Why Your Contract Manufacturer Should Do More Than Assemble Your Product

Saline Lectronics Blog

Suggestions and advice on how to avoid an only-following-instructions type CM, and leveraging a successful partnership with a transparent and proactive electronic contract manufacturer.

Traditionally electronic contract manufacturers (CMs) have been known as a service that performs assembly work based on the documentation and instructions provided to them. Rather than taking ownership in the success of the final product, many CMs will do exclusively what they are told. This only-following-instructions type of electronic contract manufacturer gives the industry a bad reputation, and also contributes to why many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are hesitant to contract out their PCB assembly work.

An unwillingness to accept subpar partnerships from an electronic contract manufacturer, as well as the pressure in an ever-changing global economy within a saturated competitive market, CMs need to do more than just assemble a product in order to maximize growth and customer retention. At Saline Lectronics, we understand that our clients’ success is our success, too. We’ve taken a proactive approach to deeply understanding the inner workings of the products that we assemble. The more we know about the functionality and end-use of a product, the better we can perform at putting it together.

Printed circuit board assemblies (PCAs) are complex and intricate, so it’s paramount to have additional eyes to help verify that the final design is not only electrically correct, but also manufacturable. We pride ourselves on our ability to make recommendations to our customers that will enhance the final manufacturability of their products. In fact, we are transparent about how that process works and how it enhances the type of partnership that we offer to our clients.

To help you identify what this partnership looks like, over the next couple of weeks we will be publishing the four major tips (and major red flag indicators!) to help you avoid landing another only-following-instructions type CM. Here’s what we’ll be discussing:

  1. Performs a thorough review of your documentation package
  1. An Engineering Team that can (and does!) offer manufacturability recommendations
  1. Leverages close relationships with their preferred suppliers, especially for custom components
  1. Openly shares manufacturing solutions that were found during the assembly process

Be sure to come back next week to learn more about Tip 1: The importance of your electronic contract manufacturer reviewing your documentation package.