PCB Components Sourcing – An Integral Part Of PCB Manufacturing Process

By Carl Avery Sep15,2020

If you are selecting a China PCB manufacturing company to outsource your PCB manufacturing needs, do not just limit your selection criteria to the quotes you get. You need to look beyond the quote and you need to make certain that you have the most dependable manufacturer to take care of your needs. One of the crucial areas that you need to pay attention to is your manufacturers PCB components sourcing capabilities.

In the PCB fabrication a wide variety of components are used and without those components, your PCB will not be complete and it will not function the way you want it to function. Further to that, if the components used in the PCB are of good quality, the PCB’s overall quality will also be good. On the other hand, if the components used in the PCB is not of good quality, then the PCB will also be of poor grade.

Some of the most important components of a PCB include resistors, capacitors, ICs, transistors, diodes and fuses. Each one of these components plays a specific role in the PCB and even if one of these components is of inferior quality, you will not be able to get the best output and the stability of the entire device would become questionable.

Before you select your PCB manufacturer, you need to find out the PCB component sourcing protocol of your manufacturer. It is important that you select the best manufacturers after fully understanding that your manufacturers’ capacity to find the best quality components required for the manufacturing process.

PCB components sourcing may appear to be a simple process but when you actually go through the sourcing cycle, one would understand how complex the whole process could get. First, the quality of the PCB components should be ascertained.

Secondly, the required quantity of the components should be available with the suppliers from where the manufacturer is sourcing. This is where things could get very challenging. One of the most common scenarios met would be that, suppliers have partial quantities of the components required and this would leave the manufacturers under a fix. Sourcing the components from multiple suppliers would lead to quality differences and this could affect the overall integrity of the PCB. As a customer, you may not be aware of all these complications. You would place your order just based on the quote you receive from your supplier. Only when you are half way through the process you would understand the challenges involved in getting the entire order delivered on time.

Look for a reputed PCB manufacturing company to get your PCBs manufactured. Review the customer ratings and customer reviews before you send your orders to any PCB manufacturer. Check whether they are capable of handling high volume orders. Make no mistakes in this regard because you would feel stuck when your PCB manufacturer delays the delivery of your PCBs. You will not be able to meet your product delivery commitments that you made to your customers.

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