Contract manufacturing is the process where a company outsources its manufacturing to a third-party organization. Many small businesses, start-ups, or even large companies opt to work with a contract manufacturer since it can be far less expensive than handling the manufacturing themselves. Contract manufacturers have the skill set, experience, and sound infrastructure required to manufacture goods for other companies. They can focus their efforts on optimizing production, lowering costs, and managing the intricacies of running a fully functioning factory, which allows the outsourcing company to focus its efforts on marketing and selling its products.
Managing processes, ordering parts, and coordinating manufacturing duties is an exhausting and expensive process. If your company has outgrown the local fab shops, it might be time for one turnkey contract manufacturing company to completely handle your project to completion. For those program managers dealing with a handful of suppliers and frustrated with managing different deadlines, wouldn’t you want to leave that headache to one company to oversee? A contract manufacturer like PEKO does the hard work for you. Whether we’re manufacturing machinery, equipment, or instrumentation, our customers put their trust in us for both build-to-print manufacturing and product development engineering support.
Now more than ever, a common question companies that want to produce and sell machinery, equipment, instrumentation, and other major mechanical assemblies is “How will I make my product?” The investment involved with setting up an entire manufacturing operation is an enormous barrier to making the OEM product in-house. Inevitably, “finding a contract manufacturer” is the answer for many companies. But landing on that square is just the beginning.
PEKO provides build-to-print contract manufacturing services for OEMs that are looking for help building their products. Our wide range of contract manufacturing capabilities gives our customers peace of mind by providing everything that they need to ensure their equipment is manufactured, tested, and shipped according to their requirements. Hundreds of customer projects have been successfully completed with PEKO’s build-to-print contract manufacturing services.
Outsourcing your entire products and assemblies to PEKO has many advantages for OEMs. Some may simply be looking to relocate a legacy product to free up internal resources and refocus on their own core competencies. Others may be going into a first-time build and don’t have the necessary manufacturing resources at their disposal. Whatever the reason may be, PEKO is fully prepared to take over the management of your build, regardless of its stage in the manufacturing process.
As soon as we initiate a contract, we will work toward creating a successful manufacturing plan to build your machinery, equipment, and instrumentation in our state-of-the-art facilities. Our program managers will work directly with your team to understand your specifications, requirements, and end-users and to compile your existing prints, BOMs, and tribal knowledge. Once we have all the product and manufacturing knowledge identified, we develop a manufacturing process that achieves the quality, lead time, and performance that our customer desires.
If you’re looking for a reliable and experienced partner who can help you with all your contract manufacturing needs, look no further than PEKO. We’ve been in the business for over 50 years and have dealt with all sorts of obstacles and challenges that can arise during the manufacturing process. Our experience has taught us to be prepared for anything, and we have backup plans in place to ensure a smooth and successful manufacturing cycle for our customers. OEMs interested in working with us can rest assured that we have the ability to take on and execute even the most “ground-breaking” projects.
We’re fully prepared to be your partner of choice when it comes time to outsource your manufacturing.
PEKO has worked with some of the world’s most high-tech industries, developing an immense wealth of experience and qualifications in the process. Our experience has given us a deep understanding of the stringent regulations and quality control that each industry faces and the different challenges each might encounter throughout the product development cycle. This makes us uniquely qualified to work with businesses and products in a variety of industries.
The specific industries that we have had proven success with include:
Not only have we mastered such rigorous industries, but we’ve also obtained a number of important certifications to ensure that we are qualified to work with a wide variety of customers and that we’re always adhering to the highest standards of safety and quality. While some of these certifications correlate to the specific industry types that we already serve, others were obtained so we can cater to any new potential customer base. These specific certifications provide us with the opportunity to work with many different types of OEMs while also maintaining our excellent quality standards.
Our certifications include:
Our ITAR registration specifies our compliance when working with companies in the defense industry. We are also compliant with all NIST regulations and guidelines.
As a leading contract manufacturer, we’re extremely flexible when it comes to our production capacity. PEKO’s highly trained and dedicated staff is consistently monitoring our current space, employee, and resource allocation. This type of capacity planning is extremely important when it comes to contract manufacturing, and our expertise in this area has played a big part in our long history of success.
As soon as we enter the negotiation stage with a potential client, our senior operations team begins assessing the current available machining space and capacity and will review any adjustments as needed. If all our current machines are tied up with current projects, then we immediately start the hunt for new machines and equipment that will be necessary to meet the demands of our new potential clients. Once a machine is ordered, then our industrial engineering team surveys facility floor space to make the proper room adjustments so that everything will fit inside a given facility.
After we’ve secured the proper equipment and machines necessary to complete both current and future jobs, then our senior management team begins allocating employees for the new tasks. We have a customer diversification strategy that designates the proper amount of attention to each customer, demonstrated in our ability to monitor both customer and industry concentrations, along with the overall industry trends, in order to allocate resources equitably.
Once projects or parts that make up a major mechanical assembly are complete, everything is stored in our integrated warehouse. PEKO’s storage facility encompasses 22,000 square feet of warehouse space, which is adjacent to one of our assembly buildings.
Not every design or prototype is completely ready for manufacturing, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an answer. For early-stage projects that are still in the development stages, PEKO has a dedicated state-of-the-art facility that focuses on product development engineering called the New Product Introduction, or NPI, division.
In this department, PEKO has a team of experienced and tenured engineers that are ready to take on the challenge to help you refine and optimize your design. Our engineering development capabilities focus heavily on the commercialization of a product or process, and our engineers are backed by our manufacturing and production teams, so we have the advantage over companies that solely focus on development.
Our new product introduction and product development engineering services are the steppingstone for OEMs who have a design that’s nearly complete but still need to ensure that it’s validated and production-ready. Let our team of highly skilled NPI engineers help you finalize your design and prepare it for the production stage.
Our engineers have experience in the following areas:
What’s more? This team of highly skilled NPI engineers also helps with early-stage production and design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA). They make sure that your machinery is repeatedly manufacturable and has the proper planning to ramp up production once demand increases. Establishing a design that is manufacturable–containing clearly drawn prints and instructions–is one of the advantages that set us apart from competitors.
PEKO has over 50 years of proven success with bringing designs to life once they hit production and assembly. We have completed numerous development projects across every industry that begin with product development and progress through to the commercialization and realization process.
As a manufacturing services provider, PEKO does not have–nor do we desire to have–any products of our own. This allows our customers to benefit from and protect all intellectual property, or IP, produced at PEKO. All IPs will remain the property of our customers with NDAs covering all our customer relationships. In the past, PEKO employees have been named as co-inventors on some patents, but only per our client’s request.
Unlike a lot of contract manufacturers, we do not have any Asian operations that can be highly susceptible to IP theft. Our customers not only have peace of mind knowing that they are working with a proud, American-based company that operates strictly within the USA, but they also don’t fear the many cons that can come with offshoring manufacturing. Our vertical integration allows us to do a large amount of work in-house, resulting in far fewer people viewing your sensitive, proprietary information.
PEKO also takes extra internal measures to keep a company’s IP safe within our facilities. Because we work heavily in the defense industry and are ITAR certified, our strict rules and guidelines add reassurance to OEMs who are considering PEKO for the assembly of their instrumentation. Depending on the level of security needed to keep your information protected, we can even offer secured assembly areas that are closed off and separate from the rest of our assembly space.
We have a strict photography policy in place, and all our facility entrances are card entry for employees only, while visitors are required to sign in and out with our main receptionist. Visitors are designated a bright yellow lanyard so that they can be easily identified while inside our buildings and are prohibited from taking any photos. Even when a shipment arrives, truck drivers cannot enter our facilities and must wait until our shipping and receiving personnel can assist with unloading our shipments.
Furthermore, all PEKO employees are required to take a cyber-security training course each year, which is led by our IT department and coincides with a written test. In this training, employees are briefed on the importance of keeping information safe and best practices when it comes to email and sharing of information. Our IT department is confident in the security of our server and can limit employee access to information that needs additional security.
Here at PEKO, we encourage customers to walk before they run. Before a piece of equipment can move to the production line, some prototyping and qualification builds are mandatory. Even when a design is well into its “mature stage,” in most cases there are still particularities of the build that must be performed and documented a few times to ensure that repeatability can be accomplished in the future. At this stage, high-level toolmakers and electricians are involved with both the onboarding and production teams so that high-quality builds can be ensured in perpetuity.
Machinery, equipment, instrumentation, and other high-tech assemblies typically share an attribute of electrical components. Sensors, PLCs, power supplies, vision systems, and other components are exceedingly common in such systems. Contract manufacturers for these types of builds must absolutely have a team of electricians, techs, and engineers that can ensure your product is brought to life properly in both the prototype and production phases. At PEKO, we are fortunate enough to have skilled, seasoned workers in all those disciplines.
You have a great idea or concept that you’re excited to have hit the market, but do you have the following?
If you answered no to any of these, it may not make sense for you to build and manage an entire factory. This is where PEKO comes in. OEMs who choose to work with PEKO have the luxury of spending their time and money on more important aspects of their business models. With all the problems that can arise in manufacturing, leave the “dirty work” to us–a company that has had over 50 years to master the art of contract manufacturing. With decades of experience, PEKO plans for manufacturing obstacles before they arise, and still executes our tasks to meet our OEM’s deadlines.
Our core competency as a contract manufacturer is assembly and integration. And when you outsource to PEKO, we don’t just make sure that your machine is assembled perfectly before leaving our facilities, we make sure that the documentation will allow anyone to create an exact replica of a build should a customer choose to assemble elsewhere one day.
Decades of experience have taught us that the process of making one machine varies drastically from making hundreds of that same machine, and over time, we have learned how critical it is that a design’s prints, BOM, and work order instructions are exactly perfect. So, when customers engage with PEKO to utilize our assembly services, there is an initial onboarding process to ensure repeatability of a build, regardless of the maturity of the design.
PEKO maintains our full assembly and test capability with our highly competent technicians. We consider this to be a key area of expertise. And when an assembly or sub-assembly requires a stricter, climate-controlled environment, PEKO’s separate cleanroom assembly areas are the perfect fit. Customized clean rooms are available on a per-contract basis.
Beyond assembly, we are defining and executing detailed acceptance criteria daily. These acceptance plans are mutually developed with our customers to define what each party’s expectation of “good” means, early in the project. This definition provides clear goals necessary to execute. We also track our qualified technicians through a competency matrix to ensure proper skill sets are achieved and maintained.
We’ve come to realize the importance of in-house component fabrication capabilities and that they are typically involved in the manufacturing of machinery, equipment, instruments, and other major mechanical assemblies. PEKO’s in-house component manufacturing benefits our customers by allowing us to have excellent control over cost, quality, and lead time when things are needed at the assembly line.
PEKO proudly stands by our ability to do the following, in-house:
Our project management approach is a customer service-oriented feature that ensures visibility and accountability at all levels within our manufacturing organization. It is one of our strongest attributes.
We provide a program manager for each program to provide a single point of contact for our customers throughout the duration of the project. Program managers, or PMs, provide leadership for each program, with access to all PEKO’s resources through senior management on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Each program is reviewed at least once per month and measured to drive success through planning and design.
Daily senior management reviews are available and are attended by PEKO’s dedicated program managers to properly allocate resources within PEKO at key points in the project. If any problems arise over the course of the program, our escalation plan establishes how significant problems and decisions should be addressed to keep the program on track, which provides clear visibility for both organizations.
Because we provide a program manager for each program, there is a single point of contact for our customers throughout the duration of their project. This designated point of contact allows for simple, and easy communications. This is because, here at PEKO, we understand how critical program management is for a contract manufacturer’s success.
Our program managers oversee cost, quality, and delivery. This PM is a single point of contact for customer interface and is responsible for managing all the individual specifications and requirements inherent to the program. This means when a client of ours calls our company to check on the status of their program, they will always be put in contact with their allocated PM. PEKO clients never have to worry that they’ll be transferred across the switchboard or into different departments to receive an answer to their inquiry. A single point of contact saves time and energy for both parties.
At PEKO, we understand that communication is everything when handling the management of your program to its completion. PEKO’s program managers work alongside PEKO’s upper management to determine the appropriate internal, or potential external, resources needed to constitute the program team. These dedicated resource personnel report directly to the PEKO project manager when addressing their related activities for the duration of the program. Daily senior management reviews are available and are attended by the Program Managers to properly allocate resources within PEKO at key points in the project.
PEKO’s quality systems are one of the most important functions within our capabilities. PEKO’s quality management system utilizes the process approach from early product development, through program management and our manufacturing processes.
The quality system is set up to satisfy and comply with a wide variety of customer and regulatory requirements from the diverse industries we work within. Program teams are assigned by function and are dependent upon the type of industry. This allows for the utilization of specific team members with knowledge and expertise unique to industry-specific requirements.
Our certifications include:
We are surveyed and audited over 20 times per year and continue to review and improve practices to ensure world-class standards are achieved across all programs.
At PEKO, we’re always working with an OEM to “define good.” This contract manufacturing philosophy describes our ability to take a piece of sophisticated machinery or equipment, and formally agree upon all the attributes that must be satisfied before the product can be shipped. This is called factory acceptance testing, or FAT. Program stakeholders from both the OEM and CM are involved in this critical portion of the onboarding process.
Our quality performance metrics are determined by senior management and are then identified within each quality manual process map. Dependent on the process and pre-determined intervals (i.e. quarterly, monthly), process owners collect this data and forward completed reports to the management representative for review by senior management team members during monthly management reviews.
PEKO utilizes a Defective Material Report, or DMR, database to record and track all “suspect” and nonconforming products identified by operators, technicians, and quality staff. Any product that does not meet our stringent standards is clearly identified with a red tag and moved to our designated controlled areas and into a DMR cage within 24 hours of identification.
All products in these areas are monitored and inventoried three times per week and a DMR Log is distributed throughout the organization. Engineering and Material Review Board, or MRB, members meet once per week to review, disposition, and determine whether any corrective action is required for the red-tagged product. Customer returns are also subject to these same controls, under our pristine quality system.