Independent Expertise in Contract Electronic Manufacturing Services

We help electronic products companies create world-class outsourcing strategies and programs for printed circuit board assembly (SMT), mechanical sub-assembly and complete end-products. We also offer unmatched capability to resolve the complex feasibility issues for outsourcing, offshoring and onshoring decisions. Our advantage is bringing "insider" EMS industry perspective, extensive production and supply chain knowledge, plus rigorous cost modeling and other analytics to every engagement. We do not accept consulting assignments or financial incentives from suppliers to avoid potential conflict of interest, except for those projects involving dispute analysis and expert witness. We serve our clients worldwide from our office in Bothell, Washington.

Highlights of Recent Projects

Outsourcing Strategy for Converting Global In-House Operations to Contract Manufacturing in Mexico

Outsourcing feasibility analysis including internal vs. external costs, evaluation of potential supplier processes, negotiation of contract terms for a LED lighting products company with global sites. Manufacturing requirements included PCBA power supplies and light engines, CNC machining and powder paint coating of complex aluminum parts; also encapsulation of electronics for moisture proofing, final assembly and leak test for ATEX and IECEx certifications for hazardous and explosion-proof environments. Large number of SKU's across multiple product lines plus some custom products.

Guided transition planning and first phases of production transfer including negotiation of NRE charges. CMC identified and evaluated design/build suppliers for new automated powder paint system, led specification setting and creation of turnkey installation contract including deliverables and progress payments.

Finding the Right Contract Manufacturer

Requirements analysis, RFQ guidance, in-depth factory audits, financial analysis and other supplier risk assessment work to evaluate EMS providers for a leading storage products company. Created contract draft and assisted in price negotiation.

Excess Inventory Liability Analysis

$15 million arbitration with expert report, rebuttal and hearing testimony. Assessed SMT defects, contracts, communications history. MRP model simulation for part-by-part liability.

EMS Industry Consultant & Expert Witness

Supplier vs. customer performance dispute and litigation. Assessment of $30 million damages from excess inventory, excess manufacturing costs and lost profits due to alleged customer’s defective product designs, excessive product and schedule changes. Work included forensic review of 10,000 pages of deposition testimony.

     Industry Experience

Medical diagnostic and analytical systems, High-Rel LED lighting, networking and other communications, cellular handsets, financial systems, power conversion, rooftop HVAC and other electronic and electro-mechanical products.

CMC has led capability audits and contract negotiations for our OEM clients at over 150 global electronic manufacturing facilities, including

... and many more sub-tier suppliers of metals, plastics, cables and other electro-mechanical components.

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