6 Things to Consider When Sourcing a Printed Circuit Board Manufacturer

A printed circuit board is a basic part of many electronic devices. The design of the boards can vary from the simple to detailed units to match the intended use. However, it is essential to find the reliable manufacturers to ensure a high-quality board is built and able to last for the long-term.

Let’s take a look at a few of the most important things to consider:

Latest technologies

The reliable manufacturers will make use of the latest technologies that are able to work with the modern devices. There are still many manufacturers that continue to use obsolete or old software, but this isn’t likely to give the desired results if creating a high-end product.

Flexible design options

The ability to provide customization in the process of creating the printed circuit board is certain to be a very appealing quality. Any manufacturer that is able to help in this area will be very efficient at creating the bespoke service to match the specific needs.

Production time

It is very important to use a manufacturer that is able to offer timely delivery. Any delays or lags in the build process can lead to lost orders, penalties or other issues that can impact the finances. Make sure to check the typical delivery time before making a commitment.

Services offered

The types of services offered are likely to vary between the many different manufacturers. However, a useful service that should be included is the ability to fix faults. So, if faults are detected in the boards after delivery, they can be repaired in a fast and efficient manner.

Prototype options

A further useful point is to find a manufacturer that has an in-development department that can help create the initial prototypes. They should also have the option to use the various types of boards, such as the solid, anti-vibration and flexible. The flexible boards make it a lot easier to create the bespoke design. For instance, they are a practical option when it is necessary to have complete control over the thickness or shape of the electronic devices.

Check reputation

One of the most basic steps to take to shortlist the best options is to check the reputation of the different manufacturers. This is achieved by checking online reviews or testimonials or simply to source personal referrals. Any company with a strong reputation is certain to have the skill and know-how to produce the high-quality products.

It’s Time for Drone Delivery

The other day, I was sitting with a group of college students at Starbucks, we were discussing startup businesses. They were brainstorming of what type of business to start. A guy in an ice cream truck pulled up and the driver ran into Starbucks. I joked as he ran by, “don’t you sell any coffee flavored ice cream?” Everyone laughed as did the driver as he briskly rushed the door open and ran in. “Maybe he is just using the restroom?” We all laughed again, and then saw him get pick-up his pre-made coffee he must have ordered with his smart phone Starbuck’s app.

As he was leaving he told us while we sat at the outdoor table that he did sell coffee flavored ice cream. I asked if I could buy a round of ice cream for the group. He apologized and said; “Today, I am delivering Amazon Packages, as a delivery contractor, my brother is using all his vans, so I am helping out, we are really busy – Prime Day Delivery!” Everyone was intrigued, and he broke into a stride saying; “Chow” as he left, and he turned on the music for us as he drove away. What a cool small business owner. We all laughed again, he was so busy he just needed more caffeine to finish his hectic day.

Our group then went back to brainstorming on what a smart business might be for a startup. I laughed and said: “Hey, you have to be observant, we just saw a guy in a friggin’ ice cream truck delivering online packages because they didn’t have enough vans or people to help, that means there is demand in the market not being met.” I started asking them a series of questions:

- How could you deliver more efficiently?
- How could you streamline the delivery business model?
- How could you revolutionize the package delivery business?
- How could you find other underutilized vehicles and people to deliver?

And, then I reminded them that Amazon now has a market value of $1 Trillion. I asked them about other observations they just had?

- Why can’t that ice cream man deliver Starbucks?
- Why not start a drone business to deliver Starbucks and Amazon?
- Why not figure out how to solve those delivery challenges with software, apps, drones, combination?

I reiterated; “Let’s face it, you know there is unfulfilled demand in the marketplace for new delivery companies and better options when you see an Ice Cream truck delivering online packages as an Amazon Contractor.”

I explained that you have to observe everything and think. I explained that we can’t be too busy here brainstorming that we stop observing, the clues are everywhere, right in front of our noses. If you are at a loss for ideas, look around, read the newspaper, listen to people complain, think about things that would make problems go away for people – then try to come up with solutions for these challenges – solutions that you can make a profit in providing.