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Notes from the CEO: STRENGTH IN THE TRUTH

One of our five principles is, “There is strength in the truth.”  Now this would seem to be obvious to everyone, and unnecessary to add to a list of principles. To the contrary, in a USA Today headline article several…

ISO 9001: 2015 and Auditing – Making the Transition

Released in September 2015, ISO 9001 2015 is an update (aka revision) of the standard used by manufacturing firms to demonstrate their ability to provide products and services which meet both customer and regulatory requirements consistently. The previous version has…

Designing for Success: How the Right Manufacturing Partner Helps Your Product Succeed

With every manufacturer and producer in the market looking to cut costs, working with manufacturing partners has become a necessary reality in manufacturing. Trying to maintain a full engineering staff for designs and a turnkey manufacturing line isn’t practical for…

How Does an EMS Provider Stop Material Threats from Infiltrating the Supply Chain?

The supply chain is the vascular system of your business, and a healthy supply chain is vital to success.  With the current trend in electronics manufacturing to outsource certain components, many OEMs are turning their supply chain management over to…

NOTES FROM THE CEO: WHAT IS YOUR COMPANY’S CAPACITY?

All companies in electronics manufacturing services hear this question at one time or another. If your answer is how much SMT machine capacity you have for new business, you would be right – partially right.

Best Practices when Negotiating Contracts with an Electronics Manufacturing Services Partner

When an OEM is supplying products to customers but either new to outsourcing or looking for a new manufacturing partner, it may want to fine tune the agreement with the electronics manufacturing services partner manufacturing the product. This entrepreneur is…

Ways to Validate Your EMS Provider’s New Product Introduction (NPI) Process

The successful launch of a new product into the market is comprised of a series of tasks, each of which is linked to the previous one.  NPI is a chain of challenges and mitigation of risks.

NOTES FROM THE CEO: AGREE OR DISAGREE: THAT IS THE QUESTION

Being “disagreeable” is generally considered a negative term interpersonally. But, how about just “disagreeing”?  I have a plaque on my desk that says “When two people in a business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.”

Avoid Costly Surprises by Managing Material Obsolescence

With the everyday emergence of new electronic component technologies, obsolescence has become a virtual buzzword.  What is obsolescence?  The word derives from the Latin word obsoletus, meaning unused, discarded, or antiquated (for example, a part needed to keep a system…

What to Look for in an Electronics Manufacturing Services Partner for Construction Equipment

The construction industry depends on superior quality electronics manufacturing services for its heavy machinery and equipment. To thrive in the construction equipment industry, an electronics manufacturing services company needs extensive trade knowledge, the ability to design and create durable products,…

Quality…what it means to SMC Manufacturing Services

QUALITY….many things may come to mind when one ponders this question. What does it mean, how is it measured, and how can it be achieved? Customer need defines quality in the EMS industry. Further defined, quality means fitness for use,…

Notes from CEO: The Five-Ways of Capacity

Cincinnati boasts a fast food restaurant chain – Skyline Chili – that has “spaghetti five-way” – with five different toppings. Manufacturing Capacity can be considered in a similar way. 1. Facility Capacity When asked, “What’s your capacity?” one generally is…

Choosing The Right Print Circuit Board Manufacturing Partner

When selecting an electronics manufacturing service provider or contract manufacturer of printed circuit board assemblies, you have to be careful. There are many criteria that go into choosing the right manufacturer for your needs. Location, industry certifications, manufacturing and design…

Notes from CEO: Delight our Customers

Taking care of your customers is obviously a big deal, but companies approach it in different ways. Some say “The customer is always right.” At SMC, we tell our customers and prospects we don’t believe that statement, because the customer…

The State Of Supply Chains In Electronics Manufacturing

With rapid growth in the technology sector, many EMS providers are radically underprepared for adapting to needed manufacturing processes, and exposed to huge risk by forsaking visibility into their supply chain. For manufacturing to adapt, it needs to gain better…

Notes from the CEO: Making Deposits in the Emotional Bank Account

In his book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey used the term, “deposits in your emotional bank account”. What he explains is that, as you develop relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, or friends, you are opening an emotional…

Top 10 EMS Providers in USA Southeast – 2015

Source: Venture Source Our inaugural list of the Top 10 EMS Providers in USA Southeast for 2015 in no particular order. We define USA Southeast as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia. While…

Notes from the CEO: Catch People Doing Something Right

In their book, One Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson coined the term “Catch people doing something right” – the opposite of the typical approach to negative management. It sets an amazingly positive tone when applied in the workplace.…

Notes from the CEO: Teamwork is a Condition of Employment

As one of our five principles, this is very strongly worded – for good reason. In any company, but especially in a small company, having the right chemistry is critical for success.

How the Right Electronic Manufacturing Services Partner Enables More Strategic Purchasing

Two trends make choosing the right EMS provider crucial: a short product life cycle and mass customization. Soon, competition will be supply chain versus supply chain not merely company versus company. In this quickly changing arena, the EMS provider must…

Why Do You Need to Hire an EMS Company?

Electronic manufacturing services (EMS) is a term used for companies that test, manufacture, distribute, and provide return/repair services for electronic components and assemblies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The concept is also referred to as electronic contract manufacturing (ECM). So,…

Risks Involved in Choosing the Wrong Electronic Manufacturing Services Provider

An EMS provider can help to minimize and share risks, but choosing the wrong EMS provider can result in increased risk as well as far more detrimental results. While price is always important, other areas can negatively impact the total…

Reducing Time and Cost in a New Product Launch

The challenges of bringing a new product to market are greater than they were three years ago. Now, the costs of a new product launch are higher. Innovation has become more targeted, and supply chain complexity has risen. Today, the investment…

Complexities in the Electronics Manufacturing Services Industry

EMS is a low-margin industry, and overhead cost must be reduced through the most efficient practices. Complexity in this rapidly growing industry is a constant battle for many reasons, which we’ll discuss here. These complexities arise from different sources and…

Full Support for the Complete Product Lifecycle

Over a product’s lifecycle, many OEMs’ sourcing teams require a variety of support involving both business and engineering facets. During product design, these requirements may include providing real-world engineering that takes into consideration the availability of parts, manufacturing, testing and…

Strategic Outsourcing with an Electronics Manufacturing Services Company

Well into the mid-1990s, conventional outsourcing served electronics OEMs well. Demand was more predictable. Competition wasn’t as fierce. Products were simpler. However, things have changed.

Issues and Challenges in the EMS Industry

Over the past few decades, strategic outsourcing has established itself as a powerful force in North American business. Almost every business element from human resources to accounting to information technology to manufacturing is a candidate for strategic outsourcing. The electronics…

Mitigating Risks with the Right EMS Provider

Outsourcing your manufacturing to an EMS provider sounds fantastic. The benefits are difficult to disregard: cutting overheads, boosting efficiency, and the chance to focus on your most important business areas. This post discusses the mitigation of the risks of this…

How to Begin Choosing an EMS Provider

Finding the ideal EMS provider is a strategic process. Changing EMS partners can be costly in time, effort and funds. Making the right choice in the beginning, even if it isn’t the least expensive option, will pay off in the…

The Internet of Things and Manufacturing

According to Wikipedia, “The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or things embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and/or…

Your Electrical Manufacturing Service Provider’s Direct Link to Cost Reduction

An Electrical Manufacturing Service provider’s ability to find cost savings for their clients is directly linked to the quality and effectiveness of their internal controls. If the proper processes are in place, cost savings can be identified from the initial…

Notes from the CEO, March Edition

1. Doing What’s Right Principles are the greatest driving force for SMC. The first two go hand in hand: Do What is Right There is Strength in the Truth These two principles resolve most issues in business. Their simplicity is…

2015 Consumer Electronics Show – Tomorrow’s Electronics, Today

“CES is the new World’s Fair,” said Enrique Muyshondt, president, DesktopFab Inc. This year’s show boasted 45,000 international attendees. In addition, governments from outside the U.S. sent leaders including the French Minister of Economy and the French Minister of State…

Fire Proof Security Product Manufacturing

Here comes another Audit! Third-party certifications of SMC help distinguish our services, and provide our customers with confidence in regards to the quality we build into their products. This certification was added in 2012 for a Security Solution Product that…

FDA Provides Medical Device Development Tools, Improves Evaluation Process

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided various Medical Device Development Tools for members of the medical manufacturing industry, tool developers and Food and Drug Administration staff. The tools are a great resource for those looking for materials pertaining…

Design-2-Part Show Recap with Madeeha Ismail and Kevin Coats

Traveling for SMC is always an adventure, and our recent trip to the Design-2-Part trade show in Atlanta, GA was no exception! Atlanta is such a beautiful city, and I have been looking forward to the D2P show for months.…

Members of SMC Manufacturing Services Staff to Attend Design-2-Part Show

Members of the SMC Manufacturing Services staff will be attending the Atlanta, GA Design-2-Part Show, a design and contract manufacturing event created to enable high-quality suppliers to meet face-to-face and see new industry technologies. The event, which takes place March…

SMC Manufacturing Services Launches Company Blog

SMC Manufacturing Services is excited to launch its first-ever company blog, an online resource for individuals interested in the fields of technology, manufacturing, engineering, electronics and more. About the Blog: Every month, the blog will publish articles that discuss current trends…

SMC Staff Members to Attend CodeAcross Lexington, Aim to Improve Community

(Nicholasville, Ky.)–Members of the SMC Manufacturing Services staff are excited to attend CodeAcross Lexington 2014, a series of global events that brings together government and technologists to make better cities for everyone. About the Event: CodeAcross Lexington, which spans throughout…

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear Visits SMC Manufacturing Services Facility

Governor Steve Beshear on Monday joined community leaders and company officials from SMC LLC to announce the company will establish a manufacturing facility in Nicholasville. The start-up company plans to hire 94 employees as a result of the nearly $1.9…

SMC Manufacturing Services: State-of-the-Art Equipment

Selecting the right equipment for printed circuit board assembly has some obvious and not so obvious considerations. In the world of electronic manufacturing services, the obvious goal is to respond to and meet the specific needs of each individual customer. …

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