Fifty years ago, all components of an electronic product were manufactured by the same company that produced the final product. This meant that the manufacturer had to purchase the raw materials, employ experts, carry inventory for each and every individual component that goes into the product. In addition, this made it extremely difficult for small companies with small runs to enter the market and compete.
Electronic contract manufacturing plays a vital role for businesses and industries around the world. On a very basic level, electronic contract manufacturers (otherwise known as “ECMs”) use advanced manufacturing technology and machinery to produce the intricate components many of our electronics rely on. A number of industries take advantage of electronic contract manufacturing when they need a fast, effective, and reliable source for complex assembly.
These industries often include the aerospace, defense, computer, semiconductor, energy, medical, food manufacturing, personal care, and automotive fields. One of the most common fallacies these days is that all of the electronic contract manufacturing businesses have moved overseas in search of greater cost savings. This is not entirely true.
While some ECMs still occurs manufacturing in United States, a large amount of contract manufacturing is in the China — especially for high precision applications in the aerospace, defense, and medical industries. But what makes a good electronic manufacturer?
A reputable electronic manufacturing service provider must also possess a wide range of skills that make them capable of handling various types of manufacturing jobs. For instance, they should be able to handle the prototype design until the actual production process. There are a number of electronic assembly available to choose from in the industry, such as surface-mount assembly, mechanical assembly, cable and harness assembly, and through-hole manufacturing. Each type requires a different set of skills and procedures that must be addressed if you want to succeed with this project.