Most people don't realize, but manufacturing services require some of the most careful and best results because of the components that are handled daily. It also requires very high precision in all of the aspects of a PCB and other electronic parts because the parts all need to be in working order and even having something be just a little off on the board can cause a major problem. All of this precision and perfection, however, doesn't mean that you as the buyer need to over spend for that quality.
One of the most costly things that can happen to a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) is that it could break and have to be replaced--especially if the PCB is old. Instead of having to redesign and reassemble newer components, which will take lots of time and money, parts on a PCB can be replaced or even repaired. In fact, entire PCBs can be repaired which can help keep down costs significantly.
Made in the USA is a label you don't see nearly as much as you used to. Or, perhaps worse, it also doesn't mean as much as it used to. The flood of outsourced PC board assembly to China and other developing nations meant that, very often, only the final assembly of “made in the USA” products was even done in the country. 90% of the work was done offshore.
Printed circuit boards (PCB) are boards made from fiberglass, ceramic and other materials on which interconnected circuits and components, are etched. The use of PCB has enabled electronic circuits to become more compact and convenient. Gone are the days when large wires were used in electronic devices. Today you can easily find such PCB’s in almost every appliance in your home. Computers, Televisions, Music systems, Digital clocks, Answering machines, Microwave ovens and more, virtually every appliance in your home has PCB of one or the other type. The heart of a computer its ‘motherboard’ is also a PCB. PCBs also find its place in computer components such as the RAM, Modem, and video cards.
These days, everyone is talking about the benefits of reshoring. This new whitepaper is just the latest major release talking about why you should consider moving your PC board assembly and other electronics manufacturing needs back to the United States. Much of the ground it covers is similar to discussions we've had in past blogs. However, some of the longer-term implications they find are even more worrisome: