When outsourcing the electronic product first time or replacing the existing Printed circuit Assembly (PCBA) services Provider Company, plays a very import role. The Question is not that who does it but who does it best. Electronic Manufacturing process and its execution contribute the significant impact on the product quality, cost, and its reputation.
I do not believe that the selection of EMS provider should be managed by the solely sourcing team. While the cost and timely delivery is a critical factor. It will require a more complex approach to involve the design and engineering teams.
Best selection of EMS Provider that can be contracted for the production strategies, technical support, and cost reduction can be finalized by considering a set of supplier evaluation criteria’s.
We can say the selection of the contact EMS provider is not taken casually because of that it will be a considerable Factor that influences the cost, quality, delivery, product performance etc. Below factors will be the key role in the service providers selection process:-
1. Research to distinguish the EMS Provider
There are several Electronic Manufacturing providers are available in the market. Considering the product specification requirements list down the best options for EMS providers based on company size and scope of activities. All companies can be categorized mainly in their segments.
- Top tier Contact Manufacture.
- Middle tier Contact Manufacture.
- Bottom tier Contact Manufacture.
During the outsourcing supplier evaluation criteria, it needs to ensure that some set of local as well as global certifications must be adopted by the company. The certifications show that it bonded to a certain set of regulations required to ensure the product quality and environments standards. The Service provider must below most common certifications.
- ISO 9001
- ISO 14001
- ISO 13485:2003 for medical equipment etc.
Nearby EMS Supplier can also be preferred if company size and services must full fill the product specification requirements during manufacturing processes. It is also advantageous for product transfer, Logistic & Distribution. Frequent auditing & Monitoring, shipping, and faster delivery,
4. Technical competence
in the completive market where the technology and product are changing very frequent. In this scenario, the selection of outsourcing company must be considered to technically strong in current as well in future product requirements and challenges.
- Latest tool and technologies are used to monitor the process.
- Competent, dedicated, stable professional resources to meet the product requirements.
- Latest and highly précised equipment are used to component placements and handling all types of comments.
- Capable of handling all type of PCBA assemblies like SMT, THT and manual etc.
- Availability of all range of instruments like AOI, X-Ray, in circuit tester etc.
5. Inventory Management
The EMS supplier must be accountable for inventory proper management and control. The main cost of PBCA related to Bill of material (BOM).it was observed that the large organization can get more advantage of cost due to bulk purchasing and negotiation power.so it can be helpful to product cost reduction. EMS provider must lest cost of poor quality (CPQ) Scrap and rejection rate.
6. Customer Relationship
During the selection process, the in-house support of expertise of electronics service provider must be considered. 70 % cost of the product is determined in an early stage of design and developments process. So, well experience experts from EMS provider must be the part of design and development activity for better design for manufacturability and test to help in cost reduction. So the sound customer relationship from EMS provider is very critical in such ways.
So considering the above selection criteria anyone can get the best electronics manufacturing supplier to full fill the quality, cost, and delivery requirement without wasting time and money and resources.