Terms and Conditions for Built-to-Print Jobs| 7 March, 2003
Pretty much everything under the sun. For example if Company A wanted to hire Company B to build printed circuit cards designed by Company A; What type of T & C might Company B seek in their contract/agreement with Company A? The following things come to mind: 1) Schedule, 2) Who purchases material?, 3) What happens if there is an Engineering Change--who pays for labor, material, and obsolescence?, 4) What is the price?, 5) Payment terms after each delivery, 6) Warranty, 7) NRE/Minimum Buys, ...
Ya know...stuff like that. Any idea on stuff I missed above? Thanks, Greg
Terms and Conditions for Built-to-Print Jobs| 12 March, 2003
I want to be clear. You are talking about buying fully populated cards? And not just bare boards. Approach different CM's and compare contracts. You can pretty much get anything from "build from kit" where all the CM does is assembly, to complete sourcing, box build, and drop ship, where you would just say what to build and where to ship it. Supply chain management is an onerous beastie, so if you have not already slain that beast I would recommend you look for a full service CM. AS for things like ECN's I worked for a CM where at first we didnt' charge but later had like a $50.00 fee, and cost impact of an ECN was studied and the customer signed off before implementation. One fight we had with a customer was over a certain component. After replacing lots under warrenty, we started argueing the fault was not the comps we bought but rather that they were over-specing the part. You won't be able to cover everything under a contract, in the end you will want to find a CM you feel comfortable dealing with.
Terms and Conditions for Built-to-Print Jobs| 13 March, 2003
Gregory, Check out IPC document EMSI-TC2. It is available for purchase on the IPC website (www.ipc.org/) and covers the items you mentioned, as well as many others. The only thing we add to it is an arbitration clause that we wrote with help from the national arbitration association. Best of luck to you. Regards, Clark K