Thanks to shows like Shark Tank and the explosion of overseas manufacturing sector, contract manufacturing is more popular with businesses than ever before. But, not all contract manufacturing is the same. Some industries can’t afford to outsource the manufacture of their precision components to firms where intellectual property protection and quality control are both sub-standard.
Rugged contract manufacturing is a different type of contract manufacturing where the focus is on making high-quality products that have to work right every time.
Here are five things you need to know about how rugged contract manufacturing works.
- Products that Work in Harsh Environments
A rugged contract manufacturer partners with companies to make products that will be required to work in some of the harshest environments on the planet. They make products such as electronic components that have to work under the ocean on an oil rig, precision components for military-grade aerospace equipment that must operate at high speeds and under intense stress, and safety equipment that will be used on trains as they move thousands of tons of freight.
No matter what the project is, a rugged contract manufacturer focuses on quality products that will work as designed.
- Design for Manufacturability
Rugged contract manufacturers have years of experience partnering with companies to make their designs easier to manufacture. They have teams of skilled engineers that will work with your team to optimize part dimensions and materials to save you money on the manufacturing process without compromising on quality or functionality.
- Rugged and Reliable
Rugged contract manufacturing is for products that have to be tough and work no matter what. Companies in the oil & gas, aerospace, and rails and roadways industries need precision electronics and components. If your business depends on delivering high quality, reliable precision products you can’t outsource your manufacturing to just any factory. You need a rugged contract manufacturer with a proven track record.
- Rigorous Quality Control
While standard contract manufacturers focus on volume, rugged contract manufacturers zero in on quality. This includes a rigorous testing and quality control process. Each component is thoroughly inspected and tested to make sure it will perform as designed. You are putting your company’s reputation in the hands of a contract manufacturer. The best rugged contract manufacturers have systems in place to ensure your products work as designed and that your customers will love what you deliver.
- After-Sales Support
Another key difference between standard contract manufacturers and rugged contract manufacturers is the commitment to after-sales support. While a standard contract manufacturer believes their job is done once your products leave the factory, a true rugged contract manufacturer offers after-sales service and support and a one-year warranty. A rugged contract manufacturer is proud to stand behind their work.
If you want to see what a rugged contract manufacturer that is dedicated to making high quality, reliable products that work under harsh, demanding conditions looks like, click here or contact us to learn more.