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In-House Talent Makes All The Difference In Electronic Board Design

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 01:31 PM

PCB-ServicesNo matter what market you're looking to enter, your electronics design needs to be rock-solid if it's going to succeed.  

Companies still using "fire and forget" style of outsourced electronic manufacturing services, which simply build to order, are taking big gambles with their product. Electronics today need to be more thoroughly tested, better-built, and better targeted to consumers if they're going to succeed.  

When you partner with manufacturers who also have in-house electronic board design specialists, you can get a far superior product without adding much to the costs of production. In many cases, their expertise
can pay off with better ROI in the long run than a more limited service can save you up-front.

Have Talent On Your Side When Introducing New Electronics

An all-in-one solution can provide additional end-to-end value, when compared to pure build-to-order companies. There are numerous options for leveraging their expertise:

1 - Board optimization

Every electronics factory is a little different, thanks to the wide range of machinery that's available.  A good manufacturer will know the exact tolerances of their manufacturing processes, as well as its strongest points. When they have engineers on-staff, they can very often re-tool and optimize the electronic board design to best-fit their processes, saving money and even reducing component usage.

2 - Prototyping and testing

The more complicated a piece of electronics is, the more likely it's going to need to go through several revisions before it's ready for public release. A manufacturer with in-house testing services can speed you through this entire process. Prototypes can be rapidly assembled, tested, and then refined based on the testing results.

Even when starting from scratch, the best electronics manufacturers today can create new prototypes in just days.This can significantly reduce your time-to-market all the while releasing a superior product.

3 - Going greenSMT-Production-Method

Buyers in many fields are increasingly concerned about the eco-friendliness of the products they buy, and will in many cases discriminate against products that don't meet accepted guidelines for pollution and recyclability.

Companies with in house-talent will know of alternative sources for parts, and different manufacturing processes, which can bring a product into RoHs compliance or even stricter standards.  In the months and years ahead, this is almost certain to become an ever more important factor in purchasing decisions.

4 - Repair services

When everything else is under one roof, actual circuit board repair services become an option. In the long run, this can be an enormous cost-cutter, because the alternative to repair services is simply sending out full replacement units for any warranty claim. It's fairly obvious how such a practice, especially on expensive equipment, can quickly destroy a product's profitability.

When your manufacturer can receive defective units, repair them, and ship them back in the same time as it would take to ship a replacement, that can greatly decrease your post-sale expenditures.

Integrated Services Bring Better Services

When it comes to engineering and electronic board design, a single source is going to be far more cost-efficient and effective at creating a superior product.  Contact Zentech today for more information on how far a single-source manufacturer can take you.

 

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Topics: electronic board design, Electronic Board Design Services

In-House Talent Makes All The Difference In Electronic Board Design

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

PCB-ServicesNo matter what market you're looking to enter, your electronics design needs to be rock-solid if it's going to succeed.  The electronics manufacturing field is booming and still barely meeting demand, so there's plenty of room for great products to succeed.  

But they have to be great products.

Companies still using "fire and forget" style outsourced electronic manufacturing services, which simply build to order, are taking big gambles with their product.  Electronics today need to be more thoroughly tested, better-built, and better targeted to consumers if they're going to succeed.  

When you partner with manufacturers who also have in-house electronic board design specialists, you can get a far superior product without adding much to the costs of production.  In many cases, their expertise can pay off with better ROI in the long run than a more limited service can save you up-front.

Have Talent On Your Side When Introducing New Electronics

An all-in-one solution can provide additional end-to-end value, when compared to pure build-to-order companies.  There are numerous options for leveraging their expertise:

1 - Board optimization

Every electronics factory is a little different, thanks to the wide range of machinery that's available.  A good manufacturer will know the exact tolerances of their manufacturing processes, as well as its strongest points.  When they have engineers on-staff, they can very often re-tool and optimize the electronic board design to best-fit their processes, saving money and even reducing component usage.

2 - Prototyping and testing

The more complicated a piece of electronics is, the more likely it's going to need to go through several revisions before it's ready for public release.  A manufacturer with in-house testing services can speed you through this entire process.  Prototypes can be rapidly assembled, tested, and then refined based on the testing results.

Even when starting from scratch, the best electronics manufacturers today can create new prototypes in as little as three days.  This can significantly reduce your time-to-market while seeing a better product built.

3 - Going greenSMT-Production-Method

Buyers in many fields are increasingly concerned about the eco-friendliness of the products they buy, and will in many cases discriminate against products that don't meet accepted guidelines for pollution and recyclability.

Companies with in house-talent will know of alternative sources for parts, and different manufacturing processes, which can bring a product into RoHs compliance or even stricter standards.  In the months and years ahead, this is almost certain to become an ever more important factor in purchasing decisions.

4 - Repair services

When everything else is under one roof, actual circuit board repair services become an option.  In the long run, this can be an enormous cost-cutter, because the alternative to repair services is simply sending out full replacement units for any warranty claim.  It's fairly obvious how such a practice -especially on expensive equipment- can quickly destroy a product's profitability.

When your manufacturer can receive defective units, repair them, and ship them back in the same time as it would take to ship a replacement, that can greatly decrease your post-sale expenditures.

Integrated Services Bring Better Services

When it comes to engineering and electronic board design, a single source is going to be far more cost-efficient and effective at creating a superior product.  Contact ZenTech today for more information on how far a single-source manufacturer can take you.

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Topics: electronic board design, Electronic Board Design Services

Custom Electronic Board Design Services Bring You More For Your Money!

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Tue, Jan 06, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

pcb assemblySure, there are a lot of cut-rate vendors in the world who will take electronic schematics and produce exactly what's on-paper...  but that's rarely the best way to design and launch a new product.  To create a successful piece of electronics today, you need an electronics assembler who can give you more for your money.

Electronic board design isn't a "one and done" challenge, or at least it shouldn't be.  The best products are thoroughly tested, revised, and re-thought to ensure they truly meet a market need and will be able to fulfill it.  You can't get that sort of guarantee from the low-cost manufacturers.

Custom electronic board design will help ensure your product is a success, while minimizing your ongoing costs throughout the process.

What You Need In Custom Electronics Design

1 - Modern Manufacturing Equipment

Electronics is a rapidly-advancing field, and that goes for electronics manufacturing as well.  Every year brings new innovations for making products smaller, lighter, and more affordable.  If your manufacturer is using processes that are years -or decades- old, your product is going to be handicapped from the start.

Even seemingly-minor elements such as the size of their drills can ultimately have a huge impact on the overall reliability of the final product.  Older assembly lines simply cannot compete with modern processes.

2 - Official Industry Certifications

Electronics are becoming ever-more tightly regulated by the modern countries, and staying within those regulations is an absolute necessity for doing business.  This can be difficult to guarantee from the low-cost shops, who often lack the facilities for truly modern production.

When you deal with a manufacturer who has a list of official certifications from groups like the IEEE, it's much easier to feel secure about their equipment and processes.  If their materials are rated to be sent on NASA missions, their stuff is going to be trustworthy for more mundane applications as well.

3 - On-Site Engineers

It's much harder to create effective "generic" electronic designs today because so much of the manufacturing hardware is highly specialized.  When your electronic board design partner has its own engineers who are familiar with the on-site equipment, they'll virtually always be able to suggest refinements that fit their own processes.

This allows you to truly get the most out of the assembly lines you're hiring, and leverage the latest innovations to further improve your designs.  However, you just can't get this from a vendor who simply produces designs to your spec without any other thought.

4 - Robust Prototyping And Testing
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Product recalls are highly embarrassing and, if they happen too often, can quickly sink a company's reputation.  Even a single high-profile flop can sometimes be enough to ruin a company.  

The only way to avoid this is to prevent it from ever happening, via pre-release testing.  You need an electronics partner with full prototyping and testing facilities so that you can truly ensure the product is reliable and safe to use.  This is a case where a little extra expense early on is immediately justified by the later problems it avoids.

Otherwise, releasing electronics without rigorous testing is like a chef serving dishes without tasting the sauce first.  It's a needless gamble.

5 - Computerized Supply Chain Management

There are two big reasons you want an electronic board design partner with a central computerized supply chain tracking system:

  • It greatly reduces counterfeit parts slipping into the line, and

  • It allows tightly optimized component procurement.

Failure rates on many components are a known quantity if you have reliable parts suppliers.  You can make intelligent predictions regarding costs due to repair\warranty issues, pre-buying the parts and saving money in the process. 

Some amount of post-sale support is unavoidable.  Proper supply chain management minimizes the cost to your bottom line.

Want to learn more?  ZenTech is one of America's premiere electronics partners, with decades of experience in design and production.  Contact us today for a consultation.  

 

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Topics: american electronics design services, electronic board design, Electronic Board Design Services