Turnkey PCB Assembly: A One-Stop Manufacturing Solution

A Fully Assembled and Tested Product Ready to be Shipped to Your End-User

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The axiom “time is money” has never been so true as in today’s fast-paced world of product delivery. With traditional purchasing processes disrupted by the pandemic, the “next-day” shipment paradigm popularized by the consumer market is becoming the new business standard. To keep up with this trend, electronics OEMs need a method to deliver quality products as quickly as possible to their end-users. At VSE, we have the answer for this with our complete turnkey PCB assembly services.

Turnkey PCB assembly is a manufacturing process that starts with the initial design and ends with delivering a fully functional circuit board to the OEM’s end-user. Our complete turnkey services handle all aspects of circuit board manufacturing, including shipping the final product in your company’s packing materials. Not only does this get the completed circuit boards to your end-users faster, but it will also reduce your processing overhead. Here are some additional details about how our turnkey PCB assembly can help.

Full Turnkey PCB Assembly Begins with Quality Circuit Board Design

While most electronic OEMs will create their design, many need help understanding all the details for efficient manufacturing. These include component selection, design for manufacturability (DFM), and design for testability. At VSE, our engineering department can help you with all of these areas of PCB design:

Schematic Development

  • Circuit recommendations for best functionality
  • Preparation for PCB layout
  • Documentation clean-up and creation

Component Selection

  • Best functionality for the circuitry
  • Optimum configuration for price and availability
  • Verification of PCB footprints to schematic symbols

Design for Manufacturability

  • Proper clearances between components and other board features
  • Optimum component placement for solderability
  • Accessibility to connectors and other interfaces

Design for Test

  • Verify that each net is accessible for automated test
  • Provide probe points for debugging critical circuitry
  • Create or modify test fixtures and programs

From Incoming Inspection to Final QA and Shipment, It’s All About the Quality

No matter how quickly a product is delivered, it has to perform according to its design specifications. To do this demands the highest level of quality in every aspect of the turnkey PCB assembly process. At VSE, one of our core values is ensuring the build quality of each circuit board. To accomplish this, we have several quality control processes throughout our production, including the following:

  • A documented quality control process establishes records for future manufacturing.

  • Incoming component and material inspections that determine quality before production.

  • A trained and certified technical staff that discerns where automation cannot.

  • Frequent inspection points throughout manufacturing limit the scrap and rework.

  • Advanced optical inspection equipment can rapidly process large volume lots.

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Components and Materials, PCB Turnkey Assembly Depends on Procurement Specialists

A circuit board assembly requires all of its components to be available for production at an affordable price. With the electronic component supply chain still reeling from the pandemic’s effects and the resulting shortages, this can be difficult without a trained procurement staff. At VSE, our purchasing team understands the supply chain’s nuances and has a vast network of component manufacturers, distributors, and brokers that they work with every day. Here’s how they can help:

  • Reviewing your bill of materials (BOM) for component availability and price
  • Component life-cycle management to avoid industry shortages or obsolete parts
  • Making alternative component recommendations when substitutes are necessary
  • Pulling from stock and procuring new components to be ready for PCB assembly
  • Protecting you from potential counterfeit components and questionable vendors

Circuit Board Manufacturing and Test, the Heart of PCB Turnkey Assembly

Complete turnkey PCB assembly can build circuit boards of all different sizes, shapes, and technologies. Accommodating this variety requires a state-of-the-art manufacturing operation that is highly proficient at low-volume, high-mix PCB assembly. At VSE, our manufacturing and test teams have over 40 years of experience doing just that:

Assembly Preparation

  • Solder paste application
  • Automated component installation (pick & place)
  • Manual component insertion

Automated Assembly

  • Surface mount assembly with solder reflow
  • Thru-hole assembly with wave solder
  • Mixed assembly with selective soldering

Manual Assembly and Rework

  • Hand assembly and soldering
  • Component changes on the board
  • Assembly rework

Automated Test

  • In-Circuit Test (ICT)
  • Flying Probe Test
  • Cablescan Test

From Start to Finish, VSE Has the PCB Turnkey Services You Need

At VSE, we have the complete turnkey PCB assembly services you need for your next circuit board project. We have the engineering, manufacturing, and test capabilities to take your project from initial design input to the final completed boards we will ship to your end users. In addition to your circuit boards, we can also support your cable, wire harness, and total box-build needs.

We understand the electronics market’s state today and how you need an efficient and high-quality manufacturing process to supply your end-users with products as quickly as possible. Let our team do what it does best by taking on that part of the project for you with our turnkey services so that you can focus your attention on a new design and product development.

If you are looking for a CM that prides itself on its care and attention to detail to ensure that each PCB assembly is built to the highest standards, look no further than VSE. Contact us today to learn more about partnering with us for your next project.

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