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.
Up until now, two primary methods of circuit board depaneling have dominated the market: Mechanical depaneling for durable boards and CO2 lasers for those with more precise needs. But as technology advanced, current circuit board designs have failed to keep up with the increasing demands of various industries. Thankfully, flexible circuit boards have answered the call and designers are flocking to them for the versatility, weight and size reduction, and intricacy that square, rigid boards lack.
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.
Printed circuit board designers must always be looking for ways to modernize our businesses and stay above the curve in such a competitive industry. New PCBs can process information at speeds never thought possible, and the possibilities are only expanding. The future is bright for designers with the drive and skills required for the job.
Like many aspects of the electronics industry, the printed circuit board manufacturing process is hyper-competitive. Clients demand the highest quality products, done quickly, and at the absolute minimum price. This incentivizes some manufacturers to cut corners to reduce their costs and remain competitive. However, this is the wrong approach and will only serve to alienate customers and hurt the business in the long run. Rather, manufacturers can realize better results by improving every step in their manufacturing process to be more streamlined and efficient. By using better tools, products, and saving costs whenever possible, PCB manufacturers can provide their clients with quality products for less. Here are a few ways to begin this process.