6 Things to Consider When Sourcing a Printed Circuit Board Manufacturer

A printed circuit board is a basic part of many electronic devices. The design of the boards can vary from the simple to detailed units to match the intended use. However, it is essential to find the reliable manufacturers to ensure a high-quality board is built and able to last for the long-term.

Let’s take a look at a few of the most important things to consider:

Latest technologies

The reliable manufacturers will make use of the latest technologies that are able to work with the modern devices. There are still many manufacturers that continue to use obsolete or old software, but this isn’t likely to give the desired results if creating a high-end product.

Flexible design options

The ability to provide customization in the process of creating the printed circuit board is certain to be a very appealing quality. Any manufacturer that is able to help in this area will be very efficient at creating the bespoke service to match the specific needs.

Production time

It is very important to use a manufacturer that is able to offer timely delivery. Any delays or lags in the build process can lead to lost orders, penalties or other issues that can impact the finances. Make sure to check the typical delivery time before making a commitment.

Services offered

The types of services offered are likely to vary between the many different manufacturers. However, a useful service that should be included is the ability to fix faults. So, if faults are detected in the boards after delivery, they can be repaired in a fast and efficient manner.

Prototype options

A further useful point is to find a manufacturer that has an in-development department that can help create the initial prototypes. They should also have the option to use the various types of boards, such as the solid, anti-vibration and flexible. The flexible boards make it a lot easier to create the bespoke design. For instance, they are a practical option when it is necessary to have complete control over the thickness or shape of the electronic devices.

Check reputation

One of the most basic steps to take to shortlist the best options is to check the reputation of the different manufacturers. This is achieved by checking online reviews or testimonials or simply to source personal referrals. Any company with a strong reputation is certain to have the skill and know-how to produce the high-quality products.

Brainstorming and Innovation – Not Really Working Anymore

Well, I have a pretty large personal library with more than 3 dozen books on innovation. It’s amazing how they all read about the same and all have nearly the same advice, especially when it comes to the ‘art of brainstorming’. Still, due to all the new social norms being taught in college these days, where every question asked of a professor, no matter how stupid, is met with; “Great question,” and then followed by the nauseating improper English; “okay so… ” followed by a regurgitated answer – it’s causing the same nonsense in brainstorming sessions.

The only chance today of a brainstorming session coming up with a brilliant original solution would be to have someone in the group who is already a creative genius who can speak up, defend their concept against politically correct and status quo bias and personally persuade the group to yield to their idea. Still, this type of person is a true ‘Thought Leader’ and a legitimate thought leader hardly needs a brainstorming group or any group for that matter in the first place.

Brainstorming isn’t working anymore for innovation, and you can get better creativity from a YouTube Cat Video these days. Corporate R&D Departments aren’t producing much either considering the huge sums of money they spend on the innovative process. Those who predict the future so they can see into the looking glass aren’t much better using their methodologies.

Innovation for the Future and Future Prediction

Let’s take the Futurists of the World Future Society (WFS) as an interesting case study. The WFS has seminars to teach you how to think like a Futurist, symposiums with special emphasis on trend projections and innovation. Isn’t it interesting how all the members of the WFS are always on the same page, and how their predictions are nearly always incorrect (90% of the time)? Why is this? Maybe it’s because when you teach people to think a certain way, they lose the creative edge or ability to do high-level original thought, as you are confine their thought process to logical thinkin?g (left brain thinking) when the students who wish to focus on innovation need to be both left and right brain thinkers.

How are we going to get back to an America that is robust in original thinking and overflowing with new ideas – a nation that is so innovative that we can’t even hold back the rapid changes of our society and civilization? How can we lead the world into the future if we can’t even innovate our way out of plastic bags? Please consider all this and think on it.