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The largest EMS in
the Silicon Valley

Electronic Component Sourcing

A Sonic Differentiator – Electronic Component Sourcing

Conventional wisdom is rarely wise. Nowhere in business is this truer than the manufacturing supply chain. Bloated processes, patched software solutions, and erroneous data distribution create longer lead times, embarrassing demand forecasts, and higher purchase price variances.

An Agile Approach Breaks the Cycle of Repeated Defeat

Sonic Manufacturing Technologies has addressed each of these pain points over the last twenty years. Developing innovative and truly agile solutions that turn historical problems into modern production opportunities is how we consistently manage to beat our competitors.

By taking a sledgehammer to conventional wisdom, Sonic Manufacturing Technologies has built a product assembly line that extends way beyond the factory floor. In fact, it spans the globe.

Sonic Shifts the Paradigm in Electronic Manufacturing Processes

What sets us apart is consistent innovation. Although the terms we use are familiar, the approaches we employ aren’t. We’ve managed to develop an electronic component sourcing and manufacturing system that’s adaptable to change, long thought of as a fallacy in supply chain logistics.

How Sonic Automated Adapting to Change during Manufacturing

We have embraced technology from the start. However, rather than following suit with other electronic component manufacturers, we understood early on that data integration with all upstream and downstream channels could positively influence every aspect of the process.

By adopting application programming interfaces (APIs) early, we developed HAL. This self-correcting database provides autonomous change control and order processing. As the information that informs the manufacturing process and delivery cycles changes, HAL takes control and keeps our facility processes up to date.

HAL enables Sonic to place a million parts per week. It does 70% of our material purchasing while key resources remain informed of changes and updates to schedules. It routes key decisions to the role players while taking the brunt of the necessary process control labor required.

Covering the Four Key Elements of Agile Manufacturing at Sonic

In order to leverage the agile capabilities that drive their rapid and adaptable processes, Sonic delivers a service that includes:

1. Modularization of Products and Processes

At Sonic, eight surface-mount lines operate at the same speed indiscriminately of whether they are doing prototyping or assembling production units. Our ability to adjust the design with accurate data and manufacturing process instructions allows us to implement changes quickly and in accordance with any demand cycle updates.

2. Using Technology Wisely

Technology provides many opportunities for automation, but knowing what remains foundational to delivering consistently quality-checked products is what defines a successful agile operation. Using HAL to free up key resources means we solve problems quickly, enabling 50% shorter lead times on half of the components we produce.

3. Informed and Capable Partnerships

Material sourcing from a capable pool of partners means any assembly, repair, or prototype run is possible. Using the proximity benefits of vetted OEMs, we source our material according to demand and can maintain a continuous delivery pipeline.

4. Leveraging Knowledge

By speeding up the dissemination of the information that drives the manufacturing process, you gain an advantage against any offshore competitor. Lead times, notwithstanding a leaner sourcing and adaptive assembly approach, lower the total cost of your product.

Real Agility Is Doing Everything Differently

At Sonic, we work with both small engineering teams looking to launch a device as well as large assemblies with BOMs that run in the hundreds (and our shipments that span the globe).

We serve the Bay Area, San Jose and Silicon Valley, as well as Sacramento and Salt Lake City from our head offices in Fremont, California. Contact us today for a quote to manufacture your next creative EMS solution.

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Electronic Prototyping for New Product Development

Concept Prototyping for New Product Development

Getting a new product off the ground is a tough enough job without needing to worry about the capabilities of manufacturers too. Once the engineers have put in all the work, the build quality of your prototype should ideally match the final, shippable product.

That’s why joining forces early with a company that offers complete electronic manufacturing services is important. Sonic Manufacturing Technologies enables a quicker time to market from design to shipment by using an agile process – a process that suits new product introduction (NPI) perfectly.

For a complete product development analysis, building the prototype alone won’t suffice. The implications of the manufacturing process requirements will determine the final feasibility of the device. Sonic will assist you with finding and understanding these issues, providing advice and guidance every step of the way.

New Product Introduction Process

Developing Dependable BOMs & MPIs

After you’ve completed the design, the next step to building a quality, reproducible product requires a comprehensive bill of materials (BOM) and accurate manufacturing process instructions (MPI). At Sonic, using an actual production line for product development means early identification of build issues, leading to clearer assembly instructions.

Sourcing Material and Components

Once the BOM and MPI inform the build processes, Sonic will help you source the materials that determine lead times and total unit costs. No matter the PCB or FCP complexity, we use an automated sourcing tool (called HAL) to source the BOM.

With an international procurement office, we can source any component and ensure its quality. Authorized franchise channels, reduced transport delays, and expert clearance services ensure the materials arrive in time for the production run.

Testing, Quality Assurance, and Change Management

No product is perfect from the start. Testing results provide opportunities to enhance both the final product and the processes used to manufacture them. The quality assurance checks and tests we carry out will provide a stable build benchmark for future product runs.

Sonic Manufacturing Technologies runs an agile production process. We adapt to changes in BOMs and MPIs quickly and effectively, working with you to ensure your product’s success.

Scheduling and Demand Management

Sonic will ensure your company can meet demand once the schematics, manufacturing instructions, and BOMs are final (using sophisticated outbound logistics management practices). With eight surface-mounted assembly lines and comprehensive order fulfillment processes, your company will benefit from shorter replenishment cycles and reduced lead times.

Regionalized Manufacturing Using Agile Technology and Processes

Sonic leads the way when it comes to embracing innovative changes to manufacturing and supply chain management processes. Using technology to integrate the entire process, from forecasting to order placement and delivery, means we can help reduce your total cost per unit.

Our focus on the tiniest manufacturing details and ability to do daily material requirements planning (MRP) allows us to produce what you need, when you need it. From our headquarters in California, Sonic serves the Bay Area, San Jose and Silicon Valley as well as Salt Lake City and Sacramento. Contact us today for any electronic manufacturing service advice you need.

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Advanced Electronic Manufacturing in the Bay Area

The Bay area is well known for advanced electronics manufacturing and for good reason. The area is home to industry leaders like Sonic Manufacturing and comprises around 10% of all jobs in the surrounding counties, boasting 340,000 manufacturing-related jobs (2018).
Sonic provides state of the art electronic contract manufacturing services for new and existing electronic products, including prototypes, printed circuit board assembly, custom cable assemblies, box builds, manual and automated inspections and rework, and more. Our consistently exacting standards deliver the very best in engineering and assembly services to every client.

Invest in Quality, Invest in the USA

One of the things that sets Sonic Manufacturing apart from our many competitors is that all our PCB and assembled products are constructed in the US. This means that when you have questions or need help with troubleshooting, you’ll get quick local assistance from our highly skilled engineering and manufacturing teams.
Practices in advanced electronic manufacturing have seen startling instances of outsourcing that create serious concerns about quality for Bay Area clients who are looking for the best in local contract manufacturing services.
When you work with Sonic, your products come straight out of Silicon Valley. Industry leaders like Sonic Manufacturing have shown that not only does advanced electronics manufacturing belong in Silicon Valley, the Valley sets the standard for other production areas.
Starting with Sonic, this has become a reality. Silicon Valley is the place other growing manufacturing centers look to in setting the standards for how advanced electronics should be built. Our local manufacturers’ worldwide influence has established Silicon Valley as a beacon of innovation and manufacturing inspiration.

From Prototypes to Market in Record Time, with Sonic

Product design, engineering and manufacturing firms can count on Sonic Manufacturing to facilitate the progression of new products from prototype to market at lightning speed. Production development speed can make all the difference in the competitive global market. Sonic Manufacturing has the engineering expertise and experience to get the job done for our customers in record time.
Not only can Sonic help you in bringing entirely new products to market, we can also provide exceptional engineering support for existing products. Our unparalleled engineering expertise and a workforce that is highly trained in supply chain management can give you the extra boost you need at a competitive price. Product and component availability is not an issue with Sonic’s base of established suppliers.

Sonic Is the Right Choice for Advanced Electronic Manufacturing

Not only does Sonic Manufacturing serve the Bay area, we also provide hands-on services and quick deliveries to Sacramento, Salt Lake City, and Silicon Valley. Serving these areas is a responsibility that we take seriously, which is made evident by the quality of our work and dedication to prompt and accurate communications.
We’re continually improving the practices in advanced electronics manufacturing in the Bay Area and provide high quality results to every customer that we serve.
Call Sonic Manufacturing today and see how we can help you manage the production of new or existing advanced electronic manufacturing. You’ll get first-in-class service, support and pricing.

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