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Electronic manufacturing companies are essential partners when bringing your product to market. They’re your guide through the manufacturing process, and selecting the right one can guarantee a smooth journey from design to aftermarket support.
Here’s what you need to know about electronic manufacturing services (EMS) and EMS companies, to ensure you find the best partner for your needs.
Electronic manufacturing services (EMS) help turn your product idea into a high-quality, cost-effective, and market-ready reality. This vital part of the electronics value chain is also known as electronics contract manufacturing (ECM).
Read more about what EMS means to Asteelflash, here.
EMS companies design, manufacture, test, distribute, and provide return/repair services for electronic components and assemblies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). They service a diverse range of industries, manufacturing products for healthcare, consumer electronics, defense, aerospace, energy management, automotive, and other sectors. For a taste of EMS services in action, find out how EMS helps bring electric vehicles to market here.
Services will vary by company but your ideal EMS provider will offer a high-quality design and development service, in addition to product manufacture. Look out for some of the following that can help you bring your product to market most efficiently:
Each of these services should form part of a coherent manufacturing process that’s optimized to deliver your product to market in the most efficient, quality-assured way possible. Choosing your EMS partner wisely can help you achieve this. Read more on the Asteelflash range of EMS services on this page.
What qualifies an expert EMS company from the one you should stay clear of? How do you know if your shortlist of candidates can cater to your unique needs? Here are some selection criteria to help you find the right fit:
If your candidates have passed this first wave of assessment criteria, there are more detailed criteria you can assess them by. These include:
Read more on how an EMS company facilitates your supply chain on the Asteelflash blog. Discover more about an EMS company’s manufacturing process in our latest e-book. Click the button below and download the Asteelflash guide to PCBA manufacturing. It’s a step-by-step introduction to how you’ll partner to bring a PCB from design to aftermarket, and what you need to look for in an EMS partner to ensure they can meet your specific needs.
Design for Excellence (DfX) is your safeguard against product and process inefficiency. This product engineering methodology is a systematic approach to product design and manufacturing that helps you achieve your target objectives. Whether improving product cost, quality, or time-to-market, applying a DfX mindset to your product’s design and manufacture can help you meet them all. It’s a series of methods, guidelines, standards, and checks applied at various levels of your product’s life cycle to ensure issues are flagged and resolved before production begins.
Partnering with an EMS company that specializes in DfX can have the following impact on EMS processes (PCBA manufacture, for example):
Working with an EMS partner that specializes in DfX will increase the value of your product by finding the balance between optimal performance and a minimized cost. Find out more about Design for Excellence and what it means for EMS and PCBA.
While bringing your product to market, you may rely on several third-party service providers. At each step, you’ll be asked to share your concept, and this leaves it vulnerable to exploitation. Intellectual property theft is a threat in any working relationship, and it’s important to be protected against it.
Your EMS service provider will be a key part of your product’s realization, as they can be involved every step of the way. Before you engage anyone, find out how they plan to protect your intellectual property rights, while working with you to improve your concept for optimal ROI and maximum impact. Be sure they’re dedicated to protecting your ideas and data from day one.
Read more about Asteelflash’s approach to protecting your intellectual property with electronic manufacturing services.
Like any field, EMS is changing rapidly. So, how can you benefit from these changes and remain ahead of the technological curve? Being able to do so relies on your choice of EMS provider. Paying attention to key developments in the field can also help you identify EMS companies that also have their finger on the pulse.
The introduction of smart factories and other developments linked to the fourth industrial revolution had a huge impact on electronic manufacturing services. Smart factories allow EMS processes to be applied to new fields, making it possible to entirely manufacture new kinds of products, such as connected devices and smart homes. They also demand EMS companies build and operate factories to new specifications. Read more on how Smart Factories affect electronic manufacturing services here, and learn how you can identify whether your EMS provider is making the most of the technological revolution, so you can too.
Machine-to-machine communication is the hallmark of the fourth industrial age. Your EMS provider should be at the forefront of the design and manufacturing innovations this enables. An EMS company that embraces the full capabilities of Industry 4.0 will usually display the following traits:
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