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How PCB Assembly Services Keep You On Budget

Category: PCB AssemblyPublished on 2017 Feb, 03Author

Successful businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs and stay on budget in order to increase profits. In many cases, it is actually more effective to contract out to a PCB assembly service than to try and complete production in house. While this may seem counter intuitive, there are many ways PCB assembly services can help you keep your budget on track:


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Successful businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs and stay on budget in order to increase profits. In many cases, it is actually more effective to contract out to a PCB assembly service than to try and complete production in house. While this may seem counter intuitive, there are many ways PCB assembly services can help you keep your budget on track:

  1. Made in the USA - Over the last two decades, many assembly companies have outsourced their PCB assembly to other countries. However, overseas companies are plagued with problems, from poor labor standards and practices to lack of adherence to industry standards. This often results in products that do not function properly and have shorter lifespans. While a US-based PCB assembly service may have a higher upfront cost, they will save you money in both the short and long run. You get a higher quality PCB, made from higher quality components, prompt customer service, faster turnaround, and lower shipping costs.
  2. Trusted components - Another common problem with outsourced PCB assembly is counterfeit products and components. Faulty components can led to expensive recalls and bad press that damages your company's reputation. When choosing an assembly service, be sure to choose one that promises non-counterfeit products and verified components.
  3. Increased speed and precision - PCBs and their components have grown smaller and more complex throughout the years. Companies that still assemble PCBs by hand can no longer keep up with production demands, but worry about sacrificing quality accuracy for the sake of speed. By using state-of-the-art equipment, PCB assembly services can guarantee speed and accuracy during assembly. And with visual inspection by our skilled workers, any manufacturing defects can be spotted and corrected quickly. Our automated systems allow us to offer quick turnaround production, with normal production delivery in 3-4 weeks.
  4. Surface mount technology - Surface mount technology (SMT) is the most common assembly type due to its lower production costs and ability to create smaller, faster, more powerful PCBs. Since the boards do not have to be drilled, they are faster to set up for production and have less initial cost. SMT components are smaller and less expensive than their through-hole counterparts, and can be placed closer together and on both sides of the board. This helps speed production and lower costs.
  5. Through-hole technology - Although less popular nowadays than surface mount technology, through-hole technology still has its benefits. Most notably, through-hole technology creates stronger PCBs. For electronics that need a strong board - such as semiconductors - through-hole technology may be the most cost-effective option in the long run. The soldering process used in SMT doesn't hold up well under certain conditions, leading to a shorter product life. An experienced PCB assembly service like Telan can advise you when through-hole technology would work to your advantage.
  6. Catch problems during production - Even if you have a skilled, experienced design and engineering time, the time-consuming design process can still present problems. When approaching a new project, your staff may come across problems they haven’t seen before and may therefore overlook. These problems may not become apparent until the final product has been shipped, leading to expensive warranty repair costs. By subjecting your product to rigorous testing, your PCB assembly service can catch these problems and implement repairs while it still has a minimal impact on production costs.
  7. Lower equipment costs - Smaller electronics companies often don’t have the capital needed to invest in the latest necessary equipment, making it difficult for them to keep up with major corporations. By partnering with a PCB assembly service, smaller companies gain a competitive edge: the partner company takes on the burden of purchasing, upgrading and maintaining state-of-the-art equipment - not to mention paying for the facilities to store them in. With a PCB assembly service, your boards will be assembled on the best machinery available without costly overhead.
  8. Lower parts cost - The costs of parts and components can quickly add up. PCB assembly services help you cut these costs in two ways: First, our value-added engineering reviews your board for ways to make it more efficient and compact. Secondly, we have long-established relationships with trusted suppliers, resulting in lower parts cost for our clients.
  9. Minimize warranty replacements - Small electronics companies often don't have the means to fix a PCB if something goes wrong. They choose to cut their losses and issue a warranty replacement to the customer, when repairs would have been cheaper. When you work with a PCB assembly service, you have a partner who can troubleshoot the underlying problem, make the necessary repairs, and return the product to the customer.

Telan Corporation’s PCB Assembly Services Give Top Quality Without Raising Costs

Partnering with a PCB assembly service is a smart investment that will benefit you in both the short and long run. With over 35 years of experience, Telan Corporation can handle all your PCB assembly needs, from prototype to full production runs.

 

When it comes to PCB assembly services, Telan Corporation offers the best quality money can buy - without breaking your budget. Let us be your PCB assembly partner: call us today.

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