When a company outsources manufacturing, its electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider becomes an extension of its reputation as far as quality is concerned. Consequently, in selecting an EMS provider, it is important to evaluate potential supplier’s quality culture. An obvious focus is quality control practices. These are the activities associated with catching the defects that naturally occur due to process variation and component failures during production. Auditing process control activities and inspection and test strategy gives a good perspective of that element of quality.
However, quality assurance philosophy, i.e., the activities associated with preventing defect opportunities, is also important. This whitepaper looks at four areas where quality can be built into products by identifying a defect opportunity or likely process failure and eliminating the ability for it to occur. Read the full whitepaper here.