How to Tell if an EMS Provider is The Right Match for Your Project
When looking for a new EMS supplier to partner with your company, you must get the right manufacturer to work with you. Today, we take a look at the different considerations you should have when choosing a manufacturing service to work with.
Capabilities and Certifications
The primary reason any OEM reaches out to an EMS service provider is because they require high-quality work done for their products. The first thing any OEM should look out for when selecting an EMS provider to work with is the manufacturer’s capabilities in producing PCBs. How well they handle other services is secondary.
A good way to keep a check on an EMS provider’s ability is through their certifications. You’ll mostly be able to find information about this on their website’s about page, or you can ask them during project discussions.
EMS Location and Transport Costs
This is an undervalued factor for choosing an EMS provider, but it can make a huge difference to how easy your partnership is. Location is very important when it comes to finding EMS suppliers to partner with. Not only does the difference dictate how easy it will be to communicate and pay visits, but it’ll also affect the cost of transport for materials between you and your partner.
While your EMS partner won’t usually be just a few blocks down, try and avoid unnecessary distance. One thing you can focus on is to stay in the United States when choosing your partner. Internation shipping will cost more, and the chances of delays are much higher.
Relevant Experience & Connections
It isn’t always a good idea to go with the oldest producer available. Experience can mean more than just how long a manufacturer has been doing something. Rather than compare the difference in the overall experience, check how well your EMS partner has performed in the time frame they’ve been active. Speak to their past clients if possible and get an idea of what you can expect. Focus on the achievements of the EMS provider along with their total time being present.
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