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The pros and cons of cross-training electronics manufacturing staff

The pros and cons of cross-training electronics manufacturing staff
02/02/2016

For contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs) to succeed, they must have the right people with the right skills, in the right place at the right time.

Unlike original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), who are responsible for a defined portfolio of products, CEMs deliver a wide variety of electronics and electrically-based products across multiple market sectors to their customers.

Similar to an elite Special Forces squad, CEMs must be able to rapidly deploy specialist skills into critical areas of their business at peak times. They must be able to do this without comprising product quality or delivery objectives for current customers; or their ability to engage with potential new customers on the horizon. Once a contract has shipped they must then be able to extract this resource rapidly and assign it to the next mission.

So how do elite CEMs go about completing this challenge? Surely cross-training electronics manufacturing staff is beneficial to both the individuals involved and the company as a whole? Are there any negatives aspects to be aware of? Let’s find out.

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