Does Your OEM Contract Manufacturer Conduct Engineering Release Meetings?

Posted by Jacob Miller

Jan 9, 2015 6:51:00 PM

 As an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), the goals of outsourcing work to a contract manufacturer (CM) are twofold: create a high-quality product and maximize your spend. Both of these goals can be successfully accomplished if your CM holds Engineering Release Meetings.

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Topics: oem, original equipment manufacturer, contract manufacturing, lean manufacturing, product development, process improvement

Outsourcing Your Product Assembly? 4 Facts You Need To Know

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Nov 20, 2014 2:23:24 PM

The decision to outsource product assembly and manufacturing is not black and white.

For many Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) companies, outsourcing manufacturing and product development includes many grey areas where various advantages and disadvantages need to be weighed. Especially when it comes to comparing different contract manufacturers against one another, the differences aren’t always clear – meaning your final decision isn’t always an easy one.

To help you distinguish reliable outsourced product assembly partners from those that aren’t a good fit for your OEM company, here are the top four facts you need to know:

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Topics: outsourced manufacturing, private label manufacturer, product development

7 Myths About Contract Manufacturing That Need To Be Busted

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Oct 8, 2014 2:20:19 PM

The world of contract manufacturing is riddled with myths and beliefs about the manufacturing or product development process that simply aren’t true.

Unfortunately, many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) believe these myths – often to the detriment of their businesses and their bottom lines. If you want to see success in your contract manufacturing efforts, you need to leave these falsehoods behind.

Here are the seven most common myths about contract manufacturing and why they need to be busted:

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Topics: original equipment manufacturer, lean manufacturing, product development

Why Your Contract Manufacturer Must Be Involved In Product Development

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Oct 2, 2014 12:41:00 PM

It’s a common myth among Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs): You don’t need to involve your contract manufacturer during the product development process. Simply hand off your newly developed product and the contract manufacturer does the rest.

Unfortunately, too many OEM leaders don’t know that this manufacturing myth is false. As a result, newly developed products are passed off to your contract manufacturer without properly communication – or cost containment.

What Goes Wrong With Most Product Development Hand-Offs

When your OEM product development team designs a new product or piece of equipment, they plan for factors like quality, cost reduction and essential features. Once the design is complete, the pre-production phase begins, which bridges the gap between the end of product development and the beginning of new product manufacturing.

During the pre-production phase, your product development team works with your contract manufacturer to ensure the product is created in a fast, efficient and cost-effective manner. However, involving your contract manufacturer this late in the process hurts your new product in the following ways:

  • Differences between the product plan and production capabilities increase manufacturing costs and decrease your profits.

  • Higher prices mean more costs are passed along to your customers, reducing their overall satisfaction.

  • Bringing your contract manufacturer on board after product design is already complete slows down the transition from planning to production, increasing your time-to-market considerably.

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Topics: contract manufacturer, original equipment manufacturer, product development

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