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What is Supply Chain Management and Why is it Important to Your ECM?

Sometimes it's hard to fully understand and appreciate what goes on behind the scenes to get a PCB off the drawing board and into a product. Supply chain management is one such element of PCB development that can be easily overlooked. It's an essential part of manufacturing as a whole; one that directly impacts your project's success. Your supply chain is the foundation. PCB parts are required for your product. A strong supply chain will make or break the manufacturing process —and ultimately your bottom line. Supply chain management should be important to your ECM. If it's not, maybe you need a new ECM.
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Benefits of a Domestic Medical Device Contract Manufacturing Partner

For years, medical device companies relied heavily on overseas manufacturers for production. There is a long-standing thought that you could save a lot of money by relying on foreign manufacturers for medical device contract manufacturing. However, that is not necessarily the case. With the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tightening regulatory standards and the US government's trade war with China, the med-tech industry is increasingly turning its eye to domestic electronic manufacturing services. Many companies are now finding that they are getting more than just manufacturing when hiring a domestic contractor. They are getting a true partner and all of the added benefits that come with that relationship.
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Avoid Delays in Your Next PCB Prototype

Mistakes happen. It’s a fact of life. But many are avoidable, especially when it comes to your PCB prototype. A simple oversight can delay your whole project. If you get behind while building a circuit board, the issue can quickly snowball, and your entire project timeline can become derailed. The problems can continue to compound. So, it’s best to stay on track from the get-go. To do this, you need to avoid the most common pitfalls that cause PCB prototype delays.
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How Design Impacts PCB Manufacturing Process

PCB design is a complex process. Careful considerations, down to the tiniest detail, must be made. All of your design choices will affect one or more stages of the PCB manufacturing process. This includes everything from shape and size to what type of drill hole technology you use. Failing to pay attention to how your design will affect the PCB fabrication process can take weeks of work right down the drain as you go back to the drawing board for a redesign. To keep everything on track, it is important to truly understand the PCB manufacturing process from beginning to end so you make the best possible design choices right from the start.
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4 Tips to Save You Money On Your Electronic Assembly

Advances in technology are driving up the demand for more efficient and accurate test and measurement capabilities. Some test and measurement suppliers need help keeping up. That's why they are outsourcing to sophisticated electronic assembly and manufacturing partners. Working with a contract manufacturer for electronics manufacturing services comes with an added bonus. It can save you money. Here is how:
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Benefits of Reverse Engineering in Test and Measurement Contract

Manufacturing quality counts when it comes to test and measurement instruments. Technology is constantly evolving and improving, which allows for even more accurate products. Perhaps your devices need an upgrade. Or maybe you just need to increase the speed and accuracy of your instruments. If so, there is no need to go back to the drawing board. 
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An Electronics Manufacturing Service Can Save You Time and Money

Outsourcing has become the way of life for original equipment manufacturers. A third-party electronics manufacturing services partner (EMS) handles assembly of circuit boards and other electronic devices leaving you to focus on the big picture of your project. A manufacturing partner can streamline your production process and dramatically cut costs. Here are some examples of how you can save time and money with an electronics manufacturing services partner:
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Electronics Manufacturing Services for the Food Industry

Quality and safety are of the utmost importance to the food manufacturing industry. Failure of process standards for contamination control could result in sickness for hundreds or thousands of people or even lead to someone's death. Needless to say, there are strict standards in place. And you should expect the same when it comes to electronics manufacturing services.
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Use an Engineering Consultant To Take Your Product To Next Level

You’re really good at what you do, you’ve got a sweet product that you are so close to taking to the next level, but you’re stuck. Stuck in design, stuck in function, STUCK. You need some new ideas to move your product forward. Consider using an electronics engineer to breathe new life into your design.
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Finding The Best PCB Design Services Partner

In-house engineering is paramount for PCB design services. They need to have an eye on your design but are also looking at it from a production standpoint. Is it manufacturable? Can they make small adjustments to the design, but not function, to assist with manufacturability? Look for a design services partner that also has assembly and manufacturing on-site. Here are some things to look for:
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5 Warning Signs Design Engineers Should Look For in an ECM Partnership

The right electronic contract manufacturer with the right team and the right tools will successfully serve all of your needs from prototype to production. After all, electronic contract manufacturing plays an important role in industries around the world. However, the relationship with your ECM can be a lot like any other relationship. When it’s good, it’s good, but when it is bad it is really BAD. Here are some warning signs that will make you pull off those ECM rose-colored glasses.
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The Top 5 Reasons Mechanical Engineers Should Reconsider Their ECM

Sometimes we find the best quick fix, and then stay because we know it’s currently working. But what if there is something better out there for you? Working with the right electronic contract manufacturer can mean the difference between your project being a huge success or a big flop. While outsourcing is a way of life for electronic manufacturers, working with the wrong ECM is at the root of many problems. Here are some ideas to help you figure out if you’re really getting the best deal from your current ECM.