Simple Changes to Banish Your Idle Production Line: Part Two

In Part One, we began discussing a few simple ways to ensure your PCB manufacturing process is operating efficiently. A well-operating manufacturing process will help prevent costly factory shutdowns and eliminate the need to re-manufacture products because of defects. Previously, we touched upon the importance of understanding your projects, maintaining adequate inventory stockpiles, and using software to monitor the entirety of your production floor. In Part Two, we’ll further expand on the idea and offer more solutions for improving your manufacturing process.

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Simple Changes to Banish Your Idle Production Line: Part One

If you’ve ever stared at an idle production floor and wondered what went wrong, you’re not alone. Looking at a non-operating PCB manufacturing floor is truly like watching money go out the window. All you can do is call your clients and explain to them why their shipment is going to be late. But it wouldn’t have to be this way if your PCB manufacturing process was streamlined and efficient. Unfortunately, many manufacturers consistently focus on soliciting new clients, rather than taking the time required to improve services for their incumbent customers. In Part one of this two-part series, we’ve outlined some easy steps you can take to ensure that your production line is living up to its real potential.

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Multi-Layer Prototyping: There’s No Excuse Not to Go In-House

“…There will be a rush charge for that.”

“…We should have that for you in two days.”

“…We’re a little backed up right now, but we’ll get to it ASAP.

If you’re stuck outsourcing your prototype PCB designs, you’ve probably heard these excuses for as long as you can remember. Fortunately, now you have another option.

Fabricating single layer prototype PCBs is fairly straightforward and as a result, more and more organizations are bringing this process in-house. Quicker turnaround times, increased flexibility, and the cost savings compared to outsourcing make a compelling argument. But what happens if multi-layer prototypes are needed? The good news is that it is now possible to process advanced multi-layer designs in house as well. Best of all, the same benefits of bringing single layer fabrication in-house still apply – and when you are processing designs with up to 8-layers the payoff is exponentially bigger.

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Proprietary PCB Software: The Catch of Free Design Tools

You don’t have to look far to find a PCB fabrication house that offers a free design package as an incentive. On the surface, these packages seem to be a great deal. They boast features that include extensive part libraries, integrated design schematics, and easy-to-use board creation wizards. And instead of paying hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars for your design software, you pay nothing.

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