Start-up companies are great when it comes to developing new mobile apps, but a lack of experience can be detrimental when assembling complex printed circuit boards. In fact, using an inexperienced company often means project delays, many unnecessary questions and boards that need multiple rounds of rework. Below is a guide to use when determining how important experience is to you.
There are many assembly software packages available today. While they all have their pros, it is important to select a partner that uses software developed specifically to meet the needs of PCB designers. For example, Advanced Assembly's BOM Builder is the only software that creates a virtual prototype of your board, making it easier to identify and correct errors and saving you costly respins and rework time. Design for Assembly Check
Experienced manufacturers don't experiment on your boards because they've already faced and overcome nearly every obstacle. And, if they face a new challenge, they have processes in place to figure out solutions quickly without bothering you with needless questions.
Every project is unique. For this reason, you need a manufacturing partner that is flexible enough to accommodate your individual needs. Start-ups typically begin with a single process used for all projects. Some of the most experienced shops, on the other hand, understand flexibility is key to producing the best results and delivering the highest quality service.
Start-ups are so focused on completing basic logistics, they often fail to pay attention to the details. This can negatively affect the quality of assembled boards. At Advanced Assembly, we make quality our top priority at every stage of the process. We measure passives before placement, verify that consignment parts match the BOM, and each department is responsible for checking the quality of the previous department's work.
Visual inspection of assembled circuit boards is a first step to ensuring quality, but verifying quality below the surface is the sign of an experienced PCB assembler. Ball Grid Arrays (BGAs) and other leadless parts are common in today’s PCB designs, but inspecting solder connections once the device is mounted can be a challenge. Established assembly shops have multiple testing capabilities such as in-house 3D BGA X-Ray and Flying Probe. Testing Options
Service is about more than boards and parts. It’s about knowing who your customers are and how their ideas will change the world. Experience has taught us how satisfying, and fun, it is to work alongside our customers and help bring their products to life. Customers
As products continue to get smaller, printed circuit board designs are getting more and more complex. Errors can happen even to the most experienced designers. That’s why it is important to select a PCB assembler with a process that includes a design engineer reviewing your files up front – free of charge – to help avoid holds.
Machine assembly is a must for today's complex circuit boards. For this reason, you need a manufacturer with the most advanced assembly equipment. For example, Advanced Assembly recently added a 5th MyData pick-and-place machine. Equipment List