Contract Manufacturing Explained

Contract manufacturing is a business model where a company hires another company to produce its products or components. This is an outsourcing method for producing products by taking advantage of the resources and expertise of an experienced manufacturer to benefit the contracting company.

There are many reasons why a company might choose to use contract manufacturing. Some of the most common reasons may be to:

  • Gain access to expertise
  • Free up space
  • Benefit from our industry connections
  • Access advanced capabilities
  • Reduce costs
  • Increased efficiency

RiverSide Integrated Solutions (RIS) provides complete contract manufacturing services to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with electronic and electromechanical assemblies. By partnering with RIS, you may realize savings on multiple facets. For example, we can achieve purchasing discounts from suppliers, get you lower labor rates and find discounted shipping rates. And the savings do not stop there!

When you choose RIS, you eliminate the need for additional staff to handle parts management, inventory and time-consuming subassembly or full-product builds.

Printed Circuit Board Assembly

At RIS, printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) is our core competency. Our Surface Mount Technology (SMT) lines boast magazine-to-magazine handling, Smart Shelving floor stock inventory control and x-ray reel counting to help our production staff stay ahead of the curve and reduce our downtimes to mere seconds, while our arsenal of solder machines and special application equipment help us always stay at the peak of technological innovations. 

We also offer various ruggedization solutions for PCBAs that must operate in harsh, long-term environments. These options help protect the electronics’ function and prevent contamination or corrosion of an electronic device. From conformal coating and potting to low-pressure molding and circuit board enclosures, we offer the ruggedization solutions OEMs need to keep their products working in even the harshest environment.

When you choose RIS for your PCBAs, you can expect the hands-on customer care of a small manufacturing operation while enjoying the capabilities of a much larger company thanks to our total-package manufacturing services.

Product Assembly

Partner with us; we can take on more than just your PCBA.

We can do product assembly for subassemblies and full products alike. With RIS, you’ll know you’re getting the best possible service for your manufacturing needs.


For an OEM, outsourced subassembly services can relieve bottlenecks throughout manufacturing. Processes that once required numerous individuals can now be outsourced to RIS so that your staff can focus on more important matters. We can manage multiple SKUs and suppliers, schedule manufacturing time to build subassemblies and deliver completed assemblies to your production lines as a single part number. 

With our help, your team can focus on forecasting and collaborate with us when you need a delivery. We have proven ourselves in the industry with nearly 40 years of on-time deliveries, continuous improvement and quality control to meet and exceed your expectations.

OEMs utilizing our subassembly services benefit from our vast supply network, parts management, inventory models and project management expertise to build subassemblies that fit into their manufactured products. 

Once assembled, we distribute our ready-to-be-installed subassemblies back to your factory or supply them directly to your dealer network. It’s convenient, efficient and cost-effective.

Full Product Assembly

As a contract manufacturer with 180,000 square feet of space between three facilities, RIS can build not just your subassemblies but entire products too. We take what work our customers need off of their plates, allowing them space in their facility for new research and design work.

Integrated Solutions

When you contract with RIS, we become your factory. We source the components utilizing our vast network of suppliers and industry contacts. Then, we assemble, test and package your products while conducting multiple quality control checks along the way. As a result, we have dedicated assembly space, experienced personnel and a record of excellence that reflects our high standards.

Our product assembly services turn concepts into reality. Just provide us with detailed engineering specifications. Then, we will go to work matching all the items on your Bill of Material (BOM) with components from our quality suppliers. 

RIS has helped clients source molds for plastic injection, wiring harnesses, hardware components, circuit boards and more. We can even assist clients with packaging needs for retail-ready displays.

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.

Contract Manufacturing Explained
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Contract Manufacturing Explained
Utilizing contract manufacturing services can increase efficiencies and save you money. RIS provides complete contract manufacturing services for OEMs.
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