Finding your contractor manufacturer is tough. We always recommend ourselves but we understand you’re going to explore options. Getting different quotes, meeting with the engineers, visiting the plant and learning about the manufacturing capabilities. It’s all super time-consuming. We decided to make a quick list for you to take with you during your search process.
The first introduction to the company should give you a warm feeling. Is this a company I can call when there’s an emergency? Do I know the names of the people directly working on my project? Will I be able to see the assembly if I decided to drop-by?
Getting answers to your top questions starts with the ability to trust.
Has Industry Experience
Startup companies are often quite enthusiastic about taking on new clients, and may even offer irresistibly low prices. It’s important to remember, though, that experience pays. You should always look for a business that has been handling electronic assembly for years. Don’t’ hesitate to ask your prospective contract manufacturer how long they have actually been in business, as well as what their hiring requirements are for their employees. Is their team comprised of seasoned veterans? This is always ideal.
Experience pays. In an industry with so much growth and changes in technology – you’ll want to partner with a company that has the experience to take you from prototype to full-production. If you scale, you need a company that can scale with you. Be sure to always ask your contract manufacturer how long they’ve been in business. You can even inquire about their hiring process, if you’d like to know how they handle quality control with new hires. How many seasoned engineers do they have? Ask way — and be sure to walk away with solid answers.
Is Based in America
Taking your business off shore isn’t a good idea for several reasons. First, you are reducing the amount of work that your company is producing for American laborers who are in need. Secondly, many overseas contract manufacturing businesses tend to make use of counterfeit components and parts. While this may not seem like that big of a deal at first glance, it can create big problems. If parts used aren’t up to US industry codes and requirements, you could be fined and forced to recall your products. A faulty unit as a result of counterfeit parts can also result in a lawsuit or harm to another person. It’s in your best interest to stick with an American company that adheres to a higher standard.
The dream is always to have your goods produced in the States. You want to drive to your manufacturer, talk to them during normal hours and know you can stamp your product with the prestigious, “Made in America.” The big part when deciding where to produce comes down to cost. We can’t speak on others, but at Conelec, we can compete with any overseas manufacturer when it comes to quality, cost and production. How? Well, it starts with equipment. Our Panasonic NPM-W is the absolute latest. We’re talking about some of the top electronics on the market are produced with it. Second, comes from our LEAN manufacturing principals to keep waste out and efficiency up. Third, comes down to experience. We know how to produce high-level assembly without sacrificing quality.
Save money on the parts that you purchase without having to sacrifice quality or safety by finding a contract manufacturing company that has strongly established relationships with suppliers. This will ensure that you will always get the fairest and lowest prices possible for the components required for your boards.
We’re besties with our suppliers. Our team is always looking to get the fairest and lowest prices for our customers — and work to make sure that we’re always looking to help you cut costs. You already have a great product — allow us to make it a carefree manufacturing experience.
Standing Behind the Work
The contract manufacturer you choose should stand behind their work. A trustworthy company will offer fulfillment services, help you troubleshoot issues and look to help with any issues that may arise during ANY stage of production.
Finding YOUR contract manufacturer of course starts with a call. We hope you consider us for your production and know that once you’ve had a chance to see our facility, meet the team and learn about what makes us different, you’ll look no further than Conelec.