Choosing a contract PCB assembly service is about more than cost: certifications, testing services and a trusted supply chain are equally important.
Thanks to an ever-increasing demand for electronics, there is an endless sea of contract PCB assembly services to choose from. However, not all companies are created equally. How can you be sure that the company you choose will give you the best return on your investment and a guarantee of quality and excellence? Here are five factors that should influence your decision:
Price and value - The base price that contract pcb services quote you is only one factor in overall cost. What services does that quote include? Are they taking shortcuts or using substandard parts? Are their machines and facilities old or insufficient? Do they have a history of making deadlines and satisfied customers? The old adage is true: you get what you pay for. Choosing the cheapest upfront option often proves to be far more costly in the long run, as cheap services often mean cheap products. Paying a little more for quality and value can lead to big returns as your product gains a reputation for reliability and quality.
Supply chain oversight - A big problem with offshore manufacturing is the ubiquitous use of counterfeit components. Companies may intentionally sell you counterfeit parts and bill you for name brand components so that they can pocket the difference. New, inexperienced companies may not be able to tell the difference and often don’t have access to a vetted supply chain. Using an established company with a verified list of suppliers is one way to guarantee the right components for your product.
Trusted certifications - Contract PCB assemblies who are serious about their work will comply with industry standards and certifications. These standards cover every aspect of manufacturing and include thorough training to ensure the highest-quality products are delivered. Oftentimes overseas manufacturers do not comply with these standards, resulting in subpar or even dangerous products. At Telan, we follow IPC 610 standards for excellence and quality.
Testing services - For truly reliable products, thorough testing is a must. While testing costs a little more upfront, it can mean significant savings in the long run. Value-added engineering helps improve your product’s performance and/or lowers overall cost. Better testing during the assembly process also means fewer returns and replacements, lower costs on after-sale support, and a better reputation among customers. In our social media-soaked world, companies who put out substandard products will quickly be called out and can have a hard time recovering their reputation.
Location, location, location - It’s no coincidence that many companies are bringing their manufacturing back to the USA. Rising shipping and labor costs overseas, along with increased incidences of counterfeit parts and IP (intellectual property) theft, are making US-based contract PCB assembly services more attractive than ever. There are several benefits to choosing an American contract PCB assembly, including improved customer service, the latest technology and services, and faster shipping.
For over 35 years, Telan has been providing contract PCB assembly services across the United States. With state-of-the art equipment and facilities and a verified supply chain, you can trust us to deliver an outstanding product. Call us at 215-997-7603 to learn more.