Find electronics services: (888) 860-1193

Electronics product flowchart for NPI

By staff

As I’ve written previously, OEM readers engaging EMS partners for their OEM NPI programs can expect capable contract manufacturers to carefully lead the OEM through an established and itemized list of NPI product requirements and process flow.

To help OEMs better anticipate and understand this process the following steps to a typical NPI timeline are spelled out (letters A through G) followed by an NPI flowchart image corresponding to each NPI time letter/step. (Click for a list of providers in our company directory offering new product introduction (NPI) services – prototyping, tool and mold design, process technology development, assembly documentation…)

Most standard NPI business models contain four turn time variations.

These include the standard five-day turn, a three-day turn, a 48-hour turn, and the increasingly-popular 24-hour turn.

OEM product lot size requirements, in addition to other product business or service requirements, can each impact which turn schedule fits best.


NPI Timeline

A. Per quote checklist

B. Per NPI checklist

C. Material audit: 1 day
Audit/IQA per BOM & AVL

D. Stencil: 1 day
Fixtures: 3 – 4 days
ICT fixture: 4 – 6 wks


Find NPI services

In your search results, you will be able to further target provider options by choosing services, then selecting Go.

E. Turn time: 3 – 5 days (Notes: Build 2 boards for internal FA)
1. Paste height, X-R Chart
2. Feeder audit
3. 100% inspection at:
-Post -Reflow
-Post – Wave
-Final Inspection
-ICT/FCT if required

F. Submit bds to customer for FA approval.

G. Includes:
1. Process Flow Chart
2. DFM / DFT (Visual)
3. Yields & breakdown
4. Critical process parameters
5. Paste height, X-R Chart


NPI Flowchart (image)


Let us help expand your options finding electronics NPI services


What's on your mind?

Join GlobalNet for free and post in the discussion.  When you log in, you can comment and post your own discussions.

Add your comment


Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

TIP: Anyone can post article comments whether or not you are registered. But, if you register or log in you can attribute your posts to your user profile in GlobalNet Community.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



You might also like:

Webinar: Hardware Cybersecurity Risks - Register Now!

About is the leading online destination helping electronics OEM outsourcing decision makers make more informed decisions and reduce risk. We offer educational Webinars, thousands of original articles and helpful tools, a community of influencers who understand the challenges facing your company today, and a comprehensive directory of electronics provider services.

Copyright 2014 Venture Outsource, LLC. All Rights Reserved
The material on this site is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal, financial or professional advice. Distribution and use of this material are governed by our User Terms Agreement and by copyright law. By using our Website you agree to site Terms and Privacy policies. For questions please contact at 1-888-860-1193 or visit