Numerous aspects are involved in the PCB Assembly; board fabrication, component procurement, programming and set-up for assembly, component placement, quality inspection and testing (if applicable).
For prototype PCB Assemblies special consideration should be given to the processes used before, during and after the manufacturing. Experienced partnerships add substantial value to both manufacturability and production quality.
· Partner directly with a board fabrication provider. The board fabrication engineering group will review the functionality but also will perform a DFM (design for manufacturability) review. This value added process often costs little to nothing but can save the project.
· Partner directly with a component procurement specialist. The Costed BOM will be provided and should include all information regarding pricing as well as availability. If the prototype project has a timeline, alternate components should be presented by the procurement specialist to keep the project on time. The value of the vitality check and part number verification can be a cost-effective source of information. The procurement specialist also provides the assembly line-ready Kit for assembly saving valuable assembly prep time.
· Partner directly with an assembly facility which is capable of accepting components in various media types for placement. The assembly facility able to place components from cut tape, tube and trays will allow the components to be sourced in the most economical methods possible. Prototypes often will have minor changes and draining the budget for a full reel of components, which may be removed from the BOM later, can be costly.
· Partner directly with an assembly facility which can provide DFM prior to the PCB build and thorough inspections after the build. The outcome of the DFM and inspection reports should be shared with the design team to review for potential improvements prior to production quantity builds.
· Partner directly with a test facility if needed. The quality of the information and the engineering insight can save precious budget money and time for the design engineers.
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