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The basic manufacturing capabilities of PCBAs

Nowadays, there are more and more PCBA manufacturers, and in order to be able to stand firmly in the industry, the goal of their drilling has slowly shifted from the initial functional range to the development and production of high-quality, reliable circuit boards. Today we will introduce you to the five basic manufacturing capabilities of PCBA, some scholars say that if you can have the following PCBA manufacturing capabilities, you can not only achieve that goal, but also practically ensure the achievement of this goal.

The basic PCBA manufacturing capabilities your CM should have

PCBA Manufacturing Capability 1: Certified Quality Control

The first requirement that your CM should meet is a commitment to quality. This can be demonstrated by an unbiased assessment or certification that your CM’s manufacturing phase meets industry standards such as ISO 9001, IPC-A-610, J-STD-01, ANSI 2020:2014, AS9100D, and ISO 13485.

PCBA Manufacturing Capability 2: Agile Manufacturing

Just as important as having a process that meets the highest quality standards is flexibility or the ability to make changes quickly without sacrificing quality and the need for additional equipment or expertise. This agile manufacturing is changing the PCBA production model and is critical for the following key industries: aerospace, automotive, and medical devices.

PCBA Manufacturing Capability 3: Open and Transparent Communication

For decades, board designers and cm have been isolated in the dilemma of having limited understanding of each other’s intent or technical requirements. Fortunately, white-box attempts to create a symbiotic relationship between designers and cm are becoming popular. The benefits of open and transparent communication are the best use of DFM guidelines, reduced risk of the board not being able to use them, and a low probability of field failures.

PCBA Manufacturing Capability 4: Clear and easily accessible DFM

This feature keeps pace with manufacturing capability 3 above. In order for your PCBA development to realize the benefits of DFM, rules and guidelines must be integrated into your design software to ensure effective DFM checks are performed.

PCBA Manufacturing Capability 5: Safe and Secure Supply Chain

Cm must also provide a safe and secure supply chain from input, component and design data files to PCBA output, assembly and assembly. This includes avoiding counterfeiting, applying appropriate protection methods, and remaining resilient in the event of emergencies and events beyond your control.

Is your CM’s manufacturing capability being measured?

If optimization of PCBA development is the goal, then this question must be answered soberly. As a help, the following lists the potential risks of using a CM that does not have these capabilities


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