Contract Manufacturing: All the Advantages, No Loss of Control
Many firms – startups and growing enterprises alike – don’t want to make a massive investment and time commitment to develop in-house manufacturing. They might not have the resources or simply lack the time to wait before they capitalize on their ideas.
In the following situations and many others, a contract manufacturing service makes sense.
You Need a Proof of Concept
A proof of concept is a serious step toward success. They help you get attention from investors and put you in a position to catch quality and safety issues with hands-on testing. Manufacturing experts can give you the fastest turnaround for your prototypes.
Cost per unit tends to decline as manufacturing runs get bigger. With small batches, a contract manufacturer is the economical choice: It can accelerate the process of getting your work into select customers’ hands so you never risk going “all in” on an idea the public isn’t ready for.
You Need to Break Into Compliance-Driven Industries
A good contract manufacturing service brings you all the regulatory and safety insight necessary to deliver your end product. This is especially valuable in medical devices, where adhering to recognized quality standards is vital to win trust and enter global markets.
Using a Contract Manufacturer Doesn’t Mean Leaving Your Project to Chance
No matter if you have finished blueprints or are in the idea phase, the contract manufacturer is there to bring your vision to life.
If no technical diagrams have been completed, the contract manufacturer gathers specifications from you in an interview-based process. There are no surprises, since your input is the basis for every decision point.
The vendor will deliver suggestions and use their expertise to solve manufacturing problems, of course, but you retain the ultimate say – and veto power. Frequent reporting from your vendor ensures that the final product doesn’t depart from your vision.
If you have existing design documents, contract manufacturers can “build to print.”
No changes to your specs are made unless you request and approve them. You can, though, always work together with your vendor to make your design more efficient, customer friendly, and cost-effective.
Be Sure You Understand What You’re Getting Before You Ink That Deal
The big question: Can your contract manufacturer deliver every detail according to your precise wishes? Working with a top-tier contract manufacturer shouldn’t be different than delivering directives to your own team. Getting clarity on their capabilities is an essential first step.
In discussions with your contract manufacturer, always get full answers on the following:
- The identity and qualifications of your dedicated project manager.
- The frequency and depth of updates you’ll receive from your PM.
- The ways you can contact your PM and when you will hear back.
- The resolution process if you have a concern or complaint.
Naturally, you should also get insight into the company’s past history and how well it has served clients like you. Not all firms can share information about specific projects, but there should be testimonials on record. It can be enlightening to contact past clients directly, too.