The computer you buy new today will be outdated by the time you take it home. This is just the hard fact of the electronics industry, and consumers will still long for the newest and latest electronics items to purchase and own, though electronics have a shorter life cycle these days. In this vein, it is very important to get from the idea stage to the electronics store shelves in a very minimum time, meaning manufacturing time has to be as efficient as possible. This means the OEM, or original equipment manufacturers, are relying more and more on electronic contract manufacturing contracts to ensure products are put to market in time.
The benefits to the OEMs are numerous, actually. They are able to fully hand over the manufacturing process to the electronic contract manufacturers, meaning they no longer have the need for physical factories, overhead, and the other costs associated with making electronics in house. The contracts can be outsourced to enable the OEMs to concentrate on marketing.
There are a number of functions that the electronic contract manufacturing services are able to provide. They range from fabrication of prototypes; engineering of components; manufacturability design; surface mount technology; assembly involving mixed technologies; assembly of full systems, both onshore and offshore; inspection and evaluation of product; box build; repair or remanufacture of products; through hole and press fit compliance; manufacturing that is lead-free; a line that is exclusive to rapid prototype manufacture; as well as consignment and turnkey production. They may even be able to secure raw materials.
Many electronic OEMs contract these services, and there are many more benefits to be obtained in procuring outside contract manufacturing services. There are various options available when considering this option for manufacturing, including whether to employ local or international factories. These manufacturing facilities will employ the highest rated technologies, the most skilled engineering teams, and highly trained personnel, as this is their primary function, without any other managerial functions to distract them. With the option to use this service, the time to market lag is shortened substantially, which is paramount to getting a jump on product launch to ensure the “newest thing” is truly the newest out there.
There are many industries that make use of the outsourcing resource electronic manufacturing, including telecommunications, vehicle manufacturing, aerospace, the Forces, and of course the computer and personal electronics manufacturing companies. The steps from prototyping through to production can be run by the contract manufacturing service, most often at a cost that is the most competitive. Their service and products are of the best cost efficiency to the original equipment manufacturers, in tune with the requirements and needs of these OEMs.
For those original equipment manufacturers who wish to concentrate on the managerial aspects of the electronics industry, in order to better enhance the sales and time to launch efficiency, the decision to go with an electronic contract manufacturing service may be the smartest way to go. The efficiency and cost effectiveness of relying on such a service could be the boost that gets your product to the electronics counter ahead of a competitor.