Time: Inhouse cable assembly is time consuming. Time is required for: finding, employing, and training staff; raising orders for individual connectors, contacts, cable etc; purchasing, raising and chasing orders; production and quality; booking in parts; and administrating invoices and payments. Outsourcing offers one order, one delivery date and one invoice.
Tooling: The vast range of interconnection products means lots of tools. First the OEM needs to decide on hand or automated tooling, then budget for it, bearing in mind cheap tooling could cause production bottlenecks. Outsourcing eliminates tooling costs.
Delivery speed: What does an OEM do if an urgent order arrives, but its workshop is running at capacity? Sub-contracting some orders to a trusted supplier means the OEM reduces pressure on its own production department.
Skills: Specialist cable assembly sub-contractors painstakingly research the best manufacturing techniques to ensure products are assembled correctly. This is one benefit of using a specialist cable assembly company. OEMs can be sure their cables are manufactured to a high standard, reducing concerns about field failures or costly returns.
Testing: Cable assembly companies are always looking for ways to enhance testing processes, including investment in specialist test equipment that can identify good cables and test against criteria including crosses, shorts, resistance and impedance. Crimp testing using force gauges ensures crimps remain in place and provide good connections.