I'm considering entering into
the small-time manufacturing business with some
modular test instruments that have a USB interface.
The goal will be utter simplicity using inexpensive
parts to create a line of TE for the hobbyist. I'd
like to start with an o-scope and multimeter, which
I already have prototypes of, and then a spectrum
analyzer that will reach out to at least 2.5 GHz
to cover the wireless bands. The display and control
will all have to be from the host computer in order
to cut out a lot of the expense.
question. Is there really a market for a 100 MHz
o-scope module that can be sold for about $100-$150,
and the multimeter module for about $50? I'm thinking
the S/A can be sold for around $200. The big thing
is that I'm planning to make them entirely in the
US with as many US produced parts as possible. This
is not because of anything against foreign companies,
just that I'd like to do my part to help get the
US back into the business of manufacturing.
Would not shipping with an official NIST tracable
certification certificate, but will be tested with
TE that does have a current cal cert.
anyone have experience with having electronic assemblies
manufactured in the US? I plan to only have the
boards fabbed, and then I'll do the packaging and
testing myself. Ideally, the business would grow
to where I would need to hire some people to help
in production. I would also insist that no illegal
labor be used at the CM location. that might be
a deal killer right there.
How about it?
Any sage advice for a neophyte businessman? (who
has 15 years in the circuit design field)