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PCB Assembly

What is this Service?

We offer contract electronic assembly for quantities of PCBs that range from just 1 piece up to 10,000 plus. We aim for prompt delivery of the highest quality product. Our production environment is designed to cope with a very high product mix of demanding SMD technologies, including box-build. Technical capability extends from hand assembly of through hole components to fully automated placement of micro-BGA parts. We procure components and manage inventories. Delivery times start from 3 working days from receipt of order.

Who uses the service?

Our clients are those who value an agile and dynamic supplier who are responsive to the demanding needs of a competitive electronic market. Such users may be universities, development laboratories, professional electronic equipment manufacturers, racing car manufacturers, etc. In fact, clients may be anyone who requires electronics. Every product, whether its production run is 1 piece or 1,000,0000 pieces, progresses through development and pre-production phases in short lead-times.

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What are the benefits to users of this service?

We are dedicated to small and medium batch production combined with high quality rapid manufacturing giving our clients short lead-times and timely deliveries. We make no tooling charges for our assembly services since we have no external tooling costs. Because we manufacture PCBs ourselves, we ensure that every PCB is tooled with the optimum step & repeat, break-out tabs, and fiducials to achieve the lowest cost production. In-house laser stencil cutting ensures optimum solder paste distribution essential for minimising defects on exacting ultra-fine pitch assemblies. A large investment in SMD placement and QA equipment gives us extensive production capacity.

What technology and machinery are used for this service?

We have built an integrated quoting, buying, engineering and production control system to give us complete visibility and control over our manufacturing process.

Tooling of PCB assembly production is performed using multiple Aegis FactoryLogix front-end tooling workstations.
Of our 9 SMD placement machines, 3 are installed as high capacity automatic SMD placement lines and 6 as standalone machines giving us the flexibility to manufacture many different products simultaneously.

We use wave soldering, selective soldering (robotic soldering of individual through hole leads), reflow, and hand soldering. Using a highly capable infrared re-work station, we replace any component in-house as required.

We respond rapidly and economically because we in-house manufacture long lead-time, custom designed items such as PCBs, and ATE programmes.
We are the only UK CEM to in-house laser cut solder paste screens. It is standard practice to cut solder paste stencils for every job.

X-ray inspection, Takaya flying probe test, AOI, first article inspection scanners, digital microscopes, comparators, and endoscopes all support our quality assurance.

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What quality control measures are in place for this service?

Management systems are approved to ISO 9001. Comprehensive ESD (anti-static) precautions are implemented throughout the production process. Sensitive components are stored in environmentally controlled chambers. Sealed component bags are vacuum re-sealed after opening when required. Extensive use is made of digital automated inspection equipment.

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What does the visitor need to do/provide to use this service?

Send us your Bill of materials (BOM) and PCB data for a quote. Complete our Assembly enquiry form and upload data files to obtain a quotation. Take a look at our Assembly technical advice to learn how to send us data and components, and advice about design for manufacturing.

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Call us to discuss your project...

Lesley Heaver

Sales / Quotations

01635 529799

Lee Smith

Customer Service

01635 529799

Chris Hobson

Quality Manager

01635 529799

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