Don’t Make These Mistakes with Final Assembly Services

Posted by Chip Keeler on Feb 22, 2017 12:40:53 PM

No matter how much experience a person has and no matter how hard they try, there comes a point when we must all accept that we are only human. Mistakes can be made. This is one of the reasons it pays to have a final assembly service provider that understands your industry and end goals.

Making these mistakes when choosing a final assembly service bureau can be detrimental in cost overruns, delays and even recalls. Read on to learn how to avoid these potential barriers to success and profits.

Choosing a Final Assembly Team without a Design Engineer

Again, we are all human­—even engineers.  If your team of industrial engineers and design experts have looked over all the schematics and everything seems perfect, it is still a smart idea to have one last set of eyes to review the design.

A final assembly partner with engineers on their team has people who are involved with every aspect of production. Those people know how processes work in practical application, rather than just in theory. They are more familiar with specs and tolerances than those who are not familiar with finishing operations for final assembly.

These design engineers will catch errors others will others will commonly miss. Contract manufacturers that don’t offer this type of final assembly service skip an important step. This means that issues with clearances, solder bridging or incompatibility could go unnoticed.

Working Without a Parts Sourcing Team

Does this sound familiar? Everything on the CAD file looks great. Engineers from every team have signed off on the design. Production has begun and everything is going great. Then, something happens. There could be a shipping delay. There may be a defect with a shipment of components. Any number of issues can crop up when putting together complex, or even simple, assemblies.

An assembly service provider who also has parts sourcing capabilities is going to help make sure everything goes smoothly. First, they work with reliable sources and have a steady stream of incoming parts. Second, if something does happen, they have the ability to quickly make arrangements to keep production moving forward. This is possible because they have relationships and experience in the parts business that allows them to reroute orders, expedite new orders and otherwise avoid unfortunate delays that can cost you money.

Working with Someone Who Requires a Lot of Outsourcing

It is not always the easiest thing to do, but press your assembly provider for details on what the different processes are to completely manufacture and assemble your components. You want someone who can do as much work in-house as possible.

This avoids delays due to shipping, other plants’ shutting down, or any number of additional issues that can be caused when your parts are in the hands of someone you are unfamiliar with.

You Can Count on Ferriot

From Pad printing to hot stamping to shielding and painting, you can rely on Ferriot and our more than 80 years of experience in the manufacturing business. If you are looking for the most economic and smooth transition for getting parts made, assembled and shipped, you owe it to yourself and your company to contact us today.

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Topics: Contract Manufacturing, final assembly

Chip Keeler is Director of Molding and Finishing at Ferriot Inc.
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