What Is A Box Build In Electronics Manufacturing?
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.
A box build is a systems integration that is basically a complete assembly of your electronics placed in an enclosure. This includes not only your PCB electronics, but your cables, din rail, back plane assembly, and cabinet housing as well. Each project is unique, so a box build can be as simple as a PCB in a small enclosure to a large cabinet full of wires for an electromechanical system with complete electronics and pneumatics.
The Box Build Process
The box build process can vary as much as design calls for. It is specific to each project. However, it typically includes installation of sub-assemblies and other components, routing of cabling or wire harnesses, and fabrication of enclosures. It is all the assembly work involved in an electromechanical system complete with moving parts and sub-assemblies. The most common box build assembly process also includes configuration and testing, as well as warehousing and shipping. You provide the drawings or the device for your CM to reverse engineer, and they do the rest. This is why it is imperative to choose the right electronics manufacturing partner for your project.
Choosing a Manufacturing Partner
There are some basics you need to consider to make sure everything involved in your box build goes smoothly with your electronic manufacturing services. Your electronics contract manufacturer should be able to provide design and engineering services to lend to the success of your box build. This includes tooling and material selection for effective manufacturability, as well as software loading and product configuration.
Here are some other things to look for in a good ECM that does box builds:
- Engineering in-house or on staff
- Reverse engineering
- Prototyping in-house
- A vetted supplier network
- Quality certifications (ISO 9001 & IPC standards)
- Testing in-house
- Ability to drop ship
A top-notch ECM should also be able to suggest design modifications that simplify and reduce costs in the manufacturing process. All of this will lead to successful system level and sub-level product assembly of a successful electromechanical product.
Outsourcing box build assembly means working closely with a company you can count on to make sure everything required for your project is met to your satisfaction. Levison Enterprises understands your needs and can deliver a custom box build to meet them. Contact us today to see how a box build assembly could work for you on your next project.