You may not know this, but the phone that you are using probably went through an electronic manufacturing service company at some point of its creation and/or production. In fact, some of the most popular products in the world are produced fully or in part by such companies. But who are their clients and what is the job that they do for them? Here are the answers to these questions.
Electronic Manufacturing Services Clients
There are many companies that call upon the services of electronic manufacturing services (EMS) and they do so for various reasons. Here are some of the most common ones.
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
One of the most important groups of clients of electronic manufacturing services is formed by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). They are companies that need to outsource the manufacturing of their electronic products, such as smartphones, laptops and consumer electronics, since it is not something that they do in-house, their role being to design them. It ranges from simple electronic components to complex machinery. Some of the most famous brands that are considered OEMs are Apple, Dell and Samsung.
Aerospace and Defense
It may seem strange, but it isn’t rare that aerospace and defense companies reach out to EMS for the tools that they use, which require specialized electronic components. This tells a lot about the importance of EMS companies. They are the most specialized in the field, which means that they can help design and produce systems that will meet the highest quality and safety standards in the world. Of course, the nature of this industry being particular, contracts include clauses of non-disclosure agreements that need to be followed to the letter.
When you visit a hospital for tests and you are placed inside a machine, chances are that an EMS was also involved in its creation and production. Medical device manufacturers require precision electronic components for their equipment, and there are no other companies that can guarantee that better than electronic manufacturing services companies. It is important to keep in mind that the people who design these machines are often not equipped to create prototypes and to manufacture them. That is why they call upon an external company to do so in their place.
If you have been out shopping for a car in the last few years, you probably know that manufacturers have reduced their production by a large percentage (often around 30% annually). That is because vehicles today require electronic components for their navigation, entertainment and safety systems. Since there is a lack of electronic chips on the market, their volume has to be reduced. It is because of the insertion of these electronic components inside their vehicles that manufacturers require the help of EMS.
More and more objects require electronic components. It certainly is the case in most industries. If you take a closer look at the field of construction, you will notice that most of the machines on site are now connected together, in order to provide more safety to workers, but also for the work to be more efficient on site. To make this happen, you need to insert electronic components into them, which requires a particular knowledge; one that EMS companies have developed over many decades by now.
What are the Service offered by an EMS company?
To close this article, let’s quickly go through the services that EMS companies offer to the clients that we have described above. It starts with design and engineering, during the first stage. After, it moves to assembly and testing (prototype phase). Then, the EMS sources the electronic components and materials needed to produce the object, and they can also handle the production by themselves.