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 in today’s electronic
marketplace 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
purchasing staff cannot be allocated on short notice, or if the current processing systems cannot be
tailored for quick turns, consider Option #3.)
Option #1: Depending on the MRP system, schedule a build of the Parent ID 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 POs to immediately secure the
Option #2: 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.
Option #3: 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 support 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 a little as a week with in-stock materials verified, inspected,
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.
Visit our website www.cic-inc.com