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Tips For Prototype Manufacturing and Outsourcing PCB Assembly

October 22, 2019 by Intel,GE Healthcare,EMERSON,Rice University  

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If often doesn’t make sense to invest in costly production equipment if you just want to spin some prototypes and instead outsource your Printed Circuit Assembly and prototype manufacturing to a reliable manufacturer.

 

I’ll provide you some key tips as to what to watch out for when looking for an agreement PCB manufacturer.

 

Several manufacturers will offer an instant quote system on their site for the manufacture of PCBs, assembly, and prototypes. This’ll save time when comparing different sellers. Ensure that system allows you to enter all of the info, such as board thickness, material, milling, copper thickness, etc. so that you can get a correct quote without any surprises late on.

 

Normally the cost each board will reduce as quantity increases. This is due to the fairly high setup cost of PCB manufacturing and component assembly. Some vendors will utilize a system where they joint boards from many clients. This way the setup cost will be distributed amongst many clients. When you produce a product, you obviously don’t want to have to manufacture a large quantity of PCBs right away while you refine your design.

 

One restriction with a small amount of prototypes though is that the option of thickness and material will be limited. If you’re utilizing a special material then chances are there would not be any other client utilizing the similar material. In addition, lead time plays a grand role in determining cost.

 

A longer lead time lets the manufacturer freedom in slotting your production. This typically reflected in the lower expense which you’ll see in the quote section. Of course, you’re in rush and need to be moved to the up of the pile you’ll need to spend more cash.

 

Ensure that your agreement manufacturer will support the file to produce that you provide. One of the most common formats for PCB manufacturing is the Gerber format but a few vendors will also accept board files from usual PCB software items. A few suppliers also offer in-home PCB design. Even if you design board yourself, selecting a vendor with design services might prove useful in case there’s an issue with your files. In this matter, your vendor can make rapid changes which will avoid expensive delays.

 

When subcontracting assembly, make sure that your vendor can assemble entire of the package type that your PCB uses. Some vendors can’t assemble some type IC packages such as Chip Scale packages, BGA or extremely small components types. If in doubt be sure to contact your provider ahead of time.

 

Some manufacturers will carry an inventory of standard SMT as well as through-hole components. You’ll save time if you can pull from your vendor’s inventory rather than buying every component yourself. Ensure to specify which components you want to consign yourself when you upload your bill of materials.

 

Most of the vendors will also provide the manufacture of SMT stencil which is needed for PCB assembly. Be sure to order stencil right away when ordering the PCB themselves to avoid any delays.

 

 

 

Intel,GE Healthcare,EMERSON,Rice University is the author of this article on pcb manufacturing. Find more information, about PCB.

Tips For Prototype Manufacturing and Outsourcing PCB Assembly

October 22, 2019 by Intel,GE Healthcare,EMERSON,Rice University  

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If often doesn’t make sense to invest in costly production equipment if you just want to spin some prototypes and instead outsource your Printed Circuit Assembly and prototype manufacturing to a reliable manufacturer.

I’ll provide you some key tips as to what to watch out for when looking for an agreement PCB manufacturer.

Several manufacturers will offer an instant quote system on their site for the manufacture of PCBs, assembly, and prototypes. This’ll save time when comparing different sellers. Ensure that system allows you to enter all of the info, such as board thickness, material, milling, copper thickness, etc. so that you can get a correct quote without any surprises late on.

Normally the cost each board will reduce as quantity increases. This is due to the fairly high setup cost of PCB manufacturing and component assembly. Some vendors will utilize a system where they joint boards from many clients. This way the setup cost will be distributed amongst many clients. When you produce a product, you obviously don’t want to have to manufacture a large quantity of PCBs right away while you refine your design.

One restriction with a small amount of prototypes though is that the option of thickness and material will be limited. If you’re utilizing a special material then chances are there would not be any other client utilizing the similar material. In addition, lead time plays a grand role in determining cost.

A longer lead time lets the manufacturer freedom in slotting your production. This typically reflected in the lower expense which you’ll see in the quote section. Of course, you’re in rush and need to be moved to the up of the pile you’ll need to spend more cash.

Ensure that your agreement manufacturer will support the file to produce that you provide. One of the most common formats for PCB manufacturing is the Gerber format but a few vendors will also accept board files from usual PCB software items. A few suppliers also offer in-home PCB design. Even if you design board yourself, selecting a vendor with design services might prove useful in case there’s an issue with your files. In this matter, your vendor can make rapid changes which will avoid expensive delays.

When subcontracting assembly, make sure that your vendor can assemble entire of the package type that your PCB uses. Some vendors can’t assemble some type IC packages such as Chip Scale packages, BGA or extremely small components types. If in doubt be sure to contact your provider ahead of time.

Some manufacturers will carry an inventory of standard SMT as well as through-hole components. You’ll save time if you can pull from your vendor’s inventory rather than buying every component yourself. Ensure to specify which components you want to consign yourself when you upload your bill of materials.

Most of the vendors will also provide the manufacture of SMT stencil which is needed for PCB assembly. Be sure to order stencil right away when ordering the PCB themselves to avoid any delays.

 

 

Intel,GE Healthcare,EMERSON,Rice University is the author of this article on pcb manufacturing. Find more information, about PCB.