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A Brief Intro to Contract Assembly

A Brief Intro to Contract Assembly

Assembly is a vital step in the manufacture of a wide range of parts and products. However, some original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) do not have the resources available to establish and perform assembly operations in-house. In these situations, they may choose to contract the assembly of their components to a third-party company. The contracted company is known as a contract assembler; they specialize in contract assembly services, which involve combining and connecting components and/or subassemblies as needed for final assembly operations or consumer distribution.

Below, we provide an overview of this process. We highlight what contract assembly entails, what benefits it offers, and what services are commonly offered. 

What Is Contract Assembly?

Contract assembly refers to a manufacturing practice in which one company outsources their assembly operations to another company. The contracted company (i.e., the contract assembler) specializes in assembly work and performs it on a project-by-project basis. 

Benefits of Contract Assembly

There are many benefits to outsourcing your assembly operations to a contract assembly house, such as: 

Lowered Operating Costs

A contract assembly relationship enables the contracting company to keep up with customer demand for assembled parts and products without having to invest in the equipment, space, and labor needed for assembly operations. As a result, they can maintain their revenue stream while lowering overhead costs, which results in greater profit margins. 

Reduced Labor Expense

Since the contracted company is in charge of performing assembly operations in a contract assembly relationship, they are also responsible for hiring, training, and managing employees to perform them. As such, the contracting company does not have to worry about whether they have too many or too few employees to meet assembly demand. 

Increased Product Quality

Since a contract assembly house specializes in assembly work, they can often achieve a higher level of assembly quality than is possible by a manufacturing company that does not focus on assembly. 

 

Common Contract Assembly Services

Contract assembly solutions can take many forms depending on what industry they serve, what part or product is being made, what processes the assembly requires, and how integrated into the total production process the assembly needs to be. Common contract assembly services include: 

  • Cable and wire harness assembly: This assembly service involves combining wires/cables with other electrical components to form an organized electrical wiring system. 
  • Electromechanical assembly: This assembly service involves combining mechanical and electrical components to create a device or system that utilizes electricity to perform mechanical tasks.
  • Hand assembly: This assembly service involves using trained human workers to perform assembly operations that require dexterity, agility, and high-level decision-making capabilities.
  • Full system integration: This assembly service involves integrating components and subassemblies to form a fully finished device or system. 

Partec, Your Contract Assembly House

Looking for a contract assembly house for your next manufacturing project? Partec is the ideal partner! We have vast manufacturing experience, advanced assembly equipment, and broad assembly capabilities, which provide us with everything we need to handle virtually any contract assembly need.

For more information on our contract assembly capabilities, contact us today. To discuss your project requirements with one of our representatives, request a quote.

 

A Brief Intro to Electro Mechanical Assembly

A Brief Intro to Electro-Mechanical Assembly

Electromechanical devices and systems play a vital role in a wide range of industries and applications. As suggested by the name, they are made of a combination of mechanical and electrical components, which work together to perform a set specific task or set of tasks. Product examples range from consumer electronics (e.g., clocks and electric typewriters) to industrial equipment (e.g., electrical actuators and protection relays). The process of making these devices and systems is known as electro-mechanical assembly. Below, we provide an overview of this process, highlighting what it is and what to look for in a manufacturing partner.

What Is Electro-Mechanical Assembly?

Electromechanical assembly—also referred to as electro-mechanical or electromechanical assembly—is the process of combining mechanical and electrical components to create a device or system that uses electrical current to perform mechanical tasks. The final products can be referred to as electro-mechanical assemblies. 

Electro-mechanical assemblies are built by electromechanical equipment assemblers, who follow detailed blueprints to assemble the various pieces of the products. Since the individual components are often small, intricate, and/or delicate, workers must have good focus, coordination, and eyesight in addition to solid assembly skills. 

What to Look for in an Electro-Mechanical Assembly Partner

Given the important role electro-mechanical assemblies play in many products, it is essential to ensure they are designed and built properly. That’s why it is vital to find an electro mechanical assembly partner you can trust if you choose to outsource the manufacture of these components. Things to look for include: 

  • Comprehensive engineering and design support. Your partner should have the resources to help you with all of your design and engineering needs, whether you need help designing a new assembly or validating an existing assembly design. 
  • Detailed documentation. The assembly company you choose to partner with should be able to create the documents needed for each stage of the manufacturing process, including Bill of Materials, product spec sheets, and testing docs.
  • Prototyping capabilities. Your partner should have the tools to create and test prototypes of your assembly to evaluate its construction and performance before it proceeds to full production. 

Partec, Your Contract Electro-Mechanical Assembly Partner

Need a manufacturing partner for your electro-mechanical assembly project? The experts at Partec are here to help. Equipped with over 30 years of electro-mechanical assembly experience and a state-of-the-art assembly facility, we have the knowledge, skills, and tools to assist with nearly any contract assembly need. To learn more about our electro-mechanical assembly capabilities, contact us today. To discuss your project requirements with one of our team members, request a quote.

A Brief Intro to Sub Assembly Manufacturing

A Brief Intro to Sub Assembly Manufacturing

In the manufacturing sector, companies are always looking for ways to streamline production processes and cut production costs. One solution many manufacturers rely on to reduce the amount of time and, consequently, the amount of money needed to produce products is subassembly manufacturing. Below, we provide an overview of this process, highlighting what it is, how it differs from assembly, and what benefits it offers.

What Is Sub Assembly Manufacturing?

Subassembly manufacturing—also referred to as sub-assembly manufacturing and subassembly manufacturing—is a process that involves pre-combining or pre-building components into assemblies. These premade pieces can then be joined to other subassemblies and components in subsequent assembly operations to form complete parts and products.

Assembly vs. Sub Assembly

“Assembly” is a general term that refers to the processes original equipment manufacturers (OEM) use to create complete parts and products. These end units are often made up of a number of individual components or collections of components. The term “sub-assembly” is used in reference to the latter as the components are first assembled together and then integrated into a larger assembled unit. 

Benefits of Sub Assembly Manufacturing

There are many benefits to including sub-assembly operations in the manufacturing process of a part or product. For example: 

  • It reduces training requirements. In sub-assembly operations, the process of manufacturing a complete product is broken up into smaller steps, which allows each worker to be responsible for learning a portion of the process rather than the entire process from start to finish. As a result, it takes less time to train them in their responsibilities.  
  • It improves assembly accuracy. Allowing workers to focus on assembling a single portion of a product rather than the entire product enables them to become specialists in that particular task. Over time, they will be able to complete their designated task much faster without making mistakes.

Outsourcing sub-assembly manufacturing operations to a third party offer additional benefits, such as:

  • Shortened production time. When subassemblies are already created, the time needed to produce the final product is much shorter. Additionally, outsourcing assembly operations means that resources within the company can be redirected to other production needs, which can lead to greater production outputs. 
  • Lowered equipment costs. Outsourcing a portion of a product’s manufacturing operations to a third party can eliminate the need for the contracting company to purchase certain pieces of manufacturing equipment.
  • Increased scalability. Contract manufacturers generally have the resources in place to manage different production volumes. Outsourcing subassembly manufacturing operations to them makes it easier for a contracting company to scale production of their products up or down to meet current customer demand without having to make drastic changes to their personnel or equipment.

Partec, Your Contract Sub Assembly Manufacturing Partner

Looking for a sub-assembly manufacturing partner for your next project? Turn to the experts at Partec! Our extensive manufacturing experience, state-of-the-art assembly equipment, and comprehensive assembly capabilities make us the ideal choice for all contract assembly needs. To learn more about our contract assembly capabilities, contact us today. To discuss your project requirements with one of our representatives, request a quote.

An Introduction to Contract Manufacturing for Mechanical and Electrical Assemblies

An Introduction to Contract Manufacturing for Mechanical and Electrical Assemblies

Contract manufacturing is a type of business agreement in which one company (the contracting company) outsources some or all of its manufacturing operations to another company (the contract manufacturer). The contract manufacturer makes the parts or products to the specifications provided by the contracting company, which then uses them to create complete product assemblies or distributes them under its own brand.

This type of manufacturing relationship is highly beneficial to the contracting company. They can focus on other aspects of their business (e.g., marketing, sales, and distribution) without worry about investing time, money, and resources into building and running a production facility. Additionally, the contract manufacturer can give them access to industry experts or sourcing networks that help improve the quality of the components and/or reduce production costs.

Contract manufacturing can be used to make a variety of parts and products. For example, the experts at Partec provide contract manufacturing services for mechanical and electrical assemblies. Below, we highlight the types of contract assembly services available at Partec, Inc. and the industries that rely on them.

Contract Assembly Services at Partec

Partec, Inc. has provided industry-leading contract manufacturing services for mechanical and electrical assemblies for over 30 years. Our assembly capabilities include:

  • Cable and wire harness assembly. Our team can assemble a cable or wire harness for nearly any application. We can handle cables and wires ranging from 24 AWG to 4/0 AWG and turn them into single-wire or multi-wire assemblies in production quantities of ten pieces to over 1,000,000 pieces.
  • Electromechanical assembly. We offer electromechanical assembly services for a variety of components and devices, including, but not limited to, actuators, batteries, fans, fasteners, fittings, fuses, AC/DC motors, power supplies, relays, switches, and transformers. Whether you need cable and wire harness assemblies, control panel assemblies, or full box build/kit assemblies, we can meet your electromechanical needs. We also provide a range of engineering support services, such as manufacturing engineering, electrical engineering, controls engineering, and program management.
  • Hand assembly. Our hand assembly services are ideal for assembly operations that require superior dexterity, agility, and decision-making capabilities. They enable us to handle small and delicate pieces, match customized items, and assemble highly complex and varied kits that would be otherwise impossible using automated assembly equipment. Our ISO 9001 certified quality management program helps ensure all of our hand-assembled parts and products meet high quality standards, regardless of customer size or production volume.

Industries Where Contract Manufacturing Makes Sense

Companies in a wide range of industries turn to contract manufacturing to produce their parts and products. Some of the industries that regularly utilize the contract assembly services at Partec include:

  • Amusement and gaming
  • Consumer goods
  • Electronics
  • Hardware
  • Industrial machinery
  • Telecommunications
  • Transformers

Contact the Experts at Partec for Your Contract Assembly Needs

For quality mechanical and electrical assemblies, turn to the experts at Partec! Our extensive manufacturing experience, combined with our state-of-the-art assembly facility and vast range of assembly capabilities, enables us to produce the assemblies you need while saving you time and money. To learn more about our contract assembly capabilities, contact us today. To partner with us on your next project, request a quote.

All About Box Build Assemblies

All About Box Build Assemblies

The term “box build” (also sometimes referred to as systems integration) encompasses all of the assembly work—other than producing the printed circuit board (PCB) component—involved in manufacturing an electromechanical assembly. While the process is tailored to the specific part and project terms, it can include the installation of sub-assemblies and other components, running of wires and cables, and fabrication of the enclosure (i.e., box).  

At Partec, Incorporated, our team specializes in contract assembly solutions for small and large companies. We offer a full range of electromechanical box build assembly services to ensure each product we deliver fully meets client specifications. Below we outline the benefits of using box build assembly solutions for the manufacture of electronic and mechanical components and what to expect during a box build assembly project.

Benefits of Box Build Assemblies

Compared to other assembly methods, box build assembly offers many advantages when used for the production of electromechanical devices. Companies that partner with an experienced and knowledgeable box build service provider can achieve lower production costs without sacrificing control over the system design. By outsourcing assembly operations to a third-party, the contracting company can reduce the amount of time and money spent on purchasing and processing material and equipment. Additionally, they have an additional set of eyes on the project to ensure it proceeds as planned.

Considerations for the Box Build Assembly Process

As indicated above, the box build assembly process differs depending on the product being assembled. However, there are some commonalities across projects. For example, some of the key points of information to provide to a box build assembly service provider include:

  •   Bill of materials (BOM). The BOM contains a list of all the components required for the production of the final product. It should also indicate what will be provided by you (the contracting company) and what will need to be purchased by the service provider.
  •   3D CAD models. Design files facilitate the visualization of the final product. Additionally, some CAD programs allow designs to be converted into build and assembly instructions.
  •   Sample units. A sample unit helps visualize the final product further. It can help fill in service providers on any product details if the product drawing or design is unfinished.
  •   Dimensions. It is important to indicate the final product’s size and weight as it affects shipping, handling, and storage requirements.
  •   Testing requirements. Once the assembly is finished, it undergoes testing to verify it meets various parameters. As a client, it is essential to tell the service provider what tests are necessary as they can range from visual inspections to full functional testing.

Contact the Experts at Partec, Inc. for Your Next Box Build Assembly Project

Save yourself time and money on your next assembly project by partnering with the experts at Partec, Inc. Equipped with over 30 years of electromechanical assembly experience and a state-of-the-art assembly facility, our team has the knowledge, skills, and tools to deliver high-quality box build and kit assembly solutions that meet client’s exact needs. To learn more about our assembly capabilities or partner with us on your next project, contact us, or request a quote today.

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