Lowering risk for OEMs in the Military and Aerospace industries is always a key objective. Utilizing a vendor consolidation approach is a viable way to reduce risk within an organization. Increasing the amount of products sourced with one qualified supplier can drive down the overall risk by allowing components and subsystems to be tested together prior to being delivered into your supply chain.
Having a tool like InstantPCBQuote that gives customers the capability of doing their own circuit board quotes and placing their own orders online has become quite common in the PCB industry today. This is especially true when it comes to lower technology parts where you don't need much more than the outside dimensions of the board to provide an accurate quote.
U.S. Manufacturing is entering a new era driven by volatile economic conditions, 3D printing, robotics, mobile technology, the Internet of Things, embedded devices, and other emerging technologies. Forecasting the future is always risky, but there are several factors converging right now that bring more clarity as we begin our journey into the second decade of the 21st century.
Engineering in most industries, still tends to be primarily dominated by males. When I first entered the field of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) engineering, it was a bit intimidating. This was because the men always outnumbered the women. I felt we were graded on separate standards "Men vs Women".
When we sat down in 2005 to develop our IT infrastructure plan for the company, I was unsure of why we spent so much time evaluating every investment in terms of what we would do in case of a disaster. Well this winter, I found out why that was so important.
Over the past several years, the term "hybrid supplier" has become more popular when describing companies that lead their industry in products and services. The term means combining multiple business elements with unique process to create a mixture. A hybrid supplier is a company who combines the different business aspects to fill the customer needs under one company. While this sounds like a very attractive business model for a customer to use, it is much harder than it sounds.
Now that two of the last big three (Sanmina being the third) circuit board manufacturers are merging, it has some wide ranging effects on the United States Printed Circuit Board industry. To start, each merger of companies this size are priced to include "synergies" between the two companies. The word synergy is code for closing facilities and cutting people to save money to pay for the acquisition.
In the second part of this post, we will discuss the 3 specific processes that you should review with every supplier before starting to do business with them. As a customer, you need to know that every aspect of your order is managed with the utmost care in a process that is repeatable and accountable.
In today’s challenging manufacturing marketplace it is more and more difficult selecting the most capable supplier supplier that has the right capabilities for your company long term. With more pressure being put on cost cutting and improving efficiency, it becomes very easy to put a short term gain ahead of all else. Unfortunately, when we do that, we usually end up costing our companies much more money over time than is saved in the current transaction.