Printed circuit board assembly, or PCB assembly, can be an incredibly intricate and detailed process. Each stage of board assembly needs to be conducted in just the right order to ensure maximum efficiency and continued function of the printed circuit board. This doesn't change when outsourcing your board assembly to a PCB manufacturer, either. Before you start having your printed circuit boards manufactured, here are a few tips for PCB assembly to help ensure everything goes smoothly.
1. Plan ahead (and thoroughly!): Before you start sending any PCB designs to a reliable manufacturer, make sure that you've planned out every aspect of ordering your designs. This includes contacting your PCB manufacturer and accounting for assembly time. Some PCB assemblers have a standard turn-time of 5 days or less, which is 75% faster than the industry average.
2. Triple-check designs: Make sure your design meets the standards for your final product. Have several rounds of revisions to make sure your design will work to fit your needs. For example, you will need a printed circuit board with an intricate design and plenty of through-holes for high-tech products.
3. Fully label designs : Even if you have reviewed your design several times before sending it off to the PCB assembly house, you might have accidentally forgotten proper labeling. Make sure all components are properly labeled to reduce miscommunication.
4. Stay in touch: Stay in touch with your manufacturing partners throughout the PCB manufacturing process. This ensures that if something in your design needs to be changed, you quickly can notify the manufacturers. Communication is an essential part of the process and will help you guarantee you're happy with the final product, allowing you to use your turnkey PCBs right away.
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