PCB manufacturing isn’t rocket science, but it does take some attention to detail. The design and quality of printed circuit boards directly affect how well the boards work in the final product. Designing and manufacturing PCBs can be a complex process. There is a risk of PCB failure as a result of oversights while a project is prepped for production. Luckily, most issues can be avoided by being aware of the most common PCB manufacturing problems. Being aware of these issues and the best ways to prevent them can save you from a PCB catastrophe.
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An effective medical device design addresses a medical need and offers a solution. It is also compliant with healthcare regulatory mandates and delivers functionalities that satisfy the end user’s needs. However, electronic medical devices are only as useful as their design dictates.
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An effective medical device design addresses a medical need and offers a solution. It is also compliant with healthcare regulatory mandates and delivers functionalities that satisfy the end user’s needs. However, electronic medical devices are only as useful as their design dictates. Before the manufacturing of your medical device, it’s a good idea to have a Design for Manufacturability (DFM) analysis done on your electronic design to make sure it’s optimized for manufacturing.
Many electronics companies require a contract manufacturer for not only their printed circuit board assembly but also the final assembly of their innovative products. In some cases a box build assembly can be the perfect solution. A box build is a systems integration that includes all electromechanical assembly housed in an enclosure. They can be used in a wide array of applications, and can range from small and simple to large and complicated. A box build can be the perfect turnkey solution for all your outsourcing needs. Once you have decided this is the route for your next project, there are some simple steps to seamlessly transition your design to a box build manufacturer.
Not all electronics projects are created equal. Neither should the assembly. Luckily, you have options. A box build is a fairly recent development in electronics manufacturing. For complete systems integration, a box build may be the right option for your next project.
When you are looking to partner up with an electronics manufacturer, you need more than someone to simply do a production run. You need someone you can trust to offer customized solutions to create a successful product. A production partner should be someone you can count on to be as dedicated to your assembly and manufacturing as you are. You and your CM must operate as a team. With that in mind, there are some characteristics you can count on to let you know if an electronics manufacturer is worthy of being considered as your project partner.
You’re a chemical engineering or mechanical engineering firm and are tasked with creating the next big medical device. You’re already working on the design and interface, but there are electronics inside your design. Maybe you dabble. Maybe you know a guy. Maybe you took a few classes in school. But is that the knowledge you can trust to develop what could become the next big medical device breakthrough?
It is hard to trust just anyone with a project you and your team have spent countless hours designing and developing. But outsourcing your electronic manufacturing could be a major advantage for your engineering firm. Here is one way to look at it. You wouldn't trust a dentist to diagnose you with a heart valve problem, right? A dentist and a cardiologist are both doctors. But they focus on different specialties. Electronic manufacturing should work the same way. Partnering with a great ECM allows you to focus on developing products. Let the ECM focus on production. And manufacturing is not just about keeping the line moving. There are a lot of reasons your engineering firm needs electronic manufacturing.
Prototyping is an important stage of PCB electronics design. Why leave it to chance? Your staff already has enough to do. They do not need to take on duties typically handled by an electronic engineer. Your product deserves better, too. Don't just dabble in prototyping. Retain the services on an ECM who has an engineering staff to support you and your product.
The world of electronics, prototyping and manufacturing can be a complicated place. Some companies choose to have one ECM do a prototype and another do the production run. While some believe this is a smart move, there are many benefits associated with hiring a company that does everything under one roof. It is possible to save significant money and time by starting with an ECM who does prototypes in house and can also handle your production run. After all, you already trust their prototyping skills; why not also trust their assembly?
Prototyping is an important stage of product development. This useable representation of your design allows you to understand your product. The working model allows you to test various design features, verify design functionality and identify issues as early as possible within the development stage. Prototyping is often well worth the time, effort, and investment. If done well, the prototyping process will allow the design to be completely optimized before full production occurs. This will not only save you time and money, but guarantee you will deliver a dynamite product.