Purchasing and engineering can sometimes mistakenly classify the production of the electronic assembly as a commodity.
There is true craftsmanship in those performing electronics manufacturing services. Artisans perform the design for manufacturability review, quote the BOM components, source creatively to keep the build on time, kit and prepare the components for assembly, engineer the assembly process and artisans place the components.
The dictionary definition of Craftsmanship: a member of a skilled trade; someone who practices a craft; artisan.
Synonyms for craftsmanship (noun skill, creativity)
An online search of Electronics Manufacturing turns up pages of options; one begins to imagine why it could be mistakenly identified as a commodity. Look below the surface and the differences begin to emerge. The variety of equipment, specialized skills and focus, all help to differentiate one from another. When searching for the perfect partner for an electronic assembly, understand the skills needed for the assembly.
Matching the PCB assembly needs with the skilled artisans can be difficult, but a bad match can cause a project to miss the timeline or the performance projections. Do your due diligence to find the right match. Understand the assembly requirements; search for local talent, get referrals, and interview the artisans.
Electronic manufacturing services are not a commodity. We are fortunate to have such skilled artisans available. Collaboration and partnerships with talented individuals will positively impact any PCB assembly projects.