Reducing Costs Without Cutting Corners
Posted On January 10 2018
Regardless of industry or business size, money is always at the forefront of discussion.
The economy may be rebounding, but companies are continually looking for ways to scale down while maximizing their profits. For small to mid-sized businesses that run on thin margins, this can seem difficult to do without sacrificing quality.
Fortunately, there are a few ways that your business can reduce its spending while providing quality products. This process is often easier said than done, especially in the electronics industry.
Companies in the business of electronics deal with a simple issue: Technology evolves quicker than ever before. Consumers are more demanding than ever and this drives innovation. Tech companies must evolve with demand or risk getting left in the last-generation dust.
Cutting costs for your electronic manufacturing requires a careful approach, especially if lower costs can lead to dangerous situations like counterfeit parts or non-conforming products. Here’s how to approach cost-cutting without cutting corners.
Start with Your Design
The design and planning stage is the easiest way to save money. It’s much easier to address problems and make changes before production. Finding a trusted partner to help you optimize your design, parts, and processes goes a long way to impacting your bottom line.
An electronic contract manufacturer with experienced engineering and design staff can be very advantageous. A second set of eyes can help you identify any areas of improvement or the ability to utilize fewer components in your final design.
Using fewer parts automatically leads to cost reduction, which can be significant in the long run.
Use a Vendor’s Networking Capabilities
One of the most frustrating parts of being a small to medium-sized business is the feeling of being a small fish in a very large pond. When you’re constantly treading water to stay afloat, it can be difficult to chase down contacts and forge quality relationships with suppliers to keep costs low.
This is where an electronic contract manufacturer comes in. Use their established network of professional contacts and enjoy lower costs on components and avoid non-conforming or counterfeit parts.
Choose Domestic Labor
Many companies are tempted to outsource production overseas to minimize costs. Some countries offer incentives, like minimal taxing, to convince companies to move their operations overseas. Unfortunately, this can end up costing you more money in the long run.
Without the same quality assurance processes, you increase the risk of having counterfeit parts or production that does not adhere to the quality standards of domestic electronic manufacturers with quality certifications.
Overseas production is also subject to longer lead times on projects. Miscommunication and time zone differences can also lead to confusion and delays in your production timeline.
By choosing a domestic option, you can eliminate miscommunication mishaps, shorten your production timeline, and minimize risk of quality issues.
By getting your product into customer’s hands more quickly, you can enhance your brand’s image and increase your profits.
Reducing Product Repair or Replacement
One approach taken by some electronics manufacturers to produce products as cost-effective as possible knowing there will be defects they will have to repair or replace.
While they do save money in the initial product manufacturing, the cost of dealing with the replacement or repair can really add up.
Set your project up for success by working with an electronic contract manufacturer that can help optimize your product and you will drastically reduce the time and money a replacement or repair to faulty products incurs.
While this might seem like a front-end investment, it will lead to significant savings over time.
There are a few simple ways to save your business money without sacrificing the quality of your products.
By optimizing your processes, using fewer assembly components, and reducing product fallout, you can cut your costs and keep your customers happy.
With the money you save, you can develop new and innovative products that will build customer loyalty.
If you’re interested in partnering with a trusted electronic contract manufacturer, contact Levison Enterprises and find out about how we can save you money on your next electronic manufacturing project.
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