The RESCO Electronics Blog

Transitioning from In House Production to a Contract Manufacturer: Opportunities and Challenges

Posted by Tom Brazier & Tracie Ball on Sep 17, 2018 2:19:43 PM

In today’s challenging manufacturing environment, OEM’s are always looking for opportunitiescosts1 to reduce costs. Recently the RESCO team worked on a new project with a large medical OEM to transition production of a critical high voltage assembly from their plant to RESCO’s facility in Ciudad Acuna Mexico.  As with any outsourcing project, this one came with a unique set of opportunities and challenges.

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Topics: Cable and Electromechanical Product Design, Manufacturing Methods

China Tariffs: Potential of a Big Impact

Posted by David Copenhaver on Aug 1, 2018 4:12:05 PM

No doubt most of you are aware that the US placed a 25% tariff on certain electronic components and other products manufactured in China effective July 6, 2018.  These tariffs were announced last month by the US Trade Representative (USTR) and are being imposed pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 in retaliation for what the US views as the unfair trade practices of China.

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Topics: Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies

Working Hard at Listening

Posted by David Copenhaver on Jan 17, 2018 9:30:00 AM

One of the hardest things to do is to listen.  Most of us are wired to talk and do it quite well.  We are quick to offer our ideas, our solutions, our way to do this or that.  Although God blessed us with two ears and we hear just fine, most of us really struggle to listen.  And by “listen” I mean to take the time to hear and really understand the ideas and concerns of others. 

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Topics: Company Culture, Supplier Selection

The Benefits of Selecting the Right Contract Manufacturer

Posted by Carlo Capizzi on Sep 13, 2017 9:40:00 AM

There are many benefits to working with a contract manufacturer (CM).  As a result, many companies are finding plenty of reasons to outsource their production to another entity…and with good reason.  Although outsourcing production may have risks, these risks can be minimized by carefully selecting a CM that complements your company’s core competencies.   When deciding on a CM, you should weigh the benefits and associated risks. 

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Topics: Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies, Supplier Selection

Finding a Manufacturing Partner that is the Right Fit

Posted by Charles Fisher on Jul 12, 2017 9:35:00 AM

Most of you reading this will have purchased a home at some point in your life. In many respects picking a contract manufacturer for your company to partner with is a similar experience. You are making a major decision that can have a major effect for years to come and you have multiple stakeholders who all have different ideas about what is the best fit.  At the end of the day, you need to differentiate your “must haves” from your “would likes”.  And just as importantly, project what your must haves are going to be in the coming years.

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Topics: Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies, Supplier Selection

Reshoring of Manufacturing

Posted by Deborrah Chilcote on Jun 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The Downfall

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Topics: Manufacturing in Mexico, Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies, Quality Control, Supplier Selection

Benefits of Supplier Consolidation

Posted by Kelly Grato on May 10, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Vendor consolidation, also known as vendor rationalization, is one of the methods companies use to improve operational efficiency. Electing to choose from a limited pool of trusted vendors
 has enabled companies to build stronger and more collaborative relationships that deliver a range of benefits to the organization, including: lower costs in relationship management, lower administration costs, less risk to the business, increased quality and speed in delivery and improved supplier responsiveness. 

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Topics: Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies, Supplier Selection

Cable Assembly Design: Engage With Your Contract Manufacturer Early On

Posted by Robert Maxwell on Apr 12, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Are you responsible for sourcing the NPI (New Product Introduction) cable assemblies and/or harnesses for a project that is currently in development?  Does your company have a new
exciting product under development with a team of engineers working tirelessly to meet deadlines but perhaps rushing the design of the harnesses to stay on schedule?  In this month’s blog, you will see why it is important to get your contract manufacturing partner involved in the design before the prints are finalized.

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Topics: Cable and Electromechanical Product Design, Manufacturing Methods

Acknowledging Excellent Work

Posted by David Copenhaver on Mar 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

RESCO will celebrate its 85th year in business this year.  Our company started back in 1932 as a parts supplier to radio and, a few years later, TV repairmen.  By the 1960s RESCO had transformed itself into a distributor of electronic components to manufacturers.  More recently we have become a contract manufacturer of electronic assemblies and value-added reseller of bar code equipment.  Although the focus of our business has certainly changed over the last eight and a half decades (and will necessarily continue to change), one thing has been a constant…the hard work and dedication of our team.

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Topics: Company Culture

A Primer on Barcode Symbologies

Posted by Charles Fisher on Feb 9, 2017 9:15:27 AM

When you are beginning the process of engineering a data collection platform, one of the most important steps is to utilize the barcode symbologies that best fit your requirements.  Here are some items for your team to consider when determining which symbologies to use:

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Topics: 2D Barcode and Vision System Technology, 1D Barcode Technology, Auto ID Product Design, Auto ID Design