We've said this before and we'll undoubtedly say it again, but in our view, the days of being able to get away with solely selling cheap electronics manufactured overseas are dying. While we've discussed many of the problems with offshoring, when it comes down to it, a great many of them boil down to a lack of quality in their PCB design and manufacture, and the problems those cause for you.
If you're looking to bring a new piece of electronic wizardry to market, this is a fine time to do it. The market is recovering, and despite the shaky economy over the last few years, handheld devices and various other bits of electronics have continued to sell quite well. It seems plenty of people are willing to find room in their budget for smartphones and other gadgets, even with times being tough.
Making sure attention to detail is everything a business does is a very high priority in all industries, but it is especially true when it comes to PCB manufacturing and assembly. While sometimes it might seem like putting together circuit boards and other electronic components is easy and doesn't require much precision or focus on all of the details, attention to all of the details is actually a requirement that manufacturing companies, engineers, and other staff members handling the PCB need to be all compliant with.
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
doesn't have to cost you even more money by being in-house. All of it can be outsourced to an assembly company easily.
For businesses looking to outsource their PCB design and manufacture services, there are a lot of options out there at the moment. The overseas market is still flooded with numerous low cost/low quality manufacturers but their appeal is beginning to wane. Companies are finally starting to realize that with most of these super-cheap foreign manufacturing centers, quality and precision are hard commodities to come by.