5 reasons to outsource PCB Component Procurement and Kitting

By |2019-07-23T07:56:55-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Kitting, PCB Assembly|

PCB assembly is the process of placing all electronic components on the printed circuit board exactly as the design plan dictates.  Some assembly designs can require 100's of different components.  Those components are purchased through a variety of Authorized Distributors.  With complicated builds requiring hundreds of components it is not unusual to purchase from 5

White-label Procurement Services (Contract Procurement)

By |2019-07-09T06:50:32-07:00July 9th, 2019|PCB Assembly, Quoting and Procurement|

White label solutions can be cost effective and efficient in the delivery of services as well as products. For years, small, local banks have offered credit cards to their customers and outsourced the processing to credit card processing centers. The service is a white label solution to allow the banks, large and small, to offer

5 Rules of BoM Scrubbing

By |2019-06-20T09:48:15-07:00June 20th, 2019|PCB Assembly|

At CIC, our Project Coordinators have been helping customers ensure successful builds with their PCB assembly materials since 1988. Along the way, we’ve identified some best practices to achieve successful PCB assemblies and want to share them with you. The biggest source of potential problems is in the Bill of Materials (BoM). When a new

How to Kit Components Prior to Assembly

By |2019-07-09T06:52:25-07:00May 21st, 2019|Kitting, PCB Assembly|

Anyone can use the internet to locate and purchase components for a PCB assembly. So….why is “Kitting” such an important step in the PCB Assembly process?  The term Kitting is used to describe the task of bringing all materials together into one package ready for assembly. With all required materials received, verified, placed in suitable

Contract Quoting & Procurement for Assembly Houses…. new path to profitability

By |2019-05-07T06:54:45-07:00May 7th, 2019|Electronic Component Kitting, Quoting and Procurement|

Many assembly houses, especially in high-cost areas such as Boston and Silicon Valley, are facing rising real estate and staffing costs. This is, in turn, making it more difficult for them to remain competitive against lower-cost operations located outside the United States. When you couple this with the fact that providing electronic component quotes for

6 Steps to Prepare Components for Successful PCB Assembly

By |2019-04-25T11:14:35-07:00April 23rd, 2019|PCB Assembly|

Ordering, confirming, tracking, verifying, preparing and identifying electronic components for a PC assembly can be very time-consuming and a bit tricky.   We highly recommend ordering components only from an Authorized Distribution source or directly from the manufacturer.  Rule #1 will help avoid the issue of counterfeit components. Confirming the component intended delivery date, expediting (as