Article published by : Marwick Bravo on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Viewed 530 times

Category : Consumer Electronics

Challenges Faced By Pcb Design Companies And Their Mitigation



There are many PCB design services to choose from, but the selection procedure becomes difficult when you have several good ones. For defense departments, getting the best military grade PCB manufacturer is paramount. So, they always look for some key characteristics such as high design caliber, high customer service, on-time delivery etc. Most PCB manufacturers would provide high level of design services that are tailored to the needs of the customers. These PCB manufacturing services have teams of highly proficient technicians and engineers who will provide the best quality PCBs at the right costs.

The most common PCB services offered by defense electronics Design consulting firms are High frequency RF / Microwave PCB designs, High speed, multi layer digital PCB designs, Low level analog PCB designs, LVDS, UART, USB, PCIe designs, DDR2, DDR3 memory designs, printed antenna designs, etc.

For the professional Military grade PCB manufacturers, every job is unique and they will make sure that each and every PCB is tested before delivery. A PCB design service that provides cheap services may be preferred by regular customers, but when it comes to the military, quality is paramount. There are cost considerations that are taken by the defense departments, but they are secondary. On-time delivery of military grade PCBs are most appreciated because in the defense department every minute is precious.

A typical PCB outsourcing company may not do all the PCB assembly on its own. It may work in tandem with external engineers, fabrication houses, and assembly houses. For this, a high level of coordination and planning is needed. Such planning is generally done by a project manager, who acts as a single point of contact (SPOC) for the project. The customer does all the communication with the PCB manufacturer via the project manager. The project manager is a highly skilled and professional individual. He or she would generally have a great deal of experience in the field of PCB manufacturing.

The project manager carries or guides the team to provide the best and superior PCB designs. They will work towards milestones and make sure that the timelines are met. Meeting demanding schedules and technical requirements are the major challenges that the project manager has to overcome. The project manager of the PCB outsourcing company needs to have impeccable communications skills and interpersonal skills.

When you select a PCB outsourcing firm, you will have to first get into a conversation with them and find out if they will assign a dedicated project manager for your project. If they are not assigning a project manager, you will have to ask how they are going to ensure proper communication for the project. There are some senior technicians or engineers who may also double up as project managers for the various projects. As long as the communication channels are open and there is total transparency in the project, senior people taking up project management is not a problem at all.

As a customer, you will have to be in total control and you will have to make sure that you get the work done on time. If there are any bottlenecks, then the PCB outsourcing company needs to mitigate it at the earliest.
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Keywords: Defense Electronics Design Consulting, PCB Outsourcing, Military Grade PCB Manufacturer

By: Marwick Bravo

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