Electronic contract manufacturing involves the outsourcing of small to medium electronic assembly services, electro-mechanical assembly services, and batch PCB assembly. Electronic contract manufacturing is important because you will be able to concentrate on running your business and you will avoid the capital-intensive tasks of building a plant, hiring staff, and buying equipment for the assembly. Choose your contract electronics manufacturer carefully to get value for money. You can choose the following types of services they offer electronic contract manufacturing and those are PCB Assembly Manufacturers, Systems Assembly Manufacturers or Design and Build Manufacturers.
Quality should be your most important consideration. A good manufacturer is one whose company is ISO 9001 (2009) and ISO 14001 certified. The company should be OSAS 18001 registered and it should follow Class 2 IPC standards. All the systems should be state-of-the-art and should be ROHS compliant. The manufacturer should do testing before delivering the product. The manufacturer should do optical, X-ray, and AOI inspection, there should be tailored functionality testing, and there should be flying probe and pin bed testing. The materials used should be of a high standard and should have the right thickness.
Ensure that the manufacturer you go for produces exactly what you are looking for. You could make this determination by going through the catalog. Although, as the term suggests, contract electronics manufacturers produce electronic products on contract according to your specifications, different manufacturers specialize in different assembly.
There should be rapid turn-around time. Failure of this means you will have problems meeting delivery deadlines and you could lose money. There should be flexibility (such as if you want extra parts within a short period) and you should be able to get different variants of the same product.