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the shipping of finished components, each operation is performed
in-house to the highest standards for quality and precision in the
industry. You can depend on
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Mill-Max is North America’s largest
manufacturer of machined-pin interconnects.
value, and IP that isn’t. For example, my company works with many
OEMs in the commercial and residential AV markets. We provide these
companies with high quality audio networking and DSP solutions for
their products. When a loudspeaker company comes to us and wants
to add network audio and control connectivity to a line of powered
speakers, they’re not looking to become networking experts. They need
a networking solution that allows their products to interoperate with
other manufacturers’ products using the same networking technology.
The networking IP is needed to expand the product’s market applicability, but it’s not critical for the company to have deep knowledge of the IP
If you do decide outside design support makes sense, how do you find
a service provider that’s a good fit? Before you fire up Google, it’s a good
idea to capture some essential information about your project. .
What do you want your provider to do for you? Although this may
seem like an obvious question, identify your desired scope before you talk
to any design service providers. Do you want the provider to complete the
entire project on a turn-key basis, or do you just need a portion of a project done outside? As you interview and compare different service providers, it’s important that you give them the same information so that you can
get an apples-to-apples comparison. Being clear up front helps avoid those
upselling moments after the project is quoted and in progress.
What technologies and/or skills will your provider need? This
question helps narrow the range of providers who are capable of meeting
your needs. There are a lot of design service providers out there, from solo
practitioners to huge ODMs that fully integrate design and manufacturing.
You need to be sure that the provider can demonstrate experience in the
technologies the project will require. The reality is that no single service
provider can be all things to all people, so find a provider that will be
frank about whether or not the project is in their sweet spot.
What kind of engagement
model are you looking for?
Different companies have different expectations about how
they want to interact with their
chosen provider throughout the
project. Some take a more hands-off approach, while others may
want a great deal of interaction.
In our company, every project
has a program manager (PM). The
PM is the key customer contact
once the project begins, and they
give the client a single technical
point of contact for all status and project details. This makes it easy for a
client to get any questions answered promptly, and any scope changes are
handled efficiently between the client and the PM.
Deciding to use outside design resources, and then finding the right
partner, can allow your company to develop products and take advantage
of market opportunities that wouldn’t be possible when you are constrained to use only in-house engineering. Once you have found a suitable
service provider, you will have the flexibility to add external engineering
expertise only when you need it without the risk of increasing your in-house engineering staff. ECN
Deciding to use outside
design resources, and then
finding the right partner,
can allow your company to
develop products and take
advantage of market opportunities that wouldn’t be
possible when you are constrained to use only in-house