Does Your OEM Contract Manufacturer Conduct Engineering Release Meetings?

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.

Engineering Release Meetings are most efficient way to get pertinent information about the product manufacturing process to every Department – Production, Procurement, Project Managers, and Engineers. In the meeting, every aspect of the project build, including the design, schedule, and client expectations are reviewed thoroughly. This review ensures that everyone on the team has the information necessary to complete their part of the project while also providing an opportunity to receive feedback on design execution from new perspectives.

The benefits of holding regular Engineering Release Meetings are immediate and far-reaching, for you and your CM. First, team members have a clear idea of what is coming, what is expected of them, and when it’s due. This direct communication ensures that no detail slips through the cracks and creates headaches later on. Next, they are able to identify issues, raise concerns and make suggestions regarding quality early on in the process. By having their input seriously weighed, there is a greater level of investment and commitment to the final product.

Your CM should conduct an Engineering Release Meeting every time a new project transitions from engineering to production. This commitment is essential – no project is too big or too small. Consistently adhering to the process demonstrates a lean manufacturing mindset, meaning your CM is continually focused on efficiency and improvement. This translates to a better quality product made with cost-effective methods.

OEM outsourced product engineering requires consistent communication between Engineers, Production, Procurement, and Management. This guarantees that everyone is on the same page in the beginning of the Production process. By conducting Engineering Release Meetings, successful contract manufacturers ensure the right people have enough opportunity to collaborate on product design and development. As a result, you will have confidence in quality of your product and the value of the manufacturing partnership.