Outsourcing to a wire harness manufacturer is quite beneficial for businesses that do not have an in-house wire harness assembly. It can help small businesses save a lot of overhead and fixed costs. But outsourcing is also something that can be quite risky, especially if you are lazy during the selection process.
Any business owner will tell you that selecting the right wire harness manufacturer to outsource wire harness assemblies is a tough as nails job. It is one of the most challenging aspects of the entire outsourcing process.
The way you search for the company and who you pick will determine the future of your business. Hence it is crucial that you do everything in your power to come up with an assessment that leaves no loopholes.
Tips When Selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer
I have seen many businesses outsourcing their wire harness assemblies to companies outside of the U.S. Many of these businesses go in debt because they did not partner with the right company.
Even if you have managed to pick the right candidate for the job, there are still many things that will determine the quality of the final product. In this article, we will see how simply discussing important matters with a wire harness manufacturer can alter the quality of the end product.
Quality of cables provided by the manufacturer should be extremely high, especially if one of your products is an HDMI cable. Many people know exactly how to buy a good HDMI cable these days.
Quality control testing is your number one priority
Other questions aside, the most important thing to ask a wire harness manufacturer when it comes to product quality is about their quality control testing practices.
Does your ideal manufacture have a dedicated quality control testing department? Do they have the modern technology to run tests with? Is their staff trained enough to determine good from bad? Do they run quality control tests product by product or batch by batch?
If you’re in for the highest quality, be ready to pay a little extra because you’ll ideally want the company to test your products one by one instead of the batch by batch check. This way they can troubleshoot each and every cable of a single batch.
Shipping can mess a product
Believe it or not, shipping plays a huge role in maintaining the quality of the end product. Have you ever seen what happens to products when they arrive at a port when they are not packaged and shipped properly?
In the case of cables, proper packaging and shipping protect the cable from ending up being tangled during shipping. When cables tangle during the shipping period, they can easily break apart, especially from the connector end.
And for sensitive and fragile cables like HDMI, the quality is severely affected.
Even though the quality of the finished product depends on a lot of other factors, these two are the most commonly overlooked factors by both wire harness manufacturers and clients alike.