Outsourcing SMT To Contract Assembly


The Electronics Manufacturing Services Industry (EMSI) or contract assembly is the largest growing segment of the industry.  An ever increasing number of manufacturers are deciding to outsource all or a portion of their electronic assembly. 

Based upon ITM’s experience in both Process Auditing as well as assisting companies in evaluating, selecting and monitoring CEMs, this course will familiarize the participants with the techniques and methodologies for evaluating contract assemblers.  This Workshop provides participants with an understanding of the outsourcing process from start to finish.  It reviews PCB design principles, basic assembly processing, supplier selection concerns and the fundamentals of maintaining a successful and on-going relationship with the chosen suppliers. Checklists for both qualifying and for on-going evaluation of contract assemblers are provided and key to the seminar.  This course gives knowledgeable insight into the behind the scenes activity at the contract manufacturer as well as an unbiased view of typical procurement activities. 

Instructor:           Phil Zarrow and/or Jim Hall

Duration:             1 Day

What  you will learn:

 The different types of contract assembly houses – they are not all the same

The effects of volume, schedule, and process requirements of the assemblies on the contract assembler relationship.

·How to determine which contract manufacturers are best suited for your application.

 How to qualify contract manufacturers.

The importance of proper PCB design on maximizing the contract assembly relationship.

·         How to put together a contract manufacturer Qualification Checklist.

·         How to put together a contract manufacturer Evaluation Checklist.


                   I           Contract Manufacturer Selection Criteria and Considerations

·         Why Do Companies Outsource?

·         Qualification Team

·         Strategic Factors Affecting Qualification and Selection

·         Ongoing Business Relationship

                     II          Outsourcers’ Perspectives Of and Issues With Contract Assembly

·         Growth of the Electronic Manufacturing Services Industry (EMSI)

·         Perspective of Competition

·         Control of Quality

·         Service Issues

·         Design for Manufacturability

·         Research and Development Issues

·         Others

III         Optimizing the Contract Assembly Relationship – Design for        Manufacturability

                IV        Contract Assembly Qualification Checklist

·         Facility

·         Workmanship Standards

·         Inspection

·         Equipment

·         Business Structure

·         Other

Who Should Attend:

The course should be attended by manufacturing, process, quality and design engineering and management as well as those individuals who are involved or will be involved in outsourcing of SMT product to contract assembly.  Managers and engineers engaged in selecting and interfacing with contract assembly firms will benefit from the course.  The information provided in this course will allow them to make informed decisions and optimize their relationship with the CEM.