General Micro Systems is primarily a “design and prototype” business, choosing, since our inception, to stay out of the rapid changing mechanical, hardware, and software manufacturing realm.
The decision to abstain from in-house manufacturing eliminates huge capital investments in manufacturing equipment alone, especially because nearly every 3-5 years the production technology becomes obsolete. To mitigate this, GMS partners with multiple contract manufacturers (CMs) around the globe who are capable of truly dynamic manufacturing, meaning that they can rapidly increase or decrease production to any level from individual systems a week to thousands, in order to fit our requirements. This system can be referred to as a “virtual manufacturing capacity,” shrinking to do very little production at a time when business is slow and increasing in proportion to high demand.
Because we choose not to invest in ownership of manufacturing equipment, we have the flexibility to produce on demand, expanding or contracting promptly without financial consequences. This allows GMS to stay focused on its core technology, which is to develop computing engines. Our customers benefit from this elasticity in virtual manufacturing capacity because it maintains a concerted effort with their clientele’s demand, as well. As their business fluctuates, we can fluctuate with them. As our business fluctuates, our CMs fluctuate with us.
GMS has production capacities that need a full range of flexibility, therefore it’s imperative that we have the freedom to pick and choose our manufacturing requisites in order to meet a complete range of price points and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) requirements. This is made possible through our vast pool of contract manufacturers, whether our needs are met through domestic manufacturing or they are met through offshore production, we can always accommodate for economical and sensitive demands. Regardless of which company we choose to employ to meet specific needs, we have created a system where every one of the products that comes through our doors is met with a level of sophisticated testing in order to ensure efficiency.
General Micro Systems performs all of our thermal cycling internally and every product that we ship is 100% functionally tested with a state of the art inspection and analysis. So, although our core competency is design and development, we are still able to guarantee assurance in the manufactured products that we employ through in-house testing.
The marriage between GMS’ core intellectual property knowledge and our contracts with external manufacturers has proven, for over 35 years, to be a well-oiled machine. We are continuously able to meet the needs of our customers through a malleable, truly dynamic manufacturing system, without the threat of harsh financial consequences.