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Relatable Manufacturers That Could be Your Best Friend

As we continue our blog series on American Manufacturers in the Movies, today we discuss “Movie Manufacturers That Could Be Your Best Friend.” You know the type. Characters who are outrageously funny, lovable and a bit on the crazy side. Those individuals who bring energy, excitement and lots of laughter into your life.

We narrowed down our selection to three movies that particularly that fit the bill. In each case, the protagonist encounters many challenges along the way. Yet, they find a way to succeed in the end. Enjoy!

Movie Manufacturers That Could Be Your Best Friend

  • Tommy Boy

Tommy Callahan III (Callahan Auto)

Relatable Manufacturers That Could be Your Best Friend: Tommy Callahan III

The first of our favorite relatable manufacturers is Tommy Callahan III. Tommy is a slacker who works in his family business, an automotive component manufacturer. However, after his father passes away, right after remarrying, Tommy is left with a decision.

He has to choose to either fight for his father’s company or let a rival company take over and lose everything. Therefore, Tommy chooses to make a deal with the bank holding his assets. Tommy is forced to get creative with meeting the requested goals. Furthermore, Tommy has to battle with his new family members who are plotting against him and who are not who they claim to be.

  • Gung Ho

Hunt Stevenson (Assan Motors)

Relatable Manufacturers That Could be Your Best Friend: Hunt Stevenson

Another favorite relatable manufacturer is Hunt Stevenson. Hunt is facing a predicament that will affect his entire town. The automotive plant where most of the townspeople work has been closed for 9 months. The town is officially getting desperate. Therefore, Hunt feels like he has to do something. However, Hunt’s efforts don’t come without a price.

While the plant reopens there is a lot of sacrifices. New Japanese ownership brings cultural differences as well as many challenges. The workers that are brought back are forced to work longer hours for less pay. Also, they are asked to perform crazy exercises with their new Japanese coworkers. The American workers and their new coworkers and bosses do not see eye to eye on a lot of things. Also, due to the American workers’ lack of a work ethic, the new plant owners and Hunt try to make a deal.

If Hunt can convince the workers to meet the Japanese owners’ goal they will change how they run the plant. However, after the workers find out that Hunt lied to them they stage a walkout and all seems lost. Not only will the plant not survive without the workers coming back but neither will the town. With nothing else to lose Hunt goes back to work. To his surprise so do the rest of his coworkers.

  • Christmas Vacation

Clark Griswold ( A Chemical Company)

Relatable Manufacturers That Could be Your Best Friend: Clark Griswold

Clark Griswold is one of the most well-known relatable manufacturers on our list. He works for a chemical company that produces food coloring and additives (but not preservatives). As Christmas approaches Clark is preparing to celebrate with his family. However, after unexpected guests arrive and share their hardships with Clark he feels the need to help them out.

However, after the Griswold’s discover that Clark did not receive his yearly bonus all of his plans come to a crashing halt. He already put down money on a grand present for his family. Also, he helped his relatives with presents for their children. Therefore, Clark does not take the news of not receiving this extra money well.

Due to Clark’s determination to get his bonus he kidnaps his boss. However, he is unaware that his boss’s wife has called the police. Therefore, Clark has to explain his actions not only to his boss but to the police as well. Luckily, after explaining the situation, his boss grants him the bonus.

 

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Safety and Certifications Importance

As we continue our series on New Product Development, the next stage includes obtaining certifications for product safety. Safety and Certifications are an important aspect of any business. Not only to the customers but also to the company itself. Certification of electrical products is crucial to the safety of products. As a result, product certification is a stamp of superior quality. Regulation of electrical products is to ensure not only safety but also environmental obligations as well.

The Three Agencies

In electronics manufacturing, there are three main safety and certification agencies. A close relationship with these independent certification agencies ensures that products and projects comply with rigorous testing requirements. These agencies work with companies to help make products safely. They provide the proper testing procedures in order to qualify for the needed compliance. 

Electronic Safety Certification Agencies 

 CSA marks on products help consumers to know that that specific product has been tested and is meeting all standards and requirements. There are many different types of products that these marks are found on. Some of these include electrical products, gas-fired, plumbing, and personal protection equipment. However, these are not the only products that CSA marks can be found on. There is encouragement to consumers to always check products for certification markings from CSA, UL, or ETL.ETL Listings through Intertek  CSA Certification

UL (Underwriters Laboratory)

  • Began in 1894
  • The standard for testing electrical products
  • The standard for inspecting electrical products
  • Also educates and guides businesses in required safety requirements
  • Global certification possibilities

ETL (Electrical Testing Laboratories)

  • Established in 1896 by Thomas Edison
  • Provider of testing and assurance services
  • Highly regarded for their knowledge and expertise
  • Therefore, ensuring minimization of health, safety, and security risks by reducing cost
  • Also globally accredited and recognized

CSA ( Canadian Standards Association)

  • Established in 1919
  • Official certifications for all electronic products in Canada
  • Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) for the US
  • Additionally, CSA has authorization in energy efficiency testing
  • Global certification possibilities

UL (Underwriters Laboratories)

UL Certification Lab

In 1894 William Henry Merrill founded Underwriters Laboratories or UL. Since then, Underwriters Laboratories has become the best known and recognized independent testing lab in the world. Businesses recognize UL for their education and guidance on safety requirements. Therefore, they perform testing on a range of products. Their testing procedures assess the quality and safety of the individual product. Also, their procedures are viewed as the standard for the testing and inspecting of electrical products. UL’s experience and rigorous standards are why Falconer Electronics Inc places trust their certification process.

According to their website, “UL certifies, validates, tests, verifies, inspects, audits advises and educates.” They do all of these through the testing services they provide. UL does all of these for companies looking to ensure their products comply with regulations and safety just like FEI and other manufacturers like us.

Products within the United States are not the only ones certified by UL. UL also studies international certification standards and practices. Companies worldwide recognize UL’s certifications. Due to this recognition, there is the same level of safety for products in the U.S.A. as those going outside of the states. UL has made a strong effort to standardize safety requirements, protocol, and certifications around the world.

2016 UL Accomplishments

In 2016 UL was recognized in over 100 countries. There were also over 20 billion products baring a UL mark. The numbers do not end there, however. In addition to their work in the United States UL also has over 1 billion consumers in Asia, Europe, and North America. UL reaches each of these consumers with their safety messages.

UL has had involvement with approximately 96000 product evaluations. There are over 11000 employees at UL. These employees work out of 170 facilities spread across 40 countries. Each employee plays a part in providing services to their large number of customers.  The publication of over 1500 current safety standards is a large part of the UL family’s accomplishments.

Along with the numerous products and services that UL evaluates they have to be adaptable to the ever-changing world of technology. New technology has led to new advancements in safety. In this changing time, UL has had to adjust certain standards while also developing new ones for newly developed products. These adjustments and new standards will help to ensure that the testing UL is performing is of the highest quality and continues to be relevant to current times.

UL is a Testing Lab Not an Approval Lab

Finally, there is an important distinction that UL is adamant about clarifying. Something UL wants well expressed is that they are a testing lab, not an approval lab. Also, they are not a government agency that has the right to approve any product for a consumer. Due to the view that their process is of the highest level, the government takes their certification into account during the approval processes.

 ETL Certification Benefits 

ETL Certifications

Intertek offers many benefits through its ETL certifications. Much like UL, ETL certifications do not just certify products. They also provide “Total Quality Assurance” to the industries that they work with. Through ETL, Intertek certifies products based on energy efficiency, their performance, and also for the safety of the product.

Thomas Edison is the most notable contributor to ETL. In 1896 his company, The Edison Electric Illumination Company were vital in the legacy of high standards that ETL continues to deliver today, well over a century later. Due to these high standards, companies that are obtaining an ETL listing for the first time may find the process daunting. However,  the Intertek team prides themselves on the amount of assistance they are able to offer to companies throughout the certification process. ETL doesn’t just certify a product and wash its hands of that company. They also do follow-ups and continue involvement in changes within that certified product.

World Wide Representation 

Intertek is a global industry. With their global coverage, Intertek has recognition in countries such as Argentina, China, Germany, Italy, and Mexico as well as the United States and Canada. Throughout 100 countries Intertek has 1,000 locations. Each of these locations is there for the convenience of the businesses that need Intertek’s involvement with their products.

Due to their large number of locations, there is also a need for a large number of employees. Within their 1,000 locations, Intertek employs over 40,000 workers. This large number of employees helps to ensure the best work possible for all of the companies that need Intertek’s help in the certification of their products.

Benefits of ETL Certification

There are many benefits to working with Intertek to get a certification. Intertek offers a step by step process to achieve their certifications.

The Steps
  • The assurance that you receive:

Intertek aims to help companies identify any risks that they have before certifying a product. They help evaluate operations, supply chains, and management systems.

  • Testing:

This step helps to see where a product stands in all the standards they uphold. Therefore, if a product does not perform in quality, safety, sustainability, and performance it will have to go through redesigning.

  • Inspection:

This step is very important to the certification process as it not only affects the final product but each individual aspect that creates the final product. All of the individual pieces and products that go into a final product will go through inspection during this step.

  • Certification of the product:

During this step, a product goes through its final confirmation to ensure that it is meeting all standards.

 

Thomas Edison Founder of ETL Certification

Thomas Edison Founder of ETL through Intertek

 

 

CSA Certification

CSA Certification

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) was founded by Sir John Kennedy in 1919. Sir Kennedy was chairman of the Civil Engineers’ Canadian Advisory Committee. Due to this, CSA had the original name of The Canadian Engineering Standards Association. CSA did not change their name until the 1940s. As CSA’s recognition grew as they became the official agency for any piece of electrical equipment that is for sale or already in use in Canada. CSA became globally recognized in the 1950s. Furthermore, CSA has become accredited by U.S. OSHA as a “Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory”. Since the U.S. OSHA accreditation CSA has gained global recognition for the services they provide.

CSA Certification Goals   

There are many benefits to acquiring a CSA certification. Much like the other two types of certifications, CSA helps to ensure product quality and safety. CSA works with businesses to achieve their certification by helping them reach the following goals:

  • Developing a Strategic Alliance
  • Utilization of Technical Experts
  • Globally Recognized Certifications
  • Fast and Reliable Delivery of Services
  • Customized Support Throughout the Certification Process
  • Product Protection Supported by the CSA Certification

CSA Types of Certification

The Canadian Standards Association has five different types of certification available. Model certification, witnessed manufacturer’s testing for certification, supervised manufacturer’s testing certification, category program for certification, and finally the field certification program. Below are the descriptions of each type as stated by the CSA website:

Certification Types
  • Model Certification

Your product samples are tested at our facilities for safety and performance. If the product meets the applicable standard, a certificate of compliance is issued, and the CSA mark can be displayed.

  • Witnessed Manufacturer’s Testing for Certification: 

Product testing is performed at your facility under the observation of a CSA Group technical expert who documents the results. If our requirements are met, a certificate of compliance is issued along with CSA mark approval.

  • Supervised Manufacturer’s Testing for Certification (SMTC):

Product testing and certification reports are provided to CSA Group experts by the manufacturer. Through data validation and spot-checks, results are confirmed prior to issuing a certificate of compliance. Before qualifying for SMTC, your testing facility and proposed testing process need to be audited.

  • Category Program for Certification (CPC):

This option allows you to conduct your own testing in a product category, once you’ve received a certificate of qualification. Product testing and validation is performed at your facility, then evaluated by CSA Group experts, who issue a certificate of standards compliance to market-ready products.

  • Field Certification Program: 

Our field certification service is intended as a means of “one-time” certification of product to Canadian or U.S. requirements, for a specific number of units and is not meant to be an alternative to regular certification. This service may also be used where a CSA certified product has been shipped without the CSA mark or has been field modified and needs to be labeled. Tests are carried out by CSA Group to the applicable standard and a certificate of compliance is issued for products that meet the requirements (depending on your location, certain regional requirements may also apply). Gas-fired products will receive the CSA Star label and/or CSA Flame label. Electrical and plumbing products will receive the applicable CSA label.

Why is CSA Certification Important?

CSA has the experience of creating standards and certifications for products of all sizes. To date, the CSA mark is on billions of products all around the world. Also, this number is always increasing as CSA is certifying new products constantly.

CSA has recognition from numerous organizations. Some of which include OSHA and the American National Standards Institute. Therefore, CSA certifications give businesses the peace of mind that their products are of the highest quality and will perform their duties safely.

CSA marks on products help consumers to know that that specific product has gone through testing and is meeting all standards and requirements. There are many different types of products that these marks are found on. Some of these include electrical products, gas-fired, plumbing, and personal protection equipment. However, these are not the only products that CSA marks can be found on. There is also an encouragement to consumers to always check products for certification markings from CSA, UL, or ETL.

Certifications are Crucial

Certification of electrical products is crucial. As a result of a product being certified, it is guaranteed to be of superior quality. Therefore, the regulation of electrical products is to ensure safety and environmental obligations. Additionally, there are three main safety certification agencies that are recognized in electronic manufacturing. Each agency has their own specific purpose.

A close relationship with these independent certification agencies ensures that products and projects comply with rigorous testing requirements. Most noteworthy is an in-depth knowledge of how these different agencies work and what they are looking to achieve during the testing process. These agencies work with companies to make products less likely to need adjustment throughout the testing procedures in order to qualify for the needed compliance.

More Information

Want to learn more about these certifications? You can visit each of their websites below!

Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

Intertek (ETL)

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

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SHARP renewal

From left, Tim Songin, Safety Compliance account manager; Gary Baumann, Falconer Electronics; Cheryl Stanford, Falconer Electronics; Jan Jackson, Falconer Electronics; and Roger Hall, Falconer Electronics founder and president; outside of Falconer Electronics, located at 421 W. Everett St., Falconer, to recognize the business’ recertification into the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. Submitted photo

Falconer Electronics Maintains SHARP Certification

FALCONER NY — Falconer Electronics was recently recertified into the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, also known as SHARP, for maintaining a safety and health program among the most-effective in the nation.

The recertification involved a three-way effort between the state Department of Labor, Falconer Electronics and Safety Compliance Inc.

Joe Budzich, state Department of Labor health auditor, and Brad Hahn, state Department of Labor safety auditor, completed the recertification. Falconer Electronics achieved its initial certification into the program in 2002 and has maintained the certification since. In addition to recognizing the company for having a highly effective safety and health program, acceptance into the SHARP also grants the company an exemption from routine OSHA inspection that can be renewed annually.

The company was founded in 1984 and incorporated in 1989, at which time it employed 10 people. Falconer Electronics manufactures circuit boards and electro-mechanical assemblies at a 30,000-square-foot facility at 421 W. Everett St. in Falconer. The company’s first assembly project was with AT&T and involved the development and production of security and temperature control for telecommunications cabinets. Falconer Electronics works for a number of well-known manufacturers and customers, often as a private label source for various components and complete assemblies. Additionally, the company serves the automotive industry, having worked in partnership with a customer prototyping and then producing the first LED lighting assemblies for heavy-duty automotive applications.

The company has completed more than 12 years without a day away from work accident.

“We are very happy and proud of our personnel. Since 2005, we have had zero days away from work injury cases. We would like to thank Brad Hahn and Joe Budzich from the state Department of Labor and Rick Shields and Tim Songin from Safety Compliance for their efforts and support maintaining our certification,” said Roger E. Hall, Falconer Electronics founder and president.

Tim Songin, Safety Compliance account manager, credited continual rotation on the safety committee as an important part of the company’s success.

” Consistency throughout the company’s safety program is at the forefront every day. Gary Baumann, Jan Jackson and Cheryl Stanford played an intricate part in this renewal,” said Songin, who co-chairs the committee.

The Falconer Electronics safety committee, composed of both line and management personnel, meets on a monthly basis and oversees the company’s written safety policies, annual employee training sessions and facility safety inspections. An action plan is drafted at the end of each year outlining the company’s monthly goals for the upcoming year.

“I am very proud that Falconer Electronics has once again been recertified into the SHARP. This is the result of all parties involved maintaining a high standard of safety in our work environment and a true team effort,” said Baumann, Falconer Electronics safety manager.

The company’s certification runs through 2019 at which time it will be up for renewal.

http://www.post-journal.com/news/business/2017/12/falconer-electronics-maintains-sharp-certification/

Humble Beginnings at Falconer Electronics

We are not able to say that our humble beginnings started in my garage in 1985. Truth be told….I had to launch Falconer Electronics, Inc (FEI) in my neighbor’s garage (main reason being he had a garage).

The beginning stages of producing product in a borrowed garage laid the foundation to always deliver incredible value. From working on the earliest LED heavy duty automotive lamps to producing multi outlet/audio video panels for major retail store fixtures, FEI takes great pride in producing high-quality electrical products and serving our customers needs.

Hard work, determination, a deep commitment to producing superior products and dedication to customer satisfaction have been the keys to the long-term success at FEI. Serving customers of any size is a true honor and privilege.

Falconer Electronics Team

The backbone of success at FEI was built by putting together an All-Star team. The incredible staff at Falconer Electronics conducts amazing accomplishments on a daily basis. A majority of our seasoned staff have been employed here for 10 to 20 years. Several employees have exceeded the 25 year mark (with a few others hitting that mark soon).

A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE OUTSTANDING FEI TEAM!! 

Commercial Multi-Outlet Strips

Over a three decade span, FEI has acquired an impressive customer base. This list consists of numerous prominent businesses including several Fortune 500 companies such as AT&T, Best Buy, Walmart, Sony and Lowe’s. Our assemblies can also be found in use at the Pentagon. These are just a few of our current customers that have trusted Falconer Electronics, Inc with producing superior custom commercial power strips.

Falconer Electronics, Inc has tackled numerous projects with challenging demands. Projects have included powering every TV set on display at Walmart throughout all of North America, South America, Alaska, and Hawaii.

This past year FEI had the privilege of providing a custom outlet strip for Lowe’s for their Christmas Tree display over the Holiday season. This was a challenging project with an extremely tight deadline that required a quick design turnaround and a new ETL listing.

Wire Harness Manufacturer

Producing high-quality wire harnesses is also a core competency and strength at Falconer Electronics as we enter our fourth decade. Testing and Quality Control of every product are an absolute top priority. Customers consistently rank our services at near perfect levels.

Printed Circuit Boards

FEI brings over 30 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of Printed Circuit Board Assembly. This ranges from subsystems to complete systems assemblies. FEI provides the expertise that a diverse client base needs. Once a PCB assembly or subsystems are completed, quality-control mandates strict oversight. Also, the staff at FEI provides diligent testing to your specifications ensuring a quality product. As a result, our customer ratings consistently rate at near perfect levels. Most of all, customers value that FEI takes great pride in doing the job right the first time and every time.

Long-Term Commitment

Our team of seasoned and expert staff, at Falconer Electronics, has been on a crusade to deliver the highest quality electrical products for over 30 years. With outstanding vendor relationships and manufacturing awesome products in the U.S. keeps our customers coming back. Many customers have partnered with us for decades.

Additional valuable components to the long-term success at Falconer Electronics include: Equipment – Tools – Resources – Supply Chain – Logistics – Financial Viability – Determination – Product Knowledge.

UL Standards

Falconer Electronics, Inc has years of experience with UL, ETL, and CSA – This is invaluable when obtaining a listing for electrical products and custom commercial power strips. Especially when customers need product turned around quickly. 

FEI produces multi-outlet strips as well as power distribution to the following UL Standards:

  • UL 111 Multioutlet Assemblies
  • UL 183 Standard for Manufactured Wiring Systems
  • UL 1363  Standard for Relocatable Power Taps
  • UL 48 Standard for Electric Signs
  • UL 5  Standard for Surface Metal Raceways and Fittings

Quality

We test 100% to the applicable standard each and every item we produce ensuring the highest quality every time.

Future

Falconer Electronics, Inc is powering into its fourth decade with producing the highest quality custom commercial power strips, custom wire harnesses, printed circuit boards and electro-mechanical assemblies. It will continue to be our privilege here at Falconer Electronics, Inc to serve our customers and community. 

Roger Hall, President and Founder

 

Falconer Electronics

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Safety

Safety for Outlet Strips

Safety            Outlet strips have many different uses in everyday life. They have many safety features as well to keep everyone safe. Extension cord, power strip or surge protector devices provide an important method of bringing temporary power to electrical devices that need to be used in areas not located near a wall outlet. Therefore these are a temporary fix and shouldn’t be used for more than 90 days in a single spot.

Most light duty extension cords are only rated for a maximum of ten amps or 1200 watts and most strip cord, power strip, and surge protectors are rated at 15 amps (1875 watts). All Outlet strips are equipped with surge protectors. A surge protector is a device designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. Also a surge protector attempts to limit the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe limit. In conclusion, all outlet strips also include an on/off switches and are made to be as safe as possible.

Here are some important safety tipsSafety

  1. The total watts should not exceed the rated capacity of the extension cord, power strip, power tap or surge protector you are using.
  2. Designed for computers, audio and video equipment, musical instruments, home movie lighting, home workshops and laboratory equipment
  3. Ensure that you purchase power strips with an internal circuit breaker.
  4. Use power strips sparingly
  5. Look for Outlet strips that are UL or ETL Certified
  6. Don’t knot or twist the cord
  7. Overloading of outlet strips can be caused by using the power strip for high-voltage items that are not intended to be plugged into ancillary power sources, such as refrigerators, microwaves or space heaters.
  8. Do not locate a surge protector in a moist environment
  9. Don’t locate a power strip in any area where the unit would be covered with carpet, furniture, or any other item that will limit or prevent air circulation.
  10. Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way
  11. Power cords should never be nailed, stapled, or taped to the desk, wall, ceiling, baseboard, or another object.
  12. Use exterior rated cords outside use. Also do not use indoor extension cords outdoors
  13. Do not extend extension cords by plugging into another. Therefore, overloading can occur when multiple devices are plugged into one cord.

May is Electrical Safety Month! During which we will continue focusing on safety issues, concerns, hazard prevention, along with so much more! Check out our Facebook page for “Electrical Fail Fridays” and “What not to do” every week this month. Also you can also find us on Twitter and Google+. Continue to check out our blogs throughout every week this month for more information on Electrical Safety!

 

There are times when an American business is the supplier of products in other countries. When working with a foreign company there can be some difficulty with achieving the final outcome. A few of the issues that can arise are the misunderstanding of what is needed, instructing for installation, and  the difficulty of repairing products once they have left the U.S.

Communication Issues in Doing Business

Sometimes when working with other countries there is a large communication gap. Whether the communication is happening through emails or even over the phone there can be a lack in the understanding. These communication barriers can prevent the American company from fully understanding the needs of the foreign company.

They can also cost the foreign company more money on materials. This can happen if they don’t know how to ask for what they need. Sometimes in these cases the American company may make assumptions based off of older models of the product. However, if those assumptions are incorrect the entire product could be wasted. It can be difficult to bridge the gap of communication and can cause a lot of extra time and money.

Installation Issues

Another issue that can go along with that of communication is the problem of giving installation instructions. If there is a gap in communication there is also a large chance that there will be difficulties instructing the foreign country how to install the product. If the instructions get lost or translated incorrectly the foreign business will have a difficult time using the product.

When there is an issue with instructions there is often a need for a representative from the American company to go to the foreign location. Depending on the distance away from the American business this travel can have a high cost. Traveling will also take up valuable time that could be used to work on other projects. Instructional issues can all be traced back to the main issue of communication.  Both companies would be able to achieve all the stages of the production if there were no communication gaps.  

Repair Issues

Another issue that can come from communication issues is damage. Some damage may occur during installation. If the foreign company is not accustomed to working with a product and they attempt repairs the situation could be made worse. It is difficult to troubleshoot a problem when you are not in physical proximity to it.

Repairs for goods damaged in shipping will be something that can’t be planned for. If there are damaged pieces that no longer work in the product they need replaced. There is no guarantee that the receiving company would be able to preform these tasks or have the product line in house to change out broken pieces. This can be a difficult situation to fix with the manufacturer being in a different country.

Communication, Installation, and Repair issues are problems that can happen when doing business outside of America. Communication is the basis for the other two issues. When there is a language difference it is difficult for everyone to understand solutions to problems.

Offshoring occurs when a company chooses to perform some or all of their production in a country other than that of the United States. A company may choose to move their production elsewhere. This is under the understanding that their costs, mainly, concerning labor will be lower than that possible by staying in America. These companies don’t always understand the effect their actions will have on the country as a whole.

Offshoring Effects the Economy

When production is moved out of the United States the effect on the economy will not be noticed right away. In some cases a company can offshore their business in stages. These stages happen slowly. Moving the company to another country and leaving small pieces in America. However, when a company begins to offshore their production line it can affect the local economy of its original business.

Offshoring Decreases Jobs

There will be a decrease in American jobs in favor of a workforce that is more cost effective. Companies are forced to terminate some or all of the positions that their American workers hold. The termination of workers can increase the unemployment rates for that county. This increase in unemployment rates is not an ideal approach. It decreases the amount of monetary flow in smaller counties which will eventually affect the entire country.

Offshoring production heightens the economy in other countries. These employees spend their earnings in the other countries and those funds are not circulating throughout the U.S.. That decreases the amount of money that is available for use within our own country. This lack of circulated money doesn’t just effect the larger companies in the country. It will also make it more difficult for smaller, local businesses to thrive.

The residence will be less likely to spend their money on a more expensive product that is made locally if there is less money circulating around a county. Money is more likely to be spent on a product that is lower in quality, more importantly, lower in cost. The local businesses with dependence on the local traffic will be forced to shut down and increase unemployment in the community.  

Offshoring Effects Local Businesses

Offshoring does not just affect the larger businesses who move out of the country. It also affects the businesses that are still here. The flow of money connects all businesses and if that flow is moved elsewhere, over time there won’t be any more businesses in the United States. The American economy is dependent on keeping businesses and their employees here. By companies moving to other countries our own country is suffering.  

Falconer Electronics Inc. is seeing a strong upward trend in onshoring custom manufacturing. As a United States based contract manufacturer for over 30 years the company knows what works and what doesn’t. However, there are numerous challenges and threats to outsourcing manufacturing operations. Therefore, these threats increase when you outsource to foreign countries. Also, there are many hidden costs associated with outsourcing. These determining factors include the heavy cost of monitoring operations as well as quality control. There is also a lack of intellectual property protection. Along with an extended supply chain. Consequently, these are all reasons a company would be better off onshoring custom manufacturing of their products instead of offshoring them.

Benefits of Onshoring Custom Manufacturing

These positive trends with manufacturing operations returning to the US hold great promise. Especially for US manufacturers. The outsourcing of production abroad to foreign countries have negative trends. Therefore, terms such as onshoring, reshoring, and redesign manufacturing are generating a new buzz. Onshoring drastically improves lead times. It also cuts inventory levels. For us, at Falconer Electronics Inc. it is crucial to be located close to our vendors as supply chains shrink.

Like Falconer Electronics other companies in the US are finally realizing the many benefits to manufacturing products stateside. However, this is after decades of losing US manufacturing jobs. The majority of which went to lower cost countries such as China. Wage gaps are also shrinking between China and the United States. Right now the US offers a superior infrastructure. Also, the US is superior in terms of automation, education, information technology, and transportation.

Perks of Onshoring

Cutting Back on Concerns

The products and services an onshoring custom manufacturing business offer effect every aspect of the company. Everything from their strategy, supply chain, staffing, and operations are affected. Control over the protection of intellectual property is another one of the many concerns. Also, there is a huge vulnerability by relying on foreign suppliers. Meanwhile, there is also the threat of stolen proprietary information and processes. Therefore, causing devastation to a company. However, a company has more control to all of these aspects when they choose onshoring compared to offshoring.

No Heavy Cost of Monitoring Operations and Intellectual Property

You still want to be sure that the work is getting done correctly and on time. Especially when you are not in the same area as your operations. Also, you want to ensure your intellectual property is safe. How do you do this when offshoring? You will have to ensure you know what is being done there. This can mean hiring someone that you trust to run the offshored facility. It may also mean you will have to run the facility yourself.

Therefore, you would have to spend the extra amount to get a manager into that facility. Or at even greater cost moving your entire life to the new area. Whereas if you had your operations in the same place you are located you could save either of those costs.

Quality Control in Manufacturing

Quality control is another serious issue. Separating manufacturing and product development can be extremely detrimental. Managerial focus when operations are halfway around the world is a significant disadvantage. At Falconer Electronics, we pride ourselves on producing top quality printed circuit boards (PCB). We also take pride in our wire harness assembly.

Reliable Skills and Knowledge

We have had many clients experience unacceptable products from foreign suppliers. Therefore, failing to meet our customer’s standards. Falconer Electronics has a history and in-depth knowledge of Circuit Boards. We also have a long history with electronic assemblies from subsystems to complete systems assemblies. Our customers have been able to rely on us. Furthermore, we have a history of repairing products that have been imported. By repairing these products, we are able to show our superior knowledge and skills. Even when working on pre-existing products. We have found that our customers greatly cherish the reliability and high quality work our team provides.

Onshoring Custom Manufacturing: Circuit Boards