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Commissioning electronic product manufacture from an Asian Supplier.

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Tom, Apr 24, 2011.

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  1. Tom

    Tom Guest

    I want to have small electronic product manufactured. Having explored
    some domestic manufacturers but failing to reach anywhere near the
    budget price given the retail prices of competitive devices I am
    looking to explore far eastern manufacturering.

    The device contains a small number of electronic components and three
    connectors mounted on a single PCB. Without going into the specifics
    of my product a similar device available through the UK's distributer
    , CPC, would be retailed at circa £9 -£15

    As far as quantity goes, again without being specific, I know that I
    have a directly comparable sales expectation as products already in
    the marketplace which I anticipate is low'ish, circa <10k units /

    My previous experience of using a far eastern manufacturer was
    alarming to say the least. My design and even part of my advertising
    copy, was replicated in a product released and channelled through
    distribution within a month! C'est la vie, I privately admired their

    If anybody here any experience of sourcing Far Eastern manufacturing I
    would like to hear. I have found Alibaba brings in too many unrelated
    responses and yet the contacts I directly enquire of often don't make
    contact. Perhaps this isn't a problem with Alibaba? - I am cautious
    that I handling my enquiries wrongly so any suggestions of the proper
    handling of such enquiries welcome.

  2. Guest

    Unless you have someone you trust (good luck) over there to watch them like a
    hawk, what you propose is a setup for failure. Flip burgers, it's a better
  3. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    The trick is to us a uC chip that needs to be programmed in your design.
    Send them all they need to know about putting the components on the
    boards etc.. You can use a serial connector on the board when you get
    them back and place the program in them.

  4. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Hell, you can make ten bucks an hour just standing on the street corner
    looking pathetic. ;-)

  5. You can have the pre-programmed micros shipped directly to your
    assembly house. They are locked so it will not be completely
    straightforward to extract the code, and the manufacturer will not
    respond to requests from anyone else to ship parts containing your

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  6. Guest

    But that's a pathetic living.
  7. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    But that's a pathetic living.[/QUOTE]

    Yeah - I know a guy who schleps a trash bag full of cans and bottles all
    day and digs through other people's trash to retrieve them. He lives under
    a bridge somewhere next to the railroad tracks. I'm only the detail
    draftsman here, but when the work dried up, they've let me stay on as
    floor sweeper and toilet scrubber.

    Hell, it pays the rent.

  8. That can't be all that much work. Considered selling bags of oranges
    at freeway entrances in your off time?

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  9. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    That can't be all that much work. Considered selling bags of oranges
    at freeway entrances in your off time?[/QUOTE]

    Nah - the Mexicans have the corner on that market around here. (Whittier,

  10. Guest

    Sorry, I don't want to live like DimBulb.
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