Here are a few things to look for when choosing an electronic contract manufacturing company.
- Project Management
The electronic contract manufacturing company should be able to demonstrate good project management. If it can’t even present itself well in this stage, how do you expect it to manufacture complex electronic equipment? A solid project management plan should lead you through the project’s concept development, engineering design, the device’s prototype build, device testing, and design for volume manufacture.
- Design Service
ECM engineers should at least have a couple years experience in the electronic contract manufacturing industry. Their specialization should include quality control, production engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, micro-electronics and analogue electronics. It’s also a good sign if the company has handled small to large projects in the past.
- Modern Facility
You should never close a deal with an electronic contract manufacturing company without first visiting their facilities. Equipment should be modern and must comply with the most recent industry standards. Send a representative to visit them on the site. But better yet, schedule a trip and see their facilities and equipment for yourself.
All three pointers lead to this one – manufacturing. A solid electronic contract manufacturing company should be able to keep up with the client’s – your company – ever-changing needs regarding its chosen market. For this reason, manufacturing process should be multi-tiered to at least three levels.
Simply put, an ECM company’s manufacturing capabilities highly depends on its facilities, specialization of its engineers, and project management skills.