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7 Things to Look for in a PCB Manufacturing Partner

Deciding to outsource your PCB manufacturing isn’t always a difficult decision, but finding the right PCB manufacturing partner can be. Many potential partners will make promises, but there are big differences when it comes to quality, customer service, and capabilities.
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Should Your Electronic Design Have a DFM?

The gap between the product idea and the production of that product is large and difficult to bridge. There are many innovative concepts that may not be feasible once they reach the production process, and this can be frustrating to both the designers and manufacturers. Design for Manufacturing is able to bridge that gap.
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7 Myths About Electronic Manufacturing and Assembly

A lot goes into choosing an ECM partner. When you are selecting a company to outsource your manufacturing, it’s important to avoid the common myths and mistakes that many make. Many different factors determine the cost of your project. When comparing bids, rather than focusing all your attention on the bottom line, compare what the ECM partner can do for you and your project.
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Understanding Supply Chain Management for Electronic Manufacturing

Planning for supply chain success is important for all manufacturing, but particularly for the manufacturing of electronic systems. Shortages of components or materials, as well as an oversupply of inventory, can both cause problems that will impact your profit, efficiency, and reliability. Understanding supply chain management will help you avoid logistics challenges.
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How Prototyping Your PCB Can Save You Time and Money

There are many advantages of using a PCB prototype in your design process. Although it may seem like it is only adding an additional step to the process, prototyping serves an essential function in the design process and will allow you to save both time and money overall.
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Your Guide to Electronic Enclosure Design

Once you have your design, you need to make sure that your build is protected. A custom electronic enclosure is vital to ensuring your device will have the functionality and longevity your users expect. When you are designing a custom enclosure, there are many considerations.
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Custom Electronic Enclosures Bring Longevity to an Otherwise Fragile Build

You may have created the perfect device to meet the needs of your customer, but now you need to protect that device. The build itself may be fragile, or the device may need to be used in settings that are not friendly for technology. A plastic enclosure is often the right solution, and including a custom electronic enclosure in your full project scope will add value to your build.
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Taking Hold of the Rising Demand for Quality Medical Device Manufacturing

The demand for quality medical device manufacturing is rising steadily and this trend is expected to continue. With the increasing demand for devices, developers are looking for electronic medical device manufacturers to partner with for production. A manufacturing partner will need experience and certain capabilities to meet this demand at the level of quality and regulation these products demand.
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The Value of Domestic ECM Standards and Regulations

Saving money is important to many companies, with managers making decisions in how and when to cut costs. When looking at electronic component manufacturing, some companies may look into partnerships with overseas ECM shops. Although not as drastic as they once were, the quoted costs may be lower. But these lowered costs come with a much higher risk in both safety and security. There is value in domestic ECM standards and regulations that should encourage many companies looking for an ECM partner to stay here in the USA for their manufacturing.
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Refining Military and Aerospace Electronic Contract Manufacturing

As technology advances, the Department of Defense has more need for an electronic contract manufacturer (ECM) to handle the challenge of building military and aerospace PCBs. Finding military electronic manufacturers can prove to be a challenge, as these particular ECM partners will need to show their experience, capabilities, and ability to meet the certification needs and standards of these precise electronics.
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Comparing Quotes from Electronic Engineering Design Firms

Finding the right engineering design firm to partner with can be a challenge. You may know that outsourcing your electronic PCB design and manufacturing is the right choice, but finding the right partner can present many questions. You want to find a company that is a good value, but you also want to ensure that you will end up with a quality product. Asking the right questions can help you when comparing quotes and offerings from various electronic engineering design firms.
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Good Electronic Design – Beyond Nuts and Bolts

Good electronic design requires partnering with a strong engineering design group, not just an ECM well versed in assembly alone. The value of design capabilities is often overlooked but can be a crucial asset throughout the project. Goals need to be communicated clearly, drawings need to be detailed, and materials and specifications need to be accurate for a successful outcome. When the design phase doesn’t make it beyond the basic nuts and bolts, the product will often not meet the perceived expectations. Outsourcing to a strong ECM will take your electronic design from the basics to something great.