How to find the right PCB assembly company

Nowadays you could easily find countless PCB assembly factory on the internet after google and there will be thousands websites about Turnkey PCB Assembly factory occupying your screen, all of the manufacturers is good at showing their production capabilities and decent production lines, but it is still not very easy for us to choose a reliable PCBA manufacturer from overseas without an actual visiting and unable to do regular production supervision.

Before entering the production stage, it is important to make sure that PCB production is in the  safe hands of reliable PCBA suppliers. In addition, it is necessary to have clear goals. Such as Do we need to do a quick prototyping? Or we need to proceed the regular mass production? Do we perusing shorter delivery time or better quality? Do we more care about the cost or the services? It is not an easy task to choose the right  manufacturer for a PCBA. For this purpose, there is a need of doing in-depth research regarding  PCBA manufacturers which will help get the best PCBA and eventually will get a better result. 

To  make this research process easier, FS Tech PCBA blog comes up with certain effective points which will  help in choosing the best PCBA supplier to hire for PCBA. 

Find a PCBA company

Choose a large-scale PCBA factory

To achieve the high level quality PCBA manufacturing, advance equipment and the big enough factory scale are necessary. A professional turnkey PCB company must have a complete production line. It needs to include soderpaste printing machine, Pick&Place machine, reflow oven, wave soldering oven, AOI inspection equipment, ICT on-line inspection equipment, ect. Choosing a company with professional production records will help your project get better. Large-scale PCBA factories have many related production record documentation, this means a variety of PCB quality management methods, you could examine their professionalism according to these production records. 

PCBA Qualification Certification

Reviewing the qualifications of a PCB assembly company is an essential step. You need to confirm that the factory is ISO9001 certified and that their acceptance criteria follow IPC-A-610F. Are there complete quality manuals and SOPs to guide employees in their production work. FS Technology was verified by ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO13485, IATF 16949 quality standard, we strictly following IPC-A-610F acceptance for our finished PCBA, Establish and strictly implement SOP production specification, PCB quality control management level is higher than industry standard.   

PCB board Manufacturing Capability Matching

High-quality PCBA boards require good quality PCBs and PCB assemblies. Even if it requires a little  higher amount to pay, do it, but never conciliate on the quality of PCB. Price should only be an option and not a deciding factor. A little expensive  PCB can be beneficial in the long run. So the first thing to pay attention to is the quality of the  product provided by the PCB manufacturer. Quality assurance helps to track down whether  PCBA is still on track or not. You need to consider the following questions:

  • Acceptable PCB Types
  • Right dimensions of PCBs 
  • All vias and holes drilled properly and well positioned
  • Minimum PCB’s board wrapping
  • Maximum PCB array dimension
 
So, it is important to make sure that manufacturers use the best available raw material and  processes to make a grade-A quality PCBA board. While every service provider claims to provide a high quality product, there is need to identify the truth behind that statement. It can be done by  carefully examining the various characteristics of the PCB, such as hole position, hole size, trace  width, components spacing, vias, and copper thickness. 

PCBA Manufacturing Capability Matching

FS Technology has always advised our clients to clarify their project needs before starting to look for an assembly service provider. Matching the corresponding service providers through demand can not only reduce your project costs, but also make cooperation with each other smoother. So the first question in selecting the best match for a PCBA service provider is, whether this specific  manufacturer is capable of doing what is required for PCBA or if the manufacturer shows some  incapabilities. For this you need to consider the following questions:

  • What is included in the services provided
  • Best conductor used in conductive layers of PCB 
  • Whether it meets the requirements of multi-layer boards
  • Minimum assembly package
  • PCB Component Sourcing Capability
 

It is worth spending time checking the checklist to make sure that the  selected manufacturer meets all of them.

Options for Customization

Sometimes little extra customization is required in manufacturing PCBA because all available  options are not enough to satisfy the needs of the customer. That little customization may include  the number of layers, the colour of the solder mask, design type, and material. So, it is important  to choose such a PCBA manufacturer that allows some extent of customization rather than pre defined design.  

Co-operative PCBA Manufacturer

Choose a PCBA company with core competitive advantages

A company’s ability to collaborate and build relationships is another deciding factor in selecting  the best PCBA manufacturer. Although technical experience matters but no one wants to work  with such PCB assemblies manufacturers that don’t have or prioritize customer cooperation. A  cooperative relationship with the manufacturer helps in finding solutions to problems more quickly  and easily. This can help both parties to interact with each other, which in this way becomes beneficial to improve productivity and also in processes. 

Excellent service awareness

If you are not sure how to choose a PCB manufacturer, you can try FS Technology.Only with advance and decent production equipment can not be the only standard for a reliable PCBA manufacturer partner, but also required professional project manager to follow up your orders. We should be able to listen and fully understand all of your requirements and able to offer quick solution for varies emergency. You could get to know their service awareness by knowing their enterprise culture and the cooperate attitude. 

Meeting Timelines

Time is precious and can’t be brought back. Sometimes, wasting time is also considered wasting  money. So, it is important to look for such PCBA manufacturers whose track records are good in  terms of in-time deliveries or even on-time deliveries. It is not good practice to not meet project  timelines and delay all pre-planned processes. Under the pressure of meeting timelines doesn’t  mean compromising on quality. So, it is very important to select such a PCBA manufacturer who  has a good track record of meeting timelines by abiding by time constraints also delivers the best  in quality. 

Reply in time

If you are having trouble finding a PCB manufacturer, you can try the services of FS Technology. FS Technology has been insist on providing quality services to customer like instant replying, daily update project status and quick solution for after sales services. Besides, we never stop to develop more and more of our components resources partner to achieve a better cost for our clients and constantly improving our production skills and response speed. Our customer comments that FS Technology’s communication feels like the factory just right beside you. If you are interested in FS Technology’s turnkey assembly service, after reading how to order PCB assembly, you can contact us to get your quotation.

Final Testing

Best PCB and PCBA manufacturer also offers testing after fabricating PCBs to ensure that the  final product is as per design requirements. In selecting PCBA manufacture, keeping this as a  priority may help to design PCBA error-free and perfect.

After Sale Service

FS Technology after-sales service

After-sale service is very important because only buying PCBA is not enough. As no one wants  to hire another expert to make some amendments in designs, repair, or replace PCB. So, it is good  practice to hire such a manufacturer who has a good track record of providing after-sale services  to clients and has extensive customer support also. Choosing FS Technology will be the most correct choice for you. We provide a full range of services from procurement to delivery. Even if there is a problem with the quality of the product, we will never shirk our responsibility.

Choose an experienced PCBA company

As it is understood that different PCBA manufacturer companies have different levels of  expertise and it is common that everyone always opts for an experienced PCBA manufacturer in  contrary to a fresher especially when there are complex PCBs and PCBA.

Choose a PCBA company with core competitive advantages

There are fierce competition in the PCBA industry, it will be difficult to survive if a factory without strength and their core competitiveness.For example, some  PCBA manufacturers are better at fabricating double-layer PCBs or mounting SMDs but at the  same time don’t fit well for multilayer and if PCBA requires multi-layer PCB then it is good practice to opt for that manufacturer who already has experience in multilayer PCB even if that  manufacturer may cost you little more than fresher. 

So, it is important to ensure initially that  manufacturer expertise may match final PCBA requirements. You could judge if the factory could meet your demands by checking their establish year and the coverage of product industries, also the complexity of their assembly products. Choosing the one with more experiences and ever produced similar products in your filed would be more reliable to cooperate with. 

Judging the company’s experience with an intelligent management system

FS Technology applying smart manufacturing technology, so our client could follow up the latest production status and trace the quality issue at any time. In our production room, every process of our production line installing a camera, our client can view every step of our production site through the terminal equipment. We have smart shelves to store our electronics components, every reel components will has its own unique QR code that will be more easier and quicker recognized by the worker. While this is only a small part of our smart manufacturing.  

And we also applying OA, MES, ERP, OKKI systerm to manage our ongoing orders and predict our client’s demand, improving our production efficiency and avoiding artificial problem.

FS Technology establish in 2004, base in Shenzhen. We have about 18 years EMS manufacturing services experience in PCBA. We mainly producing industrial controller PCBA, new energy technology products, medical devices, automotive parts, communication devices, smart home, AI and intelligent city facilities and so on. We perfectly delivered PCB fabrication, PCB component procurement and PCB assembly, functional testing and mechanical assembly services for our overseas clients.

Measure PCBA price and quality

Consider the quality or price of the PCB

No matter what the size of your company is, when you find pcba supplier, price and quality will definitely be considered. Cost becomes deciding factor in selecting a particular PCBA manufacturer because whether  PCBA is small or large it is important to obtain economies of scale, to remain profitable and  efficient. Low costs in manufacturing cause more profit, however, reducing costs does not mean  reducing the quality of PCBA. PCB assembly cost is relatively transparent, different factory has different price, you should be alert if a manufacturer quoted you a very low price. Contrary to the old days when customers wait for weeks to get  quotations for PCBA from manufacturers but nowadays, getting quotations is a matter of some  minutes, and this is only possible because of modern cloud computing and online pricing  technique. It is very important to maintain a balance between cost and the quality of PCBA, to  remain profitable.  Even though everyone knows this, there are still many customers who regard price as the first reference factor when choosing a manufacturer. This leads to some low-level errors on their boards, which will help improve your PCBA failure analysis ability, hahahaha, this is a joke. In any case, choosing a well-known turnkey PCB assembly company is the right choice, they perform strict quality control, and of course the cost will be higher.

Conclusion

Complex PCBA manufacturing is no piece of cake for all companies available in the market. It  is important to find the best PCBA manufacturer in order to design a perfect, efficient, and  profitable PCBA. As different PCBA manufacturers offer different levels of capabilities, different  levels of services, and different levels of expertise. When choosing a PCBA manufacturer, keeping  all the above-mentioned points helps in finding the best match for PCBA manufacturing. That’s all for “how to choose a pcb manufacturer”, if you think our PCB ordering assistance blog helped you, you can watch more of it.

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