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Quality Assurance Matters When Partnering With an ECM

More and more companies are turning to outsourced manufacturing to save money and reduce time to market. But outsourcing to an electronic contract manufacturer should not equal compromising your commitment to quality. Quality control can be a big indicator of whether or not you have found the right company to trust your manufacturing to. After all, quality assurance matters when partnering with an ECM.
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Understanding the "Why" Behind Parts Obsolescence in Medical Device Manufacturing

It is no secret that parts obsolescence is a major concern in the electronic industry. But the problem of obsolete and hard to find components seems to be compounded when it comes to medical device manufacturing. Medical device manufacturing comes with its own unique set of qualifications. The concern with parts obsolescence for electronic medical devices is equally as unique. But in order to begin to combat the problem, you must first fully understand it.
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An ECM Should Focus on More Than Assembly

Electronics is one of the largest global industries in the world. Its continued growth has many original equipment providers (OEMs) turning to solution providers that offer industry expertise and experience. This allows them to focus on research and development while a contractor takes over manufacturing. Electronic Contract Manufacturers (ECMs) provide a wide range of value-added engineering and manufacturing outsourcing services to OEMs. They are a partner that can handle as much or as little of your project as you need them to. But the relationship needs to be more than just someone doing a job they are hired to do. You need an ECM that will anticipate your needs so manufacturing runs smoothly no matter what.
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What to Expect from an Experienced ECM Project Manager

Sometimes it is tempting to tackle project management by committee in an attempt to save a few bucks. While it might seem like a good idea at the time, it may cost you missed deadlines, a blown budget, inferior products, and a lot of frustration in the long run. Solid project management is an investment that just makes sense. An experienced ECM project manager will work together with your company to learn about your requirements and understand the nuances of your product. They bridge manufacturing, design, and engineering services throughout the ECM process, and can mean the difference between a winning project and a big flop.
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7 Questions to Ask When Choosing the Right ECM for Your Next Project

Finding the right electronic contract manufacturer (ECM) to partner with on your next project isn't always as easy as it sounds. You need someone you can trust to accurately and competitively manufacture your electronic device. So, how do you know which ECM is right for you? There are some key factors that need to be looked at to ensure success. Here are seven questions to ask when searching for an ECM for your next project:
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Benefits of a Domestic Turnkey ECM for Your Rigid-Flex PCB

Turnkey manufacturing is the smart choice for printed circuit board development and manufacturing. And partnering with a domestic turnkey ECM for your rigid-flex PCB is a great way to go. Instead of outsourcing various stages of your PCBs to multiple locations - and possibly different countries - turnkey manufacturing is a one-stop-shop. This full-service manufacturing process provides everything you need when it comes to manufacturing and supply chain services. This includes design, fabrication, installation, aftermarket support, and technical support. Domestic turnkey manufacturing gives you the expertise and service of multiple contractors under one roof and comes with a multitude of benefits for your rigid-flex PCB project.
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Mitigate Parts Obsolescence in Medical Device Manufacturing with a DFM

Patients often rely on electronics to increase their longevity. Their lives depend on medical devices that have long lives of their own. However, parts obsolescence in medical device manufacturing can complicate this. Many electronic components have life cycles which are shorter than that of the medical device in which they are used. Obsolescence of electronic components is a common problem. Sometimes parts become obsolete before a product is even through production. Often the only chance manufacturers have to battle this is with forecasting and being proactive.
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Your Guide to Ensuring Quality PCB Manufacturing and Assembly

Most people have no idea how their electronic devices work. It is an entirely different story for designers, engineers, and OEMs. They understand the ins and out of PCBs. That also means they know the importance of quality when it comes to printed circuit board assembly and manufacturing. Quality should always be the top priority for PCB manufacturing and assembly. Knowing what to look for in an ECM will lead to an informed decision so you can partner with the perfect company to make the highest quality components for your products.
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PFMEA: Evaluate and Optimize Your Electronic Manufacturing Process

In electronic contract manufacturing, we like to think failure isn't an option-even though that’s easier said than done. This means manufacturers must go the extra mile to protect your products, and can be accomplished by employing a process referred to as a PFMEA, or Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis. What is PFMEA? Process Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (PFMEA) is a proactive tool used to identify, evaluate, and prioritize potential weakness or failure modes in any given system. From its early stages of development with NASA, the PFMEA has evolved into an industry accepted methodology used across a variety fields from pharmaceutical, to military, to automotive.
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Benefits of Partnering with an Electronic Contract Manufacturer in the U.S.

There is a common misconception that you could save a lot of money by relying on foreign manufacturers for electronic contract manufacturing. Not only is this not true, but now more than ever before it's important to work with a domestic ECM partner. Working with a manufacturer in the U.S. supports our economy. It keeps domestic engineers and technicians employed. But, that's not all. Keeping your electronic manufacturing here at home comes with many benefits you will not easily or confidently find overseas.
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What to Look for in a Rigid-Flex PCB Manufacturing Partner

Rigid-flex printed circuit board components represent the next evolution of standard printed circuit boards. Combining the best of both worlds, rigid-flex printed circuit boards deliver advantages in design, cost efficiency, and resiliency. Overall, they allow design to be function-first, giving your project the design freedom you need.
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Does Your Project Need a Flexible PCB?

Though they only occupy a small percentage of total circuit boards produced worldwide, flexible printed circuit boards are on the verge of driving that percentage up. As product engineers and manufacturers push the boundaries of technology, the advantages that a flex PCB can deliver are becoming more and more apparent.