OEM hardware pilot build new product launch specs for EMS manufacturing

By Staff

After all of the effort startups and global enterprise OEMs invest in managing the RFQ and quote process with their EMS partners, companies want to make sure their new product (pilot) build launch programs as planned for product manufacturing, quality and test and, OEM programs follow an expected pathway to meet OEM product requirements. (See table)

To help meet your established goals and objectives participating EMS and OEM teams members will usually include at least the following functions:

  • EMS provider quality engineer
  • EMS NPI process engineer
  • EMS test engineer
  • EMS production process engineer
  • EMS component engineer
  • OEM manufacturing test engineer
  • OEM quality engineer

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EMS providers are typically tasked with reviewing and updating OEM program documents frequently as changes occur.

The manufacturing, quality and test plan documents are typically reviewed by the OEM customer for completeness prior to each EMS quarterly business review.

How you structure the process for your QBR will help both you and your EMS provider as it clarifies all deliverables, explains your requirements and standards clearly.

Your QBR also communicates most current facts and not just the emotions of the moment or the problems du jour.

Pilot build goals, objectives

For example, see table below where the following (reasonable) target spec goals and objectives might be established for a new program pilot OEM hardware build and launch:

Process Prototype Pilot Pilot+90 Days Pilot+180 Days
PCB Assembly ICT  n/a  80%  93%  96%
PCB Assembly Functional Test  n/a  85%  95%  98.5%
Systems Functional Test  80%  95%  98%  99.5%
RMA*  n/a  n/a  .25%  .10%

Process issues

Where OEM program process related issues occur, the following steps are then taken:

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