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When companies seek a manufacturer of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) or cables assemblies, price is a central value to be considered. However, there are many other factors beyond the price to evaluate before choosing the right manufacturing outfit for a company’s specific needs. By carefully investigating several key values, companies can help to ensure the success of their products and operations.
“The price of manufacturing is obviously of great importance,” says Lawrence Reusing, a spokesperson for Santa Ana, California-based MX Electronics Manufacturing. “Hiring the right contract manufacturer for critical electronic components can be a challenge, so it is important to do some research before signing a contract that may affect your company’s bottom line.”
One aspect to consider is the manufacturer’s geographic location. For the purposes of quality assurance, site visits may be required, and a locally-based contract manufacturer can help save a sizeable amount of money, eliminating the need for expensive travel to remote locations.
Another is the contractor’s manufacturing capability. Can the company actually produce the PCBAs and cable assemblies to the required specifications? One way to ensure the production capability is to review quality and compliance with established industry standards. Checking with regulatory agencies is a smart step to take. Related to this is the contractor’s responsiveness and scale. Smaller electronics manufacturing companies with sufficient infrastructure are often more responsive than larger companies with more complex operational structures, and are able to address specific needs more quickly.
By taking these aspects into consideration, companies can help to prevent unpleasant surprises.