Let’s say that your start-up has simulated their circuit, made some proof of concept prototypes on a solder-less breadboard, and is now ready to make a full-fledged prototype. You want your prototypes to look professional so it can be pitched to investors or Kickstarter backers. This is where an experienced Electronics Manufacturing as a Service company like Coindustrio.com can take your hardware to the next level. There are several advantages of Turnkey PCB Assembly Service for start-ups including impressing investors, identifying manufacturing issues early, saving your team time, estimating and optimizing your final production cost.
High Quality Product Impresses Investors
One of the main advantages of professional assembly for start-ups is the professional board quality and expert soldering of surface mount components. Professional circuit board assembly manufacturers use high quality laminates, solder resist and silk-screening methods.
If your design is mostly through hole components then it is probably more economical to assemble the board yourself and just buy a high-quality PCB. However, as modern circuit designs need to be compact, then surface mount components are usually necessary. Professional assembly of SMT components uses precise automated placement and a reflow oven for melting the solder. These professional machines produce perfect solder joints even on very small components or microprocessors with many pins closely spaced. These assemblies are difficult when done by hand and are more reliable when done through automated process. The final high-quality product will be sure to impress your potential investors and show that your company is ready for production.
Manufacturability Check Identifies Problems Early
Another key advantage of professional turnkey prototyping, is you will be able to identify any manufacturing concerns about your design. The best way to know if your design is ready for professional production is to go ahead and order prototypes. By making prototypes, you will know if there is any part of your design that may cause an issue with manufacturing or does not turn out as you expected. Professional circuit board assembly manufacturers may be able to detect errors in the routing of your prototypes that may have occurred when creating your board layout. If errors require changing your design, it is best to identify them early so your prototypes can be a better representation of a final product. If any electronics changes affect the physical properties of the prototypes, having noticed earlier in the product design process will save time and money. If your PCB designers are inexperienced, a check can not only correct one product, but can also help you establish better design practices for your future products as well by learning from your mistakes.
Save your time
Thirdly, turnkey services reduce the amount of work your team needs to do to produce the prototypes. While the overall time to produce the prototypes may not be reduced, using a turnkey pcb assembly service does free up your limited number of employees to work on other areas that need their attention. If your team does not need to deal with purchasing the PCB, then parts, then assembling it themselves, they can be free to continue optimizing the design or perform another job. This form of outsourcing the labor can be beneficial for your start-up’s efficiency. Turnkey is also simpler, because you will only need to deal with and manage invoices with 1 company instead of a pcb house, assembly house and several parts suppliers.
Better Estimate Your Future Manufacturing Costs
Lastly, financial planning is very important for start-ups to optimize their business model and operating costs. Therefore, when quoting your prototype boards (unless you expect significant design changes) you can request your Electronics Manufacturing as a Service company to quote higher quantity production runs as well. This early estimate could be very valuable in estimating your initial product costs.
By having your prototype design professionally produced, your tech start-up can impress investors, identify manufacturing issues early, save your team time, estimate and optimize your final production cost.
Coindustrio.com is a manufacturing as a service company that reduces time to market for electronic devices. The B2B platform collaborates with more than 200 italian manufacturers and reallocates their off-peak periods to offer you the best industrialisation solutions for PCB, PCBA & cables.