufacturer (CM) is more than a matter of convenience; it’s a necessity for most small and mid-sized businesses. You’ve likely faced some problems when outsourcing part of your manufacturing process like a circuit board assembly, for example. Poor communication, delays in production, higher costs, quality problems, late deliveries, and more are common issues that can …

Design for Manufacturability

Why DFM and DFT Reports Are Critical for the Success of Your Product

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Of all the best practices an electronic contract manufacturer (CM) should adhere to, perhaps the best differentiator to identify a leading CM is Design for Manufacturability (DFM) and Design for Test (DFT) reporting. DFM and DFT reports ensure customer (that’s you) satisfaction, quality control, and predictable costs. These reports should have detailed descriptions of the processes the CM would like …

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5 Ways to Ensure Your Contract Manufacturer Is Actually Working for You

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Your electronic contract manufacturer (CM) is more than just a provider of printed circuit board assembly products – it’s a partner that should be as dedicated to your company’s success as you are. The CM you choose must be one that you feel completely comfortable and confident in creating a long-term relationship with. The right CM can help improve product …

Process Engineering: rebalancing a mechanical assembly line to increase efficiency and productivity

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As discussed in previous posts, Saline Lectronics process engineers are the magicians behind the curtains actualizing the ideal manufacturing process for each circuit board assembly that we build. Our process engineers are responsible for optimizing manufacturing operations to help the assembly process flow as smoothly as possible. As process engineers, our team is responsible to “de-bottleneck” areas – in other …