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How Contract Manufacturers Help OEMs Resolve Capacity Issues

How Contract Manufacturers Help OEMs Resolve Capacity Issues

At times, the number of new projects slated to be brought in-house puts OEMs at odds with capacity. Perhaps the physical limitations of the manufacturing facility or a lack of specialized equipment inhibits production. Or, there simply aren’t...
The Importance of Assembly-Level Testing (and the Impact of Ignoring It)

The Importance of Assembly-Level Testing (and the Impact of Ignoring It)

When project timelines and budgets are tight, OEMs often consider assembly-level testing a “nice to have” instead of a “need to have.” The peace of mind it provides that contract manufacturers are performing to production and quality standards,...
Does Vertically Integrated PCB Fabrication Provide Real Value to OEMs?

Does Vertically Integrated PCB Fabrication Provide Real Value to OEMs?

Large contract manufacturers commonly offer in-house printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication to OEMs. The vertically integrated service is perceived as a value-add, since it provides a modestly lower purchase price by not involving third parties...
How Contract Manufacturers Help Reduce an OEM’s Total Cost of Ownership

How Contract Manufacturers Help Reduce an OEM’s Total Cost of Ownership

OEMs face increasing challenges to remain competitive in the global marketplace.   Customers demand more and greater value. Companies with worldwide reach offer competitive products and force lower profit margins. Ever-advancing technology...
CCC Certification: 4 Questions Every OEM Should Ask

CCC Certification: 4 Questions Every OEM Should Ask

OEMs that deal with manufacturing electromechanical assemblies or turnkey products sold in North America or Europe are familiar with CE, CSA, RoHS, UL, and other required safety and emission certifications. As China becomes an even larger player...
Case Study: Data Input Keyboard for Critical-Application Medical Device

Case Study: Data Input Keyboard for Critical-Application Medical Device

Relationship building is a priority at GMI, and the effort rarely fails to prove beneficial. Such was the case with a project recently transferred to us. An individual who was familiar with GMI who had accepted a position at a new company reached...
How High-Mix/Low- to Mid-Volume Contract Manufacturers Benefit OEMs

How High-Mix/Low- to Mid-Volume Contract Manufacturers Benefit OEMs

Maintaining a robust supply chain gives OEMs choices when it comes to contract manufacturers. It can also present challenges to OEMs in specialized industries where complex high-mix, low- to mid-volume production is necessary. The same contract...
What to Look For in an Experienced Medical Equipment Contract Manufacturer

What to Look For in an Experienced Medical Equipment Contract Manufacturer

When it comes to producing equipment for critical applications, there are many more considerations than those that come with manufacturing commodity products. In addition to meeting strict tolerances that comply with regulations, there’s the...
DfM, DfA & DfMA – What’s the Difference?

DfM, DfA & DfMA – What’s the Difference?

In today’s competitive landscape, contract manufacturers (CMs) need to do more than just fill orders that meet product specs. Top-tier CMs work with their OEM partners to ensure that everyone is on the same page and aligned to produce the best...
Case Study: Immunoassay Sample Transport Gantry

Case Study: Immunoassay Sample Transport Gantry

When a manufacturer of products that simplify, automate, and innovate complex biomedical testing wanted to bring the cost of an immunoassay sample transport gantry into alignment with their budget, they turned to GMI Solutions for help.
What OEMs Need In A Contract Manufacturer: A 10-Point Checklist

What OEMs Need In A Contract Manufacturer: A 10-Point Checklist

OEMs are understandably selective about the contract manufacturers they use, and with good reason. There’s the direct impact that contract manufacturers have on outcomes to consider, of course, but OEMs also have to dedicate resources to the...
What Takes a Contract Manufacturer from Supplier to Trusted OEM Partner?

What Takes a Contract Manufacturer from Supplier to Trusted OEM Partner?

A recent Peerless Research Group study found that 84% of organizations surveyed outsource at least part of their manufacturing production.1 Of that group, about 25% subcontracts more than half of their manufacturing processes.1 These numbers...

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