An electronic contract manufacturer with the right capabilities can strengthen the operations of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in multiple areas. In Part 1 of this series from SHINE, we examined how electronic contract manufacturing provides design assistance and component souring for custom cable assembly, electro-mechanical assembly, and wire harnessing. In Part 2, we’ll consider how outsourcing can add value in terms of manufacturing and quality.


Outsourcing production to an electronic contract manufacturer enables an OEM to convert fixed costs into variable ones. Instead of investing in personnel and equipment, you can focus on your core capabilities. Outsourcing also reduces the risks associated with buying new equipment and finding, hiring, training, and retaining employees. OEMs are experts in their own areas, but an electronic contract manufacturer can provide expertise that helps to lower total costs.

For example, SHINE uses tooling and equipment from industry-leading suppliers to manufacture cost-effective cable assemblies, electro-mechanical assemblies, and wire harnesses.  In addition to equipment for wire and cable processing, we use flat ribbon and discrete wire insulation displacement tooling, crimp termination equipment, soldering and tinning equipment, and equipment for electrical and electronic test and measurement. We offer automated lead making for speed and precision, too.


The right tooling and equipment are important, but an electronic contract manufacturer also needs skilled personnel and a commitment to quality. That’s why SHINE makes annual investments in training and education for its manufacturing assemblers and other technical personnel. Importantly, as specified, SHINE cables can be built and tested to IPC/WHMA-A-620, the only industry consensus standard for requirements and acceptance of cable and wire harness assemblies.

SHINE is both ISO-certified and ANAB-accredited. We’ve been an ISO-registered company since 1996, are currently registered to the ISO 9001:2008 standard, and are working hard to become ISO 9001:2015 certified by September 2017. SHINE also has a UL Recognized Registration and is CSA recognized. For OEMs that do business with the European Union, SHINE’s manufacturing center in Adams, Massachusetts supplies wire and cable products that comply with RoHS.

Make Your Electronic Contract Manufacturer SHINE

Are you thinking about outsourcing your custom cable assembly, electro-mechanical assembly, or wire harnessing services? Are you considering changing electronic contract manufacturers to get greater manufacturing value and quality? SHINE provides proven solutions that deliver a real return on investment (ROI). To request a quote or for more information, contact SHINE.