​PCB vs. PCBA: What’s the Difference?

Paul Zebb - Tuesday, July 18, 2017

PCB vs. PCBA: What’s the Difference?

 

A PCB (Printed Circuit Board) is a board that electrically connects electronic components using conductive traces, pads, and other features etched from copper foil laminated onto a non-conductive substrate. PCB’s can be single sided (one copper layer), double sided (two copper layers), or multi-layer (outer and inner layers). Conductors on different layers are connected with vias (plated-thru. holes). Multi-layer PCB’s allow for much higher component density and design complexity.

A PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly) is the board after all the components and parts have been soldered and installed on the PCB and now can accomplish the electronic function it was designed for.


 

Drastically Reduce New Product Integration (NPI) Time: Step 5 of 5

Paul Zebb - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

 

Drastically Reduce New Product Integration (NPI) Time: Step 5 of 5

 

Processing/manufacturing in-parallel rather than in-series.

 

Specifically: Orders for components and materials should be placed by your supplier prior or at the time pc bare board manufacturing starts. This will help insure components and materials are ready for assembly when the pc bare boards are completed. Additionally utilizing a company that controls the entire process: layout through assembly will provide the added benefit of single source accountability, improved delivery, and performance.

Summary: Following the 5 Key Steps to Slashing NPI time saves both time and money. It creates the option to get deliveries in historic timeframes at reduced costs or more importantly significantly faster for the same cost.

 

To view the complete 5 steps, click here.

 

 

What is a PCB

Paul Zebb - Wednesday, July 05, 2017

What is a PCB

Have you ever opened up your computer or phone? The PCB or printed circuit board is the flat, typically green, piece that holds all the chips and/or electrical components. Below the green solder mask/overlay, are wires/traces on the board. They connect the components, creating circuits.

A PCB that has yet to have any electrical components soldered onto it, is called a “bare board”, or more properly, a “printed circuit board”. There are however copper traces called "wiring" that have been created by printing, plating, and etching processes.

To produce a PCB you need to take the functional diagram or schematic and transform it into a piece of artwork that makes a pattern for components, holes, and circuits/wires. The PCB designer is the engineer who creates the schematic. It is similar to the plates used in printing, although technically quite different.

PCB’s range in size, and are used in a multitude of products way too extensive to list, but here are a few: cell phones, autos, computers, TV’s, flash drives, thermostats, vehicles, weapons, and video game consoles. If it’s electronic, a PCB is probably the board holding the brains behind it.

Drastically Reduce New Product Integration (NPI) Time: Step 4 of 5

Paul Zebb - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Drastically Reduce New Product Integration (NPI) Time: Step 4 of 5

Complete and accurate data is crucial to minimizing thru-put time. Affording your manufacturer with quality information to quote and run production will reduce or eliminate delays. Seems simple however more than half of all prototype orders have incorrect, inconstant, or missing information. The far majority of these issues can be eliminated by simply following a step by step procedure. A check list, easy to develop and implement should be used. Need a starting point, let us know we would be glad to provide a check list so you can tailor to meet your needs.

 

Key also is providing schematics, files, documentation, etc. that are compatible with your suppliers systems/software platforms. Communicate up front and prevent delays and redundant work.

Next in the series,
Step 5: Processing/manufacturing in-parallel rather than in-series.

 

South Bay Circuits: ITAR Registered

Paul Zebb - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

South Bay Circuits: ITAR Registered

 

The US Government expects all producers, exporters, and dealers of defense articles, defense services, or similar technical information to be ITAR registered. To satisfy this OEM’s are requiring their supply chain members be ITAR REGISTERED. You will typically find language contained in contracts, on purchase orders, and request for proposals stating this requirement to meet: The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Communicating with staff members of the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) may get slightly different answers, but the generally accepted definition is:

For a company involved in the manufacture, sale or distribution of goods or services covered under the United States Munitions List (USML), or a component supplier to goods covered under the USML, the stipulation or requirement of being “ITAR certified (compliant)” means that the company must be registered with the State Department’s DDTC, if required as spelled out on DDTC’s web site and the company must understand and abide by the ITAR as it applies to their USML linked goods or services. The company themselves is certifying that they operate in accordance with the ITAR when they accept being a supplier for the USML prime exporter. 

Simply stated, to be ITAR COMPLIANT, you need to be registered with DDTC and understand the requirements to be in compliance with ITAR, and self-certify that you meet the standard.

ITAR can be found at: ITAR Regulations

South Bay Circuits (SBC) is registered and complies with the DDTC and the ITAR requirements. In business since 1981, we pride ourselves on being the “World’s Quickest” from PCB Layout to Loaded Assembly. SBC is a production supplier that supports its customers at a World Class level to meet the ever demanding requirements of Electronics Marketplace. With SBC's diverse capabilities and flexibility to service our "Customer Partners", we take great pride in being able to meet your total PCB needs: PCB Design\Layout, PCB Board Manufacturing, PCB Assembly, or Electronic Box Build from Prototyping to Production. We are here to make you a success.

 

 

 

Drastically Reduce New Product Integration (NPI) Time: Step 2 & 3 of 5

Paul Zebb - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

 

Drastically Reduce New Product Integration (NPI) Time: Step 2 & 3 of 5

The PCB/PCBA timeframe of new product integration can be significantly reduced by following 5 logistical steps.

Step 2 & 3: Removing Lag Time for the Quoting and PO processes.  

These 2 steps can be completed in parallel with the design/layout phase to greatly reduce or eliminate delays.

  • Quoting
  • Purchase Orders

The process of design/layout, quoting, issuing of PO’s and mfg. of PCB’s and PCBA’s are typically done in a sequential manner. Simply changing the timing of attaining quotes and PO’s as a parallel process can “completely” remove this delay.In many cases this time takes as long as mfg. itself.

Bare boards and assembly quotes and PO’s can be completed and issued during the Layout process. Worst case adjustments can be made when the final version files are created.

 

Next in the series,
Step 4: Preventing Mfg. Delays – Information Control.

 

WORLD’S QUICKEST – PCB LAYOUT TO LOADED ASSEMBLY

Paul Zebb - Monday, June 05, 2017

WORLD’SQUICKEST – PCB LAYOUT TO LOADED ASSEMBLY

South Bay Circuits, Inc. provides the World’s Quickest – PCB Layout to Loaded Assembly. If getting your design manufactured and to the marketplace first is critical to your success SBC is your best solution. No one beats our New Product Introduction (NPI) and New Product Development (NPD) capabilities. SBC supports any or all of your PCB layout, bare board fabrication, and/or assembly needs.

WE DELIVER IN HOURS AND DAYS WHAT OUR COMPETITORS DELIVER IN DAYS AND WEEKS

What We Do

  • Quick-Turn Prototypes
  • PCB Designs
  • PCB Layout Services
  • PCB Board Fabrication
  • PCB Assembly - Circuit Card Assembly
  • Backplane Assembly
  • PCB Testing and Final Assembly
  • Fully Integrated Electronic Box Builds – Turnkey
  • Domestic Production and Offshore Volume Production

With SBC's diverse capabilities and flexibility to service, we take great pride in being able to meet the demands of all or any portions of your requirements, whether it be for PCB Design\Layout, PCB Board Manufacturing, PCB Assembly, or Electronic Box Build. From Prototyping to Production; we are here to make you a success.

GET A QUOTE FOR YOUR PROJECT TODAY

Drastically Reduce New Product Introduction (NPI) Time: Step 1 of 5

Paul Zebb - Friday, May 19, 2017

Drastically Reduce New Product Introduction (NPI) Time: Step 1 of 5

The PCBA phase of new product introduction can be significantly reduced by following 5 logistic steps.

Step 1: Organize the process & develop a materials list:

This step has a dual approach in the design phase.

  • Determine critical components
  • Create a process checklist

First, gather a list of your critical/specialty components and determine their availability. You could use a web service like https://www.eciaauthorized.com/en for example. Knowing when materials will be available provides a clear timeline for product introduction.

Second, create a footprint of the process. Map out each phase of the project from design to mfg. This will flag issues early and provide the opportunity to address and resolve in a timely manner.

Get your suppliers engaged up front, particularly if unique and/or undefined aspects to your design exist. A lower cost, higher quality product will be your reward. Saving time and money should not be an option.

 

Next in the series,
Step 2 & 3: Removing lag time for quotes & PO’s.

 


Certified ISO9001
ISO 9001:2008

SBC is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company through UL-DQS. South Bay Circuits utilizes ISO 9001:2008 eight fundamental quality management principles to help improve our PC Board Fab, PC Assembly, and Box Build performance. Certificate #: 10000903 QM08
 

ITAR Registration
ITAR registered printed circuit board fabrication

ITAR Registered! We are a manufacturer that builds defense articles with related technical data that can be defined on the United States Munitions List (Part 121 of the ITAR), where we are registered.

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