Outsourcing has become a trend now because people are willing to pay the money to a third party for the same job that they can do in-house. There could be various reasons. It could be because doing it in-house requires lots of resources and time investment; it could be because the third party is a professional who can do the job faster and more perfectly; it could be because you want to invest your time in another important job where your requirement is absolutely essential. Whatever the reason, if you have planned to outsource your box build assembly manufacturing, there are few things you need to consider so that you can have a smooth operation and hassle-free manufacturing process.
Bill of Materials (BOM)
One of the most basic things you will require when you outsource your box build assembly is the Bill of Materials, or BOM, which will list in detail all the components used along with their materials, quantities, and specifications. it should be clearly noted which components will be provided by you, and which components will the EMS provider source. Every tiny inclusion like the wires, tie wraps, adhesives, and nuts and bolts should be mentioned. Mentioning all of this in detail may take some time, but it will ensure clear communication, and will eliminate any chances of production delays and unexpected cost increases, along with communication issues.
It is very important that a diagram and layout with all the details is provided prior to starting the production. This gives a complete idea of what the end product will be, along with elimination of any possible errors or miscommunications in the future. Providing the EMS provider with the schematics will mean that you have completed your responsibility entirely, and now it is the responsibility of the EMS provider to work on it efficiently. You may also provide 3D CAD models which can help you visualize an advanced foresight of the end product.
Size and weight
Along with the schematics, it is also important that you let the provider know of the size and weight of the final product. Providing this information will make it easy for the provider to store and handle the unit, while also helping to provide the details for shipping. The size and weight of the product should also consider the packaging of the product.
Providing a sample unit to the manufacturing partner can be a brilliant step as it is the most important source of information for them. Even better than the schematics is the sample unit as it is a 3D representation of the final end product. This will thus ensure consistent builds.
All kinds of testing is important before delivering the end product to the customer. Thus, all kinds of basic safety testing procedures should be discussed and mentioned beforehand. You may also ask for functional testing or factory acceptance testing. Miracle Electronics is one PCB assembly manufacturer from India who has immense expertise of building both PCBs and box builds. Every product is manufactured using lean manufacturing techniques that can maximize efficiency and improve processes through enhanced operator knowledge and experience.
With all of the above considerations made and discussed well in advance, both you and your manufacturing partner can stay on the same page. This will help give a good start and a smooth journey of a healthy relationship between you and your service provider.