Contract assembly is a fast growing industry. The costs are continuing to rise as companies are investing in machinery to keep up with competitors. Companies are learning that subcontracting the work is beneficial in reducing costs yet maintaining high quality production.
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and companies of all sizes encounter projects that are best suited for contract assembly. Outsourcing assembly comes with many benefits. Contract assembly is more practical, less expensive and has a much faster dock-to-stock time. Contract manufacturers bring a high level of technical expertise that can help original manufacturers add value to their products with an optimized production process.
At Peoria Production Shop, we have highly trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment that allow us to assemble products with quick turnaround time with strict quality policies. Our staff has the capabilities to assemble various types of products such as:
Final Assembly or Subassembly for further manufacturing
Complete packaging and shipping after assembly processing
As an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, we utilize Value Stream Mapping (VSM) to eliminate bottlenecks in the assembly process. We offer full material traceability and on time delivery to our customers. As a self-supporting not-for-profit organization, we have the ability to provide competitive quotes that allow us to perform the same work as competitors for lower costs.
Our FDA Clean Room
Peoria Production Shop recently invested in an FDA certified clean room. This new in-house facility has allowed us to take advantage of the growing market and take on new projects that we otherwise were unable to do.
For example, PPS has partnered with Celsius Fitness Drinks to package their drinks into six-pack units. This partnership has allowed us to create more jobs for our growing company.
The FDA clean room has sparked interest in new customers as we have taken on new business with nutraceuticals, cosmetics and other consumer products. We hope to capitalize on this investment by working with more OEMs that require a clean room. PPS is continuously trying to find solutions for our customers. This clean room has proven to be beneficial for our company and our customers.
Our highly trained professionals are eager to add value to our customers products through efficient and low cost production. The FDA clean room has added value to our company and provided us with a new area of clients in need of a solution to their problems. Visit our website to learn more about the projects we can handle for you with our many contract assembly capabilities.
Contract assembly is used by companies all over the world. Outsourcing niche manufacturing services proves to have many advantages and disadvantages that companies can utilize to fit their specific needs.
Outsourcing all secondary processes under one facility helps to reduce expenses, lead times, and overall costs.
The contract assembly company can make recommendations or suggest materials that will be the most beneficial for the customer.
Contract manufacturers have years of experience about products and industries, giving confidence in complete, accurate assembly processes.
Increase attention to detail
Contract assembly manufacturers can spot risks and identify flaws throughout the supply chain with experienced assemblers focused on detail.
Some disadvantages to contract assembly may include:
Disadvantages of Contract Assembly
Outsourcing assembly may lead to a lack of communication because the processes are not done in-house.
Lose complete control of the product
Hiring a contract assembly manufacturer means you are giving up some control on the processes.
Intellectual property risks
Choosing to outsource assembly runs the risk of products or ideas being stolen.
Unreliable or inexperienced manufacturers
Original manufacturers want to trust that the product is in good hands. An unreliable manufacturer might lead to quality issues or production shutdowns.
At Peoria Production Shop, we use Value Stream Mapping (VSM), to improve efficient operations by eliminating waste and identifying any potential bottlenecks in the process. This process helps us to bring value-added processes to the forefront for efficient production. Likewise, we communicate with our customers throughout the entire process. Our goal is to add value to your products in the best possible way. If a customer has specific requirements, our highly trained professionals work to meet those expectations.
Additionally, we work closely with our customers to build a solid contract. Our team discusses with the original manufacturer to construct a non-disclosure agreement and supply agreement that encompass any intellectual property risks.
If a customer is unsure about working with Peoria Production Shop, we allow trials that involve time studies. This research allows us to provide solid data to the customer regarding the value we can add to their product.
Understanding the risks within outsourcing contract assembly is sometimes a challenge. It takes a lot of trust for a company to let go of complete control of a project, although working with the right contract assembly company provides many advantages that certainly outweigh the risks.
Peoria Production Shop guarantees accuracy with all contract assembly and other value added services due to our extensive knowledge and expertise in efficient and accurate assembly processes. We pride ourselves on working closely with the customer to ensure that they receive the experience we promised. Visit our website to learn how we can add value to your supply chain with contract assembly that brings many benefits and advantages.
Manufacturing encompasses the process of turning raw materials into a finished product, with broad capabilities providing products to nearly every industry. Consumer products cover a wide range of items from razors, to tools, household items and more. Some companies manufacture consumer electronics such as smartphones, tablets and computers, while large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) manufacture automobiles, airplanes, large construction equipment and more. Manufacturing is the backbone of industry, providing a solution to deliver products from ideas to fruition, through product and process development.
What is Assembly?
Assembly encompasses combining components or partial units into an assembled product, either for further final assembly or consumer sale. Some small parts contract assemblers will provide processes to connect specified components that may need to be delivered back to the OEM for further assembly or installation into a final product. Assembly complements many manufacturing processes in which individual components or parts are assembled in a sequential manner to achieve a final assembled product, per customer specifications.
Contract Assembly operates in a niche market for the manufacturing industry. These companies work on a project to project basis. Outsourcing assembly work to a contract assembly house can be a profitable opportunity for manufacturers, allowing them to keep their own production and labor costs down while farming out work that an assembly house can do quicker and with a higher level of quality and expertise as that is their niche.
Contract assembly services add value to OEMs through efficient and cost-effective assembly and kitting services.
Building Long-Term Customer Relationships
OEMs that establish long-term relationships with contract assembly houses stand to gain the most benefit. Peoria Production Shop acts as an extension of your team with high-quality assembly work provided with reliable consistency. We offer continual support for current and new projects, always ready to evaluate the best solution to provide the most cost-effective assembly work possible. We conduct continual improvement exercises and practice value stream mapping exercises to ensure the most efficient operations, passing cost savings onto our customers. Long term relationships benefit both the OEM and contract assembly house, a valuable part of major supply chains.
Contract Assembly for Caterpillar
Peoria Production Shop has been providing solutions to Caterpillar, Inc. for more than 30 years, since the 1980s. The Fortune 100 construction machinery and mobile equipment industry leader has come to rely on our quick and high-quality service for a wide variety of contract operations. We provide reliable secondary operations such as contract assembly, kitting, packaging, palletizing, sewing and more.
Peoria Production Shop has been providing valuable contract assembly services for more than 80 years. We are dedicated to a high level of quality as part of our ISO9001:2015 certification and a commitment to excellence. Contact us for all your contract assembly needs.
Electronic manufacturing services (EMS) or electronic contract manufacturing services (EMS) are the services offered by companies that manufacture, test, distribute and provide repair services. These are companies specifically contracted to manufacture electronics and electronic components for the electronic industry. Many companies have moved towards outsourcing manufacturing and electronic assembly to cut costs and downsize.
EMS providers can reduce time-to-market and time-to-volume production for products. By outsourcing assembly work, companies lower operating costs. In result, companies can focus on higher-level product offerings while improving their inventory management.
PPS can take finished electronic components and assemble according to rigorous work instructions and a PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) supplied by the customer. The company’s high functioning employees can use automated tooling and torque tools to ensure the effective amount of attachment of the various components. We can also provide a final test, if so desired and parameters supplied by the customer.
Contracting out electronic assembly is beneficial for the return on investment (ROI) for the life cycle of a product. Subcontracting allows for better pricing rather than keeping the assembly in-house. At Peoria Production Shop, the company focuses on creating jobs rather than profits. PPS strives to build a production full of high-functioning individuals in central Illinois. PPS follows strict quality manufacturing processes that deliver high-quality products based on customer instructions.
By utilizing the resources of Peoria Production Shop, customers are allowed to think strategically to focus on their niche market. The contract manufacturing company specializes in kitting, assembly, and so much more so OEMs can focus on what they do best. Original manufacturers get the highest return on investment when subcontracting tedious assembly, along with saving costs on labor and resources. Subcontracting electronic assembly allows the OEMS to focus resources where best utilized and meet their earning goals. Contract electronic assembly houses can perform the same work for less money than OEMs attempting assembly in-house, giving manufacturers the most bang for their buck.
Peoria Production Shop has recently begun working with a personal care company for electronic kitting assembly. The employees are assembling four screws on the component and putting all the products in a box with the various attachments in particular order.
With the recent pandemic, more and more users are trying to keep up with their personal care at home. The brand is working hard to keep up with high demand.
Peoria Production Shop has partnered with the personal care company to bring more products to customers at a lower price. The company has requested two million units for Peoria Production Shop to assemble. While not specifically an electronic assembly process, the use of electronic components has opened new doors for the contract manufacturing company. Simply by contracting out electronic assembly has proved to be beneficial for the original manufacturer and sub-contractors. This partnership brings forth new opportunities for all involved, all while assembling high quality products for a high return on investment.
Peoria Production Shop differs from other contract assembly companies in our mission to provide jobs, not profits. This gives us a unique advantage over competitors to be responsive on many levels. Contact us to learn how we can improve your assembled electronic components with high-quality contract electronic assembly.
Contract assembly is an approach in which a firm hires an outside manufacturer to produce components or final products based on the original manufacturer’s design. Assembly contracts operate differently than typical manufacturers. Contract manufacturing combines semi-finished products to produce a final good or product.
What industries utilize contract assembly?
The electronics industry uses private label manufacturers to outsource manufacturing from all around the world. A final product might say “Made in China” but the individual products can be outsourced to different countries to create the final product.
Nearly 50% of all car manufacturing is done off-site by contract manufacturers. Many automotive companies do not build all of the components to the vehicle, as these products are outsourced.
Pharmaceutical and Nutraceuticals
Contract manufacturers produce chemicals for various products. Likewise, equipment for these pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals are commonly outsourced to contract manufacturers.
The food industry uses contract manufacturing to develop packaging for various food products.
Contract manufacturers put together and assemble products for consumer use.
Assembling and packaging games and puzzles.
Mechanical assembly for industrial products such as tractors and other farming equipment.
Peoria Production Shop’s Capabilities
Peoria Production Shop is a midwest company that has been providing solutions to original manufacturers problems for nearly 80 years. These manufacturing issues extend from inadequate packaging, to shortage of procurement, and even poor lead times with auto-labeling, repackaging, and shipping.
Peoria Production Shop (PPS) is ISO9001:2015 certified for 15 years, focused on quality products, processes and continual improvement. We provide gold-level quality services to Fortune 100 manufacturers such as Caterpillar, Inc. PPS provides kitting, mechanical assembly, packaging, labeling, and sewing with capabilities to customize your assembly needs.
The coronavirus pandemic has allowed Peoria Production Shop to tap into new resources within the medical field to provide hand sanitizers, spray bottles, masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE). The increased need for PPE has sparked the company’s interest in working with local hospitals to help those on the front lines of the pandemic.
Additionally, PPS has recently incorporated games and entertainment into our manufacturing capabilities through the production of products for companies such as Lux Blox and Dagz Dice Game. PPS would like to enhance our services in the beauty industry and has manufactured shaving and pedicure products. Likewise, PPS has recently expanded our square footage and has invested in new machinery for auto-labeling.
Recently, PPS has provided packaging solutions for companies that experienced shipping problems such as a window package that was not properly packaged, allowing a carrier to damage the product before it reached the customer. PPS worked closely with the client to create a new design that eliminated breakage and would otherwise have been a high cost for their in-house packaging and repackaging.
PPS has also recently entered the subscription service industry. We assemble, package, and fulfill products for subscriptions such as razor companies. Contract assembly is the heart and soul of Peoria Production Shop. We work with manufacturers to create product solutions that companies face each and every day. At Peoria Production Shop, the focus is on creating jobs, not profits. As a not-for-profit organization, Peoria Production Shop focuses on being the leading provider of jobs for people with high-functioning disabilities. Contract assembly allows for these individuals to work together to create products for manufacturing companies while achieving social and financial independence.
Peoria Production Shop offer 80 years of experience in providing solutions to companies of all sizes needing contract assembly and outsourced processes. We offer assembly, kitting, sewing, packaging and shipping with tight inventory control, lot code traceability and stringent quality processes. Contact us to learn more about our many solutions including experienced contract assembly.
With over 1 billion drivers in the world, the automotive industry is constantly creating new products to keep up with the ever growing demand for vehicles. The high demand to keep up with competitors requires automakers to outsource products requiring assembled components to specific contract assembly house companies.
How Does a Contract Assembly House Work Within the Automotive Industry?
Outsourcing Contract Assembly
Automakers tend to do final assembly of larger components such as cockpits, seating, and front-end modules, although OEMs regularly outsource many smaller components such as electro-mechanical switches, buttons, and light cover housings, for example. OEMS receiving pre-assembled components on time ultimately lowers working costs with efficient material handling and inventory control.
An area where outsourcing has continually made sense for the automotive industry is in safety, such as airbags and seat belts. The reason that automakers outsource these types of services is due to the contract assembly house specializations, experience, and expertise in cost-efficient assembly. These items are assembled and shipped ready for automotive OEMs to install.
By outsourcing contract assembly to an experienced assembly house, automotive manufacturers can focus on their higher-level product manufacturing and assembly. Outsourcing specific products to assembly providers allows OEMs to specialize and concentrate on higher level product offerings. The use of contract assembly allows for more resources directed to design, engineering and development departments for continual improvement of vehicle manufacturing processes.
Automakers that outsource smaller part assemblies realize many benefits such as reducing working capital requirements and lowering operating costs. By partnering with a quality focused contract assembly house, OEMs maintain their level of quality and timely deliveries. The right contract assembly company will provide a mutually beneficial relationship with OEMs where both experience growth in sales and profitability.
Peoria Production Shop offers a diversified range of services such as various sewing capabilities that allow us to use our resources to provide safety measures for the automotive industry. An example of our diverse services is the opportunity that PPS has had to create bus dividers amid the coronavirus pandemic. We are proud to have the capabilities to provide safe and useful features for transportation.
We differ from other assembly houses in our diverse range of services and ability to adapt to your specific needs. Furthermore, PPS can do multi-step assembly processes which could be used to develop products for axle and suspension models. PPS focuses on jobs not profit, therefore we strive to lower overall assembly costs for original manufacturers.
Overall Return on Investment
One study finds that tier-two and tier-three system suppliers contribute more to the overall value of a vehicle than the original manufacturer does. Partnering with an ISO9001:2015 registered company reduces risk in OEMs outsourcing assembly, giving them an advantage over competitors with valuable partners in their supply chain helping to reduce costs.
The automotive industry is continuing to grow with more and more drivers on the roads. Automotive manufacturers need to wisely utilize all resources to keep up with continued growth. Carmakers who choose to outsource the right assemblies and focus on the most profitable aspects of their automobile assembly will remain competitive and profitable with more flexibility.
Peoria Production Shop has been a valued supplier to OEMs in the automotive industry with vast experience in lean contract assembly. We follow a strict quality policy as part of our ISO9001:2015 registration and a commitment to delivering quality product, on-time at the most economical cost available. Contact us to learn how to improve your supply chain with an experienced automotive contract assembly house.
As a third party registered to ISO9001:2015, Peoria Production Shop carefully inspects and ensures quality for their manufacturing clients. Contract assembly with multiple components requires the need for accurate material tracking and consistent quality control.
There is a good chance that manufacturers will experience challenges when fulfilling custom orders such as precision design requirements, the need for prototypes, or quick production and assembly of multiple components to complete a finished product. It is important to understand how a multi-step contract assembly house can help to solve some of these problems.
Peoria Production Shop has been solving multi-step contract assembly needs for manufacturers of all sizes for 80 years. Over that time, PPS has been providing solutions to the following problems:
PPS is a gold-level quality supplier who works with clients to produce high-quality, assembled products. The company works with Fortune 100 manufacturers and other clients who put their confidence in PPS year after year.
Our Multi-Step Contract Assembly Quality Control Process
Receiving and Inspection of Raw Materials, Product Components
Raw parts go through a Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) and are generally level 4 which contains: Dimensional Test Results, Material Certs, Process Flow Diagrams, Parts Submission Warrant, Control Plans, and Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA).
Lean Multi-Step Assembly with VSM Practices
Peoria Production Shop conducts Value Stream Mapping (VSM) procedures to eliminate bottlenecks with lean assembly processes. Our large, modern facility affords room for expansion and the ability to customize assembly processes. We cross train employees who are dedicated to a job well done with meticulous attention to detail.
First Article Inspection
Once products are approved, we conduct a first article of inspection on all new parts. As a quality minded multi-step contract assembly house, we will perform quality checks per customer supplied requirements.
We perform random quality checks on incoming parts and assembled components, including internal quality control checks on parts in process.
Creating Detailed Work Instructions
Detailed work instructions and standard operating procedures (SOP) are created with images and step-by-step direction.
Quality Guidelines in Work Instructions
Within the work instructions, we have quality guidelines that a certified inspector performs with quality control checks throughout the process.
The internal inspections are then analyzed for different quality metrics and also we look for any trends.
Lot Tracking with ERP System
We Segregate parts and components into product families then assign Key Performance Parameter (KPP) numbers and a description to the products. The KPP is based on the corresponding work instruction quality guideline for tracking purpose. Our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software provides tight inventory control with lot code traceability of all components.
We track Capability Index (CPK), Parts per Million (PPM)
We track these key performance indicators and other quality metrics, depending on customer requirements. We aim for zero defects and ensure all assembled components are to exact customer specifications.
A final inspection is performed before releasing the assembled products to the shipping department. With 17 shipping and receiving bays, we offer a controlled flow of material with final inspection upon palletizing and shipping preparation.
Peoria Production Shop guarantees that all products have gone through rigorous quality control checks and procedures. We use a five-year supplier capacity plan to ensure the products are manufactured to the company’s guidelines. We take pride in delivering high-quality products with on-time delivery, all while meeting rigorous performance standards. Contact us for all your multi-step contract assembly requirements.
Outsourcing contract assembly has been the answer for many companies when it comes to reducing operating costs. Subcontracting is a way for companies to compete with large competitors on sub assembly processes out of their niche, with profitable product development.
Reduced Labor and Overhead Costs
Labor costs are among the most outstanding costs for companies. To cut costs, companies can entrust in firms with lower labor costs and specializations in assembly.
When deciding to perform secondary processes in-house, companies must consider labor, rent, utilities, insurance, supplies, shipping, customer service, management time, and software needed to perform inventory control and shipping. Whereas, outsourcing a job to a company that specializes in those areas reduces overall costs. Companies will not have to dedicate valuable in-house resources to assembly and secondary operations. Not all companies have the financial resources to supply the equipment, personnel, and process technology required in-house.
Contract Manufacturers Specialties
Contract manufacturers specialize in spotting potential risks and flaws within the company’s product. Outsourcing assembly allows for innovation without exhausting all internal resources. These manufacturers have the ability to provide low-cost and high-skill labor.
Contract manufacturing provides specializations to products that need more attention or solutions that companies might not have the resources to consider. Outsourcing allows companies to do what they do best all while ensuring great quality service. Contract manufacturing meets deadlines and helps with quality control so the original manufacturer can focus on the customers.
Outsourcing Contract Assembly Allows Focus for New Opportunities
Subcontracting assembly allows for the company to take on new projects that could have potentially held them back due to the need to bring attention to other products.
Outsourcing contract assembly allows for more capacity for design and engineering. As previously mentioned, subcontracting gives manufacturers the ability to focus on many opportunities. Simply by hiring a contract assembly firm, OEM’s can reduce costs of inhouse resources.
Efficiency among outsourcing contract assembly
Outsourcing assembly allows for fewer sourcing and shortage issues. Fortunately, these companies focus solely on the product supplied so start-up time is immediate. Original equipment manufacturers (OEM) use third-party providers to increase efficiencies in the production line. By reducing the overall lead-time, the original manufacturers can increase speed to the market and customer service.
These are only a few of the many reasons to consider outsourcing contract assembly. At Peoria Production Shop, we have been given the opportunity to work with many different manufacturers through expansion, diversification and recent investments in new, automated machinery and equipment.
We offer a wide range of secondary operations such as contract assembly, kitting, commercial sewing and many other processes which improve product quality and profitability for OEMs. We provide solutions to a multitude of industries such as equipment manufacturers, automotive industry, entertainment, food and beverage, beauty, medical, subscription services and many others.
Peoria Production Shop is a valuable supplier to many industrial supply chains, with ISO9001:2015 quality policies guiding our high-quality service. We find solutions for companies with services offering better product quality and less expense than what they could do in-house. Contact us to learn how we can improve your supply chain with the many benefits of outsourcing contract assembly to an experienced, quality-minded contract assembly company.