How to Choose a Good PCB Supplier

July 16, 2013

How to choose a good PCB supplier? This is a frequently asked question among persons that wish to purchase various PCB Products from a supplier. High precision electronic products are available in three different phases namely; R & D, Trail production and Lot Production.


Here are some proven tips to guide you through the selection process successfully.

Market Orientation: It is recommendable to carry out a background research on the different suppliers. This will help you know the exact price that you should pay for the services to be rendered. Understanding market orientation can also help you choose quality services. Note that each PCB supplier specializes in one field that he or she is good at.

Manufacturing criteria: The amount of time taken to manufacture plates has a direct impact on the quality of the final product. For example, if a company gets an urgent order that needs to be delivered in 1 or 2 days, there is a high probability that the inspection process will not be thorough as the company strives to meet the set deadline. Hence, if the inspection standard is not upheld, the final products that are shipped to the researchers will be of low quality. The researchers have to assess the performance of the products so before approving them.

More often than not, urgent production negatively affects the quality of the final product especially if the researchers do not inspect the products correctly. In addition, the costs of troubleshooting or repairing the faulty products can be very high as compared to the cost that could have being incurred to produce high quality products initially. The troubleshooting process can affect the R & D cycle negatively. Bottom line, go for high quality products. Hence, time factor should not be considered solely when placing by our order. Give the company enough time to produce the products so as to avoid regrets later.

The production period, that is, the total amount of time different companies requires to complete your order varies depending on the type of technology that they use. For example, some companies will require 3 to 9 days to manufacturer a dual platen sample. During this period, they will carefully consider each factor in order to ensure that they meet the set quality standards.

Desist from choosing suppliers who offer low prices. Instead, you should choose suppliers whose prices are directly proportional to the quality of the products. Sometimes, low quality products are very cheap as compared to high quality products. One of the major benefits of purchasing a high quality product is that they are more cost effective since they are more durable hence they require less repair or maintenance services.

Reliable: Choose a supplier that is reliable in terms of delivering high quality products within the agreed timeframe. As mentioned earlier, fast manufacturing speed leads to production of products that are faulty. The low quality products may not affect the company reputation or R & D cycle but it will harm the customers and reduce the company's market base.

Finally, choose companies that have a clean track record so as to get value for your money. Their repairing costs should be affordable and in line with your budget. Once your products have passed the R & D, choose a reliable partner who can help you establish and expand your market and credibility.