The process of purchasing and kitting of electronic components for PCB assemblies can have challenges, but none more than a quick-turn or a quick timeframe. For projects, such as prototypes, which are scheduled to be built in 10 days or less with a limited quantity, the challenges can be daunting.
Focusing on the components only, envision the time it will take to load the MRP system with the BOM, schedule the project, and run the MRP / issue the purchase orders. How many days are to be allocated to these processes?
Purchasing and processing flexibility, speed and accuracy are required to have the materials “assembly-line ready” for quick-turn projects. Available purchasing staff with a strong skill-set to propose In-Stock options, understand sourcing options, and problem-solve quickly are vital to a successful project. If a purchasing staff cannot be allocated on short notice, or if the current processing systems cannot be tailored for quick-turns, you have options.
- Depending on the MRP system, schedule a build of one (parent) and use the BOM ID as the place holder. Do not import or load the requirements. Use a spreadsheet of the BOM requirements and assign to a staff member capable of searching for stock for each of the BOM requirements. Place either credit card orders or manual PO’s to procure the requirements.
- Again, depending on the MRP system, import the BOM and set for manual scheduling. Do NOT send out RFQ’s. Assign a buyer to immediately source and procure based on search engines for electronic component distributors.
- Outsourcing is available for purchasing and kitting of electronic components required for quick-turns. Without impacting the current staff or trying to muscle the processing systems, consider adding an “ace up your sleeve” to your team; make the magic happen!
With one call, you can add a dedicated Project Coordinator to your team. A professional, capable of quoting, sourcing, and offering options for a typical BOM in less than one day. Once the decision is made to proceed with the assembly, the Coordinator places all orders for materials within 60 minutes. The assembly line can be ready to set-up in four days with materials verified, inspected, and documented.
Interested in discussing a Quick-Turn PCB project with a professional ready to become part of your team? Call (530) 626-6168 and ask to speak to a Project Coordinator.