An electronic contract manufacturer is a company that designs, assembles, produces, and tests electronic components and assemblies. Examples include custom cable assemblies, electro-mechanical assemblies, and wire harnesses – just to name a few. Electronic contract manufacturers vary in terms of capabilities, but partnering with the right company can provide a strong return on investment (ROI).

For original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), an electronic contract manufacturer can provide benefits in four key areas: design assistance, component sourcing, manufacturing, and quality. In Part 1 of this series, we’ll examine the advantages that design assistance and component sourcing provide. In Part 2 we’ll consider manufacturing and quality.

Design Assistance

An electronic contract manufacturer who provides design assistance is like an extension of your engineering department. By leveraging a partner’s technical expertise, you can launch products faster and maximize ROI on research and development (R&D). For example, an OEM who partners with an electronic contract manufacturer can get help building workable prototypes of custom cable assemblies. OEMs who outsource can also focus more on product innovation, strategic planning, and core business functions.

At SHINE, cable assembly design assistance includes routing electrical cables, wire harnesses, and conduit systems through your product. We can help you determine the required lengths of wire and cable, too. Design assistance from SHINE also includes creating custom electronic components and supporting your manufacturing documentation. With electro-mechanical assemblies, SHINE supports box builds and partial box builds.

Component Sourcing

SHINE is also an electronic contract manufacturer that helps OEMs save and time money through component sourcing. By performing risk-assessment bill-of-material (BOM) scrubs, we can help you to reduce supply chain risk. Expert sourcing, alternate parts research, and RoHS-compliant component review are also services that we provide as an electronic contract manufacturer.

At SHINE, component sourcing adds value to the custom cable assembly, electro-mechanical assembly, and wire harnessing services that we provide. For example, by researching alternate parts, we may be able to identify cost-effective substitutions that can reduce the costs of your product designs. SHINE can also manage your part inventories and store your finished goods.

Make Your Electronic Contract Manufacturer SHINE

Are you thinking about outsourcing your custom cable assemblies, electro-mechanical assemblies, or wire harnesses? Are you considering changing electronic contract manufacturers to get more value from your supply chain? SHINE provides design assistance and component sourcing that can meet your technical needs and strengthen your business operations. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series and contact SHINE with your questions about electronics contract manufacturing.

Note: Click here for Part 2 of this series.