What to Look for in an Electronics Manufacturing Services Partner

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With all the time you’ll be spending with your electronics manufacturing services partner while completing your project, it pays to be selective and know what to look for. We have put together a list of do’s and don’ts to consider when you are considering your Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) partner options.

  • Do pick a company who has in-house test capabilities (both in performing the test and the ability to design and conduct custom test solutions as needed).
  • Don’t pick a company who doesn’t communicate well. A company with strong project management support will have a project manager that provides updates through every step of the process. This person is an expert and understands all aspects of the project, and will be able to escalate conversations, questions, and find alternative solutions with you directly.
  • Do pick a company with strong financials. The last thing you need is to have your partner close or run out of credit halfway through your project. We recommend doing a Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) review with the CFO or controller, understanding their major component distributors, and ensuring the company is reinvesting in modern equipment and technology.
  • Don’t pick a company you wouldn’t want to work at yourself. Companies that focus on growth and benefits create long employee tenures, which, in turn, creates dedicated resources for you through the duration of your partnership. We recommend touring the facility and talking to employees to help guide your assessment.
  • Do pick a company that provides design capabilities. Even if you already have specs drawn up, a fresh set of eyes from a team who also understands the manufacturing side of the business is invaluable when it comes to streamlining plans and making improvements.
  • Don’t pick a company that is hyper-focused on one industry. While solid industry experience is valuable, if the contract manufacturer doesn’t have a variety of customers, then business cycles, buyouts, and relationship changes can put your electronics manufacturing services partner—and thus you at risk.
  • Do pick a company who is environmentally responsible. RoHS compliance is not only good for the earth, it’s good for your image with potential customers.
  • Don’t pick a company who does not adhere to the most current industry standards. If the partner is not aware of, or complying with, the various regulations and requirements for design and manufacturing, you should steer clear.
  • Do pick a company with extensive sourcing agreements for components and commodities. Currently we are facing the largest epidemic of component shortages across supply chains since 2010 and if your electronics manufacturing services provider isn’t globally connected, there’s a chance it won’t be able to meet your needs.
  • Don’t pick a company that does not take care of post-production needs. A great electronics contract manufacturer will offer fulfillment, troubleshooting, and repairs, saving you time and money on warranty, labor or replacements.

Contact ACDi today to find out all the ways we are qualified to be your electronics manufacturing services partner for life.

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