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OEMs Talk About Why They Outsource

Outsourcing makes a lot of sense in terms of efficiency, reduced costs, and perhaps most importantly, accessing specialized knowledge, abilities, and processes. While those that produce everything in-house like to hang their hat on it, there are a number of reasons why smart companies have opted to share production with specialized outside companies. In this age of innovation and technology, business moves at a speed never before seen in history. That has led to the proliferation of what some consider a dirty word - outsourcing. In today's marketplace, almost anything can be outsourced, from research and design to component manufacturing. These tasks can be handled by a trusted partner that offers certain benefits to your project.  
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Avoid Common Mistakes When Choosing an ECM Partner

The process of choosing an electronic contract manufacturer (ECM) can make or break your project depending on who you hire. The right manufacturing partner can be a dream come true. However, the wrong ECM can result in missed deadlines, faulty products, lots of frustrations, and worse - a tarnished reputation for you. When considering outsourcing, you want an ECM that makes your life easier and takes your project in the right direction. Here are some common mistakes in choosing a manufacturing partner and how you can avoid them.
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Staying Ahead of Electronic Component Shortages

The biggest contributing factor behind the electronic component shortages is simply demand out-weighing supply. If you’ve found yourself stressed about the global electronic component shortage, you are not alone. The situation is becoming even harder to navigate. However, just because there’s a shortage doesn’t mean you can’t get ahead of the game. You need to know what factors are causing it and what the scope of the global effects are. It’s time to rethink your strategy. The process starts by working together with your electronic contract manufacturing partner. 
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Common Applications for Multilayer Printed Circuit Boards

More and more is expected from printed circuit boards as technology evolves. There is demand for smaller, lighter, and more powerful PCBs for a wide variety of applications. Enter multilayer printed circuit boards. Multilayer PCBs are a game changer for electronic manufacturers. These compact boards' dense design allow for electronics to pack a powerful punch in a tiny footprint.
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Is Your Electronic Manufacturing Partner Ready For Your Project?

You have a lot of choices when it comes to partnering with an electronic contract manufacturer. So, how do you know the electronic contract manufacturer (ECM) you choose will be ready for the challenge of your project? The best way to avoid partnering with an ECM who isn’t capable of successfully managing and manufacturing your product is by looking for indicators that DO make them the right choice.
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Partnering with a Domestic ECM Can Save You Money

There seems to be a common thought that partnering with an overseas electronic contract manufacturer can save you money. That misconception is just that...and far from the truth. In fact, partnering with a domestic ECM can save you much more money in the long run. There is a long list of reasons, all of which should have you looking here at home in the good old US of A for your next manufacturing partner.
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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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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.