What Should a Mechanical Engineering Firm Look for in an Electronics Manufacturing Partner?
As a mechanical engineer, you create some pretty cool stuff. But does any of that stuff have electronic components? Have you just been winging it? Don't play DIY with your electronics manufacturing. You may have been lucky up to this point, but it could burn you if your electronics project goes boom.
Protect yourself and your product. Hire an ECM, save money, and optimize your electronic design. It’s cheaper than you think. But remember: not all electronics manufacturers are alike. Here are some tips on what to look for in the perfect electronics manufacturing partner:
Experience matters. It is the first thing you should look for when hiring a partner for your electronics manufacturing. Do not trust your assembly to just anyone. Your electronic contract manufacturer (ECM) should be well established. Find out how long they have been in business. Ask about some of their completed projects. What are their criteria for hiring employees? An experienced electronics manufacturing firm will provide high quality work and take pride in the products they build.
Engineers On Staff
It is a big advantage to your project if you hire an ECM with engineers on staff. While mechanical engineers and electrical engineers have very similar core duties, they design and build different types of products. They don't always speak the same engineering language. Your ECM will make sure there is constant and complete communication between the two engineering departments. You know mechanics. We know electronics. Working together we can craft the perfect solution to your product's needs.
Quality certifications are of the utmost importance when it comes to electronics manufacturing. ISO, AS9100, and ITAR compliance indicates you are working with a manufacturer that will stand by its work and protect the quality of your product. Companies that maintain quality certifications also work with carefully vetted parts suppliers to ensure sub-par and/or counterfeit parts will not go into your build. A great ECM brings their quality certifications to your build.
Testing is a must in electronics manufacturing. You need to make sure your product can stand on its own during real-world applications. It is a real advantage if your ECM does testing in-house. This allows engineers to respond immediately to correct issues and re-test until your product is perfect. You can't save money if you end up with a sub-standard product.
Working with an ECM means a partnership working toward the common goal of a successful product. A signed non-disclosure agreement (NDA) means all parties are on the same page. It’s a binding legal agreement that protects your designs and other proprietary information from being stolen or given to your competition. A quality ECM will sign an NDA with no loopholes that could compromise your company.
Trust your instincts about choosing a competent electronic contract manufacturer. You are selecting a partner you can trust and count on when you need solutions. They will become an integral part of your product development. Levison Enterprises offers all of this and much more. We can help boost business, increase the quality of your electronic products, and leave a better impression on your customers. Contact Levison today to discuss you electronics manufacturing needs.