Making the decision to outsource your procurement, assembly, and test to an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider is not one that is made lightly. So once you've made the decision to outsource and you enter the request for quote phase, supplying the correct information to your EMS provider is vital in ensuring the process is efficient as possible. 

So what data and documentation will your partner need from you? Well, in order to help, Steven Chan has written a comprehensive list of the nine essential documents almost every EMS partner will require from you to prepare a quote and then use during the manufacture of your product. 

At first glance, this may seem like a large amount of paperwork and a time-consuming exercise. However, by supplying these up front and ensuring the details are correct you eliminate the time and cost associated with your EMS partner coming back to you asking additional questions or having to make assumptions during the quote stage. 

Of course, if you then go onto placing an order, it will also make the difference between getting the right product at the right time at the right price versus a potentially frustrating first encounter which doesn't end up meeting any of your outsourcing expectations.