4 Factors to Consider Before Choosing a PCB Manufacturer

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a PCB Manufacturer

Iron vs steel: What are the Differences Between Metal, Iron and Steel

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An electronic assembly is incomplete without a printed circuit board. It supports the electronic devices mechanically and provides the connections between them. Different PCBs are available according to the application. The most common types of boards are rigid boards, rigid-flex boards, flexible circuits, aluminium cores, and Teflon. You should always be cautious when choosing a PCB supplier because the type and quality of the PCB will affect your electronic device.

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The following 4 factors should be considered when choosing a PCB manufacturer:

1. Capabilities and expertise of the industry

It is important to find a manufacturer that supplies the types of PCB you require. However, not every PCB manufacturer is created equal. In addition to expertise, capabilities, facilities, equipment, human resources, standards/certifications, location, testing, and special processing, other factors should be considered.

It wouldn’t make sense to ask a company that specializes in single-sided, double-sided, and low layer count PCBs to manufacture a 24-layer backplane PCB. 

While always ensure that your requirements are compatible with the provider.

2. Quality Products and Certifications

When choosing a PCB manufacturer, a factor that should be considered is quality. The first factor you must look at is the quality management system (QMS) of the manufacturer. ISO 9001 certification is a minimum requirement depending on your requirements. This indicates the existence of a basic quality management system (QMS).

Among them are quality policies, quality manuals, processes, procedures, work instructions, corrective and preventive actions, and continuous improvement. The manufacturing yield percentages at various processes and the final yield to the customer, as well as the test yields, are also factors to consider. All of this should be made available by the manufacturer for consideration.

There are also several certifications that may help prove competence, including ISO 13485 (Medical), AS9100 (Aerospace), IPC J-STD, A-600, and A-610.

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3. Providing on-time delivery

When it comes to quality, on-time delivery is often included. The PCB house you choose should have a track record and be able to tell you the exact lead time and to deliver it on time. This may be crucial to your project’s success.

4. Cost

PCB costs depend on a variety of factors, including:

Iron vs steel

I. From a foreign or domestic source

Compared to domestic sources, foreign sources are typically less expensive, but they also have other factors. The potential for longer lead times, higher shipping costs, and communication challenges.

While domestic sources may cost more, you will benefit from reduced lead times, minimal shipping costs, and the opportunity to visit the source if you locate a suitable source locally.

II. PCB Technology

An important factor in determining a product’s price is its PCB technology. Complex rigid-flex circuit boards and high layer count (14+) PCBs are some examples of expensive products.

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In conclusion

PCBs might seem like just another component purchased by assembly houses. Regardless, a PCB is necessary for the optimal operation of any electronic device. The items listed here are only suggestions you might take into account during the selection process. Quality must never be compromised. Make smart choices and perform your due diligence. When you choose a PCB manufacturer that meets your specifications, you’ll realize how important it is for your electronic device to be effective.

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Difference between Iron and Steel

It’s likely that people who talk about iron are referring to an alloy of iron with carbon and manganese. In general, iron isn’t used by itself. Typically between 3.5% and 5% of carbon is added to iron and .5% to 1.5% manganese. There can be other elements as well and that contribute to the composition of different alloys.

Iron vs steel

Iron vs steel

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