To build, or to buy? That is the question
The ability to keep up with demand in the most cost-effective way dictates whether to outsource electro-mechanical subassemblies, explains contract manufacturer, Electro-Prep.
Given the world’s insatiable appetite for ‘smart’ products, today’s OEMs must increasingly incorporate electro-mechanical subassemblies into a product. Yet, building these boxes full of circuit cards, custom cables or wiring harnesses and electro-mechanical elements like relays and servos, can strain the capability and resources of manufacturers that previously produced mainly mechanical products.
At such point, the manufacturer faces a critical ‘build or buy’ decision. Do you deviate from your core competency and try to build the electronic assembly yourself, or is it wiser to outsource the work? This is particularly crucial when the electronic components may only represent a small part of a larger product.