Tips to managing PCB Assembly projects

By |2020-02-04T06:46:36-08:00February 4th, 2020|PCB Assembly|

The entire process of successfully producing a populated, functional PCB Board is fraught with details and pitfalls. Managing PCB assembly project means managing every element of the production from start to finish. Typically, a single entity is not the sole source for the bare board, the components, and the assembly. Often, there are complimentary partnerships

PCB Kitting material variations based on Assembly facility

By |2019-11-05T08:50:34-08:00November 5th, 2019|Kitting, PCB Assembly|

The process of procuring PCB component materials and kitting varies depending on the requirement of PCB Assembly facility chosen. If the kitting source does not take the assembly requirements into consideration, there could be a great deal of waste and over-expenditure for the PCB materials. Choose the assembly facility prior to preparing a quote for

California Integration Coordinators, Inc. Renews ITAR Letter of Registration

By |2019-10-03T13:20:15-07:00October 2nd, 2019|News|

California Integration Coordinators, Inc. has set a renewed focus on providing services to the defense and aerospace industry.  To meet the product requirements for defense and commercial projects in the US and overseas, CIC has continued to renew the ITAR Letter of Registration. California Integration Coordinators, Inc. (CIC); the electronics firm based in Diamond Springs,

Accelerate PCB Prototype Assemblies

By |2019-09-06T08:35:04-07:00September 5th, 2019|PCB Assembly|

Knowing when to source materials can accelerate the schedule of your PCB build and significantly reduce the transition from engineering design phase to product delivery.  Purchasing material too early can result in procuring material that may be unnecessary for the final design.  Likewise, waiting too long to begin the purchasing will likely lead to an

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

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