A woman with blonde hair pulled back in a pony tail, wearing a blue ESD smock works at a computer using specialized software to ship and receive customer orders.

Transform Your Fulfillment & Distribution Operations

At RiverSide Integrated Solutions (RIS), we redefine fulfillment and distribution. Our commitment goes beyond mere service provision. We offer end-to-end support, unlocking our customers’ full potential for excellence. Here’s how we excel in addressing the unique challenges faced by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of all sizes:

STREAMLINED SOLUTIONS

RIS handles everything from material procurement to final outbound shipment. Our expertise encompasses direct shipments to production facilities and global dealer network distribution, ensuring seamless operations at every step.

STRATEGIC ADVANTAGES

So, what sets RIS apart from our competitors? Our strategically positioned North American hub accelerates shipments, reaching coast-to-coast within days. We leverage cutting-edge technology, such as our state-of-the-art tape machine. This technology helps us ensure greater efficiency and impeccable precision.

COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES

By partnering with RIS, you can access a range of services that can help your business grow. These services include:

A close up of the tape machine at RiverSide Integrated Solutions. Just one part of our kitting line.

  • Drop-Ship: Direct shipping of products to customers without needing third-party warehousing.
  • Pick, Pack & Ship: Efficient pick-and-pack operations to streamline your processes.
  • Customer Portal: We offer a real-time inventory management system for control and transparency.
  • Order Processing: An automated system that ensures seamless order fulfillment and tracking.
  • Climate-Controlled Facilities: We designed our facilities to maintain optimal manufacturing and storage conditions.
  • Inventory & Returns Management: Comprehensive handling of inventory and returns, providing peace of mind.

ADDRESSING MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTION CHALLENGES

Regardless of size, OEMs face many challenges, including lead time management, regulatory compliance and cost. RIS is a comprehensive solution provider that can help overcome these challenges by offering the following services:

  • Procurement: We leverage our bargaining power to get our clients lower costs and shorter lead times.
  • Distribution: We provide clients with climate-controlled warehousing space and flexible distribution options.
  • Production: We offer scalability, agility and competitive prices for small and large OEMs.

RIS provides full-service solutions for all of your contract manufacturing needs from product assembly to inventory and shipping.

THE VALUE OF INTEGRATION

Integrated manufacturing solutions can provide various benefits, which include:

  • Cost Savings: The streamlined supply chain and efficient processes reduce expenses.
  • Speed to Market: Fewer disruptions and faster response times enable rapid product delivery.
  • Efficiency and Quality: Our customers harness our expertise, resulting in higher productivity and quality assurance.
  • Manufacturing Flexibility: The ability to adapt to market fluctuations and changing demands provides business agility.
  • Improved Customer Satisfaction: Our solutions directly influence the customer experience, resulting in better outcomes.

BUILDING STRONG PARTNERSHIPS

If you’re an OEM looking for fulfillment partners, follow these steps to make the process easier:

  1. Determine Your Needs: Decide how much outsourcing you want and what specific services you require.
  2. Identify Partner Requirements: Determine what capabilities are essential for your operations and what you need from your partner.
  3. Choose Carefully: Choose a partner that offers tailored solutions and unmatched expertise, like RIS.

At RIS, we understand that your fulfillment and distribution operations are critical to your success. That’s why we don’t just aim to be your partner. We strive to be the driving force behind your success. With our assistance, you can simplify your operations, work more efficiently and take your business to the next level.

So why wait? Contact us to learn how we can help you achieve your goals and lift your business to new heights.

About RiverSide Integrated Solutions

RIS is an advanced contract manufacturer providing robust solutions in circuit board assembly and product assembly. We employ more than 350 people and provide services to OEMs worldwide. We operate two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities within the US.

With all of the choices in contract manufacturers out there, we know it can be challenging to find someone who understands your business model and has your best intentions in mind. RIS has always proven to be a win-win-focused relationship.

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

Our total-package solutions include:

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


Inside the World of Box Builds

In the intricate landscape of Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS), the concept of “box builds” encompasses a spectrum of offerings, from subassemblies to finished goods. Recently, Jon Schmitz, Customer Engagement Manager at RiverSide Integrated Solutions, shared his box build expertise in an interview with SMT Magazine.

Schmitz explains the motivations driving customers to opt for box build solutions and underscores the importance of continually expanding core competencies to meet evolving customer demands. The interview also sheds light on the challenges inherent in box builds, emphasizing the need for EMS providers to navigate unique product requirements and diverse industry standards with precision.

Pictured is a white man with a dark polo, smiling at the camera. Beside him is the label Jon Schmitz, Customer Engagement Manager, RiverSide Integrated Solutions

Embracing box builds not only promises higher margins but also fosters stronger partnerships between EMS providers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). By assuming the mantle of product realization, companies like RiverSide Integrated Solutions empower OEMs to focus on their core competencies of design and innovation.

To explore the nuances of box builds and glean insights from Jon Schmitz, dive into the full interview in SMT Magazine’s April 2024 issue.


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Questions to Ask When Outsourcing to a Contract Manufacturer

Believe it or not, most companies don’t get into the business to specialize in manufacturing. Managing manufacturing processes may significantly drain their time and resources. From sourcing raw materials to maintaining production equipment, there are many moving parts involved. This draws focus away from what they really care about: providing a product and service to their customers.

All of these processes can quickly become overwhelming, and outsourcing to a contract manufacturer is an attractive solution. Outsourcing allows companies to focus on core business activities like product development, marketing and sales.

However, outsourcing also comes with its challenges. Companies looking to outsource need to find the right partner to ensure their quality standards are met. The decision can be overwhelming, but don’t worry! RiverSide Integrated Solutions (RIS) is here to help. We have created a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the selection process effectively.

1. What is their core competency?

Most companies consider the type of products the contract manufacturer specializes in when searching for a partner who fits their needs. However, it’s also crucial to understand the contractor’s areas of expertise and industry experience.

At RIS, we are a good fit for companies focused on printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) and product assembly. Just as crucial, though, is our dedication to delivering high-quality solutions for ruggedized electronics. Our customers need a contract manufacturer that can create products that work in every environment.

A production worker at RIS uses our automatic bagger to seal small parts for kitting.

2. Can they meet our requirements?

Every project has unique requirements, so companies must collaborate with a contract manufacturer that can meet them. Inquire about their capabilities, production capacity, lead times and flexibility to accommodate your needs.

RIS offers flexible manufacturing solutions tailored to your specific requirements, ensuring efficient production and timely delivery.

3. What quality control measures do they follow?

Quality is paramount in manufacturing. When vetting potential partners, you need to ensure they maintain rigorous quality control standards. Ask about their quality management systems, certifications and processes for ensuring product quality and consistency.

We’re ISO-certified and adhere to strict quality control measures throughout the manufacturing process at RIS. This helps us ensure that every product meets the highest standards of excellence.

A production staff member at RIS works diligently to produce high-quality assemblies.

4. How do they handle supply chain management?

Efficient supply chain management is critical for seamless production processes. Ask about the contract manufacturer’s supply chain management capabilities, including component sourcing, inventory management, and logistics.

You want to ensure the smooth flow of materials and timely delivery of components. At RIS, we’ve established relationships with trusted suppliers over 40 years in the industry. Our robust supply chain management practices ensure that our customers get the service they need.

5. What value-added services do they offer?

In addition to manufacturing, contract manufacturers may offer additional value-added services to enhance production. Ask about kitting, product testing, fulfillment, and reverse logistics.

At RIS, we provide a comprehensive suite of integrated solutions. These help streamline your manufacturing experience and add value at every stage.

6. Can they support our long-term goals?

Partnering with a contract manufacturer is a long-term commitment. It could prove disastrous down the line if you don’t ensure alignment with your business goals and objectives upfront. Inquire about a contract manufacturer’s commitment to innovation, continuous improvement and support for your long-term growth strategies.

At RIS, we have fostered long-term partnerships with our clients. We support their growth and success through innovative solutions and exceptional service.

Outsourcing to a contract manufacturer can offer numerous benefits, but choosing the right partner requires careful consideration. It is essential to ask the right questions. Address key concerns such as core competency, capabilities, quality control, supply chain management, value-added services and long-term support. Only then can you make an informed decision that aligns with your business objectives.

At RIS, we are committed to delivering excellence in contract manufacturing and providing the solutions you need to succeed. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support your manufacturing needs.

About RiverSide Integrated Solutions

RIS is an advanced contract manufacturer providing robust solutions in circuit board assembly and product assembly. We employ more than 350 people and provide services to OEMs worldwide. We operate two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities within the US.

With all of the choices in contract manufacturers out there, we know it can be challenging to find someone who understands your business model and has your best intentions in mind. RIS has always proven to be a win-win-focused relationship.

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

Our total-package solutions include:

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


A close up of the inner-workers on one of the original pick and place machines at RiverSide in the 80s.

40 Years of RiverSide: How Electronics Manufacturing Has Evolved

In our world. technological progress is often measured in leaps and bounds. To this end, the electronics manufacturing industry stands as a testament to relentless innovation and adaptation. Over the past four decades, this industry has undergone remarkable transformations. Most of these transformations have been driven by advancements in technology. They’ve also been affected by changing market dynamics and evolving consumer demands.

For the past 40 years, RiverSide Integrated Solutions (RIS) has been at the forefront of the electronics manufacturing industry. In honor of the company’s anniversary, Steve Craney, founding member and owner of RIS, delved into how things have changed.

FROM SWAGED LEADS TO SURFACE MOUNT TECHNOLOGY

The journey begins in the early 1980s, where electronics manufacturing was characterized by the use of through-hole (TH) technology. Devices were constructed by placing components on the board with leads that passed through the circuit board. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) often

The original RiverSide workers in 1984, hand assembling and soldering PCBAs in a traditional assembly line.

still required swaged ends for stability, despite emerging evidence that soldering alone was reliable.

Swaging is a process involved in TH printed circuit board assembly (PCBA). In this process, component leads are either cut with a flat end or bent over and cut before soldering. The swaged end keeps the component from going back through the hole even if the solder fails. Because of the complexity of this process, skilled technicians were required to meticulously cut and solder components into place.

A RiverSide employee in the early 90s places a completed circuit board onto a pins tester, which was then brand new technology.

Steve Craney recalls transitioning from TH boards to surface mount technology (SMT) as a pivotal moment. “They were just getting away from [swaged leads] when we started this business. Some people wanted swaged leads; some people didn’t care, as long as they were soldered.”

SMT revolutionized the manufacturing process by allowing components to be mounted directly onto the surface of the circuit board. This eliminated the need for leads to pass through the board. This shift improved assembly efficiency and enabled the production of smaller and more compact electronic devices.

QUALITY CONTROL AND TESTING

Another significant change observed in electronics manufacturing was the evolution of quality control and testing methodologies. In the early days,

burn-in processes were commonplace. In this practice, newly manufactured devices were subjected to extended periods of operation to identify potential failures. However, advancements in testing equipment and techniques led to the adoption of more efficient testing protocols. Steve Craney remarked, “A good functional test, or a good test where you have power on it for 5 to 10 minutes, is just as good.”

Industry leaders implemented functional testing as an alternative to burn-in procedures, marking a paradigm shift in the industry. Functional testing focuses on assessing device performance under real-world conditions within shorter timeframes. This streamlines the manufacturing process and reduces costs associated with prolonged testing periods.

AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS

The integration of automation and robotics played a crucial role in enhancing manufacturing efficiency and precision. In the mid-1990s, the introduction of advanced assembly machines revolutionized production lines with their robust construction and high-speed capabilities. These machines, characterized by their solid steel frames and precise movement mechanisms, set new standards for reliability and productivity in electronics manufacturing.

Furthermore, the innovations of companies like United Shoe and Universal, who created breakthrough technology for auto-insertion, further propelled the automation trend. These advancements not only accelerated production rates but also ensured consistent quality across manufacturing processes.

A close up of the inner-workers on one of the original pick and place machines at RiverSide in the 80s.

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

While technological advancements have propelled the electronics manufacturing industry forward, they have also presented unique challenges and opportunities. The rise of offshore manufacturing and intense global competition has exerted pressure on margins. This has driven the need for greater operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

However, amidst these challenges, opportunities abound for companies that embrace innovation and adaptability. Steve Craney emphasizes that importance of staying ahead of technological breakthroughs, particularly in the era of artificial intelligence (AI). He states that, “The company that can stay very innovative will win in this battle . . . that’s the weakness of AI.”

AI holds the potential to revolutionize various aspects of manufacturing. These include process optimization and predictive maintenance. However, its implementation requires a strategic approach that balances the strengths of AI with the innovative capabilities of humans.

A cobot at RiverSide today being programed to do precision work.

LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE

As the industry continues to evolve, the key to sustained success lies in fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration. With a dedicated team of professionals committed to staying abreast of emerging technologies, RIS is poised to navigate the ever-changing landscape of electronics manufacturing.

The past four decades have witnessed remarkable transformations in the electronics manufacturing industry. As we look towards the future, the journey of electronics manufacturing promises innovation, adaptation and endless possibilities.

About RiverSide Integrated Solutions

RIS is an advanced contract manufacturer providing robust solutions in circuit board assembly and product assembly. We employ more than 350 people and provide services to OEMs worldwide. We operate two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities within the US.

With all of the choices in contract manufacturers out there, we know it can be challenging to find someone who understands your business model and has your best intentions in mind. RIS has always proven to be a win-win-focused relationship.

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

Our total-package solutions include:

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


A worker stands at the open side of a selective solder machine, adjusting the internal mechanisms.

Unlocking Cost Savings: The Power of One-Stop-Shop Contract Manufacturing with RIS

Drawing insights from industry trends we can see several indicators for the manufacturing landscape in 2024. Economic uncertainty, supply chain disruptions, sustainability pressures and the need for product innovation mark it. Further, DIY automation is emerging as a key trend, making automation more accessible and cost-effective for businesses of all sizes.

In this landscape, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) face an uphill battle to remain competitive. As the demand for sustainability and ethical sourcing rises, costs associated with manufacturing processes are escalating. In this scenario, OEMs must explore innovative strategies to cut costs without compromising quality or efficiency.

It’s only natural in situations like this that companies look to partner with outside help to relieve some of this burden. This is where RiverSide Integrated Solutions (RIS), a full-service contract manufacturing company, steps in as a game-changer. But first, let’s look at some issues in greater detail.

RISING COSTS AND COMPLEXITIES

As we ring in 2024, the manufacturing industry grapples issues from many different directions. These include economic uncertainty, skilled labor shortages, targeted supply chain disruptions and the imperative for innovations to meet net-zero emissions goals. In this scenario, costs are rising upward, driven by several factors.

A worker stands at the open side of a selective solder machine, adjusting the internal mechanisms.

TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS

Staying current with machinery and new technology is crucial for remaining competitive. However, the costs of adopting and integrating new technologies into manufacturing processes continue to rise. It isn’t feasible for OEMs to invest in every piece of new technology.

OPERATIONAL EXPENSES

Day-to-day operational costs, including utilities, maintenance and labor, are rising, putting additional strain on budgets. If OEMs want to stay in the game, they must streamline operating costs and increase efficiency.

SPACE RENTAL RATES

OEMs that want to do all of their manufacturing in-house need to continue to add space as they grow. And as the demand for manufacturing space increases, facility rental rates are escalating. This creates further financial burden.

LABOR COSTS

Every new technological innovation brings new heights in what technology and manufacturing can achieve but also requires more skill. And with skilled labor in high demand, salaries and wages are ever-increasing. This adds to the overall cost of production.

SOURCING CHALLENGES

An OEM might negotiate a specific price for a part with a procurement agency. But what happens when that part isn’t available? Or if the agency they work with raises its prices? Sourcing for parts and alternative components has become more complex, driven by global economic shifts and supply chain disruptions. This puts more strain on OEMs’ work to bring parts in internally.

In such a challenging environment, OEMs must devise strategies to contain costs and streamline their operations for maximum efficiency.

THE IMPERATIVE OF REMAINING COMPETITIVE

To thrive in this challenging environment, OEMs must find innovative ways to reduce costs while maintaining quality and efficiency. One powerful solution is to leverage the services of a full-service contract manufacturer like RiverSide Integrated Solutions (RIS).

Contract manufacturers partner with multiple OEMs to produce their products, gaining experience in many different areas along the way. At RIS, we offer 40 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. Years of experience that we use to help our customers reach success. When it

A worker at RIS works at a kitting station, boxing up and preparing assemblies to be shipped to their final user.

comes to rising costs and complexities, we have the skills to help OEMs achieve maximum efficiency.

HOW RIS CAN HELP

BUNDLE AND SAVE

We offer a one-stop-shop advantage. At RIS, we aren’t limited to just manufacturing or subassembly. We can manage the entire process from part procurement to final customer delivery. This consolidation eliminates the need for multiple suppliers, saving money and labor on the overall process.

PURCHASING POWER

Our bulk purchasing power allows us to acquire parts in large quantities. Because we buy for multiple clients at once, we gain cost savings that we pass on to our customers.

EXPERTISE AND KNOWLEDGE

Contract manufacturers, by focusing intensively on procurement, assembly, testing, and training, amass a wealth of technical knowledge. This knowledge is then applied strategically to the advantage of each customer, resulting in optimized processes and product quality.

At RIS, we’ve been doing what we do for 40 years! We have the know-how and the skills to keep your manufacturing operations on track!

A RIS engineer stands in front of a laser etching machine on the production floor.

INVESTMENT IN TECHNOLOGY

By spreading capital and operational expenses across multiple clients, we maximize the use of technological and functional upgrades. This ensures optimal efficiency, quality and automation, translating to cost savings for the OEMs.

DESIGN OPTIMIZATION

We collaborate with OEMs to identify improvements in design for manufacturability and assembly. This proactive approach minimizes rework waste during the product and assembly, optimizing efficiency.

A PARTNER FOR SUCCESS

In the face of escalating challenges, OEMs partnering with contract manufacturers like RIS find a strategic advantage. RIS offers cost-effective solutions and operational efficiencies that are crucial for success in today’s competitive landscape. We do this through our comprehensive approach and by leveraging the collective strength of a diverse customer base,

The key to unlocking cost efficiency in manufacturing lies in strategic collaborations with full-service contract manufacturers like RIS. The evolving landscape demands a holistic approach that streamlines operations, optimizes costs and positions OEMs for sustained success.

About RiverSide Integrated Solutions

RIS is an advanced contract manufacturer providing robust solutions in circuit board assembly and product assembly. We employ more than 350 people and provide services to OEMs worldwide. We operate two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities within the US.

With all of the choices in contract manufacturers out there, we know it can be challenging to find someone who understands your business model and has your best intentions in mind. RIS has always proven to be a win-win-focused relationship.

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

Our total-package solutions include:

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


An RIS worker processes inventory and readies assemblies to go out to customers.

Streamline Your Manufacturing Process with Comprehensive Integrated Solutions

At RiverSide Integrated Solutions (RIS), we take great pride in offering a holistic approach to manufacturing through a comprehensive suite of integrated solutions. But what does “integrated solutions” mean? Put simply, it integrates comprehensive services under one roof, removing the need for multiple suppliers in the contract manufacturing process. This consolidation delivers remarkable cost savings.

RIS serves as your one-stop shop, combining our primary printed circuit board and product assembly capabilities with an array of value-added services. By bundling these services, you minimize overhead costs, as RIS becomes your single point of contact for all manufacturing needs.

In this post, we will explore the various facets of our integrated solutions at RIS. These value-added solutions include supply chain managementkittingproduct testingfulfillment & distributionquality management and reverse logistics.

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT:

At RiverSide Integrated Solutions (RIS), we take great pride in offering a holistic approach to manufacturing through a comprehensive suite of integrated solutions. But what does “integrated solutions” mean? Put simply, it integrates comprehensive services under one roof, removing the need for multiple suppliers in the contract manufacturing process. This consolidation delivers remarkable cost savings.

RIS serves as your one-stop shop, combining our primary printed circuit board and product assembly capabilities with an array of value-added services. By bundling these services, you minimize overhead costs, as RIS becomes your single point of contact for all manufacturing needs.

An RIS worker processes inventory and readies assemblies to go out to customers.

In this post, we will explore the various facets of our integrated solutions at RIS. These value-added solutions include supply chain managementkittingproduct testingfulfillment & distributionquality management and reverse logistics.

KITTING:

As part of our integrated solutions, we offer kitting services, which involve assembling customized kits or packages of components and materials required for specific products or production processes. Our meticulous organization and packaging of items simplify assembly operations and reduce production time significantly.

With our kitting expertise, you can optimize your assembly process and improve overall operational efficiency, saving valuable time and resources.

PRODUCT TESTING:

At RIS, we prioritize rigorous testing and quality assurance measures to ensure your products meet the highest standards. Our comprehensive testing services include functional testing, performance testing and environmental testing. By subjecting your products to thorough testing, we help enhance customer satisfaction and minimize the risk of product failures, safeguarding your brand reputation.

FULFILLMENT & DISTRIBUTION:

RIS offers comprehensive fulfillment and distribution services, including order processing, packaging and shipping. Our logistics management expertise ensures that your products reach customers efficiently and on schedule, enhancing customer satisfaction and reducing operational complexities.

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QUALITY MANAGEMENT:

Quality management is a core pillar of RIS’s integrated solutions. Our dedicated team implements robust quality control measures throughout the manufacturing process. We conduct thorough inspections, audits and quality checks to promptly identify and resolve any quality issues. Maintaining strict quality standards, we help safeguard your brand reputation and deliver products that consistently meet or exceed customer expectations.

REVERSE LOGISTICS:

Managing product returns and disposal is a critical aspect of the manufacturing process. RIS offers efficient reverse logistics services, including product returns, repairs, refurbishment and responsible disposal. Our streamlined reverse logistics processes reduce costs, improve customer satisfaction and support environmental sustainability, ensuring a comprehensive and accountable approach to product lifecycle management.

By integrating a comprehensive suite of solutions, ranging from supply chain management and kitting to product testing and beyond, RIS delivers unparalleled benefits to your manufacturing process. Our integrated approach ensures that each aspect of your production is seamlessly orchestrated and tailored to your unique requirements. As a result, we optimize your manufacturing process, elevate product quality, and enhance overall operational efficiency. With our support, you gain a competitive advantage in the market, allowing you to focus on innovation and growth. At the same time, we handle the intricacies of manufacturing, ultimately driving your success to new heights.

OUR INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS IN ACTION

In conclusion, our integrated solutions at RIS embody a commitment to excellence in manufacturing. We understand modern production’s complex and multifaceted nature, so we offer a comprehensive suite of integrated services. These services seamlessly combine to add substantial value to your manufacturing process.

By choosing RIS as your manufacturing partner, you tap into a wealth of experience, cutting-edge processes, and a commitment to excellence that can propel your business to new heights. We orchestrate every aspect of production seamlessly, allowing you to concentrate on innovation and growth. In short, RIS is the best choice for OEMs seeking a partner that understands manufacturing and excels in optimizing it. With RIS by your side, success is not just a goal – it’s an achievable reality.

About RiverSide Integrated Solutions

RIS is an advanced contract manufacturer providing robust solutions in circuit board assembly and product assembly. We employ more than 350 people and provide services to OEMs worldwide. We operate two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities within the US.

With all of the choices in contract manufacturers out there, we know it can be challenging to find someone who understands your business model and has your best intentions in mind. RIS has always proven to be a win-win-focused relationship.

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

Our total-package solutions include:

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


Environmental and Sustainability Practices are at the forefront of our considerations at RIS.

Shaping a Greener Future: RIS's Environmental and Sustainability Efforts

CONSERVING ENERGY AND RESOURCES:

As a modern contract manufacturing company, RiverSide Integrated Solutions (RIS) is dedicated to embracing sustainability. Our commitment to responsible resource management and renewable energy solutions sets us apart as a leading corporate citizen.

We actively seek ways to reduce our environmental impact, promote energy efficiency and foster a waste-reduction, recycling-focused culture.

Join us as we explore four ways we make efforts to shape a greener, more sustainable future.

WASTE REDUCTION AND RECYCLING:

At RIS, we emphasize waste reduction and responsible disposal practices. Through our diligent efforts, we seek to achieve a net carbon reduction by reusing materials whenever feasible.

Additionally, we endeavor to see recyclable materials find their way to viable markets. There are plenty of ways to minimize waste going to landfills. We embrace recycling whenever possible and adhere to federal, state and local laws and ordinances. In this way, we are able to actively contribute to the circular economy.

Our commitment to ethical waste management is a testament to our dedication to sustainable practices.

A worker stands at the open side of a selective solder machine, adjusting the internal mechanisms.
At RIS, our investment in new and cutting edge technologies reduces the amount of waste our manufacturing efforts produce. Our selective solder machines produces just 3 tablespoons of waste each time it's run.

SUSTAINABLE FACILITIES:

RIS is committed to creating sustainable facilities that prioritize environmental well-being. In a recent project at one of our facilities, we transitioned from energy-consuming halide to energy-efficient LED lighting. This switch reduced our energy consumption greatly. Plus, thanks to the brighter, more efficient LEDs, we decreased the number of fixtures required. We plan to implement similar energy-saving initiatives across all our facilities soon.

In another recent project, we replaced consumable paper towels with washable and reusable towels for our cleaning staff. This significantly reduced waste and promoted a cleaner working environment.

Several photos of members of RIS staff volunteering or giving to charities, including highway clean up, building and maintaining houses in the community, donating monetary funds, and collecting food for food pantries..
RIS finds many ways to give back, both through community outreach and environmental practices. We encourage all of our staff to get involved, and host many different events to help provide the opportunity.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH:

Our commitment to environmental and sustainability efforts extends beyond our corporate operations. We believe in giving back to our community and supporting organizations that positively impact our society. Through our Volunteer & Philanthropy Committee, we actively engage with various charitable organizations. Some include Winona Volunteer Services, Habitat for Humanity, the Winona Humane Society, and the Minnesota Adopt a Highway program.

We encourage our employees to participate and make a difference in the community. To facilitate this, we provide all staff with paid Volunteer Time Off. This allows them to volunteer their time during work hours at an organization of their choice.

Our commitment to community outreach aligns with our broader mission of creating a better future for the communities we serve.

A GREENER TOMORROW TOGETHER:

At RIS, we take great pride in being a positive example of environmental and sustainability actions in the corporate landscape. We’re dedicated to positively impacting our planet. This is reflected in our commitment to conserving resources, adopting renewable energy solutions and implementing waste reduction strategies. Moreover, we extend this commitment to our community by engaging with charitable organizations and supporting causes that uplift society.

Our ongoing initiatives and forthcoming projects underscore our resolve to implement responsible business practices. We hope that our example can inspire others toward a greener, more sustainable future.

About RiverSide Integrated Solutions

RIS is an advanced contract manufacturer providing robust solutions in circuit board assembly and product assembly. We employ more than 350 people and provide services to OEMs worldwide. We operate two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities within the US.

With all of the choices in contract manufacturers out there, we know it can be challenging to find someone who understands your business model and has your best intentions in mind. RIS has always proven to be a win-win-focused relationship.

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

Our total-package solutions include:

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


A close up of component reels in the Smart Shelving system at RIS.

Innovating Quality Control and Lean Practices

In the ever-evolving landscape of manufacturing, two principles reign supreme: quality control and lean manufacturing. These principles are more than just buzzwords at RiverSide Integrated Solutions (RIS). They are deeply ingrained in our company’s DNA.

In this blog post, we’ll explore how we identify challenges, implement ingenious solutions and harness technology at RIS. We aim to not only meet but exceed manufacturing expectations.

Join us as we delve into RIS’s unwavering commitment to delivering top-tier manufacturing services.

OPTIMIZING DESIGNS FOR EFFICIENCY AND DURABILITY

At RIS, problems are not obstacles but opportunities for growth and innovation. Our objective is to ensure efficiency during production and durability in real-world applications.

EMBRACING AUTOMATION

Automation: it’s a game-changer in manufacturing.

RIS employs a fleet of technological innovations to drive out waste and

A cobot at RIS automatically dispenses adhesive in a precise area on a circuit board.

optimize processes. Efficiency, quality and cost-effectiveness are the rewards.

DATA-DRIVEN EXCELLENCE

Data is the lifeblood of RIS’s lean journey. Through meticulous data collection, Gemba walks and coworker feedback, RIS fine-tunes its processes. We base lean initiatives on concrete evidence.

Technology meets experience, resulting in a potent recipe for success.

THE TECHNOLOGICAL BACKBONE OF LEAN MANUFACTURING

Technology is the linchpin of lean manufacturing at RIS. The company invests in cutting-edge solutions that automate and optimize, ensuring that manufacturing is as efficient as possible.

FROM COBOTS TO 3D PRINTING: AUTOMATION IN ACTION

Discover how cobots, automated torque drivers, 3D printing and more are revolutionizing manufacturing at RIS. These technologies are more than just tools. They are the architects of lean efficiency.

A worker at RIS uses a scanner integrated with our Smart Shelving system to identify the correct component reels for current PCB assemblies running.

SMART SHELVING AND X-RAY COUNTERS: A SMART DUO

RIS’s smart shelving and X-ray counters work harmoniously to create an accurate inventory system, reducing waste and delays.

FEEDER LOW SYSTEMS AND 3D AOI: STREAMLINING OPERATIONS

Rather than inspecting every board indiscriminately, the 3D AOI system separates those that fail initial inspections. This allows us to utilize the touch only failed units methodology in our printed circuit board assembly. In doing

so, we optimize our resources and reduce inspection time without compromising the thoroughness of our quality processes.

We also implemented a piece of software that alerts our machine operators when a component reel is getting low. This way, the new reel can be ready and waiting when they need to make the switch.

With these efficiencies and more RIS minimizes downtime and maximizes quality.

QUALITY CONTROL THROUGH INNOVATION

RIS employs advanced quality control technologies. We use laser marking and test development to uphold the highest standards of quality and efficiency. Our commitment to innovation extends to our quality control tools and methods.

Smart Solutions:

We have integrated a smart torque driver into our quality control processes. This driver features built-in error-checking capabilities that reduce defects and ensure correct torquing of specialized hardware.

It can be programmed with the precise sequencing and torque settings required for the task. It will automatically flag any deviations from the prescribed order or torque range. This helps to eliminate defects related to missing hardware and guarantees that all components meet the required specifications.

LEAN MANUFACTURING PRINCIPLES IN ACTION

Discover how lean principles are driving efficiency, quality and success at RIS.

WASTE REDUCTION

At RIS, waste is not an option. We tackle common forms of waste, from waiting to over-processing, with lean strategies.

A cornerstone of our waste reduction efforts is the implementation of Poka-

The end of an SMT line at RIS showing the auto-sorting system of good and rework boards. This automated system saves time and adds efficiency to our SMT process. It also means that workers don't need to physically touch any of the boards while transporting them to the next part of the process.

Yoke. This is a lean technique aimed at error-proofing processes. By systematically identifying and addressing potential sources of error, we proactively prevent defects and reduce rework.

This approach not only eliminates waste associated with defects but also enhances overall process efficiency.

A LEAN CULTURE IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY

Lean isn’t just a process; it’s a culture at RIS. We empower all our staff to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

At RIS, pursuing quality and lean excellence is a journey powered by innovation and technology. From automation to a lean culture, manufacturing excellence is our daily commitment.

Our story is a testament to the power of relentless commitment to excellence and the transformative potential of technology in modern manufacturing.

About RiverSide Integrated Solutions

RIS is an advanced contract manufacturer providing robust solutions in circuit board assembly and product assembly. We employ more than 350 people and provide services to OEMs worldwide. We operate two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities within the US.

With all of the choices in contract manufacturers out there, we know it can be challenging to find someone who understands your business model and has your best intentions in mind. RIS has always proven to be a win-win-focused relationship.

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

Our total-package solutions include:

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


An assembly line for printed circuit board parts at RIS. This is just one of our methods for assembly.

Cell Assembly vs. Assembly Lines: Making the Right Choice for Your Product

For original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), deciding whether to use cell assembly or assembly lines is crucial. It can determine the successfulness of their products. Choosing a too-costly method may make the product not profitable enough to last. On the other hand, selecting a manual process for a highly complex product could result in malfunctions. In this way, this decision can significantly affect production efficiency, product quality and cost-effectiveness.

At RiverSide Integrated Solutions (RIS), we determine which assembly method works best for each product we manufacture. We can help you delve into the complexities of both cell assembly and assembly lines. That way, you’re equipped with valuable insights to help you make an informed decision tailored to your manufacturing needs.

CELL ASSEMBLY

Cell assembly involves grouping workers into specialized cells responsible for assembling either a complete product or a subassembly. This approach is particularly effective when dealing with intricate or heavily customized products.

ADVANTAGES OF CELL ASSEMBLY

A significant advantage of utilizing cell assembly is its capability to quickly adapt to modifications in design or volume. This helps OEMs be more agile in the production process. This level of flexibility enables prompt

Assemblers at RIS work in individual cells to complete whole sections of products.

adjustments to meet the constantly evolving requirements of customers.

Moreover, cell assembly promotes specialization, enabling workers to concentrate on specific tasks and become proficient in their respective fields. This focused approach to assembly substantially enhances product quality by identifying and resolving potential defects and improving quality assurance.

DISADVANTAGES OF CELL ASSEMBLY

Although cell assembly has benefits, there are some things to remember. It requires a more significant upfront investment because specialized equipment and worker training are needed.

Furthermore, the output is usually lower compared to assembly lines. This is because workers in each cell are responsible for assembling a complete product or subassembly. It can impact production volume and efficiency, particularly during periods of high demand.

An SMT assembly line at RIS, where PCBAs are placed into loaders at one end and are automatically sorted at the finish.

ASSEMBLY LINES

On the other hand, manufacturers use assembly lines for products with lower complexity. These products are ideal for conveyor belts, where each worker is assigned a specific task. This method is most effective for more straightforward products or high-volume production.

ADVANTAGES OF ASSEMBLY LINES

Assembly lines are known for their impressive output capacity. The constant flow of products along the line allows for a much higher volume of units.

Additionally, assembly lines require a lower initial investment as they need less specialized equipment and worker training. This makes them an attractive option for businesses with budget constraints. Assembly lines are also spatially efficient, taking up less room than cell assembly. This means the saved space can be used for other purposes or to expand production capacity.

DISADVANTAGES OF ASSEMBLY LINES

Although assembly lines are efficient, they have certain limitations. Cell assembly provides greater flexibility compared to assembly lines.

However, reconfiguring the assembly line to adjust for changes in design or volume can be complex. The process may impede quick responses to fluctuations in market demands or product variations.

Additionally, repetitive tasks within assembly lines may lead to worker boredom and reduced attention to detail. Both of these things increase the likelihood of defects and impact product quality.

DETERMINING THE RIGHT METHOD FOR YOU

At RIS, we utilize both cell assembly and assembly lines to provide tailored solutions for our customers. To determine the best option for your needs, we suggest considering the following factors:

  • Complexity of Your Product: Our cell assembly services offer the flexibility and specialized expertise to meet requirements for your complex or customized product.
  • Volume of Production: Our assembly line services offer streamlined efficiency and cost-effective solutions for high-volume production.

And, of course, when in doubt, consult with experienced manufacturing engineers, like the ones we have at RIS!

The most effective way to choose between cell assembly and assembly lines is to consult our experienced manufacturing engineers. You can access our extensive manufacturing services and expertise by partnering with RIS. Our dedicated team will collaborate closely with you. We assess needs, recommend optimal assembly methods and ensure efficient, high-quality results.

Choose RIS for customized manufacturing solutions that drive your product’s success.

About RiverSide Integrated Solutions

RIS is an advanced contract manufacturer providing robust solutions in circuit board assembly and product assembly. We employ more than 350 people and provide services to OEMs worldwide. We operate two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities within the US.

With all of the choices in contract manufacturers out there, we know it can be challenging to find someone who understands your business model and has your best intentions in mind. RIS has always proven to be a win-win-focused relationship.

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

Our total-package solutions include:

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


3D AOI Machine testing PCBAs on the SMT line at RiverSide Integrated Solutions.

Assembly Testing: Ensuring Quality and Functionality

In today’s competitive marketplace, product quality is paramount. Thorough assembly testing is vital in ensuring that your products meet the highest standards.

At RiverSide Integrated Solutions (RIS), we understand the significance of product testing and offer a comprehensive range of services. With our experienced team and advanced equipment, we are committed to helping you achieve superior product quality and functionality.

Our Testing Processes

Our testing process begins with a thorough analysis of your product requirements. We work directly with our customers to identify the specific tests necessary to ensure your product’s quality and functionality. Once the tests have been identified, we develop a customized test plan and execute the tests on your product.

We offer a variety of testing methods, including:

3D Automated optical inspection (AOI)

A 3D AOI machine inspects a printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) for defects, including missing components, incorrectly placed components, solder defects and bridging during the assembly process. This is a quick and accurate method for identifying defects that may not be visible to the naked eye.

Flying probe testing

Flying probe testing is a highly effective method for testing lowvolume

3D AOI Machine testing PCBAs on the SMT line at RiverSide Integrated Solutions.

production, prototypes and boards with limited accessibility. It involves using a probe to test the surface of a PCBA for continuity, shorts, opens and other defects.

In-circuit testing

In-circuit testing stimulates the electrical connections on a PCBA to verify the proper functioning of all components. This comprehensive method allows us to test for a wide range of defects, surpassing the capabilities of flying probe testing.

Manufacturing defect analysis

Manufacturing defect analysis (MDA) involves a meticulous inspection of a PCBA. It can identify manufacturing defects, such as misapplied solder, missing components or incorrectly placed components. It is instrumental in preventing similar defects in the future.

Functional Testing

Functional testing simulates the real-world environment in which your product will be used. It evaluates performance, user interface and interaction with other systems. This ensures that your product meets functionality requirements.

Environmental Stress Screening or Burn-In test

Like functional testing, environmental stress screening (ESS) and burn-in testing subject a product to specific conditions. In these cases, those conditions are taken to the extreme to stress test a product’s reliability. These testing conditions include temperature, humidity and vibration. It is a valuable tool for identifying potential weak points in your product.

Why Choose RIS for Testing?

Experienced Team of Engineers

Our dedicated engineers possess extensive knowledge of testing techniques and standards. They are committed to providing you with the highest quality testing services.

A worker for RIS analyzes a PCBA in high detail using a computer testing program.

Wide Range of Testing Equipment

Our diverse range of equipment includes flying probe testers, in-circuit testers and functional testers. This allows us to test your product for a wide variety of defects.

Custom Test Solutions

We understand that every product has unique testing requirements. Our ability to develop custom test solutions ensures maximum effectiveness tailored to your specific needs.

Fast Turnaround Times

We value your time and strive to provide prompt service. Our fast turnaround times on testing ensure timely results, helping you meet your production schedules.

Additional Information

In addition to the listed testing services, we also offer the following:

Rework Services

If your product fails testing, we provide rework services to fix the defects and get your product back into production.

Failure Analysis

In the event of product failure, we help identify the cause to prevent future failures.

Test Data Analysis

We generate comprehensive reports and analyze the data to identify trends or areas for improvement.

Reliability Testing

We assess the reliability and durability of your product to ensure it meets the expected lifespan and performance requirements.

Certification Testing

Our expertise in certification testing helps us guide you through obtaining industry-standard certifications and expanding market reach.

When it comes to assembly testing, RIS is your reliable and experienced partner. We are dedicated to ensuring the quality and functionality of your products through our comprehensive testing services.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in meeting your testing needs and achieving superior product quality. Together, let’s make your products shine in the competitive marketplace.

A specialized testing unit utilized at RiverSide Integrated Solutions as a part of a product testing process.

About RiverSide Integrated Solutions

RIS is an advanced contract manufacturer providing robust solutions in circuit board assembly and product assembly. We employ more than 350 people and provide services to OEMs worldwide. We operate two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities within the US.

With all of the choices in contract manufacturers out there, we know it can be challenging to find someone who understands your business model and has your best intentions in mind. RIS has always proven to be a win-win-focused relationship.

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

Our total-package solutions include:

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