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The ideal contract manufacturer is more than a transactional supplier, but a partner that improves the product and process. Jeff Elliott | Pennatronics Corporation When OEMs outsource printed circuit boards or electronic box build assemblies, the primary criteria when selecting a contract manufacturer has always boiled down to cost, quality and delivery. However, with so many companies claiming to deliver these three key elements, it can be difficult to assess if a current or future contract manufacturer is truly reaching what should be a very high bar. Ultimately, differentiating between the available options requires contemplating the question from two points of view: supply chain management and engineering. Although there is commonality between the two, both have unique perspectives in what they require, and expect, from an electronics contract manufacturer. Where they converge, however, is a desire to work with electronics contract manufacturers that function more as true partners than transactional