The advantage of being a World Class Contract Manufacturer is the depth of experience across highly complex industries. Currently, the semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry is one of the most high tech and complex of all. Some of the machines designed and manufactured by such companies are thought to be the most complex pieces of machinery in the history of mankind. As we all know, California is a hub for this type of equipment. And When things are cranking in the semiconductor industry at the same time as other industries like Defense and Aerospace, the local CNC machine shops can get overloaded quickly. Not to mention CNC machining of large parts, which are even harder to find in the California region. Similarly, the assembly shops can feel the same struggle, although there are less of these folks. With all these factors in play, companies like PEKO have found a good market in supporting the Semiconductor OEMs in California.
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Having a clean room is only half the battle:
Today's high tech industries are utilizing contract manufacturers for outsourcing their mechanical assembly work. The cost disparity for the OEM to the CM can be dramatic. There are more a few contract manufacturers in the US that have clean room assembly. At times they can make it look easy, but make no mistake, properly assembling in a clean room environment is no easy task. Meticulous planning and discipline must be enforced for the customer requirements to be met in such an environment. Below are some challenges that any OEM or Contract Manufacturer will face when effectively carrying out clean room assembly internally.
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