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Time Is Of The Essence In PCB Prototype Assembly

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

freight-routing-optionsCompanies today are bringing out more products, more quickly, trying to meet the demands of an ever-growing industry that wants constant innovation.  Are your design and prototyping services able to keep up with that demand?

It's often one of the biggest complaints companies have about their PCB assembly partners.  Prototypes can be slow to develop, as well as expensive, since they require custom re-configuration of assembly lines.  When dealing with overseas companies, this can often involve months of back-and-forth.  

Some companies end up outsourcing the prototype to other firms for the sake of speed, but then that opens up the question of whether their primary electronics assembler will be able to recreate it reliably.  There's also the question of who's writing the onboard software, and how that will be integrated properly into the prototype.

If your business wants to stay on top of the market, such delays can quickly sink new product releases - or render them irrelevant by arriving too late to market.  

That's why ZenTech now offers our revolutionary ZenPRO rapid prototyping system - the fastest way to bring your new designs to market.

ZenPRO Creates The Prototypes You Need, In Record Time

How can ZenPro bring you the best of all worlds?

1 - Product builds in less than a week.

Whereas most other companies will need weeks to create a quote and build the prototype, ZenTech's streamlined services bring you a quote within one business day, and the prototype in 3-5 business days.  If the board is demanding product revisions on Monday, you could potentially have the new design on their desks by Friday.

No other manufacturer is able to offer such fast Prototyping and rapid ordering.

2 - More product revisions before release.

The devil is always in the details when it comes to consumer electronics, and new products can go through plenty of design revisions before being deemed ready for release.  We can slash the time needed to go through that revision process, or allow you to fit in several additional revisions within the same development time.

That means more feedback, more bug-testing, and more chances to get the product right before ordering apc-board-inventory full production run.

3 - Integrated design services.

ZenTech is a truly full-featured manufacturing partner, with in-house expertise in both hardware and software systems design.  There's no need to split up the workload - ZenTech can provide both the PCB and the software needed to run it, with side-by-side development that ensures each is always the perfect match for the other.

There's no guesswork, or blindly hoping the software dev delivers in time to meet the hardware deadline.  You get everything from one source.

4 - From prototyping straight to full production.

Since ZenTech keeps everything in-house, that means the prototype you approve can go straight into a full production run without delay.  There's no need to bring new partners up-to-speed, or coordinate communications between multiple providers.

ZenPRO by ZenTech is a true one-and-done solution for bringing better products to market, faster.

What's Your Next Electronics Project?

From mass-produced consumer designs to specialty products destined for NASA space projects, ZenTech can truly handle any electronics project on Earth while keeping the work right here in the USA.  

Contact ZenTech today to learn just how quickly ZenPRO can make your next electronics assembly project a reality. 

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What You Need For Successful PCB Prototype Assembly Services

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

assembling-pcbWith the right contract electronics manufacturing partner, you can easily take a product all the way from the idea phase to store shelves!  Good prototyping is the key to a successful product, and that's a process where both you and your manufacturing partner can contribute.

Your electronics manufacturer will be able to give you a lot of technical and engineering assistance, but a truly effective product needs to have focus to truly succeed.  That's where you come in.  With your knowledge of your market and customers, and your manufacturer's expertise, the PCB prototype assembly phase will help guarantee a great end product.

Let's talk a bit about what you should have in mind about your product, when talking to electronics prototyping services.

Four Tips For Focused PCB Prototyping Assembly Development

1 - Know Your Customer

The days of "one-size-fits-all" electronics are long gone.  Consumers today are increasingly demanding products tailor-made for their needs, which means you should come into the process armed with as much information on your customers as possible.

Besides helping to refine the build and final form factor, this can actually have large impact on the processes used to create your product.  As an example, since through-hole mounting techniques create sturdier products than newer assembly processes, they're often well-suited for children's electronics.

Plus, a good manufacturer will likely have experience already dealing with specific customer groups, so they may have good tips.

2 - How Many Form Factors

Along with the demand for personalization, customers also want their products in a variety of sizes, colors, and whatever other varieties you can come up with.  If you go into the prototyping process already knowing how many form factors you want, it will ease the process considerably.

A single board cannot always be simply scaled up or down to fit different case sizes.  Substantial re-engineering is sometimes needed.  The further ahead of time this is planned for, the better.  Likewise, if the hardware types are known beforehand, the software can be prototyped side-by-side with the hardware, ensuring full compatibility across the product line.  

3 - Prioritize Your Featurescontract-electronics-manufacturing2

Even the world's best engineers can't always cram every feature they want into the available casing space. (just ask Apple.)  It's extremely helpful to have a prioritized list of features, specifically so that your prototype engineers have guidelines on what can be dropped if needed.

This can also be excellent for cost-benefit analyses.  Your manufacturing partner can easily run budgetary forecasts on any number of hypothetical builds, allowing you to refine your pricing\marketing model alongside the product design.  

This is a good "reality check" to ensure you don't overpromise on the product, or end up with something too expensive to sell.

4 - Think Ahead To Post-Sale Scenarios

Who's going to be handling customer service on the product?  Do you have your own internal team, or will you be contracting a call center?

If it's the latter, you may want to look specifically for a manufacturer who also provides post-sale support.  If their technicians have been involved in the product from the prototyping phase onwards, they're going to be much better-prepared to service your customers than a random virtual call center would.

Making that decision early on will add "great support" on top of that great product, and help guarantee happy customers.

The right PCB assembly and prototyping service can make the perfect product for your customers.  Just contact Zentech for more information or a free consultation. 

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A Great Product Begins With A Great Prototype!

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

contact_electronics_manufacturingConsumers today are demanding more electronics, but they're also demanding better electronics.  That's the problem facing many electronics firms trying to find ways to keep up with consumer demand.  Even as people add to the gadgets they carry around, they also are relying on online materials to decide what to purchase next.

In fact, according to Nielsen, consumers globally are most likely to research electronics online before buying.

An electronics firm concerned about their reputation, or looking to grow their core customer base, simply can't afford to release substandard devices.  A robust prototyping process, though a PCB prototype assembly partner, can help guarantee a device that's well-received by its users.

Five Reasons You Need A Quality PCB Prototype Assembly Service

1 - Refining your design for modern equipment.

Many don't realize this, but a good electronics assembly service can often improve a device's size and durability simply by optimizing it for their processes.  The most modern facilities can significantly shrink devices by improving the layout of their internals.  Often, this results in better build quality as well.

2 - Robust stress-testing.

With so many devices designed to fit into someone's pocket or bag,  they need to be able to stand up to some abuse.  That the "bendability" of smartphones has become a matter of contention says something about how important stress-tests can be in product design.

A good PCB assembler has the facilities for numerous stress-tests and real-world usage simulations.  While it's impossible to simulate every abuse an owner might inflict on a product, stress-testing will greatly improve its reliability.  

3 - Experimenting with features/form factor.

Consumers also want choice, so it's nearly expected that devices will come with a range of options in size, performance, and utility.  At times, trying to decide on the right combinations can be difficult, so prototyping allows you to test a number of designs at once to see which fit.

Those prototypes could also be used as the basis for focus group work or other consumer surveys to help narrow your choices down.

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Many electronics assembly partners - especially in the US - are now including software as part of their overall service package.  This can provide significant improvements to device performance quality, when it's being written specifically to fit the hardware.

The prototyping process helps here as well, especially if you're experimenting with design variations.  You can ensure the software for each variation is working properly, rather than hoping a one-size-fits-all OS package will work.

 5 - Failure Rate Predictions 

Nothing in life is perfect, and there's always a chance of individual component failures causing problems in purchased electronics.  Robust prototyping and testing beforehand can yield highly accurate numbers on expected failure rates.

These, in turn, can be used to optimize post-sale support.  Components most likely to fail can be over-produced through carefully-calculated production runs.  Then they're ready when support needs them, reducing costs to you as well as reducing inconvenience to the buyer.

Extensive Prototyping Buys Better Products

Think of prototyping as an insurance policy against later problems.  A little investment in R&D ahead of time can ultimately pay off with a much better product that gets glowing reviews from its users.  In a world where word-of-mouth is even more important in building momentum for a product, that effort will pay off in the long term.

Contact ZenTech today for a free consultation on your electronics assembly needs.

 

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Why Look Overseas For Your PCB Prototype Assembly?

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

 PCB Prototype AssemblyFor at least a decade, it's been "common wisdom" in electronics retail that you should look overseas for PCB prototype assembly and later manufacturing.  However, there's less and less reason to do so, and plenty of great reasons to keep your PCB prototype assembly right here in the USA!

As NPR reported earlier this year, the "reshoring" trend is still going strong, and it's due directly to major market shifts, along with realizations that overseas manufacturing wasn't quite the bargain it was sold as.

Four Reasons To Reshore Your PCB Prototyping And Assembly

1 - Rising Costs

China is a Macro Economics lesson in a nutshell:  What do you get when thousands of companies all flood into a single country with money and jobs?  The answer: Inflation!

China's cost of living has been growing at a steady 15% for the last several years and there's no sign of it slowing - especially now that China is claiming to be the largest economy in the world.  The very practical real-world result is that many of the manufacturing centers that were dirt-cheap 10-20 years ago are now in a price range comparable to most of the rest of the developed world.

For that matter, it's not just China.  India -another popular offshoring destination- is suffering similar growing pains with rising costs of living but stagnating wages.

The inevitable effect of any "gold rush" of offshoring into a country is the negation of its price benefits after a few years.

2 - Poor Parts Control

Eastern manufacturing centers have become notorious for having low QC standards and -at times- fairly rampant corruption.  It's very difficult for a company to have proper oversight.  In fact, even the United States Department of Defense couldn't stop Chinese fakes from making it into their supply line.

An American company, using the latest in product tracking technologies, can provide true end-to-end data demonstrating the reliability of their supply chain.  It increases the cost slightly, but it's a bargain compared to opening up a product and discovering that it's got an "official" Imtel CPU.

3 - Better Oversight And Communicationspcb prototype

Another of the problems with offshore manufacturing that no one paid enough attention to were the communications issues.  It's bad enough having employees in the field who are having to make reports at 3AM, local time, so they can videoconference with an office in the States.  You'll be lucky if that local guy has any idea what's truly going on behind the scenes.  

Asian mega-manufacturer Foxconn, for example, has been caught multiple times leading overseers down a garden path while hiding the truth of their operations.  

And every time they got caught, you know who was blamed for it in the media?  Apple.  If your manufacturer behaves badly, you are the one who'll get the bad press. 

Or, with a domestic facility, you're nearly in the same time zone, you speak the same language as all their workers, and they're working within the US legal framework and its superior regulatory capacity.

4 - Shorter Supply Lines

Finally, think about logistics of keeping manufacturing local.  Sure, you aren't sourcing the cheapest possible components from someplace overseas... and you also aren't paying to ship them from someplace overseas.  In many instances we've seen, a big-picture cost analysis of offshore supplying shows that the per-unit price savings vanish in the face of shipping and fuel costs.

America produces virtually every product known to man.  There's no need to go overseas for components.  They're right here at home, and the short supply lines will save you money on production at every stage of the process.

Keep Your PCB Assembly Local!

A modern American electronics production facility can bring you better products, better oversight, and better communications at prices equivalent to most of the popular offshoring destinations.  It makes your life easier, eliminates messy problems, and helps keep America's economy strong.

Contact ZenTech today for a free manufacturing consultation!  

 

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Hidden Costs To Beware When Hiring PCB Prototype Assembly

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

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It's little wonder than when a company is looking to get into electronics manufacturing, they usually look to hire a manufacturing facility rather than trying to build their own plant. The up-front costs of maintaining a production center are simply too high for most operations to consider, especially if it needs to be versatile enough to handle PCB prototype creation.

This is one area, however, where a business needs to proceed with caution. Once you choose a partner for your PCB assembly, you're putting a lot of trust -and responsibility- in their hands. It's easy for a business to choose manufacturing facilities based solely on low up-front prices, and all too often, costs they hadn't considered began creeping into the mix.

For example:  Recent studies of the entire manufacturing process shows that going overseas is only five percent less expensive than staying domestic. That easily demonstrates just how many extra fees and costs involved in hiring PCB manufacturing.

Warning Signs Your Electronics Assembly Partner May Not Be A Great Deal

1 – Outright “Hidden” Fees

Before signing, it's vital to read the contract carefully. A lot of manufacturing centers like to nickle-and-dime their customers with a pile of fees for things such as file format conversion, or hand placement of parts. It may be reasonable to request these fees, depending on the circumstances, but a partner who isn't up-front about them may also be looking for other ways to skim.

Their sales representative should always be totally open and honest about ALL your costs in dealing with them.

2 – Security Guarantees

There is serious money in black market prototype designs, and there have been major problems over the years with contractors “accidentally” letting CAD files or other design documentation leak out to other partners. Occasionally a company has even found itself competing directly against knockoffs made from its own schematics.

Whoever you partner with should be offering full assurances, in writing, complete with penalties and restitution for non-compliance. Ideally, this is paired with an auditing system that you have access to.

The security of your IP should be one of your biggest concerns when dealing with a PCB assembly service. Don't simply assume they're secure; ask for hard proof.

3 – Inflexible Supply Lines Contract Electronic Assembly

This is one of the biggest “gotchas” that too many businesses don't see coming. If your PCB prototyping is going to move into full production, are the supply lines feeding it going to be able to shift to meet your needs? 6- or 12-month contracts are common, but they cause a business to be heavily “locked in” to a single manufacturing plan.

A major market shift a few months down the road could leave a company behind the curve, and with months of work before they can retool their processes. So, your prototyper and other production contracts should either have leeway, or be with partners with flexible processes that can adapt quickly to change.

4 – Counterfeit Parts

If your PCB assembler doesn't have database-oriented parts tracking, you may be at risk of seeing counterfeit parts make their way into the supply chain. It's all too easy for a manufacturer without sufficient oversight to cut corners on components, or even for their own outsourcers to do the same to them.

Poor-quality parts can ruin a prototype. Worse, it leaves your designers in an impossible situation, where they cannot determine why the prototype failed. Your PCB manufacturing partner needs to be able to offer true assurances that your products will have nothing but genuine, guaranteed parts.

Need Reliable PCB Assembly?

ZenTech is one of America's largest and most robust electronics manufacturing resources, using fully modernized and tracked systems to ensure quality and security at every stage of the process. Our oversight is among the best in the industry.

To learn more about how we protect and nurture your ideas, just contact us for details!

 

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From Dream to Reality: PCB Prototype Assembly Services

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Fri, May 30, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

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The evolution of our world's technology is truly astounding. In the past decades, we've made great leaps and bounds in terms of what our electronic devices are capable of accomplishing, and things are only getting better. Technological engineers and electronics designers are continuously dreaming up new ways to improve existing products, as well as completely original ideas for simplifying every day life and tasks. But how does this process occur, exactly? 

Every bit of technology - from the smallest, consumer electronic gadget to complex healthcare and aerospace units - begins with an idea. From here, plans can be made to develop a working prototype in order to test the capabilities of the device and to determine whether the idea is worth investing in, or how it can be further expounded upon in order to make it more operable, functional, and efficient. Every step in designing and assembling the prototype is essential to enabling the simple dream to become a reality. To give you a better idea of the process, this post will walk you through the life cycle of a prototype.

The Idea Phase

At this point, you or one of your clients may have a thought for how to improve an existing unit or device, or for creating something brand new. Here, you discuss what the PC board should be able to accomplish, what the functions of the device should be, and the sizing requirements for the unit and, therefore, for the board.

The Design Phase

Once you have a good idea bout any size constraints for the board and know what it is that you want to be able to do with it, you can begin actually planning and designing the schematics for the PCB development for the prototype. You'll need to consider the necessary components for achieving your objectives, and how these will factor into the layering and thickness of the board, as well as any budgetary concerns.


The Assembly Phase

After the design schematics have been tested out and approved, the board is ready to be assembled for the working prototype. In order to ensure that the PCB will be functional, efficient, and effective, it's important that all settings are properly calibrated (for automated processing), and that the use of the most advanced equipment is utilized so that every component is laid out and connected with the utmost precision, while still maintaining speed.


The Testing Phasepcb design

After the board has been assembled, it will need to be subjected to testing. First, you or your contract manufacturer will need to analyze the PCB to ensure that it's actually functioning in accordance with the client's specifications and the design schematics that were previously drawn up. Any inconsistencies or errors will need to be troubleshooted and addressed before the board is presented to the client. From here, the client may want to run their own set of tests, and actually test out the use and functionality of the device as a working whole before making a decision about ordering a larger batch.


The Adjustment Phase

After testing out the initial prototype, you or your client may notice certain areas that could be improved upon which would make the end product more efficient and effective. After making not of these areas, you may need to go back to the original specs and make some adjustments before mass assembling the final PC boards.

A Never Ending Cycle

Even after a prototype has been approved for mass production and has made its way to the end user, its evolutionary cycle is never actually complete. As technology advances, it will be discovered that the existing device can be improved upon, or even eventually replaced, by something better, but that's what makes the world of technology so exciting! As long as dreamers are coming up with new ideas, we'll be ready to take on the challenge of developing prototypes that may end up changing the world.

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PCB Prototype Assembly: See Your Vision Before It's Made

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Putting a new product out in the world is a very exciting prospect, but building up a hype about a vision is not always easy. How can you get your customers excited about what you have to offer, when you don't actually have it on offer yet? This is where PCB prototype assembly comes into play. By transforming your ideas into something tangible, you can generate interest in your electronics as a means of testing your target audience for responsiveness to the product or taking pre-orders to fund the manufacture of a larger product supply. Whatever your reasons, developing a professional prototype will make a significant difference for your business. Here's a look at what you can expect when you work with a contract manufacturer to create your PCB prototype

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In some instances, you may have a working concept of what it is that you want your device to be able to do, but you're "stuck" on actually putting those ideas into motion. In this case, you would be best served by hiring a contract manufacturer to help you come up with an efficient and effective design schematic. With a thorough knowledge of industry standards, your partner company will have the ability to streamline your thoughts into a plan for a cutting edge product that is sure to impress your client base. With a little help from professional engineers, you'll find that even better ideas might be brought to the table, taking you and your device to the next level. 

Let the Professionals Bring Your Ideas to Life

Once the design phase has been completed, it is time to move into the PCB prototype assembly process. Whether you and your team were able to entirely develop the schematics for your product in-house, or you worked with your contract manufacturer to further develop your concepts, you will now have the opportunity to see those ideas brought to life in the form of a working prototype. Your contract manufacturer should have an extensive background in developing sensitive electronic devices, and utilize state-of-the-art machinery and equipment when doing so. The product should then be tested for functionality and any errors should be trouble-shooted and corrected promptly. This ensures that you'll be able to go to your customers with an outstanding prototype that will truly impress them. 

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In many cases, you will need help developing your new product fast. If a client is expressing interest in your ideas and would like to set up a meeting to test your products, you need to be able to present your electronics and close the deal quickly. Regardless of when you need your device ready, your contract manufacturer should be able to handle the pressure and navigate through the PCB prototype assembly process in a timely manner. Additionally, working with an American based manufacturer will ensure speedier service and higher quality parts. With a significantly reduced shipping time, you'll receive your prototype much faster. And when you work with a domestic partner, you can rest assured that all industry standards will be adhered to. 

Expand your Market and Grow Your Business

When you have the ability to take even your most basic concepts and turn them into a professional prototype, you will have the opportunity to truly thrive. By developing a working model of your newest product offerings, you can keep up with the competition, stay ahead of the curve, build buzz for your business, and expand your client base.  As you're able to introduce your concepts to the market faster and receive more immediate feedback through the PCB prototype assembly process, you will find that your business will only continue to improve.

An idea is only valuable when it can be shared with the world. Are you ready to take your concepts the next level by working with a contract manufacturer for PCB prototype assembly?

 

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Pick A Process And Create It With PCB Prototype Assembly

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Whether you are a buyer of manufactured electronic components or the engineer assembling the PCB, you should know that there are several different processes which can be utilized for any of your projects. This is especially true when it comes to PCB prototype assembly, because finding the right process that will save time, money, and create a high quality product is of utmost importance.
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During the drafting and electronic design and manufacture step, most engineers will craft a prototype to see how everything will be placed on the circuit board, what components can be used, and other such tests to measure how much will needed or can be done for the final project before going head first into it all. This is a crucial step that shouldn't be rushed or neglected, and it is a perfect reason to test out a process of your choosing and see the results.

The Processes

There are two groups of processes: subtractive and additive. With subtractive, the excess copper coated plating is stripped away in order to complete the PCB assembling. When you go with the subtractive process, you have the following options:

  • Milling. This is a common way to create PCBs by using a milling machinery tool to manufacture the brunt of the product. This type of machinery is also known as a "PCB Prototyper," and is always commanded by y-, x-, and z-axis software to create the board.

  • Silk Screen Printing. Just like with t-shirts and clothing, a PCB can be created via silk screen printing, even during the PCB prototype assembly process. Although, it's a bit different than t-shirt printing, though it still uses ink to create part of a board.

  • Photoengraving. The photoresist coating is removed through this process, leaving only the conductive plating that is required for the PCB to work properly. This process also utilizes laser engraving and etching.

There is also the additive process, which adds the copper instead of stripping away the excess. It is a very common process that is similar to photoengraving by using photosensitive laminate and placing the board into a chemical bath that will coat it with the necessary conductive materials. This is the most popular way to create a board.

Create a Shortlist

Different PCBs are more than likely going to require different processes in order to work, as it depends on their function and why they are being created. And that means you need to be able to create a shortlist of processes that you want to try first, then pick the ones that will be in a shortlist--a "wish list," in a way--that can picked from.

PCB prototype assembly requires these processes, but, only one can be chosen for each PCB. PCB-prototype-assemblySome are going to be cost effective, others are going to shave off time from your overall PCB manufacturing project, and others are going to do both and even more. Again, it depends on the type of project, PCB, and what you want out of it all so it can work with your schedule and budget. Your assembly manufacturing company can help you decide which is best for you.

Create The Prototype

Once you have decided on a process and design, then it's time to create a prototype and see how everything worked out! This is simple as sending out the desired designs and just waiting on the prototype to be sent back to you.

At this point, you can decide if the process you chose will work for you in the future and figure out what to do with the rest of the batch order. If you like the process, you can stick with it, or try a different one and create a different prototype.

PCB prototype assembly is a very integral part of the PCB process, give it a try with your next project to see the difference it makes in results and quality.

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PCB Prototype Assembly Creates Unique Boards

Posted by Laura Austin on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

If you want to put a quality product on store shelves, it's usually not a good idea to go with the very first design your engineers come up with, right? New product ideas have to be tested and refined before they start running down the assembly line, or else you may be facing very costly post-sale support problems afterwards.PCB-prototype-assembly

This is an issue that's been a growing concern among those who outsource electronics manufacturing to China. Most (although not all) of these firms only provide manufacturing services, so it's entirely on you to provide specifications for a quality device and to hope they are able to deliver it. If the specs were flawed, or if counterfeit parts sabotage it, there will be little you can do about it.

The alternative, of course, is to use a more robust electronics manufacturer who offers PCB prototype assembly services. A small investment here ahead of time can often save you a lot further down the road.  

The Benefits of PCB Prototype Assembly 

Think of it as an insurance policy: If you spend a bit more money up-front, you'll save yourself a lot of hassle later on. After all, these days, you can't risk your company's reputation on dodgy electronics. Once a firm becomes known for poor products, it can be extremely hard to undo the damage without a full (and costly) rebranding effort.

With PCB prototype assembly services, you get the breathing room you need to thoroughly test your design before committing to a production run.

An experienced electronics manufacturing service firm can often begin by improving your design right from the start. Many initial designs are overly-complex, or fail to take advantage of the latest manufacturing technologies on offer. Allowing the manufacturer to look over your design and suggest changes can very often result in simplified designs that reduce component use, making them both cheaper and more reliable.

You'll want a firm that takes a top-to-bottom view of your product aimed at enhancing its entire life cycle, which looks at everything from the big picture to the underlying circuitry wiring. In some cases, you may even find a manufacturer who is comfortable working with software and algorithm development as well as hardware, allowing you to revise and refine
PCB-prototypeyour products' firmware as you perfect the physical design.

Testing services are another important part of the PCB prototype assembly process. The most robust of these failure-test your prototype both as a whole, as well as on a component level.
Further, putting your prototypes through “stress tests” doesn't simply make for a more reliable product: Such testing makes it safer for use, and helps ensure you meet all regulatory requirements in the countries you do business in.

Finally, if your interest is in having green services, look for a manufacturer who can help you meet RoHs requirements, or even beat them, to produce a sustainable product. Additionally, producing green-friendly electronics makes for an excellent selling point. People are worried about our impact on the environment, and being seen as doing your part will help your outreach.

PCB Prototype Assembly Builds Better Boards

Simply put, prototyping services help you create a better product. You'll be able to put items on shelves which are less expensive, more reliable, safer, and more compliant with health and environmental regulations.

Given that your reputation really is all you have on the Internet, why gamble with untested products? Put a little more money into prototyping, and you'll reap the benefits throughout your products' entire life cycle.

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PCB Prototype Assembly Shows How To Improve Quality

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Before ordering a high volume of PCBs for your next new design, it is always good to first assemble a prototype or order a low volume batch that all can be tested for any errors. PCB prototype assembly can help exactly with such testing to make sure you aren't out thousands of dollars should anything go wrong during the final production phase, and the assembly
PCB Assemblydoesn't have to cost you even more money by being in-house. All of it can be outsourced to an assembly company easily.

But, what exactly are the other benefits of a PCB prototype besides the financial budgeting? There are several and most of them have been outlined below.

1. Design Changes

Prototypes have a huge benefit of being a tangible product that can show you how your product is going to look in its final stage. If the design or layout isn't something that seems like it is going to be the most efficient, both for your company and your clients, then you can take the time to make any final design changes. And with a low volume assembly of prototypes, or just one altogether, you aren't spending hundreds of dollars on simple changes for an improvement on your PCB assembly.

2. Troubleshooting

Worst case scenario is that you put in a high volume order, take all of that time and money to have everything assembled, and then realize after the fact everything has been shipped out to you ready to be sent off to clients that the PCBs aren't working up to spec. Sure, they went through testing, but sometimes a little error can still slip through. With a prototype, the PCB can undergo very rigorous testing to make sure that it is going to work and won't fail early in its life span.

3. Quality Assurance

A PCB prototype assembly not only helps with design and troubleshooting, but, it also helps to ensure what kind of components are working and which ones might need to be updated or replaced. PCBs are constantly changing with the advances of technology and sometimes certain components are outdated, and a prototype is there to help what can work to keep your PCBs efficient and only the highest quality available.

4. New Products

Of course you will want to create a prototype before implementing a brand new product for your clients. Whether you need a low volume batch of orders or a PCB prototype assembly done quickly, new products need to be tested and revised with any changes before going on to the final stage of assembly--and even then, more testing will occur on the assembly side.PCB-prototype-assembly

5. Testing Assemblies

If you're in the market of looking for a new PCB assembly manufacturers company, then one of the best ways to do so is requesting an PCB prototype assembly job to be done according to your design and specs. You can test out how well they listen to your requests, how much they are going to cost, and then assess the quality of the PCB prototype to see just how well they can fit with your business.

All in all, PCB prototype assembly is a very important part of the entire assembling process to make sure that you save money, have the most efficient components, and maintain a very reliable professional relationship with your assembly company.

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