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4 Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Outsourced PCB Assembly Manufacturer

To create a strong, rewarding experience with an outsourced manufacturer, we recommend following these 4 tips: 

Tip 1: Voice Problems and Concerns 
Even though it can be risky/expensive to change CM’s, a common industry practice is to move the business to a new supplier instead of facing a performance concern head-on. So tip #1 is: Just say it. Often it’s not the problem itself but how your supplier responds to it that builds confidence. Weak partners avoid conflict, causing long-term damage to reputations. Good business partnerships are built on mutual honesty, trust and commitment; personal relationships develop.

4 Reasons Your Large Portfolio of Small Batches Drives Your CM to its Knees

You’re an OEM with a large annual demand and spending budget, check.

You get lots of attention from big Contract Manufacturers (CMs), check.

You have oodles of unique assemblies to manage, check.

Most of your products are best ordered in small batches, check.

You can’t get no satisfaction, check.

When to Give Functional Testing a Test Drive

                               

The development and building of a circuit board assembly can range from a very simple to a highly complex design.     

At RBB, all boards, regardless of complexity, undergo a full visual inspection of the components as well as a complete check of the step-by-step instructions on the build. We also offer our customers the option for more advanced functional testing.  

Who is RBB Systems? Watch our 2015 Quick Summary Video to Find Out

For over 40 years, RBB has existed to move heaven and earth to get our recurring small batch customers what they need, when they need it.

Behaviors That Lead to Success in Electronics Manufacturing, Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we shared RBB’s cultural behaviors that lead to customer, business, and individual success. Every employee is obliged to act according to these standards.

Behaviors That Lead to Success in Electronics Manufacturing, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we shared the behaviors that we have found leads to customer, business, and individual success in an electronics manufacturing environment. As we mentioned before, every employee, regardless of position or length of service, has an obligation to act according to these standards. 

Behaviors That Lead to Success in Electronics Manufacturing, Part 1

Recently, RBB codified our company behaviors. Every employee, regardless of position or length of service, has an obligation to act according to these standards.

Questions for a Lead Panels Technician in Small Batch Electronics

Selecting an ERP Solution for Contract Electronic Manufacturing

Recently, I had the opportunity to present as a panelist at Definity Partners’ event, “Leveraging Technology to Achieve Business Success.” The event centered on using technology to solve your company’s most challenging business issues. Definity Partners is a consulting firm focused on empowering frontline leaders to run their business and driving sustainable and continuous improvements. One of their areas of expertise is ERP systems, which was the focus for their interactive panel discussion. The companies involved in the discussion were at three different stages in the ERP selection process, and each had their own unique business challenges, which gave attendees a broader viewpoint and a better idea of what to expect on their own ERP selection path.

Common Electronic Manufacturing and Engineering Problems Solved

I was asked to write another blog post and at first I really wasn’t sure what to write about. I share my time handling products returned for repair, assisting engineering on quotes, visual aids for production, component identification/substitution and answering questions about component programming and product testing.

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