Advantages in Quality Control When Using a Contract Manufacturer

Contract manufacturing is when an OEM outsources part of, or the entire, manufacturing process to an experienced third party, like RiverSide Integrated Solutions (RIS). Contract manufacturing has been around for decades, and many industries rely heavily on outsourcing to remain competitive. When people consider the benefits of using a contract manufacturer, cost reductions and improved productivity typically come to mind. Benefits that often do not get enough emphasis are the advantages in quality control that come with using a contract manufacturer.

A contract manufacturer’s quality planning and assurance program is more than just meeting the requisite ISO and FDA requirements – it represents their proven way to ensure consistent, high-quality products. Below are 3 advantages in quality control that OEMs realize when working with a proven contract manufacturer, like RIS. Our team fosters a continuous improvement mind-set, and we never rest when it comes to quality. Click here to learn more about RIS’ quality management systems and our relentless commitment to quality.

  • Elevated Product Quality: experienced contract manufacturers adhere to strict quality control processes to meet – or exceed – the requisite standards. Contract manufacturing teams typically have rigorous quality training and dedicated professionals in place to ensure quality standards are being met. They apply their breadth and depth of knowledge across various industries to their quality management program. These measures lead to a higher level of quality control that results in more consistent and elevated product quality – as well as a healthier bottom line and happier customers. At RIS, we have a layered and proven approach to quality management. We are ISO 9001 registered by each of our entities and adhere to quality systems that meet national standards for production procedures, product quality and customer service. We don’t just check the boxes when it comes to quality control: quality is engrained in our culture and our workplace.
  • Leverage Technical Expertise: contract manufacturers support various companies across a wide range of industries. They typically have decades more collective experience, and have solved many more production and quality problems than most OEMs. For this reason, contract manufacturers are often a wealth of knowledge. When using a contract manufacturer, OEMs are able to tap into this expertise and leverage this knowledge. Contract manufacturers act as a fresh set of eyes and often bring new and innovative ideas to the table – resulting in operations efficiencies that enable quicker speed to market and higher quality control. Additionally, contract manufacturers offer a level of scalability and production flexibility that is often not feasible for OEMs in-house – all without sacrificing quality. At RIS, we empower our staff of professionals to take ownership in product quality. We believe that ownership helps hold us accountable and makes every member of our team responsible for continuous improvement.

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  • Advanced Quality Control Methods: one of the advantages of using a contract manufacturer is access to more advanced quality control processes and state-of-the-art technologies. Contract manufacturers often invest in cutting edge automation and other advanced equipment to accelerate the pace of production and elevate product quality. Proven contract manufacturers focus on continuous improvement initiatives and lean manufacturing – practices that result in tighter quality control, saving OEMs time and money. At RIS, we pride ourselves on the utilization of cutting-edge technologies for our customers. For example, we are in the process of commissioning an advanced quality system that will further improve our quality management program.

RIS’ Commitment to Quality Control

RIS is an advanced contract manufacturer providing robust solutions in circuit board assembly, product assembly, kitting, supply chain management, fulfillment, distribution, and reverse logistics. We are dedicated to providing advanced quality contract manufacturing services. The backbone of this effort is our quality management system. This helps us to ensure excellence in all of our printed circuit board, electromechanical and box build assemblies along with our supply chain management and distribution services.

The primary goal of our quality management system is to continually improve the effectiveness of our processes and services while complying with industry standards and meeting customer needs with every project. We are ISO 9001 registered by each of our entities and adhere to quality systems that meets national standards for production procedures, product quality and customer service. Our quality management systems and processes include:

  • IPC-A-610 workmanship standards
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ)
  • Safety Agency (UL, CSA, TUV, ETL)
  • Quality Management software
  • Defects per Million Opportunities (DPMO)
  • First pass yield and pareto of defects at inspection and test gates
  • Regular review of process quality and RMA data with customers
  • Route control of serialized assemblies at inspection and test

As your one-stop-shop, we have the capabilities, capacity, quality assurance standards, and resources to provide you with support for all of your manufacturing needs. We understand that supply chain management is difficult and very time consuming, so we urge our customers to utilize our integrated solutions to the fullest capacity.

Contact us today at (507) 523-3220 to see how we can help with quality management for your next project, or click here for a quote.

Advantages in Quality Control When Using a Contract Manufacturer
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Advantages in Quality Control When Using a Contract Manufacturer
Advantages in quality control when using a contract manufacturer: higher product quality and more access to advanced technologies and technical expertise.
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