Whether you are an entrepreneur with a new product idea, your current volume doesn’t justify a large capital expenditure, or you just don’t want to deal with the hassles of running a manufacturing plant, you are like many others trying to find a contract manufacturer that can be reliable. How do you know which one is right for you? Below I will briefly explain important things to consider and steps to take so that you will be happy with your decision.
You should be able to locate a few manufacturers in California that fit your needs. This is best accomplished using the following resources:
– The Internet – Search for “electronic contract manufacturing southern California“, use specific keyword phrases for best results.
– Trade Associations
– Yellow Pages
– Referrals-Referrals are great!
You can pre-qualify each contract packager by visiting their website, making a phone call, and asking any of their current clients what they do best. They may say they can run your project in an attempt to grow their business, even though your project isn’t really a good fit.
At this point you should have no fewer than three potential manufacturers and no more than six. It’s now time to gather all the information you can. Send out samples of your product or find out about the manufacturers ability. Dig deeper on capabilities, turnkey opportunities, inventory control systems, licenses, automation, quality assurance and control, in-house testing capabilities, and reputation. Request a quotation for the project. Ask about similar existing projects or their top five clients. Is the business stable and going to be around? What are their warranties and are they insured? With answers to these questions and others, you should be able to narrow the field of contenders to just a few.
It’s now time to make a decision. You have gathered tons of important information to aid you, and after narrowing down the candidates, and visiting them, you probably already know who to choose. Review quality standards, capacity, capabilities, pricing, equipment lists, and impressions. Recognize that low cost means nothing if they can’t meet your requirements. Start with a small sample or pilot run. Make sure that the contract packager understands clearly what you want to have done. Be very specific in documenting the scope of work and quality parameters.