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Program, Project Management

How to build trust in your OEM-EMS global partnerships

Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers routinely struggle to gain insights on how they can fit into an OEM’s product roadmap. And rightly so, since many OEM’s are concerned their product roadmaps, if revealed, could be given to a competitor the EMS provider is also serving.
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A must-read for OEMs [before] selecting EMS providers

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Should OEMs consider a tier-1 EMS provider’s interest in their business an accomplishment? If you think an EMS provider will throw you out when his factory gets full, you’re probably correct. Ideal percentage of your OEM business in an EMS provider’s facility is 10% to 15%.
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Chasing EMS value with low-volume / high-mix

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Well-done high-mix, low-cost EMS work requires strong process engineering, good systems and infrastructure, and experienced management talent. Many EMS companies, particularly in low-volume / high-mix are continuing to lose money …

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Electronics manufacturing services value is not cost reductions

Real problem with EMS industry is inability to effectively communicate its value proposition. Pressure on EMS firms relates to the mistaken belief the core value proposition of outsourced manufacturing is cost reductions.
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Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) on innovation and failure

We rub elbows with Richard Notargiacomo, a former product development manager with Eastman Kodak and now the chairman and president of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA). PDMA is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization with the mission to improve the effectiveness of people engaged in developing and managing new products, covering new goods…
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Managing electronics manufacturing projects in a global economy

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Finding a common way to communicate with project stakeholders across boundaries at times can be arduous. Language issues can be overcome by using interpreters or, if you’re really ambitious, even learning the native tongue of project stakeholders. Meanwhile, inferences in one language can still be missed when in dialogue with another. For example…
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RoHS: Ask your EMS provider these five questions

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Even if you have an excellent RoHS program and your EMS provider has an excellent RoHS compliance process, all it takes is one component for a product to be non-compliant. What is your EMS provider’s process if a non-compliant part is found on finished boards?
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Just in time (JIT) strategy feels earthquake tremors

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When the nuclear facilities were built, the electric company guaranteed its reliability and safety to withstand the strongest earthquake; however, they now have no idea when the plant can resume operation from its nuclear reactors. The power shortage during the hottest summer in Japan is on everyone’s mind.
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How to improve electronics manufacturing product quality

Tips to drive functional teams to improve electronics manufacturing product quality. Objectives for program management, testing, production…including meeting formats.
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Contract manufacturing risk mitigation and risk management

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As contract manufacturing business development wins more OEM programs, the risk of the contract manufacturer not being able to recover his investment decreases because similar outsource product manufacturing programs often have similar startup support requirements.
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