According to the University of Arizona, Tucson, cost analysis is also called cost/benefit analysis, cost effectiveness, as well as other terms, depending on who is writing about it. It is no wonder some question, "Why haven’t I ever heard of should cost analysis?" Probably the number one reason someone is not familiar with this analysis is because too few companies avail themselves of the tool. Should cost analysis is a teacher and revealer of unseen things.
There's an old saying, Price, Quality, Speed: you can have two. If you want the best price and best quality, it will take longer. If you want the best quality and you want it fast, expect to pay a premium. And if you want the best price delivered fast, expect quality to suffer. Here's a look at these three common situations.
Several electronic technologies are converging to increase demand in the PCB Industry over the next several years. The driving opportunity is the explosive demand for smart phones and tablet computers.
Before discussing the benefits of fixturing in Surface Mount Technology (SMT) it is worthwhile to clearly define some terms that relate to the concept of using fixtures in a manufacturing process. Fixturing and its similar concepts were originally used in woodworking. It then become commonplace in the world of engineering and manufacturing as a way to produce the exact same product multiple times.
Although many contract manufacturing (CM) companies have applied “Lean” practices to their back-end manufacturing, some don't realize that 70-95% of all costs associated with meeting customer needs are administrative by nature. Wasteful front end processes can often result in unnecessary costs, longer lead times, and reduced quality.
But applying lean principles to an office can be less straightforward than you'd think. Some businesses may overcomplicate "lean tools" while others may forget their core objectives. Most, however, simply do not learn from others' mistakes. Keep these five simple pitfalls in mind before drafting your Lean Office strategy.
Certification of ISO standards by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) have become a major expectation in modern manufacturing and allow contract manufacturers to provide proof of adherence for their quality management systems (QMS). Below are a few of the most important ISO certifications which are commonly requested in PCB manufacturing.
Mentor Graphics’ Valor MSS is one of the most efficient tools available for PCB assembly, and offers complete end-to-end functionality. Below are three of the most important aspects that make Valor MSS the go-to PCBA assembly solution.
It's inevitable: sometimes you need to reschedule the backlog. Mitigating liability is the number one priority. Downturns are unpredictable, so proper preparation is necessary. Below are a few strategies that will allow you and your contract manufacturer to make it through.