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

Christi Beck-Levicki Blog

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. …

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

Christi Beck-Levicki Blog

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 …

Shining light into a dark zone, bringing reflow to the next level

Christi Beck-Levicki Press

Originally published in SMT Today. When we installed KIC’s smart oven technologies earlier this year, everyone at Saline Lectronics was incredibly enthusiastic. With these systems, we would finally get full visibility inside the “blackbox” of PCB assembly – the reflow oven! No longer relying on a single profile board and spot checks, we are now able to measure and track …

Tip #3 – A CM that has close relationships with their preferred suppliers

Christi Beck-Levicki Blog

Our continued blog series with advice on how to avoid an only-following-instructions type electronic Contract Manufacturer, and leveraging a successful partnership with a transparent and proactive electronic contract manufacturer. In last week’s blog post “A CM with an Engineering Team that offers manufacturability recommendations” we offered the second tip in how to avoid landing another only-following-instructions type CM. Here’s our third tip: A CM that has …

Why Your Contract Manufacturer Should Do More Than Assemble Your Product

Christi Beck-Levicki 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 …

Constructing a Stable Lean House

Christi Beck-Levicki Blog

Part II of a blog series that focuses on implementing a Lean system and what Saline Lectronics is doing to guarantee a successful, Lean implementation. A. Implementing a system by building a strong foundation As described in the previous post, How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Lean Implementation, Lean is a system that is most successful when all parts of …