OCM Manufacturing Unveils Incentive Program for New Tech Products

Quick Start program designed to help start-up tech firms, new product development teams get products right the first time

OCM Manufacturing, an Ottawa contract electronics manufacturer, has developed a unique offering designed to help accelerate the development of new Canadian technology products.

Called Quick Start, the program is the brainchild of OCM president Michel Jullian who began thinking about how he could utilize the existing resources of his company to offer a suite of affordable services to companies and individuals with new product ideas.

“A lot of time, effort and money can be consumed at the beginning of product development. Using our in-house resources, we can streamline this process for new products and help ensure those products can be manufactured in a more efficient and cost-effective way,” he said.

The Quick Start initiative allows entrepreneurs and companies with new product concepts to piggy-back on OCM’s manufacturing expertise and established supply chain. Under the new program, OCM provides complimentary design-for-manufacturing (DFM) services that assess the new product’s design in terms of manufacturing efficiency. The program also picks up some of the cost of producing the first prototype units of the new product by offering complimentary components and X-Ray inspection services.

Thus, the Quick Start program is estimated to save a company between $1,500 and $3,000 on a typical prototype run. “We can afford to do this because we have this expertise and a good stock of common components in house. The real value we are offering is the manufacturing expertise that a new product design requires to be manufactured cost efficiently in the long run,” Dr. Jullian said.

“Quick Start is a win-win offering. The entrepreneur or company with the new product receives some free services at the front end of the process, and we hope to get their larger manufacturing business at a subsequent stage.”

About OCM Manufacturing

Founded in 1988, OCM Manufacturing is an Ottawa based company that specializes in contract electronics manufacturing for small and medium size companies. The company specializes in printed circuit board (PCB) assembly and test services with full system assembly and test capabilities and a complete suite of warranty administration, field return servicing and other after market services. OCM Manufacturing is a finalist (mid-market business category) in the Greater Ottawa Chamber of Commerce annual business awards.

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