When looking for the right ECM for your project, you must as yourself a few important questions.
Relationships: Will a CM push you to the bottom of the queue when a high-volume project comes along and demands next-day delivery? For any contract manufacturer, relationships are important. As a business, you have to be confident that your manufacturing will be completed in a timely fashion — not pushed back because something else came along.
What is best, is a real relationship with a ECM, from as early as the prototype stage to full production. This gives the manufacturer a full understanding of your product and the ability to identify any way to improve it, while avoiding costly pitfalls and delays. This dedication to an actual relationship ensures that you get the patience, time, and resources necessary when it comes to developing a product that has been designed and optimized for quality and cost efficiency.
Staying Competitive: Any good electronic contract manufacturing services should be focused on helping you stay competitive. This is particularly true if their specialty is working with small to medium sized companies. This might involve a variety of processes ranging from helping you stay up to date with industry trends to helping you prepare for various regulations pertinent to your products or components.
Flexibility: Because of the variety of different products and components that rely on effective CM, a good provider should be able to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility in terms of its structure, processes, and equipment. Flexibility is absolutely necessary when it comes to accommodating various customers, products, and timelines. However, remaining flexible isn’t limited to offering a variety of services, such as PCB assembly, supply chain management, BGA repair, and inspection. Remaining flexible also means having strong distributor relationships for greater cost efficiency and reliability.