The move was unexpected, but right there it started a new trend. Electronic Design Manufacture, now called Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) continued to outsource and gave rise to Electronic Contract Manufacturing (ECM) companies, which took care of manufacturing at a lower cost.
As an OEM executive looking to hire an ECM company, you need to be careful when making a decision. If you want to retain the integrity of your designs, you must hire a professional, a company with lots of experience and good referrals to back it up.
Here are a few things to look for when choosing an electronic contract manufacturing company.
- Project Management
- The ECM company should be able to demonstrate good project management. If it can’t even present itself well in this stage, how do you expect it to manufacture complex electronic equipment?
- A solid project management plan should lead you through the project’s concept development, engineering design, the device’s prototype build, device testing, and design for volume manufacture.