Choosing a Contract Manufacturer: A Buyer’s Guide

Getting the right level of performance from your Contract Manufacturing (CM) partner can help take your company to the next level of success and improve your profit margin by decreasing production costs. This short read contains some best practices collected from several Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).   Create a Wish List Choosing a CM partner is like any other big decision, like buying a house or car, so the first step should be to create a check list. Take the…


Offshore Sourcing- Ensuring Your Success

Many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are choosing to source the parts needed for production from offshore suppliers. If done correctly, this can help to keep you competitive in the marketplace, but one wrong step can have the exact opposite effect. Many larger OEMs conduct site visits with their offshore suppliers to ensure they meet the OEM’s criteria. Most small to mid-sized companies do not have the resources to do this, so here are a few ideas that won’t require a…


Lower Cost by Design

Increasing profitability is a priority for any manufacturer. Whether you are working with a Contract Manufacturer (CM) or building the product yourself, the best time to reduce the cost of your builds is before you ever go into production. Many smart Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) use the following cost reduction techniques to lower their production related expenses. Keep it Clean Your Bill of Materials (BOM) is where the greatest cost savings potential exists. BOM scrubbing is a service some CMs…


Get Your Product to Market on Time

Many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) share the frustration of getting their product built and to market on-time. By having a clear set of principles to follow, you can greatly decrease the chances of a production delay. Here are some suggestions that could assist you in achieving your production goals. Manufacturing Diversification In a recent survey, FedEx pointed out that the number one OEM concern was manufacturing diversification, with cost reduction coming in second place. By having all of your production…


Counterfeit Components: A Global Supply Chain Challenge

If you’ve been in the electronics industry for any time at all, you have heard about counterfeit components. In a recent government study, 39% of OEMs say they have been directly impacted by this problem.  This is a serious matter and learning how to avoid becoming victim to this brand-damaging issue is an absolute necessity for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Whether you build your own products or use a Contract Manufacturer (CM), it’s critical to ensure safe guards are in…


The Aftermath of the West Coast Labor Dispute

If you have had longer than normal supply chain delays as of late, you undoubtedly know that a major reason has been the West coast port closure. Laborers have been in negotiations for better wages, effectively shutting down most West coast ports and leading to massive delays. While we are not the only industry affected by this, it has definitely affected the electronics supply chain. While the labor disputes have come to a resolution and imports are now moving, the…