Are you new to PCB assembly or manufacture? These are 7 ways to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible, and more importantly, so that you get what you need. As a manufacturer and assembler ourselves, we are extremely familiar with common pitfalls and best practices. After interacting with many companies, we have many golden nuggets of advice to share.
Do I need a bare PCB (manufacture) or it to be assembled and populated (assembled)?
Quality and cost
Lead times and your assembly
Firstly, you need to know what you need to begin with. These are different disciplines and involve completely different processes and machinery. PCB manufacturing involves fabricating the printed circuit board itself. Assembly instead is to do with the placement of components onto a printed circuit board. At PCB Train we do both PCB manufacturing and assembly.
Make sure to consult your manufacturer or assembler if you’re unsure about anything. We can give you guidance on the process, lowering costs and making the end product ideal for your needs. Board design and materials are always changing, and there may be a better way to produce or assemble your board than there was last time.
It’s essential to consider the value of having an on-shore PCB supplier. International manufacturers may be cheaper and appealing up front – but they come with a lot of risks and negatives. There are many ways to take short cuts in the manufacture of electronic assemblies which result in unreliable assemblies. These can involve poor quality parts which can lead to failure or shorter lifespan of the board. They can involve poor inspection or process control. There can also be issues regarding communication and shipping. This can be disastrous if you’re time restricted. There is a worry about intellectual property rights and how you enforce them in overseas territories. Most overseas suppliers require payment in advance and may abandon you if there is a quality problem. It’s important to consider all these issues and how they may effect your project.
It’s essential to consider the time to complete your design or assembly. Specialist boards or projects will take longer. Time is often a key factor and can undermine plans and projects if not thought of in advance.
These are our top tips for making your assembly a success! If you’re seeking a proven, trusted UK manufacturer – look no further than PCB Train. Get a quote online.