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When we want to find out what challenges our readers are facing, we just ask. And they don’t mind sharing—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
In a recent survey, we asked our PCB designer readers, “Why don’t you know who is going to manufacture your boards?” Here are some of the more interesting replies we received (and edited slightly for clarity). Do you see yourself in these replies?
- The client hasn't thought about that part of the project.
- Because it's the business of the company purchaser.
- We are a service bureau so almost always ask, but often the OEM design engineer doesn't know (yet). Also, vendor selection is not the easiest since it is somewhat of a dynamic situation.
- We use CEMs with whom we've partnered for many years, and they will find the most appropriate PCB manufacturer for us. One board has specific impedance requirements, and we partner with a specialist for that board.
- We have two options: 1. Price-sensitive: If the board is low-tech, producer will be the cheapest one found that can still meet basic quality requirements. 2. Subcontracted manufacturing: After the design is complete, it is given to an external partner, who handles ordering, manufacture, assembly, and testing as they see fit while meeting specified quality criteria, to reduce maintenance workload on in-house engineers.
The I-Connect007 Research Team regularly polls members of the electronics manufacturing industry on trends in the industry so we can bring you topics that you care about.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
We’re heading into the holiday season, and tradeshow season is in full swing. Managing Editor Nolan Johnson and technical editor Pete Starkey have spent the week in Munich covering electronica, and apparently the attendance was wunderbar. COVID still persists, but everyone is ready to return to some normalcy. There’s a lot going on in our industry. In this week’s roundup, we have articles on everything from rigid-flex to the supply chain, as well as a primer on the role of physics in PCB design. As we move into the new year, you should check out this Top 10 list of tech trends for 2023, courtesy of Gartner.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
There’s one lesson that all designers have learned over the past few years: Components might be here today and gone tomorrow, so tracking your parts is more important than ever. Any resources that help you keep tabs on your required parts are invaluable in these days of 40-week lead times. Earlier this year, Altium released one such resource: the Electronic Design to Delivery Index (EDDI) report. Assembled from millions of bytes of data gleaned from the Octopart search engineer and the Nexar platform, the monthly EDDI report provides part availability histories going back years, as well as a real-time snapshot of global inventories.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007
I-Connect007 columnist John Watson is teaching an introductory class on PCB design at Palomar College this fall, but this is much more than a basic design class. But John has hit a slight snafu: He needs a few more students to sign up before Aug. 23, or the class will be cancelled. It’s an online class, so you don’t have to live in San Diego to attend. In this interview, John talks about the genesis for the class and its benefits.