Electronics Production | November 09, 2006

Outsourcing demands partnership

The most profound change in electronics manufacturing in recent years has been the decline of vertically integrated OEMs who perform all of their own design, production, and test activities.
. Today, OEMs typically design and market their products and work with one or more contractors who provide manufacturing and test services.

The relationship between OEMs and contractors often proves bumpy. A few years ago, while involved in a project with several contract manufacturers (CMs), I frequently heard the lament that OEMs don't adequately communicate how a product is supposed to work, and they don't cooperate with their contractors on the best way to manufacture and test.

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