PCB assembly is the process of placing all electronic components on the printed circuit board exactly as the design plan dictates. Some assembly designs can require 100’s of different components. Those components are purchased through a variety of Authorized Distributors. With complicated builds requiring hundreds of components it is not unusual to purchase from 5 to 15 different distribution sources.
Imagine the time, attention and manpower it takes to place, receive, inspect, approve and organize for line readiness:
· 15 separate shipments
· 15 email notifications/issue alerts
· 15 packages to track
· 15 boxes to inspect
Now imagine the outsource option requiring 1 purchase order. Shortly after placing the purchase order you receive 1 complete kit containing all the components required, with each component type already inspected, full trace-ability documented, and prepared for the assembly line.
Top 5 Reasons to Outsource
#1 – The electronic component kit is TIME (which can be translated to multiple trained, skilled staff members). TIME = MONEY
#2 – Eliminating the numerous problems which arise with distribution warehouse picking errors, damage in shipping, etc. These issues take time to resolve.
#3 – The knowledge base gained when partnering with outsourced staff whose only role is to understand the marketplace, the various manufacturer’s, the requirements of the assembly floor. Partnering with a staff that is knowledgeable on how to calculate assembly attrition, read datasheets, understand the part numbering systems and find alternate sources or drop-in replacement components to recommend.
#4 – The efficiency gained in the PCB assembly process. The electronic component kit is prepared to be auditable, quick and efficient. With a successful audit, the PCB pick and place assembly process can begin immediately saving precious TIME ( = MONEY) for the assembly.
#5 – Full trace-ability of all the components. Lot codes, date codes and distribution sources should held for at least 2 years to aid in identifying any errant issue down the road.
Outsourcing procurement and kitting has proven to be a very successful option for OEM’s and assembly facilities. The cost savings and efficiency gained by partnering with a kitting source can more than pay for the service! www.cic-inc.com