This could be one of the smartest business decisions you’ll ever have to make, especially in today’s rapidly-changing, highly competitive business environment. Choosing wisely has the potential to create a powerful strategic resource that can be the difference between moving your company forward, or falling behind. With so many companies that can provide the services you require, how do you choose?
The truth is, successful supply chain management is so much more than the services a company can offer.
Why choose NAS?
NAS offers all the same services you will find with most of our competitors… but we don’t stop there. Use the following checklist to compare service offerings and see how we measure up against the competition.
Use this checklist and decide yourself if you are getting everything you want/need from your CM. Why settle for less???
Lifetime Bill of Materials (BOM) Scrubbing
Did you know over 350,000 parts go obsolete every year? In order to prevent you falling victim to an obsolete part, we monitor your BOM’s overall health and notify you in advance of changes that will negatively impact your ability to keep production running smoothly. Life-cycle statuses of every item on your BOM are constantly being monitored and when a potential problem is identified, we send you an email alert. Imagine having months to approve a cross or design around an obsolete part instead of hours or days.
BOM Cost Reduction Analysis
According to an article by the American Purchasing Society, 74% of engineers typically go with the brand they are most familiar with, not the most cost-effective part for long term production. Due to heavy marketing and branding efforts, it’s likely the “most familiar” components designed on your board are the big name brands, not the more cost-effective “fit, form, function” brand. We will perform a FREE BOM cost analysis to see how much we can reduce your production costs over the life span of your product.
Do you buy a hamburger at one restaurant and the fries at another? Probably not. Then why would you get your finished board from one CM, and the final assembly products like nuts, bolts screws, enclosures, and power cords from several other sources? You probably already understand the value, logic, and cost savings of outsourcing, so apply it to your final assembly products as well. To keep your costs down, we picked up 45 franchised lines to get you the best possible pricing on your final assembly items. Using the combined purchasing power of all of our clients, we can provide all these items with your boards for the same or lower price than you’re currently paying.
Component Lead-time Monitoring
Most CMs buy just enough products to complete your order. This type of short-sided partnership can be devastating, and costly, if lead-times get pushed out. We solve this by monitoring the lead-times of all of your products and notify you of any lead-time changes that could create headaches. If we identify a problem item, we notify you and can actually stock product for you until needed for production. This is part of our standard package, so you get the security of stocking product without the cost!
Strategic Offshore Sourcing
Offshore availability from a domestic supply partner you can trust. When possible, most people prefer to keep business domestic, but the truth is many products from offshore keep you in the game and help you remain competitive. This is why we have a strategic offshore sourcing group that has direct relationships with authorized offshore sources. Germany, China, Taiwan, and many others are all on speed dial, so let us manage the products on your board for you.
Custom Products Group
Everyone has needs that don’t fit a typical BOM. Whether you need locking casters, 12″ rubber wheels with bearings, custom machined parts, or a portable vacuum unit we are there to help. We can supply all of your need, no matter how strange. We are consistently supplying a variety of custom products to many of our clients.
Complete BOM Kitting
This concept was born from our customers’ requests. Customers asked if we would provide complete a complete BOM “kit” without doing the assembly. It just made sense for some customers, because they still wanted to build the boards in house. This realization created an offering of kitting without the assembly that is now available to all customers!
As an electronic manufacturing partner, one of our most valuable and critical roles is complete BOM fulfillment, and being able to manage and provide every item on your BOM on time, at the right price, and with our advanced alert monitoring is what sets us apart from rest of the pack. It’s a smart choice for companies who want to maintain control over all the products without all the headaches. In addition, it offers the same benefits as turnkey assembly because we maintain the inventory for you until it goes into production. You don’t pay for anything until you need it.
BOM EOL alerts
What are you doing to mitigate obsolescence on your products? We can continuously monitor you BOM for “end of life” and e-mail you alerts, in advance, of any changes that could affect your production. Avoid “accidents” by knowing when and where they might occur.
Net 30 terms is the industry standard and works perfect for the majority of our clients. But sometimes a little bit more support can not only be helpful, but could easily make the difference between surviving and thriving. We have programs and options that can offer some more flexibility while getting your product to market. It’s the kind of teamwork that we were built on.
In a recent manufacturing study conducted by FedEx, the number one concern for OEMs became “diversification of manufacturing” due to natural disasters the previous years. Watching the majority of Honda’s inventory floating out to sea made the point all too real for many companies. In response to this concern, we now have 5 facilities, each in a different geographical location in the U.S. Each facility is capable of manufacturing your boards on a moment’s notice. Whether it’s a storm, power outage, or equipment failure on the assembly line, we can keep your product running.
Large Inventory of Stock On-Hand
Unlike other electronic contract manufacturers who order your product after they get an order, we already have an on-hand inventory of the products you use in stock. We typically have up to 45% of the products you need already on the shelf. This saves us time in both the quoting and production phase of your project. Additionally, since we maintain an inventory, it helps you stabilize your costs due to the reduced risk of price increases caused by fluctuations in the market.
Unlike other manufacturers that use automated messaging systems, your account will be assigned to a one of our on-site production advisers the moment you call or submit a free quote request. This individual will serve as your point of contact throughout the entire process so you’ll never get lost in a voice mail maze or passed off to a stranger. You will always have a live, consistent individual managing your account.
Volume Purchase Agreement
VPAs allow you to purchase more of our products and services at increased savings and convenience. The more you purchase, the bigger the discount.
Made in the USA
All five of our facilities are proudly located in the United States and always will be. Our focus is directed at supporting small to mid-sized companies to achieve their goals, while supporting America to achieve hers!
All the right Certifications
ISO:9001 certified, Itar compliant, IPC member, ECIA Authorized, FDA Registered, RoHs Compliant, Conflict Materials Compliant, and an Academy Award. Okay, the last one was just to see if you were still paying attention, but you get the idea.