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Future Electronics recently released the Q3 2020 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.

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Future Electronics recently released the Q3 2020 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.

Zentech works closely with Future Electronics and our customers to identify and prepare in advance for potential lead times issues. As economic activity continues to expand across all markets, it is important for OEM’s to review their upcoming requirements and forecasts carefully. There is nothing worse than working hard to land business and then learn that component lead times are going to prevent you from making committed deliveries to your customers.

Zentech can help! We can perform a lead time analysis for your program and best position you for success in the future in the wake of lead times creeping out, in some cases dramatically, for many component types. Contact Zentech to discuss today.

Click the button below to read the Q3 2020 Market Conditions Report 

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA and Richardson, TX., and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, is IPC-1791 Trusted Assembler certified and IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.

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Zentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce that Michael Seltzer has joined the Zentech leadership team as Chief Commercial Officer.

Michael has over 35 years of experience providing customer solutions in the military/aerospace EMS sector, most recently serving at Benchmark Electronics in a number of roles that include VP of Business Development. Michael also served as VP of Sales and Marketing at Suntron and has a strong track record of delivering superior customer outcomes, by building strong teams at companies small and large, earning customer trust, and acquiring competencies/facilities relevant to our core customers. He will contribute significantly to Zentech’s leadership team and customer experience. His primary responsibilities will include oversight of the Zentech Sales & Marketing teams.

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Michael SeltzerZentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce that Michael Seltzer has joined the Zentech leadership team as Chief Commercial Officer.

Michael has over 35 years of experience providing customer solutions in the military/aerospace EMS sector, most recently serving at Benchmark Electronics in a number of roles that include VP of Business Development. Michael also served as VP of Sales and Marketing at Suntron and has a strong track record of delivering superior customer outcomes, by building strong teams at companies small and large, earning customer trust, and acquiring competencies/facilities relevant to our core customers. He will contribute significantly to Zentech’s leadership team and customer experience. His primary responsibilities will include oversight of the Zentech Sales & Marketing teams.

Michael joins Zentech following the strategic acquisitions in Dallas, TX and Bloomington, IL earlier this year. When combined with the legacy facilities in Baltimore, MD and Fredericksburg VA, Zentech now encompasses over 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 11 SMT Lines.

Zentech is proud to have been considered an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic and grateful to its employees for maintaining uninterrupted operations.

Steve Pudles, President and CEO stated, “We are excited to have Michael’s 35+ years of EMS experience to round out the Zentech leadership team. Michael’s presence will accelerate Zentech’s solution delivery for High Reliability Military, Aerospace and Medical customers, and I am excited to welcome him to the Zentech team.”

About Zentech: Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is an engineering-driven electronics contract manufacturing organization specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies with locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA., Richardson, TX and Bloomington, IL. Zentech maintains key certifications, including ISO 9001:2015, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace) and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC 610 Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified. Zentech supports many DoD programs and is NIST 800-171 Cyber compliant and is an IPC 1791 Trusted Assembler.

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Zentech continues to accelerate strategy to build leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for Defense, Aerospace, Medical and other high-reliability industries

Baltimore, MD. March 13, 2020 – Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., is pleased to announce the acquisition of CAMtek, Inc.

CAMtek, Inc., located in Bloomington, IL is AS9100D certified and has enjoyed a twenty-year history of success and growth in the high-technology electronics manufacturing services (EMS) sector. Featuring four SMT lines and over 100,000 sq. ft. of advanced manufacturing space, CAMtek, Inc. has a long legacy of high-performance in the military, industrial and commercial markets.

Following the transaction, CAMtek, Inc. will become Zentech Bloomington (IL) and joins the Zentech family of companies that also includes Zentech Baltimore (MD), Zentech Fredericksburg (VA) and Zentech Dallas (TX) which Zentech acquired in January of this year.

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Zentech continues to accelerate strategy to build leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for Defense, Aerospace, Medical and other high-reliability industries

Baltimore, MD. March 13, 2020 – Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., is pleased to announce the acquisition of CAMtek, Inc.

CAMtek, Inc., located in Bloomington, IL is AS9100D certified and has enjoyed a twenty-year history of success and growth in the high-technology electronics manufacturing services (EMS) sector. Featuring four SMT lines and over 100,000 sq. ft. of advanced manufacturing space, CAMtek, Inc. has a long legacy of high-performance in the military, industrial and commercial markets.

Following the transaction, CAMtek, Inc. will become Zentech Bloomington (IL) and joins the Zentech family of companies that also includes Zentech Baltimore (MD), Zentech Fredericksburg (VA) and Zentech Dallas (TX) which Zentech acquired in January of this year.

Zentech is a portfolio company of New York City-based BlackBern Partners and is led by CEO Steve Pudles. Steve has a thirty-year track record of building EMS businesses with industry-leading technology, process, quality and customer service. He is a twenty-year member and past chairman of the Board of Directors of the IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries) and a recent inductee into the IPC Hall of Fame.

Steve commented, “CAMtek is an outstanding company with strong leadership and we are very pleased to welcome them to Zentech. From certifications to engineering talent, and from capabilities to technology commitment, CAMtek very closely mirrors our core values and will be a true asset to the Zentech brand as we continue our strategic build-out and market leadership across key geographies in the U.S. high-reliability electronics contract manufacturing industry.”                              

Christine Davis, Founder of the acquired CAMtek, Inc., will continue to manage Zentech Bloomington. She stated, “Our team is incredibly excited to join the Zentech family. I have been very active in the IPC for many years and have a near two decade working relationship with Steve on various executive committees. Joining Zentech is a perfect blend of capabilities, commitment, certifications and culture. “

About Zentech: Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is an engineering-driven electronics contract manufacturing organization specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies with locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA., Richardson, TX and Bloomington, IL. Zentech maintains key certifications, including ISO 9001:2015, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace) and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC 610 Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified. Zentech supports many DoD programs and is NIST 800-171 Cyber compliant and is an IPC 1791 Trusted Assembler.

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I-Connect007's Patty Goldman interviews Steve Pudles on his recent induction into the IPC Hall of Fame in the Show and Tell 2020 Magazine. 

With over 32 years spent working with IPC, Steve Pudles was elected to the IPC’s Hall of Fame this year. Patty Goldman spoke with Steve about how he first became involved as well as his time in the organization, including his work with the EMS Management Council.

Patty Goldman: Steve, congratulations on your election into IPC’s Hall of Fame. It’s a big deal. Let’s start with a little bit of background about you, how you got involved in the industry, and how you got involved at IPC.

Steve Pudles: I started my career working for two U.S. defense contractors, and in 1985, I made a move to a company in New Jersey that built products for other companies. There was no industry at the time; it was just a business. They had to absorb some of the fixed costs from their other declining businesses. That was my entry into the EMS industry, even though we didn’t create and enable the industry until much later. I went to my first IPC meeting in 1987. I received a call from Tony Hilvers, who, at that time, was the VP of Industry Programs for IPC. He told me about this meeting that was going to take place with a bunch of companies that were in this industry and asked me if I’d be interested in attending, so I went. As they say, the rest is history.

Then, the EMS Management Council started meeting twice a year. Some of the meetings were very moderately attended. There were companies from all over the country, but some of those companies don’t exist anymore, and others have been acquired. It always tended to be small or medium EMS companies.

At one of those meetings, two people, who had been around since the beginning, had a four-hour debate about whether the industry was going to be the electronics manufacturing services industry or the electronic manufacturing services industry. I don’t remember who won and who lost, but the name for the industry today grew out of that meeting. That’s how I became involved in the group.

Goldman: How long have you been with Zentech?

Pudles: I have been with Zentech for about eight months. I started there after being in retirement for about five and a half years. In addition to some things I did on a consulting basis while “retired,” one of the activities I maintained was my position on the IPC board the entire time.

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I-Connect007's Patty Goldman interviews Steve Pudles on his recent induction into the IPC Hall of Fame in the Show and Tell 2020 Magazine. 

StevePudlesHallofFameWith over 32 years spent working with IPC, Steve Pudles was elected to the IPC’s Hall of Fame this year. Patty Goldman spoke with Steve about how he first became involved as well as his time in the organization, including his work with the EMS Management Council.

Patty Goldman: Steve, congratulations on your election into IPC’s Hall of Fame. It’s a big deal. Let’s start with a little bit of background about you, how you got involved in the industry, and how you got involved at IPC.

Steve Pudles: I started my career working for two U.S. defense contractors, and in 1985, I made a move to a company in New Jersey that built products for other companies. There was no industry at the time; it was just a business. They had to absorb some of the fixed costs from their other declining businesses. That was my entry into the EMS industry, even though we didn’t create and enable the industry until much later. I went to my first IPC meeting in 1987. I received a call from Tony Hilvers, who, at that time, was the VP of Industry Programs for IPC. He told me about this meeting that was going to take place with a bunch of companies that were in this industry and asked me if I’d be interested in attending, so I went. As they say, the rest is history.

Then, the EMS Management Council started meeting twice a year. Some of the meetings were very moderately attended. There were companies from all over the country, but some of those companies don’t exist anymore, and others have been acquired. It always tended to be small or medium EMS companies.

At one of those meetings, two people, who had been around since the beginning, had a four-hour debate about whether the industry was going to be the electronics manufacturing services industry or the electronic manufacturing services industry. I don’t remember who won and who lost, but the name for the industry today grew out of that meeting. That’s how I became involved in the group.

Goldman: How long have you been with Zentech?

Pudles: I have been with Zentech for about eight months. I started there after being in retirement for about five and a half years. In addition to some things I did on a consulting basis while “retired,” one of the activities I maintained was my position on the IPC board the entire time.

Goldman: I understand that; you care about the industry. Tell me what you think about getting this award.

Pudles: If I look at all of the activities that I’ve been involved in for both the EMS industry and IPC in general, I’m really honored. I’m proud of the body of work, including my volunteer work, over the last 34 years. I remember being the youngest person in the room, and now I’m getting to be one of the oldest, except for the other Hall of Famers (laughs). There’s quite a difference in age between lots of the other people who have won the award. Again, I’m honored to be recognized for helping to bring the industry forward and transforming the organization to help make the group what it is today.

Goldman: What do you see coming down the pike at IPC and elsewhere?

Pudles: There are a lot of programs that are in place today that are going to continue to strengthen the international presence of IPC. We’ve always been a very strong organization in North America. We now have a very strong presence in Asia, particularly our training and certification activities. We’ve always had a good membership group in Europe, and we’ve recently added capability in that area; hope-fully, we’re going to continue to provide for our customers and constituents in Europe as well. I see the continued emergence of IPC as a strong international organization. 

IPC is also emphasizing getting participation from colleges and universities. We want to encourage people, who didn’t even know that we existed as an industry, to join local chapters and understand things about the industry that most don’t learn until five or 10 years after graduating from college. There’s a nice opportunity to bring students in and create the next generation of EMS and PCB employees.

Goldman: How much longer do you think you’re going to stay involved? I mean, you were already retired once, but now you’re out of retirement, so that’s all over.

Pudles: I am not going to be as quick to go back into retirement. As far as IPC is concerned, I’m on the board of directors, and I hope to be reelected for another four-year term. Because of term limits, it has to be my last term on the board, but I will continue to stay involved with the EMS Management Council and other activities as long as they’ll have me.

As long as I’m working in the industry, one of the things that I’ve always felt very strongly about is the more you put into IPC programs and the EMS industry, the more you get out of it—whether it’s people you meet, other companies you’re exposed to, or processes and procedures that you learn about that other people are doing that would work better than things you’re doing at your company. As long as I’m employed in the industry, I’ll remain involved with IPC in one aspect or another. I have no short-term plans on leaving the industry again, so I will be there for at least the next five to 10 years, hopefully. I couldn’t imagine being part of the industry and not being part of IPC in one situation or another.

Goldman: As you said, I’ve always felt that with your involvement, you learn so much. It’s hard to explain to somebody until they’ve been involved how much you learn from everybody else.

Pudles: That’s right. I’ve had the opportunity over my career to visit hundreds of other facilities around the U.S. and the world. That has helped me to see the way things are done very well, and not so well, and understand the types of things that I’d like to take the best in class and try to build the organization I’m involved in, whatever company I’m with at that point in time. It has provided a great education, on top of everything else.

Goldman: And as much as you’ve seen and learned over the years, there’s always something else out there. 

Pudles: One of the tough things, as we keep going, is to involve companies that haven’t participated, especially in the IPC EMS Management Council. You find that the same people come back year after year, and there may be one or two new companies, but some don’t come back at all. Infusing new ideas comes from infusing new companies with their own experiences and backgrounds into the group to see the way other people do things differently. I always encourage people to come to the meeting and see if they pick up one or two things that you can take back to their own company. The more you put into this business, the more you get out of it.

Goldman: That is so true. I also have a philosophy that if a person is a volunteer, they will do so regardless of which company they work for. There’s a lot to be said for people that volunteer and contribute.

Pudles: And it’s not only the person volunteering. When someone volunteers, whether it’s a standards committee or one of the councils, generally, the company you work makes an economic investment. Zentech still pays me while I’m sitting in a meeting and traveling, in some cases. The bottom line is it’s not only the people that are volunteering, but it’s their companies as well.

Also, we are very fortunate to have Dr. John Mitchell as the leader of IPC, along with the complete staff. We have one of the best working management groups that I’ve ever seen in this organization today, and that’s really something that John has put together very thoughtfully through his tenure. It has made the growth and idea of expansion a lot easier to know that we have a competent group managing the day-to-day business.

Goldman: He has breathed some nice life into IPC. 

Pudles: He’s a brilliant man, and he’s one of the hardest working people you’re ever going to meet. He’s very thoughtful. One of my major accomplishments was participating in the search for him and participating in bringing him on. I’m pleased to have been part of the transformation of the organization.

Goldman: We have all benefited from that quite a bit. Thank you for your time, and again, congratulations.

Pudles: Thank you.

Steve Pudles has over 35 years of comprehensive EMS industry knowledge and executive-level experience. He is currently president and CEO of Zentech Manufactur-ing Inc., a milaero/medical/high-reliability EMS company based in Baltimore, Maryland. He has previously held senior-level positions at Spectral Response, API Technolo-gies, NuVisions/OnCore, IEC, and Tanon/EAI.

Steve attended his first IPC EMS Management Council meeting in 1987 and has spent the past 33 years serving the IPC in a variety of roles:

- IPC Chairman of the Board
- Vice-Chairman
- Secretary/Treasurer
- Board Member for 19 years
- EMS Management Council Steering Committee Chairman and Member
- Technology Market Research Council (TMRC)
- Assembly Market Research Council (AMRC)
- Member/Chairman of multiple standards committees, including IPC-D-326 and IPC-610, representing respectively the least and most purchased IPC standards of all time
- Original working group member, developer, and co-creator of EMS Programs, including EMS Program Management Certification Program, EMSI-TC2 Master Ordering Agreement, IPC-1720 Company Profile, and EMS XS

Steve has been heavily involved in shaping the IPC’s Certification, Validation, and QML Programs that exist today. He has also helped steer the positioning of IPC-610 and IPC-620 Workmanship Standards replacement of the historical military standards for work performed for U.S. Government Contractors.

Steve holds a bachelor’s of engineering and a mas-ter’s of science in management from Stevens Institute of Technology.

About IPC:
IPC is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 5,800 member-company sites which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA and Richardson, TX., and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, is IPC-1791 Trusted Assembler certified and IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.

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Future Electronics recently released the Q1 2020 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.

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Future Electronics recently released the Q1 2020 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.

Zentech works closely with Future Electronics and our customers to identify and prepare in advance for potential lead times issues. As economic activity continues to expand across all markets, it is important for OEM’s to review their upcoming requirements and forecasts carefully. There is nothing worse than working hard to land business and then learn that component lead times are going to prevent you from making committed deliveries to your customers.

Zentech can help! We can perform a lead time analysis for your program and best position you for success in the future in the wake of lead times creeping out, in some cases dramatically, for many component types. Contact Zentech to discuss today.

Click the button below to read the Q1 2020 Market Conditions Report 

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA and Richardson, TX., and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, is IPC-1791 Trusted Assembler certified and IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.

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IPC’s Highest Honor, the Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award, Presented to Steve Pudles, Zentech Manufacturing

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, February 6, 2020 — In recognition and acknowledgement of his extraordinary contributions to IPC and the electronics industry, Steve Pudles, president and CEO, Zentech Manufacturing, was presented with the IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award at IPC APEX EXPO on Tuesday, February 4 at the San Diego Convention Center. IPC’s most prestigious award, the Hall of Fame award is given to individuals who have provided exceptional service and advancement to IPC and the electronics industry.                                                                                           

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IPC’s Highest Honor, the Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award, Presented to Steve Pudles, Zentech Manufacturing

StevePudlesHallofFameBANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, February 6, 2020 — In recognition and acknowledgement of his extraordinary contributions to IPC and the electronics industry, Steve Pudles, president and CEO, Zentech Manufacturing, was presented with the IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award at IPC APEX EXPO on Tuesday, February 4 at the San Diego Convention Center. IPC’s most prestigious award, the Hall of Fame award is given to individuals who have provided exceptional service and advancement to IPC and the electronics industry.                                                                                           
An active IPC volunteer and leader for more than three decades, Pudles has championed the need for PCBA standards and education, always on the forefront of generating innovative ideas for the industry. As a member of the IPC EMS Council, the IPC Board of Directors and former Chairman of the Board, Pudles has been a strong voice for EMS executives’ needs and an even stronger advocate for IPC to continue to invest in programs that help the entire value chain in the electronics manufacturing industry.                                                                                                                  
An original working group member, developer and co-creator of EMS programs including the EMS Program Management Certification program, Pudles has also been heavily involved in shaping IPC’s Certification, Validation and QML Programs that exist today.                                                                                                               
“A staunch advocate for IPC, Steve testified before Congress in 2012 urging common-sense changes to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rule on conflict minerals,” said IPC President and CEO John Mitchell. “His contributions to the EMS Council and EMS Steering Committee are wide and diverse and have made IPC and industry stronger and more successful,” Mitchell added. “We are thrilled to present him with our highest honor to thank him for sharing his talents and expertise with IPC and the electronics industry.”

About IPC:
IPC is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 5,800 member-company sites which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA and Richardson, TX., and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, is IPC-1791 Trusted Assembler certified and IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.

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Baltimore MD. January 22, 2020Zentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce that Jason Glass has joined the Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. Senior Leadership Team as Chief Financial Officer.

Jason has over twenty years of financial and operational experience in the Tier 1 EMS sector, most recently serving as VP of Finance and Corporate Director of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A).  Prior to EMS, Jason served in several financial roles with Lockheed Martin and Unisys.

His primary responsibilities will include analysis of acquisition opportunities, integration of acquired businesses, managing the financial planning and analysis for the corporation, strategic planning, annual operating plan creation, forecasting and variance analysis.

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Jason2Baltimore MD. January 22, 2020Zentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce that Jason Glass has joined the Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. Senior Leadership Team as Chief Financial Officer.

Jason has over twenty years of financial and operational experience in the Tier 1 EMS sector, most recently serving as VP of Finance and Corporate Director of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A).  Prior to EMS, Jason served in several financial roles with Lockheed Martin and Unisys.

His primary responsibilities will include analysis of acquisition opportunities, integration of acquired businesses, managing the financial planning and analysis for the corporation, strategic planning, annual operating plan creation, forecasting and variance analysis.

Steve Pudles, CEO stated, “Jason’s tremendous financial management experience in the Tier1 EMS sector, particularly his vast experience in M&A and integration, will be a true asset as Zentech continues our rapid growth trajectory, both organically and through planned acquisitions. Equally important, Jason has direct employment experience with the military primes and has a thorough understanding of our customer set, value proposition and market. His impact will be immediate, and I am excited to welcome him to the Zentech team.”

About Zentech: Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA and Richardson, TX., and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, is IPC-1791 Trusted Assembler certified and IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.

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Zentech accelerates effort and strategy to build leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for Defense, Aerospace, Medical and other high-reliability industries

Baltimore, MD. January 21, 2020 – Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., is pleased to announce the acquisition of Trilogy Circuits, LLC.

Trilogy Circuits, LLC , based in Richardson, TX., is AS9100D certified and has a near twenty-year legacy of providing exemplary high-technology electronics manufacturing services (EMS), products and support to the many military primes and other high-reliability industries, both in Texas and nationwide.

Following the transaction, Trilogy Circuits, LLC. will become Zentech Dallas (TX), and joins the Zentech family of companies that also includes Zentech Baltimore (MD) and Zentech Fredericksburg (VA).

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Zentech accelerates effort and strategy to build leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for Defense, Aerospace, Medical and other high-reliability industries

Baltimore, MD. January 21, 2020 – Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., is pleased to announce the acquisition of Trilogy Circuits, LLC.

Trilogy Circuits, LLC , based in Richardson, TX., is AS9100D certified and has a near twenty-year legacy of providing exemplary high-technology electronics manufacturing services (EMS), products and support to the many military primes and other high-reliability industries, both in Texas and nationwide.

Following the transaction, Trilogy Circuits, LLC. will become Zentech Dallas (TX), and joins the Zentech family of companies that also includes Zentech Baltimore (MD) and Zentech Fredericksburg (VA).

Zentech is a portfolio company of New York City-based BlackBern Partners and is led by CEO Steve Pudles. Steve has a thirty-year track record of building EMS businesses with industry-leading technology, process, quality and customer service. He is a twenty-year member and past chairman of the Board of Directors of the IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries).

Steve commented, “We are extremely excited to welcome Charlie Capers and the Trilogy Circuits team to the Zentech family. The transaction was driven in large part by requests from our established military customers for Zentech to deliver our highly certified, high-complexity processing model to the Southwest region as they all have significant operations in this vibrant geography. Zentech is on the leading edge of many emerging DoD programs and the formation of Zentech Dallas will provide seamless engineering collaboration with our customers to support their mission-critical NPI requirements.”                             

Charles Capers, Founder of the acquired Trilogy Circuits, LLC., will continue to manage Zentech Dallas. He stated, “I am very honored to be working with Steve and the team at Zentech. The culture and the talent of the two companies is very similar and the synergies are many. As a Zentech company we will have access to greater resources, guidance and the working capital needed to grow the Zentech Dallas presence in the Southwest mil/aero sector. “

About Zentech: Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is an engineering-driven electronics contract manufacturing organization specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies with locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA., and Richardson, TX.  Zentech maintains key certifications, including ISO 9001:2015, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace) and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC 610 Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified. Zentech supports many DoD programs and is NIST 800-171 Cyber compliant and is an IPC 1791 Trusted Assembler.

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Future Electronics recently released the Q4 2019 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.

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Future Electronics recently released the Q4 2019 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.

Zentech works closely with Future Electronics and our customers to identify and   prepare in advance   for potential lead times issues. As economic activity continues to expand across all markets, it is important for OEM’s to review their upcoming requirements and forecasts carefully. There is nothing worse than working hard to land business and then learn that component lead times are going to   prevent you   from making committed deliveries to your customers.
Zentech can help! We can perform a lead time analysis for your program and best position you for success in the future in the wake of lead times creeping out, in some cases dramatically, for many component types.  Contact  Zentech to discuss today.

Click the button below to read the Q3 2019 Market Conditions Report 

About Zentech:
Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly-complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company is headquartered in its purpose-built facility located in Baltimore, MD, with additional operations in Fredericksburg, VA. Zentech maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2015, ITAR (US State Dept.),  AS9100 (aerospace) and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC 610 Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified and is now NIST 800-171 compliant and IPC 1791 certifiedZentech Fredericksburg operations is also a Mid-Atlantic leader in the fabrication of wire harnesses and over-molded cables for harsh environments.

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Are you looking for a qualified electronics manufacturing service to partner with? Being able to differentiate between the best manufacturers and those that fall short can be a challenge. If you're not exactly sure what non-negotiables to look for, we've put together these nine factors that you should insist upon before partnering with an electronics contract manufacturer.

Mission Critical No. 1: Industry Experience  

It is always in your best interest to partner with a contract manufacturing company that has an extensive history in the electronics industry. Those businesses that are well-established can be counted upon to provide high quality work, and will take pride in each board that they design and produce. Don't hesitate to ask your prospective manufacturer about how long they have been in business, who their core customers are, awards they  have received, etc.

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Are you looking for a qualified electronics manufacturing service to partner with? Being able to differentiate between the best manufacturers and those that fall short can be a challenge. If you're not exactly sure what non-negotiables to look for, we've put together these nine factors that you should insist upon before partnering with an electronics contract manufacturer.

Production_floorMission Critical No. 1: Industry Experience  

It is always in your best interest to partner with a contract manufacturing company that has an extensive history in the electronics industry. Those businesses that are well-established can be counted upon to provide high quality work, and will take pride in each board that they design and produce. Don't hesitate to ask your prospective manufacturer about how long they have been in business, who their core customers are, awards they  have received, etc.

Mission Critical No. 2: Design Capabilities  

In addition to providing customers with an electronics manufacturing service, your manufacturing partner should also have the ability to help you throughout your design processes. Whether you are starting completely from scratch, or simply need a fresh set of eyes to review your current specs, the best manufacturing companies can help you to streamline your plans and make them as efficient and effective as possible.  

Mission Critical No. 3: Advanced Technologies  

Too few EMS companies take the very tangible and costly steps to ensure their tools and equipment set is being continually updated to meet the evolving nature of products and technology. Investing in the best equipment set should be essential to a contract manufacturer who supports high-tech/high-reliability markets. This should be a non-negotiable differentiation to look for in a strong CM partner. Be sure to take a factory tour and see the equipment and technology first hand. 

Mission Critical No. 4: Industry compliance

Never work with a contract manufacturing company that does not adhere to the most current industry standards. In addition to complying with various industry rules and regulations for design and manufacture, your manufacturing partner must be willing to comply with your specific standards for production. This is especially important for the milaero and defense markets when it comes to the cybersecurity requirements within the DoD contracting environment. An excellent manufacturing partner stays ahead of the curve and proactively works to adhere to the newest compliance standards. 

Mission Critical No. 5: Program Management  

Program Management is one of the keys to a successful relationship between Customer and Contract Manufacturer. How often will the Program Manager be communicating with you? What kind of task order environment will be established? How do they manage cost and schedules? Do they mitigate risk for your company? Are they aware of the latest supply chain market conditions? A truly competent contract manufacturer proactively communicates with its customer to seamlessly and efficiently manufacture your product. 

Mission Critical No. 6: Product Testing  

Your contract manufacturing service should never be satisfied with simply producing a batch order of PC boards. Testing should always be completed to ensure that each unit produced is highly functional and performs as expected. Testing the products for any design flaws or issues can help you to analyze trends and catch major production errors without causing you to waste an excessive amount of time or money.  Testing is also especially important in mission and life critical environments as your product has to work the first time and every time. Partner with CM who takes your product as seriously as you do. 

Mission Critical No. 7: Supply Chain and Risk Management  

Tightly-controlled inventory management and supply chain tracking is vital for a successful electronics manufacturing process. Is your potential contract manufacturer going to do everything possible to protect the parts that build your products?

Mission Critical No. 8: Fulfillment Services  

It's never a good idea to choose an electronics manufacturing service that does not take care of your needs post-production. A great company will offer fulfillment services including troubleshooting any faulty PC boards and making the necessary repairs before returning them from their depot. In the end, this will save you a lot of time and money on labor or on warranty replacement units.    

Mission Critical No. 9: Certifications

Certifications provide a level of (objective) accountability that, first and foremost, protects you the customer. Certifications ensure that the contract manufacturer remains compliant with current industry standards, regulations, and best-practices which directly impact the quality and reliability of the products and services that the electronics contract manufacturer provides. Be sure that you partner with a contracts manufacturer who is highly certified. 

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As economic activity continues to expand across all markets, it is important for OEM’s to review their upcoming requirements and forecasts carefully. There is nothing worse than working hard to land business and then learn that component lead times are going to<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/poor-supply-chain-management-will-cost-you-money?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9rR1y1yge4T09l8Uwf5Rz-MIerJjm_aUi7U43vz-vIWJBGr0IXT2JbQzKxFmz4c5CjIhMJ">prevent you</a><span>&nbsp;</span>from making committed deliveries to your customers.<br><br>Zentech can help! We can perform a lead time analysis for your program and best position you for success in the future in the wake of lead times creeping out, in some cases dramatically,&nbsp;for many component types.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zentech.com/contact/?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9rR1y1yge4T09l8Uwf5Rz-MIerJjm_aUi7U43vz-vIWJBGr0IXT2JbQzKxFmz4c5CjIhMJ">Contact</a><span>&nbsp;Zentech to discuss today.</span></p> <p>Click the button below to read the Q3 2020 Market Conditions Report&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p><strong>About Zentech: <br></strong>Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA and Richardson, TX., and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, is IPC-1791 Trusted Assembler certified and IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.</p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fq3-2020-market-conditions-report-1&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Maryland PCB assembly electronics manufacturer Mon, 24 Aug 2020 10:47:52 GMT http://info.zentech.com/blog/q3-2020-market-conditions-report-1 2020-08-24T10:47:52Z Stephanie Austin Zentech Hires Chief Commercial Officer Michael Seltzer http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-hires-chief-commercial-officer-michael-seltzer <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-hires-chief-commercial-officer-michael-seltzer" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/IMG_0643_email.jpg" alt="Michael Seltzer" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>Zentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce that Michael Seltzer has joined the Zentech leadership team as Chief Commercial Officer.</p> <p>Michael has over 35 years of experience providing customer solutions in the military/aerospace EMS sector, most recently serving at Benchmark Electronics in a number of roles that include VP of Business Development. Michael also served as VP of Sales and Marketing at Suntron and has a strong track record of delivering superior customer outcomes, by building strong teams at companies small and large, earning customer trust, and acquiring competencies/facilities relevant to our core customers. He will contribute significantly to Zentech’s leadership team and customer experience. His primary responsibilities will include oversight of the Zentech Sales &amp; Marketing teams.</p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/IMG_0643_email.jpg?width=300&amp;name=IMG_0643_email.jpg" width="300" style="width: 300px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 4px 0px;" alt="Michael Seltzer">Zentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce that Michael Seltzer has joined the Zentech leadership team as Chief Commercial Officer.</p> <p>Michael has over 35 years of experience providing customer solutions in the military/aerospace EMS sector, most recently serving at Benchmark Electronics in a number of roles that include VP of Business Development. Michael also served as VP of Sales and Marketing at Suntron and has a strong track record of delivering superior customer outcomes, by building strong teams at companies small and large, earning customer trust, and acquiring competencies/facilities relevant to our core customers. He will contribute significantly to Zentech’s leadership team and customer experience. His primary responsibilities will include oversight of the Zentech Sales &amp; Marketing teams.</p> <p>Michael joins Zentech following the strategic acquisitions in <a href="https://www.zentech.com/zentech-manufacturing-acquires-trilogy-circuits/">Dallas, TX</a> and <a href="https://www.zentech.com/zentech-manufacturing-acquires-camtek-inc/">Bloomington, IL</a> earlier this year. When combined with the legacy facilities in Baltimore, MD and Fredericksburg VA, Zentech now encompasses over 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 11 SMT Lines.</p> <p>Zentech is proud to have been considered an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic and grateful to its employees for maintaining uninterrupted operations.</p> <p><a href="https://www.zentech.com/about-us/">Steve Pudles</a>, President and CEO stated, “<span style="background-color: white;">We are excited to have Michael’s 35+ years of EMS experience to round out the Zentech leadership team. Michael’s presence will accelerate Zentech’s solution delivery for High Reliability Military, Aerospace and Medical customers, </span>and I am excited to welcome him to the Zentech team.”</p> <p><strong>About Zentech: </strong><a href="http://www.zentech.com">Zentech Manufacturing, Inc</a>. is an engineering-driven electronics contract manufacturing organization specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies with locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA., Richardson, TX and Bloomington, IL. Zentech maintains key certifications, including ISO 9001:2015, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace) and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC 610 Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified. Zentech supports many DoD programs and is NIST 800-171 Cyber compliant and is an IPC 1791 Trusted Assembler.</p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fzentech-hires-chief-commercial-officer-michael-seltzer&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Maryland PCB assembly electronics manufacturer Tue, 04 Aug 2020 12:51:12 GMT http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-hires-chief-commercial-officer-michael-seltzer 2020-08-04T12:51:12Z Stephanie Austin Zentech Manufacturing Acquires CAMtek Inc. http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-manufacturing-acquires-camtek-inc <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><em>Zentech continues to accelerate strategy to build leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for Defense, Aerospace, Medical and other high-reliability industries</em></p> <p><strong>Baltimore, MD. March 13, 2020</strong> – Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., is pleased to announce the acquisition of CAMtek, Inc.</p> <p><a href="https://www.camtek-mfg.com/">CAMtek, Inc.</a>, located in Bloomington, IL is AS9100D certified and has enjoyed a twenty-year history of success and growth in the high-technology electronics manufacturing services (EMS) sector. Featuring four SMT lines and over 100,000 sq. ft. of advanced manufacturing space, CAMtek, Inc. has a long legacy of high-performance in the military, industrial and commercial markets.</p> <p>Following the transaction, CAMtek, Inc. will become Zentech Bloomington (IL) and joins the Zentech family of companies that also includes Zentech Baltimore (MD), Zentech Fredericksburg (VA) and Zentech Dallas (TX) which Zentech <a href="https://www.zentech.com/wp-content/uploads/Zentech-Manufacturing-Acquires-Trilogy-Circuits-web.pdf">acquired</a> in January of this year.</p> <p></p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><em>Zentech continues to accelerate strategy to build leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for Defense, Aerospace, Medical and other high-reliability industries</em></p> <p><strong>Baltimore, MD. March 13, 2020</strong> – Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., is pleased to announce the acquisition of CAMtek, Inc.</p> <p><a href="https://www.camtek-mfg.com/">CAMtek, Inc.</a>, located in Bloomington, IL is AS9100D certified and has enjoyed a twenty-year history of success and growth in the high-technology electronics manufacturing services (EMS) sector. Featuring four SMT lines and over 100,000 sq. ft. of advanced manufacturing space, CAMtek, Inc. has a long legacy of high-performance in the military, industrial and commercial markets.</p> <p>Following the transaction, CAMtek, Inc. will become Zentech Bloomington (IL) and joins the Zentech family of companies that also includes Zentech Baltimore (MD), Zentech Fredericksburg (VA) and Zentech Dallas (TX) which Zentech <a href="https://www.zentech.com/wp-content/uploads/Zentech-Manufacturing-Acquires-Trilogy-Circuits-web.pdf">acquired</a> in January of this year.</p> <p></p> <p><a href="https://www.zentech.com">Zentech</a> is a portfolio company of New York City-based <a href="http://www.blackbernpartners.com/">BlackBern Partners</a> and is led by CEO Steve Pudles. Steve has a thirty-year track record of building EMS businesses with industry-leading technology, process, quality and customer service. He is a twenty-year member and past chairman of the Board of Directors of the IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries) and a recent <a href="https://www.zentech.com/wp-content/uploads/StevePudlesHallofFameFinal2.pdf">inductee</a> into the IPC Hall of Fame.</p> <p>Steve commented, “CAMtek is an outstanding company with strong leadership and we are very pleased to welcome them to Zentech. From certifications to engineering talent, and from capabilities to technology commitment, CAMtek very closely mirrors our core values and will be a true asset to the Zentech brand as we continue our strategic build-out and market leadership across key geographies in the U.S. high-reliability electronics contract manufacturing industry.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Christine Davis, Founder of the acquired CAMtek, Inc., will continue to manage Zentech Bloomington. She stated, “Our team is incredibly excited to join the Zentech family. I have been very active in the IPC for many years and have a near two decade working relationship with Steve on various executive committees. Joining Zentech is a perfect blend of capabilities, commitment, certifications and culture. “</p> <p><strong>About Zentech: </strong><a href="http://www.zentech.com">Zentech Manufacturing, Inc</a>. is an engineering-driven electronics contract manufacturing organization specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies with locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA., Richardson, TX and Bloomington, IL. Zentech maintains key certifications, including ISO 9001:2015, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace) and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC 610 Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified. Zentech supports many DoD programs and is NIST 800-171 Cyber compliant and is an IPC 1791 Trusted Assembler.</p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fzentech-manufacturing-acquires-camtek-inc&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Maryland PCB assembly electronics manufacturer Fri, 13 Mar 2020 17:31:56 GMT http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-manufacturing-acquires-camtek-inc 2020-03-13T17:31:56Z Stephanie Austin CEO Steve Pudles Interview on Induction into the IPC Hall of Fame http://info.zentech.com/blog/ceo-steve-pudles-interview-on-induction-into-the-ipc-hall-of-fame <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/ceo-steve-pudles-interview-on-induction-into-the-ipc-hall-of-fame" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/StevePudlesHallofFame.jpg" alt="CEO Steve Pudles Interview on Induction into the IPC Hall of Fame" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><a href="http://iconnect007.uberflip.com/i/1212069-show-and-tell-2020/35?m4=">I-Connect007</a>'s Patty Goldman interviews <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-pudles-937a14/">Steve Pudles</a> on his recent induction into the IPC Hall of Fame in the Show and Tell 2020 Magazine.&nbsp;</p> <p>With over 32 years spent working with IPC, Steve Pudles was elected to the IPC’s Hall of Fame this year. Patty Goldman spoke with Steve about how he first became involved as well as his time in the organization, including his work with the EMS Management Council.</p> <p><strong>Patty Goldman:</strong> Steve, congratulations on your election into IPC’s Hall of Fame. It’s a big deal. Let’s start with a little bit of background about you, how you got involved in the industry, and how you got involved at IPC.</p> <p><strong>Steve Pudles:</strong> I started my career working for two U.S. defense contractors, and in 1985, I made a move to a company in New Jersey that built products for other companies. There was no industry at the time; it was just a business. They had to absorb some of the fixed costs from their other declining businesses. That was my entry into the EMS industry, even though we didn’t create and enable the industry until much later. I went to my first IPC meeting in 1987. I received a call from Tony Hilvers, who, at that time, was the VP of Industry Programs for IPC. He told me about this meeting that was going to take place with a bunch of companies that were in this industry and asked me if I’d be interested in attending, so I went. As they say, the rest is history.</p> <p>Then, the EMS Management Council started meeting twice a year. Some of the meetings were very moderately attended. There were companies from all over the country, but some of those companies don’t exist anymore, and others have been acquired. It always tended to be small or medium EMS companies.</p> <p>At one of those meetings, two people, who had been around since the beginning, had a four-hour debate about whether the industry was going to be the electronics manufacturing services industry or the electronic manufacturing services industry. I don’t remember who won and who lost, but the name for the industry today grew out of that meeting. That’s how I became involved in the group.</p> <p><strong>Goldman: </strong>How long have you been with Zentech?</p> <p><strong>Pudles: </strong>I have been with Zentech for about eight months. I started there after being in retirement for about five and a half years. In addition to some things I did on a consulting basis while “retired,” one of the activities I maintained was my position on the IPC board the entire time.</p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><a href="http://iconnect007.uberflip.com/i/1212069-show-and-tell-2020/35?m4=">I-Connect007</a>'s Patty Goldman interviews <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-pudles-937a14/">Steve Pudles</a> on his recent induction into the IPC Hall of Fame in the Show and Tell 2020 Magazine.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/StevePudlesHallofFame.jpg?width=320&amp;name=StevePudlesHallofFame.jpg" alt="StevePudlesHallofFame" width="320" style="width: 320px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;">With over 32 years spent working with IPC, Steve Pudles was elected to the IPC’s Hall of Fame this year. Patty Goldman spoke with Steve about how he first became involved as well as his time in the organization, including his work with the EMS Management Council.</p> <p><strong>Patty Goldman:</strong> Steve, congratulations on your election into IPC’s Hall of Fame. It’s a big deal. Let’s start with a little bit of background about you, how you got involved in the industry, and how you got involved at IPC.</p> <p><strong>Steve Pudles:</strong> I started my career working for two U.S. defense contractors, and in 1985, I made a move to a company in New Jersey that built products for other companies. There was no industry at the time; it was just a business. They had to absorb some of the fixed costs from their other declining businesses. That was my entry into the EMS industry, even though we didn’t create and enable the industry until much later. I went to my first IPC meeting in 1987. I received a call from Tony Hilvers, who, at that time, was the VP of Industry Programs for IPC. He told me about this meeting that was going to take place with a bunch of companies that were in this industry and asked me if I’d be interested in attending, so I went. As they say, the rest is history.</p> <p>Then, the EMS Management Council started meeting twice a year. Some of the meetings were very moderately attended. There were companies from all over the country, but some of those companies don’t exist anymore, and others have been acquired. It always tended to be small or medium EMS companies.</p> <p>At one of those meetings, two people, who had been around since the beginning, had a four-hour debate about whether the industry was going to be the electronics manufacturing services industry or the electronic manufacturing services industry. I don’t remember who won and who lost, but the name for the industry today grew out of that meeting. That’s how I became involved in the group.</p> <p><strong>Goldman: </strong>How long have you been with Zentech?</p> <p><strong>Pudles: </strong>I have been with Zentech for about eight months. I started there after being in retirement for about five and a half years. In addition to some things I did on a consulting basis while “retired,” one of the activities I maintained was my position on the IPC board the entire time.</p> <p><strong>Goldman:</strong> I understand that; you care about the industry. Tell me what you think about getting this award.</p> <p><strong>Pudles:</strong> If I look at all of the activities that I’ve been involved in for both the EMS industry and IPC in general, I’m really honored. I’m proud of the body of work, including my volunteer work, over the last 34 years. I remember being the youngest person in the room, and now I’m getting to be one of the oldest, except for the other Hall of Famers (laughs). There’s quite a difference in age between lots of the other people who have won the award. Again, I’m honored to be recognized for helping to bring the industry forward and transforming the organization to help make the group what it is today.</p> <p><strong>Goldman:</strong> What do you see coming down the pike at IPC and elsewhere?</p> <p><strong>Pudles: </strong>There are a lot of programs that are in place today that are going to continue to strengthen the international presence of IPC. We’ve always been a very strong organization in North America. We now have a very strong presence in Asia, particularly our training and certification activities. We’ve always had a good membership group in Europe, and we’ve recently added capability in that area; hope-fully, we’re going to continue to provide for our customers and constituents in Europe as well. I see the continued emergence of IPC as a strong international organization.&nbsp;</p> <p>IPC is also emphasizing getting participation from colleges and universities. We want to encourage people, who didn’t even know that we existed as an industry, to join local chapters and understand things about the industry that most don’t learn until five or 10 years after graduating from college. There’s a nice opportunity to bring students in and create the next generation of EMS and PCB employees.</p> <p>Goldman: How much longer do you think you’re going to stay involved? I mean, you were already retired once, but now you’re out of retirement, so that’s all over.</p> <p><strong>Pudles:</strong> I am not going to be as quick to go back into retirement. As far as IPC is concerned, I’m on the board of directors, and I hope to be reelected for another four-year term. Because of term limits, it has to be my last term on the board, but I will continue to stay involved with the EMS Management Council and other activities as long as they’ll have me.</p> <p>As long as I’m working in the industry, one of the things that I’ve always felt very strongly about is the more you put into IPC programs and the EMS industry, the more you get out of it—whether it’s people you meet, other companies you’re exposed to, or processes and procedures that you learn about that other people are doing that would work better than things you’re doing at your company. As long as I’m employed in the industry, I’ll remain involved with IPC in one aspect or another. I have no short-term plans on leaving the industry again, so I will be there for at least the next five to 10 years, hopefully. I couldn’t imagine being part of the industry and not being part of IPC in one situation or another.</p> <p><strong>Goldman:</strong> As you said, I’ve always felt that with your involvement, you learn so much. It’s hard to explain to somebody until they’ve been involved how much you learn from everybody else.</p> <p><strong>Pudles:</strong> That’s right. I’ve had the opportunity over my career to visit hundreds of other facilities around the U.S. and the world. That has helped me to see the way things are done very well, and not so well, and understand the types of things that I’d like to take the best in class and try to build the organization I’m involved in, whatever company I’m with at that point in time. It has provided a great education, on top of everything else.</p> <p><strong>Goldman:</strong> And as much as you’ve seen and learned over the years, there’s always something else out there.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Pudles:</strong> One of the tough things, as we keep going, is to involve companies that haven’t participated, especially in the IPC EMS Management Council. You find that the same people come back year after year, and there may be one or two new companies, but some don’t come back at all. Infusing new ideas comes from infusing new companies with their own experiences and backgrounds into the group to see the way other people do things differently. I always encourage people to come to the meeting and see if they pick up one or two things that you can take back to their own company. The more you put into this business, the more you get out of it.</p> <p><strong>Goldman:</strong> That is so true. I also have a philosophy that if a person is a volunteer, they will do so regardless of which company they work for. There’s a lot to be said for people that volunteer and contribute.</p> <p><strong>Pudles:</strong> And it’s not only the person volunteering. When someone volunteers, whether it’s a standards committee or one of the councils, generally, the company you work makes an economic investment. Zentech still pays me while I’m sitting in a meeting and traveling, in some cases. The bottom line is it’s not only the people that are volunteering, but it’s their companies as well.</p> <p>Also, we are very fortunate to have Dr. John Mitchell as the leader of IPC, along with the complete staff. We have one of the best working management groups that I’ve ever seen in this organization today, and that’s really something that John has put together very thoughtfully through his tenure. It has made the growth and idea of expansion a lot easier to know that we have a competent group managing the day-to-day business.</p> <p><strong>Goldman:</strong> He has breathed some nice life into IPC.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Pudles:</strong> He’s a brilliant man, and he’s one of the hardest working people you’re ever going to meet. He’s very thoughtful. One of my major accomplishments was participating in the search for him and participating in bringing him on. I’m pleased to have been part of the transformation of the organization.</p> <p><strong>Goldman:</strong> We have all benefited from that quite a bit. Thank you for your time, and again, congratulations.</p> <p><strong>Pudles:</strong> Thank you.</p> <p></p> <p>Steve Pudles has over 35 years of comprehensive EMS industry knowledge and executive-level experience. He is currently president and CEO of Zentech Manufactur-ing Inc., a milaero/medical/high-reliability EMS company based in Baltimore, Maryland. He has previously held senior-level positions at Spectral Response, API Technolo-gies, NuVisions/OnCore, IEC, and Tanon/EAI.</p> <p>Steve attended his first IPC EMS Management Council meeting in 1987 and has spent the past 33 years serving the IPC in a variety of roles:</p> <p>- IPC Chairman of the Board<br>- Vice-Chairman<br>- Secretary/Treasurer<br>- Board Member for 19 years<br>- EMS Management Council Steering Committee Chairman and Member<br>- Technology Market Research Council (TMRC)<br>- Assembly Market Research Council (AMRC)<br>- Member/Chairman of multiple standards committees, including IPC-D-326 and IPC-610, representing respectively the least and most purchased IPC standards of all time<br>- Original working group member, developer, and co-creator of EMS Programs, including EMS Program Management Certification Program, EMSI-TC2 Master Ordering Agreement, IPC-1720 Company Profile, and EMS XS</p> <p>Steve has been heavily involved in shaping the IPC’s Certification, Validation, and QML Programs that exist today. He has also helped steer the positioning of IPC-610 and IPC-620 Workmanship Standards replacement of the historical military standards for work performed for U.S. Government Contractors.</p> <p>Steve holds a bachelor’s of engineering and a mas-ter’s of science in management from Stevens Institute of Technology.</p> <p><strong>About IPC:<br></strong><a href="http://www.ipc.org/">IPC</a><span>&nbsp;is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 5,800 member-company sites which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.</span></p> <p><strong>About Zentech: <br></strong>Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA and Richardson, TX., and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, is IPC-1791 Trusted Assembler certified and IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.</p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fceo-steve-pudles-interview-on-induction-into-the-ipc-hall-of-fame&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Maryland PCB assembly electronics manufacturer Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:39:54 GMT http://info.zentech.com/blog/ceo-steve-pudles-interview-on-induction-into-the-ipc-hall-of-fame 2020-02-21T13:39:54Z Stephanie Austin Q1 2020 Market Conditions Report http://info.zentech.com/blog/q1-2020-market-conditions-report <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><a href="http://www.futureelectronics.com/?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9rR1y1yge4T09l8Uwf5Rz-MIerJjm_aUi7U43vz-vIWJBGr0IXT2JbQzKxFmz4c5CjIhMJ">Future Electronics</a><span>&nbsp;</span>recently released the Q1 2020 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.</p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><a href="http://www.futureelectronics.com/?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9rR1y1yge4T09l8Uwf5Rz-MIerJjm_aUi7U43vz-vIWJBGr0IXT2JbQzKxFmz4c5CjIhMJ">Future Electronics</a><span>&nbsp;</span>recently released the Q1 2020 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.</p> <p>Zentech works closely with Future Electronics and our customers to identify and<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/how-does-an-ems-company-develop-an-effective-risk-management-plan?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9rR1y1yge4T09l8Uwf5Rz-MIerJjm_aUi7U43vz-vIWJBGr0IXT2JbQzKxFmz4c5CjIhMJ">prepare in advance</a><span>&nbsp;</span>for potential lead times issues. As economic activity continues to expand across all markets, it is important for OEM’s to review their upcoming requirements and forecasts carefully. There is nothing worse than working hard to land business and then learn that component lead times are going to<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/poor-supply-chain-management-will-cost-you-money?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9rR1y1yge4T09l8Uwf5Rz-MIerJjm_aUi7U43vz-vIWJBGr0IXT2JbQzKxFmz4c5CjIhMJ">prevent you</a><span>&nbsp;</span>from making committed deliveries to your customers.<br><br>Zentech can help! We can perform a lead time analysis for your program and best position you for success in the future in the wake of lead times creeping out, in some cases dramatically,&nbsp;for many component types.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zentech.com/contact/?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9rR1y1yge4T09l8Uwf5Rz-MIerJjm_aUi7U43vz-vIWJBGr0IXT2JbQzKxFmz4c5CjIhMJ">Contact</a><span>&nbsp;Zentech to discuss today.</span></p> <p>Click the button below to read the Q1 2020 Market Conditions Report&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p><strong>About Zentech: <br></strong>Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA and Richardson, TX., and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, is IPC-1791 Trusted Assembler certified and IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.</p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fq1-2020-market-conditions-report&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Maryland PCB assembly electronics manufacturer Fri, 14 Feb 2020 17:20:13 GMT http://info.zentech.com/blog/q1-2020-market-conditions-report 2020-02-14T17:20:13Z Stephanie Austin Zentech CEO Steve Pudles Inducted into IPC Hall of Fame http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-ceo-steve-pudles-inducted-into-ipc-hall-of-fame <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-ceo-steve-pudles-inducted-into-ipc-hall-of-fame" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/StevePudlesHallofFame.jpg" alt="Zentech CEO Steve Pudles Inducted into IPC Hall of Fame" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><strong>IPC’s Highest Honor, the Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award, Presented to Steve Pudles, Zentech Manufacturing</strong></p> <p><strong>BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, February 6, 2020</strong> — In recognition and acknowledgement of his extraordinary contributions to IPC and the electronics industry, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-pudles-937a14/">Steve Pudles</a>, president and CEO, Zentech Manufacturing, was presented with the IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award at IPC APEX EXPO on Tuesday, February 4 at the San Diego Convention Center. IPC’s most prestigious award, the Hall of Fame award is given to individuals who have provided exceptional service and advancement to IPC and the electronics industry.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br></p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><strong>IPC’s Highest Honor, the Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award, Presented to Steve Pudles, Zentech Manufacturing</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/StevePudlesHallofFame.jpg?width=325&amp;name=StevePudlesHallofFame.jpg" alt="StevePudlesHallofFame" width="325" style="width: 325px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;">BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, February 6, 2020</strong> — In recognition and acknowledgement of his extraordinary contributions to IPC and the electronics industry, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-pudles-937a14/">Steve Pudles</a>, president and CEO, Zentech Manufacturing, was presented with the IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award at IPC APEX EXPO on Tuesday, February 4 at the San Diego Convention Center. IPC’s most prestigious award, the Hall of Fame award is given to individuals who have provided exceptional service and advancement to IPC and the electronics industry.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br>An active IPC volunteer and leader for more than three decades, Pudles has championed the need for PCBA standards and education, always on the forefront of generating innovative ideas for the industry. As a member of the IPC EMS Council, the IPC Board of Directors and former Chairman of the Board, Pudles has been a strong voice for EMS executives’ needs and an even stronger advocate for IPC to continue to invest in programs that help the entire value chain in the electronics manufacturing industry.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br>An original working group member, developer and co-creator of EMS programs including the EMS Program Management Certification program, Pudles has also been heavily involved in shaping IPC’s Certification, Validation and QML Programs that exist today. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br>“A staunch advocate for IPC, Steve testified before Congress in 2012 urging common-sense changes to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rule on conflict minerals,” said IPC President and CEO John Mitchell. “His contributions to the EMS Council and EMS Steering Committee are wide and diverse and have made IPC and industry stronger and more successful,” Mitchell added. “We are thrilled to present him with our highest honor to thank him for sharing his talents and expertise with IPC and the electronics industry.”</p> <p><strong>About IPC:<br></strong><a href="http://www.ipc.org">IPC</a> is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 5,800 member-company sites which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.</p> <p><strong>About Zentech: <br></strong>Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA and Richardson, TX., and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, is IPC-1791 Trusted Assembler certified and IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.</p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fzentech-ceo-steve-pudles-inducted-into-ipc-hall-of-fame&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Maryland PCB assembly electronics manufacturer Fri, 07 Feb 2020 15:30:00 GMT http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-ceo-steve-pudles-inducted-into-ipc-hall-of-fame 2020-02-07T15:30:00Z Stephanie Austin Zentech Hires CFO Jason Glass http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-hires-cfo-jason-glass <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-hires-cfo-jason-glass" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/Jason2.jpg" alt="Zentech Hires CFO Jason Glass" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><strong>Baltimore MD. January 22, 2020</strong> – <a href="http://www.zentech.com">Zentech Manufacturing</a> is pleased to announce that Jason Glass has joined the Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. Senior Leadership Team as Chief Financial Officer.</p> <p>Jason has over twenty years of financial and operational experience in the Tier 1 EMS sector, most recently serving as VP of Finance and Corporate Director of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&amp;A).&nbsp; Prior to EMS, Jason served in several financial roles with Lockheed Martin and Unisys.</p> <p>His primary responsibilities will include analysis of acquisition opportunities, integration of acquired businesses, managing the financial planning and analysis for the corporation, strategic planning, annual operating plan creation, forecasting and variance analysis. </p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><strong><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Jason2.jpg?width=300&amp;name=Jason2.jpg" alt="Jason2" width="300" style="width: 300px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; float: left;">Baltimore MD. January 22, 2020</strong> – <a href="http://www.zentech.com">Zentech Manufacturing</a> is pleased to announce that Jason Glass has joined the Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. Senior Leadership Team as Chief Financial Officer.</p> <p>Jason has over twenty years of financial and operational experience in the Tier 1 EMS sector, most recently serving as VP of Finance and Corporate Director of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&amp;A).&nbsp; Prior to EMS, Jason served in several financial roles with Lockheed Martin and Unisys.</p> <p>His primary responsibilities will include analysis of acquisition opportunities, integration of acquired businesses, managing the financial planning and analysis for the corporation, strategic planning, annual operating plan creation, forecasting and variance analysis. </p> <p><a href="https://www.zentech.com/about-us/">Steve Pudles</a>, CEO stated, “Jason’s tremendous financial management experience in the Tier1 EMS sector, particularly his vast experience in M&amp;A and integration, will be a true asset as Zentech continues our rapid growth trajectory, both organically and through planned acquisitions. Equally important, Jason has direct employment experience with the military primes and has a thorough understanding of our customer set, value proposition and market. His impact will be immediate, and I am excited to welcome him to the Zentech team.”</p> <p><strong>About Zentech: </strong>Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company has locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA and Richardson, TX., and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, is IPC-1791 Trusted Assembler certified and IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.</p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fzentech-hires-cfo-jason-glass&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Maryland PCB assembly electronics manufacturer Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:07:40 GMT http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-hires-cfo-jason-glass 2020-01-23T11:07:40Z Stephanie Austin Zentech Manufacturing Acquires Trilogy Circuits http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-manufacturing-acquires-trilogy-circuits <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><em>Zentech accelerates effort and strategy to build leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for Defense, Aerospace, Medical and other high-reliability industries</em></p> <p><strong>Baltimore, MD. January 21, 2020</strong> – Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., is pleased to announce the acquisition of Trilogy Circuits, LLC.</p> <p><a href="http://www.trilogycircuits.com/">Trilogy Circuits, LLC</a> , based in Richardson, TX., is AS9100D certified and has a near twenty-year legacy of providing exemplary high-technology electronics manufacturing services (EMS), products and support to the many military primes and other high-reliability industries, both in Texas and nationwide.</p> <p>Following the transaction, Trilogy Circuits, LLC. will become Zentech Dallas (TX), and joins the Zentech family of companies that also includes Zentech Baltimore (MD) and Zentech Fredericksburg (VA). </p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><em>Zentech accelerates effort and strategy to build leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for Defense, Aerospace, Medical and other high-reliability industries</em></p> <p><strong>Baltimore, MD. January 21, 2020</strong> – Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., is pleased to announce the acquisition of Trilogy Circuits, LLC.</p> <p><a href="http://www.trilogycircuits.com/">Trilogy Circuits, LLC</a> , based in Richardson, TX., is AS9100D certified and has a near twenty-year legacy of providing exemplary high-technology electronics manufacturing services (EMS), products and support to the many military primes and other high-reliability industries, both in Texas and nationwide.</p> <p>Following the transaction, Trilogy Circuits, LLC. will become Zentech Dallas (TX), and joins the Zentech family of companies that also includes Zentech Baltimore (MD) and Zentech Fredericksburg (VA). </p> <p><a href="https://www.zentech.com">Zentech</a> is a portfolio company of New York City-based BlackBern Partners and is led by CEO Steve Pudles. Steve has a thirty-year track record of building EMS businesses with industry-leading technology, process, quality and customer service. He is a twenty-year member and past chairman of the Board of Directors of the IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries).</p> <p>Steve commented, “We are extremely excited to welcome Charlie Capers and the Trilogy Circuits team to the Zentech family. The transaction was driven in large part by requests from our established military customers for Zentech to deliver our highly certified, high-complexity processing model to the Southwest region as they all have significant operations in this vibrant geography. Zentech is on the leading edge of many emerging DoD programs and the formation of Zentech Dallas will provide seamless engineering collaboration with our customers to support their mission-critical NPI requirements.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Charles Capers, Founder of the acquired Trilogy Circuits, LLC., will continue to manage Zentech Dallas. He stated, “I am very honored to be working with Steve and the team at Zentech. The culture and the talent of the two companies is very similar and the synergies are many. As a Zentech company we will have access to greater resources, guidance and the working capital needed to grow the Zentech Dallas presence in the Southwest mil/aero sector. “</p> <p><strong>About Zentech: </strong><a href="http://www.zentech.com">Zentech Manufacturing, Inc</a>. is an engineering-driven electronics contract manufacturing organization specializing in the design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies with locations in Baltimore, MD., Fredericksburg, VA., and Richardson, TX. &nbsp;Zentech maintains key certifications, including ISO 9001:2015, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace) and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC 610 Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified. Zentech supports many DoD programs and is NIST 800-171 Cyber compliant and is an IPC 1791 Trusted Assembler.</p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fzentech-manufacturing-acquires-trilogy-circuits&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Maryland PCB assembly electronics manufacturer Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:16:20 GMT http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-manufacturing-acquires-trilogy-circuits 2020-01-21T18:16:20Z Stephanie Austin Q4 2019 Market Conditions Report http://info.zentech.com/blog/q4-2019-market-conditions-report <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><a href="http://www.futureelectronics.com/?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9VcKJVfJFBMDOb5awKlkcdHpHJH2NJzXBaUQHPPltEqRrbUjDtf7PRthfa2bvX8dLAMKZR">Future Electronics</a><span>&nbsp;</span>recently released the Q4 2019 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.</p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p><a href="http://www.futureelectronics.com/?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9VcKJVfJFBMDOb5awKlkcdHpHJH2NJzXBaUQHPPltEqRrbUjDtf7PRthfa2bvX8dLAMKZR">Future Electronics</a><span>&nbsp;</span>recently released the Q4 2019 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.</p> <span style="background-color: transparent;">Zentech works closely with Future Electronics and our customers to identify and</span> <span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;</span> <a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/how-does-an-ems-company-develop-an-effective-risk-management-plan?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9VcKJVfJFBMDOb5awKlkcdHpHJH2NJzXBaUQHPPltEqRrbUjDtf7PRthfa2bvX8dLAMKZR" style="background-color: transparent;">prepare in advance</a> <span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;</span> <span style="background-color: transparent;">for potential lead times issues. As economic activity continues to expand across all markets, it is important for OEM’s to review their upcoming requirements and forecasts carefully. There is nothing worse than working hard to land business and then learn that component lead times are going to</span> <span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;</span> <a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/poor-supply-chain-management-will-cost-you-money?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9VcKJVfJFBMDOb5awKlkcdHpHJH2NJzXBaUQHPPltEqRrbUjDtf7PRthfa2bvX8dLAMKZR" style="background-color: transparent;">prevent you</a> <span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;</span> <span style="background-color: transparent;">from making committed deliveries to your customers.</span> <span style="background-color: transparent;"> </span> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <span style="background-color: transparent;"></span> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <span style="background-color: transparent;">Zentech can help! We can perform a lead time analysis for your program and best position you for success in the future in the wake of lead times creeping out, in some cases dramatically, for many component types.&nbsp;</span> <a href="http://www.zentech.com/contact/?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9VcKJVfJFBMDOb5awKlkcdHpHJH2NJzXBaUQHPPltEqRrbUjDtf7PRthfa2bvX8dLAMKZR" style="background-color: transparent;">Contact</a> <span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;Zentech to discuss today.</span> <p>Click the button below to read the Q3 2019 Market Conditions Report&nbsp;<br><br></p> <p><span><strong>About Zentech:</strong><br>Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held,&nbsp;engineering-driven&nbsp;contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly-complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company is headquartered in its purpose-built facility located in Baltimore, MD, with additional operations in Fredericksburg, VA. Zentech maintains several&nbsp;<a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/in-electronics-manufacturing-highly-certified-matters?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--klG0Hsm4OgnvLYrhAaqcOdhOjfpqTphtovI2vaMDo3gMdXkUSSaD5wYT8q8hS5eFkkyCb">key certifications,&nbsp;</a>including ISO 9001:2015, ITAR (US State Dept.),&nbsp; AS9100 (aerospace) and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC 610 Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified and is now&nbsp;<a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/zentechs-matt-turpin-interviewed-on-nist-800-171?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--klG0Hsm4OgnvLYrhAaqcOdhOjfpqTphtovI2vaMDo3gMdXkUSSaD5wYT8q8hS5eFkkyCb">NIST 800-171 compliant</a>&nbsp;and<span>&nbsp;</span><a href="https://info.zentech.com/blog/zentech-earns-ipc-1791-certification-trusted-assembler?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--klG0Hsm4OgnvLYrhAaqcOdhOjfpqTphtovI2vaMDo3gMdXkUSSaD5wYT8q8hS5eFkkyCb">IPC 1791 certified</a>.&nbsp;<span>Zentech Fredericksburg operations is also a Mid-Atlantic leader in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://info.zentech.com/blog/beyond-just-pcbs-zentechs-wide-range-of-manufacturing-solutions?utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz--klG0Hsm4OgnvLYrhAaqcOdhOjfpqTphtovI2vaMDo3gMdXkUSSaD5wYT8q8hS5eFkkyCb">fabrication</a><span><span>&nbsp;</span>of wire harnesses and over-molded cables for harsh environments.</span></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: initial;"></span></p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fq4-2019-market-conditions-report&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Maryland PCB assembly electronics manufacturer electronics supply chain Thu, 07 Nov 2019 17:30:00 GMT http://info.zentech.com/blog/q4-2019-market-conditions-report 2019-11-07T17:30:00Z Stephanie Austin The Mission Critical Components of a Contract Manufacturer http://info.zentech.com/blog/the-mission-critical-components-of-a-contract-manufacturer <div class="hs-featured-image-wrapper"> <a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/the-mission-critical-components-of-a-contract-manufacturer" title="" class="hs-featured-image-link"> <img src="https://info.zentech.com/hubfs/Production_floor.jpg" alt="Production_floor" class="hs-featured-image" style="width:auto !important; max-width:50%; float:left; margin:0 15px 15px 0;"> </a> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>Are you looking for a qualified electronics manufacturing service to partner with? Being able to differentiate between the best manufacturers and those that fall short can be a challenge. If you're not exactly sure what non-negotiables to look for, we've put together these nine factors that you should insist upon before partnering with an electronics contract manufacturer.</p> <p><strong style="background-color: transparent;">Mission Critical No. 1: Industry Experience</strong><span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p>It is always in your best interest to partner with a contract manufacturing company that has an extensive history in the electronics industry. Those businesses that are well-established can be counted upon to provide high quality work, and will take pride in each board that they design and produce. Don't hesitate to ask your prospective manufacturer about how long they have been in business, who their core customers are, awards they&nbsp; have received, etc. </p> </div> <div class="hs-migrated-cms-post"> <p>Are you looking for a qualified electronics manufacturing service to partner with? Being able to differentiate between the best manufacturers and those that fall short can be a challenge. If you're not exactly sure what non-negotiables to look for, we've put together these nine factors that you should insist upon before partnering with an electronics contract manufacturer.</p> <p><strong style="background-color: transparent;"><img src="https://info.zentech.com/hs-fs/hubfs/Production_floor.jpg?width=300&amp;name=Production_floor.jpg" alt="Production_floor" width="300" style="width: 300px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; float: left;">Mission Critical No. 1: Industry Experience</strong><span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p>It is always in your best interest to partner with a contract manufacturing company that has an extensive history in the electronics industry. Those businesses that are well-established can be counted upon to provide high quality work, and will take pride in each board that they design and produce. Don't hesitate to ask your prospective manufacturer about how long they have been in business, who their core customers are, awards they&nbsp; have received, etc. </p> <p><strong>Mission Critical No. 2: Design Capabilities</strong> &nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to providing customers with an electronics manufacturing service, your manufacturing partner should also have the ability to help you throughout your design processes. Whether you are starting completely from scratch, or simply need a fresh set of eyes to review your current specs, the best manufacturing companies can help you to streamline your plans and make them as efficient and effective as possible. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mission Critical No. 3: Advanced Technologies</strong> &nbsp;</p> <p><span>Too few EMS companies take the very tangible and costly steps to ensure their tools and equipment set is being continually updated to meet the evolving nature of products and <a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/the-road-less-traveled-part-2-why-equipment-matters">technology</a>. Investing in the best equipment set should be essential to a contract manufacturer who supports high-tech/high-reliability markets. This should be a <em>non-negotiable</em> differentiation to look for in a strong CM partner. Be sure to take a factory tour and see the equipment and technology first hand.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Mission Critical No. 4: Industry compliance</strong></p> <p>Never work with a contract manufacturing company that does not adhere to the most current industry standards. In addition to complying with various industry rules and regulations for design and manufacture, your manufacturing partner must be willing to comply with your specific standards for production. This is especially important for the milaero and defense markets when it comes to the <a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/the-fourth-pillar-of-defense-acquisition-cybersecurity">cybersecurity</a> requirements within the DoD contracting environment. An excellent manufacturing partner stays ahead of the curve and proactively works to adhere to the newest compliance standards.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mission Critical No. 5: Program Management</strong> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/program-management-the-key-to-success">Program Management</a> is one of the keys to a successful relationship between Customer and Contract Manufacturer. How often will the Program Manager be communicating with you? What kind of task order environment will be established? How do they manage cost and schedules? Do they mitigate risk for your company? Are they aware of the latest supply chain market conditions? A truly competent contract manufacturer proactively communicates with its customer to seamlessly and efficiently manufacture your product.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mission Critical No. 6: Product Testing</strong> &nbsp;</p> <p>Your contract manufacturing service should never be satisfied with simply producing a batch order of PC boards. <a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/seica-pilot-4d-v8-flying-probe-electrical-testing-capability">Testing</a> should always be completed to ensure that each unit produced is highly functional and performs as expected. Testing the products for any design flaws or issues can help you to analyze trends and catch major production errors without causing you to waste an excessive amount of time or money.&nbsp; Testing is also especially important in mission and life critical environments as your product has to work the first time and every time. Partner with CM who takes your product as seriously as you do.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mission Critical No. 7: Supply Chain and Risk Management</strong> &nbsp;</p> <p><span>Tightly-controlled inventory management and <a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/poor-supply-chain-management-will-cost-you-money">supply chain</a> tracking is vital for a successful electronics manufacturing process. Is your potential contract manufacturer going to do everything possible to <a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/how-does-an-ems-company-develop-an-effective-risk-management-plan">protect</a> the parts that build your products?</span></p> <p><strong>Mission Critical No. 8: Fulfillment Services</strong> &nbsp;</p> <p>It's never a good idea to choose an electronics manufacturing service that does not take care of your needs post-production. A great company will offer fulfillment services including troubleshooting any faulty PC boards and making the necessary repairs before returning them from their depot. In the end, this will save you a lot of time and money on labor or on warranty replacement units. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mission Critical No. 9: Certifications<br></strong></p> <p><a href="http://info.zentech.com/blog/in-electronics-manufacturing-highly-certified-matters">Certifications</a> provide a level of&nbsp;(objective) accountability that, first and foremost, protects you the customer. Certifications ensure that the contract manufacturer remains compliant with current industry standards, regulations, and best-practices which directly impact the quality and&nbsp;reliability of the products and services that the electronics contract manufacturer provides. Be sure that you partner with a contracts manufacturer who is highly certified.&nbsp;</p> </div> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=165279&amp;k=14&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.zentech.com%2Fblog%2Fthe-mission-critical-components-of-a-contract-manufacturer&amp;bu=http%253A%252F%252Finfo.zentech.com%252Fblog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> assembly manufacturing American based product assembly electronics manufacturing service Thu, 26 Sep 2019 14:55:08 GMT weavers@zentech.com (Stephanie Weaver) http://info.zentech.com/blog/the-mission-critical-components-of-a-contract-manufacturer 2019-09-26T14:55:08Z [timeout] => 10 [curl_options] => Array ( ) [force_fsockopen] => [force_feed] => [cache] => 1 [force_cache_fallback] => [cache_duration] => 43200 [autodiscovery_cache_duration] => 604800 [cache_location] => ./cache [cache_name_function] => md5 [order_by_date] => 1 [input_encoding] => [autodiscovery] => 31 [registry] => SimplePie_Registry Object ( [default:protected] => Array ( [Cache] => SimplePie_Cache [Locator] => SimplePie_Locator [Parser] => SimplePie_Parser [File] => SimplePie_File [Sanitize] => SimplePie_Sanitize [Item] => SimplePie_Item [Author] => SimplePie_Author [Category] => SimplePie_Category [Enclosure] => SimplePie_Enclosure [Caption] => SimplePie_Caption [Copyright] => SimplePie_Copyright [Credit] => SimplePie_Credit [Rating] => SimplePie_Rating [Restriction] => SimplePie_Restriction [Content_Type_Sniffer] => SimplePie_Content_Type_Sniffer [Source] => SimplePie_Source [Misc] => SimplePie_Misc [XML_Declaration_Parser] => SimplePie_XML_Declaration_Parser [Parse_Date] => SimplePie_Parse_Date ) [classes:protected] => Array ( [Sanitize] => WP_SimplePie_Sanitize_KSES [Cache] => WP_Feed_Cache [File] => WP_SimplePie_File ) [legacy:protected] => Array ( [0] => WP_SimplePie_Sanitize_KSES [1] => WP_Feed_Cache [2] => WP_SimplePie_File ) ) [max_checked_feeds] => 10 [all_discovered_feeds] => Array ( ) [image_handler] => [multifeed_url] => Array ( ) [multifeed_objects] => Array ( ) [config_settings] => [item_limit] => 0 [check_modified] => [strip_attributes] => Array ( [0] => bgsound [1] => class [2] => expr [3] => id [4] => style [5] => onclick [6] => onerror [7] => onfinish [8] => onmouseover [9] => onmouseout [10] => onfocus [11] => onblur [12] => lowsrc [13] => dynsrc ) [add_attributes] => Array ( [audio] => Array ( [preload] => none ) [iframe] => Array ( [sandbox] => allow-scripts allow-same-origin ) [video] => Array ( [preload] => none ) ) [strip_htmltags] => Array ( [0] => base [1] => blink [2] => body [3] => doctype [4] => embed [5] => font [6] => form [7] => frame [8] => frameset [9] => html [10] => iframe [11] => input [12] => marquee [13] => meta [14] => noscript [15] => object [16] => param [17] => script [18] => style ) [enable_exceptions] => )

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