Although a manufacturer may seem to use magic in the creation of a PCB, with parts and materials going in one door and completed boards coming out another, the reality is quite the opposite. The PCB contract manufacturer has a very detailed process that they go through in order to produce the highest quality circuit boards for their customers. Come along with us as we pull back the curtain of the PCB development process in order to show you how this magic is actually created.
The first step of circuit board manufacturing is for the PCB contract manufacturer to review the fabrication and assembly data that you have given them. Not only are they verifying that they have all the data they need to proceed, but they are also looking for potential problems in the design that could delay or stop manufacturing. To do this, they will examine the following areas of the design:
These reviews are essential to the success of the manufacturing operation as well as the operation and expected use of the completed circuit board. If any problems are found, the engineering team of the PCB contract manufacturer will present the customer with a complete report detailing the problem along with their recommended solutions. Depending on the alterations that are needed, the engineering team themselves are often available to do the work in order to get the board ready for manufacturing.
Once all of the ordered parts and materials have been received and inspected, they will be assigned a barcode for tracking and documentation. These parts and materials are then all pulled together into a “kit” for the manufacturing floor, and the circuit board project is ready for assembly.
With the completion of the circuit board assembly process, the board will be carefully packaged in static controlled containers and shipped out to the customer. Here is where using a local PCB contract manufacturer can really pay off, as there aren’t any international issues to contend with. Where shipping PCBAs from an off-shore manufacturer can cost extra money in fees and tariffs, local shipping can sometimes be as simple as a same-day delivery by truck.
Now that we’ve revealed the magic of the PCB development process, it’s time to introduce those who do the hard work behind the curtain. At VSE, we have been building circuit boards for over 30 years now, and we have perfected the assembly process described above. We can take your project all the way from design input to completed circuit boards quickly and at the highest levels of quality in the industry. In addition to the regular production of circuit boards in our factory, we also excel at the following:
At VSE, you will find that our engineering teams have the skill and precision that your projects need, and our manufacturing teams will exceed your expectations as they expertly build your circuit boards. We have the capabilities that you need for success on your next PCB design project. Let us show you the benefits that you will realize by partnering with us.