I’ll take the time to understand your application and review your design. If needed, I’ll make recommendations to make sure your product can be made. I’ll inspect the production line, and suggest some tests to build into the line. Besides bringing experience about quality systems, I’ll also review your packaging requirements so that your shipment arrives in good condition.
Alibaba is a great way to find companies. If you’re making a one-time purchase and you don’t care about small variances, then it is a great way to buy products. My company doesn’t try to compete in this area. I won’t buy anything larger than a sample from a factory until I have audited them to understand the capabilities and ways of doing business. Samples that you like aren’t proof that you’ll get exactly what you want.
I’ll work with the factory to understand the schedule for ordering of parts as long lead times can really set you back. I also work with them to understand how they’ll manage the project. The biggest challenge is how to manage risk. If a factory has experience in a technology that is similar to your product, that may not be enough. The devil is in the details.
Free up your time
Some of my clients travel with me to factories and others prefer not to. You can hand over your requests and I’ll make sure they’ve been addressed and that we are on schedule. Do you need your product to be manufactured while you build other parts of your business?