EST offers both Turnkey and Consigned Kit Manufacturing from prototypes up to volume production. The Materials Management service comprises of the following options:
Full Turnkey: EST will procure and manage the materials and build as ordered.
Partial Turnkey: The customer may supply some of the parts and EST will procure and manage the balance of the materials and then build as ordered.
Consigned: The customer supplies all the parts in assembly ready kits.
Managed Consigned: This is a hybrid solution with two possibilities
In this first case, EST procures all parts and builds to order but the customer pays for the materials directly to the suppliers.
In the second case, the customer procures all the parts from the suppliers and has them shipped directly to EST.
The Materials Management Cycle includes:
- Supplier Qualification
- MRP run
- Receiving Inspection
- Issue to WIP
- Return to stock
- Finished Goods Inventory
EST’s experience in supply chain management affords it the ability to schedule the purchase of materials from various suppliers in order to build the boards and the enclosures. This is accomplished by the use of an ERP system. EST consults with customers and their suppliers early in the component selection process, which ensures a steady supply focusing on costs and lead-times. The buyers at EST have decades of experience in procurement will buy the exact parts specified by the customer AVL (Approved Vendors List). In the event of market conditions where:
- parts are put on allocation
- parts are found to be obsolete
- parts lead-times have been extended
- parts availability is limited due to surge in customer demand
EST engineers and buyers will research possible crosses or alternates and ask for customer permission to procure the parts.