What to Look for in an Electronic Contract Manufacturer

Electronic contract manufacturing plays a vital role for businesses and industries around the world. But before getting into what separates the good from the bad, a brief definition of an electronic contract manufacturer might help.

On a very basic level, electronic contract manufacturers like Distron (otherwise known as “ECMs”) use advanced manufacturing technology and machinery to produce the intricate components many of our electronics rely on.

A number of industries take advantage of electronic contract manufacturing when they need a fast, effective, and reliable source for complex assembly. These industries often include the aerospace, defense, computer, semiconductor, energy, medical, food manufacturing, personal care, and automotive fields.

One of the most common fallacies these days is that all of the electronic contract manufacturing businesses have moved overseas in search of greater cost savings. Apart from being living proof that this isn’t true, Distron is proud to be proof that this fallacy isn’t exactly true — especially for high precision applications in the aerospace, defense, and medical industries.

But what makes a good electronic manufacturer? When looking for the right contract manufacturer for your project, you must make a few considerations. At Distron, we take all of the following into mind when optimizing our processes, services, and customer support.

Relationships:

Will another contract manufacturer push you to the bottom of the queue when a high-volume project comes along and demands next-day delivery?

At Distron, when we’re working on your project — you are number one. For any contract manufacturer, relationships are important. As a business, you have to be confident that your manufacturing will be completed in a timely fashion — not pushed back because something else came along.

What is best, is what Distron offers. A real relationship from as early as the prototype stage to full production. This gives us a full understanding of your product and the ability to identify any ways to improve it, while avoiding costly pitfalls and delays. This dedication to an actual relationship ensures that you get the patience, time, and resources necessary when it comes to developing a product that has been designed and optimized for quality and cost efficiency.

Staying Competitive:

Any good electronic contract manufacturer should be focused on helping you stay competitive. This is particularly true at Distron, where our specialty is working with small to medium sized companies. This involves a variety of processes ranging from helping you stay up to date with industry trends to helping you prepare for various regulations pertinent to your products or components.

Flexibility:

Because of the variety of different products and components that rely on effective ECM, a good provider should be able to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility in terms of its structure, processes, and equipment. Flexibility is absolutely necessary when it comes to accommodating various customers, products, and timelines. At Distron, we accomplish this flexibility by offering a wide variety of services ranging from PCB assembly, supply chain management and BGA repair to comprehensive inspection and testing services. At the same time, remaining flexible also means having strong distributor relationships for greater cost efficiency and reliability.

When all of these factors come together, businesses get a contract manufacturing resource that offers the many benefits of manufacturing in America with a level of cost efficiency comparable to off-shore manufacturing.

Would you like to know more about contract manufacturing at Distron? Please don’t hesitate to contact us today.


Electronic Contract Manufacturing Services: Keeping You Connected to the World

Have you thought about EMS lately? No, not the EMS that will come to the rescue in an unfortunate pinch, but Electronic Manufacturing Services. While we might not think of electronic manufacturing services (referred to as EMS for now on), they have influenced us as a society much more than the Ambulance has.

Companies that design, test, distribute, manufacture, and repair electronic components for original equipment manufacturers (OEMN’s) are known as providing EMS, which is also referred to as electronic contract manufacturing (ECM). While it might not be something the average consumer thinks about, contract manufacturing impacts a majority of the products and tools you interact with everyday.

If you were to suggest that the more commonly known acronym for EMS, characterized by flashing lights and paramedics was more “important” than contract manufacturing, it would be important to remember that many of the electronics commonly used by the medical industry as a whole are the result of modern day medical engineering combined with contract manufacturing services. With that in mind, you could reliably trace many of the things you rely on every day to their origin: a contract manufacturing facility.

For example, every day electronic contract manufacturing provides the necessary manufacturing of printed circuit boards for consumer electronics, industrial machinery, medical instrumentation, and military equipment. But where do you think electronic manufacturing began?

In the early 1980’s electronic manufacturing began its reign, easing human resources issues for small companies and streamlining processes for businesses everywhere. By the 90’s, with contract manufacturers providing on demand manufacturing, warranty, repairs, and more – the advantages of electronic contract manufacturing were so obvious that most electronics businesses actually sold their manufacturing plants to established contract manufacturing providers.

Most frequently, EMS providers have focused on printed circuit board fabrication, with the OEM’s taking care of actual system assembly.  While many electronic contract manufacturers have outsourced their production facilities to cheaper geographic regions, many American EMS providers still exist, providing manufacturing for industrial clients, consumer electronics, medical instrumentation, and more.  Today, many EMS capabilities have stretched beyond fabrication and into a number of added services such as design assistance, system assembly, testing, and repairs, software, and more.

So next time you are tempted to take your smart phone or computer for granted – don do it! Think about everything that has gone into making it’s fantastic technology possible for so many things we all rely on every day.