The world is an uncertain place, so it makes sense to be prepared for the unexpected. Having basic management plans (such as Obsolescence Management) in place enables your organisation to deal effectively with a threat to your product, no matter what direction it might come from. As an experienced electronic manufacturing firm, we have seen our share of crises over the years. Drawing on what we’ve learned, we’ve put together a handy checklist that provides essential pointers regarding how best to respond when a crisis looms.
Have your obsolescence management plan alternatives ready
If you’re relying on a limited number of companies to source your obsolescence parts, a glitch in the supply process could cause all sorts of problems. Ensuring you have back up suppliers ready to swing into action if needed is important for your obsolescence plan to work smoothly, no matter what’s happening in the world.
Communicate with your suppliers
The more you’re able to tell your suppliers what demand is likely to be for their parts, the easier it is for them to meet your needs. Similarly, if suppliers suspect there may be a problem with their ability to maintain supply for whatever reason, early warning helps you come up with alternatives. Hetech pro-actively keeps stock levels high, enabling us to cope with fluctuating customer demand smoothly. By communicating regularly, the chances of supply and demand matching are far higher.
Forecast product requirements
The more notice you can give your suppliers of the volume required and the deadlines you’re looking at, the easier it is for them to make sure that your order is ready to go on time. Particularly when you have a long-standing arrangement with a supplier, they will often be able to have your stock set aside months (or even years) before you need it. In the event of a crisis, this can really help.
Support local businesses
Using Australian businesses to meet your needs makes economic and ethical sense. When you use an Australian supplier, you can be confident of receiving high-quality goods that offer excellent value.
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When it comes to developing actual physical products electronics engineers have two options: Proof of Concept and Prototyping. But what is the difference between the two stages and which one is most appropriate for your stage in the design lifecycle?
In this blog, we are going to explore the difference between the two concepts because while they are similar there are key differences between them which you need to understand if your final design is to be successful.
What is Proof of Concept?
When designing and developing new electronics products, it is a good idea to validate your initial ideas with a physical device.
Proof of Concept is an early-stage physical product which is used to test the feasibility and demonstrate the functionality of your design. Proof of Concept devices are usually constructed using off-the-shelf components and development kits to keep costs down and speed up development.
Proof of Concept designs are also useful for forecasting the cost of manufacturing. Often product designers add functionality which is not strictly necessary but significantly adds to the cost of the product. A Proof of Concept can help designers focus on the functionality which is needed and remove everything else.
Finally, Proof of Concept can also be used to create a minimum viable product to showcase your product to investors. Entrepreneurs are more likely to get funding for a new product if they can show a physical device to potential investors.
What is Prototyping?
Prototypes are constructed later in the development cycle, usually, after the schematics and PCB design have been completed. A prototype should be based on the final “real-world” product and allow end-users to carry out extensive field testing of the device.
The prototype stage is one of the most important in the product design lifecycle. Prototypes should be used to uncover any problems which were not predicted during the design and feasibility stage. This ensures all issues are corrected before going into full production greatly increasing reliability out in the field.
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If you would like more information about Hetech’s electronics design and prototyping solutions, get in touch with us using the contact form here or give our team a call on +61 (0)7 3297 9700 to discuss your project further.
If you are currently developing a product, one important factor you must consider is the durability and life-span of your product. If your electronics design works perfectly but reduces in quality quickly due to exposure to external factors and lack of protection, customers will not want to repurchase the product due to its lack of durability. So, how can you extend the life of your electronic products?
What is a conformal coating?
Conformal coating is a thin polymeric material which is popularly used as a coating on printed circuit boards as it is able to conform to the contours of the circuit board without compromising its performance. Coatings are usually 50µm thick but can vary from 25-75µm in thickness.
Why is a conformal coating beneficial?
Conformal coating is beneficial for printed circuit boards as it is able to protect the circuit board from dust, moisture and chemical contaminants. The coating can even protect the PCB from harsh environments and weather conditions. This is ideal for electronics that may be used in the mining and industrial industry, or any industry where electronics are constantly exposed to harsh or hazardous environments.
Is conformal coating necessary?
Without a conformal coating, as soon as your product is exposed to a new environment it may begin to decrease is quality. To ensure your products are reliable and long-lasting, conformal coating is an essential stage in the electronics design and manufacturing process.
Conformal coating services provided by Hetech
Hetech operates with a state of the art conformal coating machine. This ensures conformal coating can be applied as accurately and efficiently as possible. Using such an advanced machine ensures no sections of the PCB are missed and no pooling occurs, this ensures a high-quality finish to each and every product coating.
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To learn more about our advanced conformal coating machine or any other of our design and manufacturing services, do not hesitate to contact us today. We are your design and manufacturing electronics partner and we can offer turn-key solutions to ensure your product is as reliable, long-lasting and as durable as possible.
There is no room for error in electronics manufacturing.
The components that make up complex systems for sectors like defence, mining and heavy industry must work exactly as they are designed with total reliability over a long period of time.
These exacting standards require a thorough and dedicated approach to manufacturing, overseen by a rigorous Quality Assurance programme.
When looking for a manufacturer to develop or build electronics, it’s vital that the company has a strong in-house QA programme to ensure there aren’t any problems further down the line.
More efficient project cycles
A major benefit of a strong QA programme for electronics design and manufacturing is the ability to develop more efficient processes.
Problems or snags in the design or production phases can be identified and solved quickly, streamlining the entire process so that the production cycle is shortened.
And in a highly competitive market, the ability to get your product made at a faster rate without compromising safety or quality is very valuable.
Higher quality products
Quality Assurance is all about ensuring the end product meets an exacting standard, whether it’s one unit or a thousand and more.
Having a strong QA process to oversee electronics engineering ensures that every component is designed and constructed to an accountable standard that’s rigorously enforced.
Greener manufacturing processes
Another big benefit of Quality Assurance is that every process that gets streamlined reduces the overall environmental impact of the manufacturing process.
This is an increasingly important consideration for electronics manufacturers, who seek to advance the world through innovation while also protecting the environment.
Hetech’s Quality Assurance programme
Hetech has been leading the way for electronics manufacturing for many years and has always strived to the highest standards.
To push our perfection even higher, we have received a number of successfull QA audits from top tier manufacturers like Boeing and Rheinmetall.
And to ensure our high standards continue, we recently appointed an in-house QA manager to allow us to attain even higher accreditations.
So if you want the best possible standards for your electronics manufacturing project, contact us at Hetech and be assured that quality is our highest priority.
When you are designing a new electronic product, the last thing on your mind may be your new product becoming obsolete or ineffective. In reality, shifts in technology and product design trends can cause changes in components and assembly practices which can cause some electronic designs to become obsolete. To avoid this negatively affecting your business, obsolescence management is essential.
What is obsolescence management?
Obsolescence management is an essential stage of electronics design and manufacturing as it analyses all the components used to create a product, and creates a management plan for how to replace the components of a product before they become obsolete. Obsolescence management also involves determining the lifespan of individual components and creates a plan of action for replacing them before they become redundant and begin to have a negative effect on a product or system.
Why is obsolescence management important?
Without effective obsolescence management, certain components may begin to wear and age without the owner realising. The product will begin to become ineffective, eventually creating a negative option of the product and the company that sold it. Obsolescence management looks to replace components with a short lifespan for better quality, cost-effective alternatives, if an alternative cannot be found, they can guarantee replacement services for consumers after a specified period of time.
Obsolescence management for existing PCB assemblies
Obsolescence management services are not only available for new electronic designs, but existing products, such as PCB assembly boards can also benefit from obsolescence services. For example, if you have an assembly board with design flaws or your assembly board is created with products that have been recalled or discontinued, obsolescence management services can help to find and fix the flaw and find an effective replacement solution for discontinued components. If you’re looking to upgrade a PCB assembly board, obsolescence management can be a great place to start.
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At Hetech, we are your electronics design and manufacturing partner. Our expertise in electronics design and manufacturing allows us to deliver high-quality obsolescence management services. For more information about obsolescence management or PCB design, contact us today!
If you’ve been researching which electronics design and manufacturing company is the best for your business needs, it’s likely that you’ll have been met with a wall of information about specifications and quality standards that the company adheres to. Particularly if your background is in defence, mining or the industrial industries, you’ll be familiar with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards and what they mean for your business. IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries – is another certification level to look out for.
So why is it that these acronyms are so important for you to get the right results from your chosen design and manufacturing company?
The most recent version of this ISO, 9001:2015, is an easy way to recognise that quality processes are in place within a business. Created to help companies review their quality management systems, operating to ISO 9001 keeps standards in place within business processes and heightens their efficiency. ISO 9001 also encourages companies to keep improving their systems.
This is a great signifier for choosing the right design and manufacturing company, as it means that you can have total faith that they’re continually striving to bring their customers the best results possible in a well-documented and audited fashion.
IPC is the classing system specifically for PCB electronics manufacturing. Every circuit board printed must be classified to one of three levels: Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3; Class 1 being the cheapest standard for general electronics. If you enlist a design and manufacturing company that operates to Class 3 as relevant, you’ll always be satisfied with the longevity, quality and reliability of your electronics. This is particularly crucial if your industry is that of the medical field or defence, where failsafe electronics are pivotal to daily smooth and secure business runnings.
Thankfully, at Hetech, we readily conform to ISO 9001 and IPC Class 3 and ensure that our standards are always pushed to be their best. If you want to find out more about how our professional electronics design and manufacturing service can help your business, get in touch with our team today.
If you are planning to outsource the design and manufacture of a printed circuit board, you could save time and money by outsourcing your box build services also. So, what exactly are box build services and why are they beneficial?
What is box build assembly?
Box build assembly is a general term given to all assembly processes in electronics design and manufacture chains other than producing printed circuit boards. Sometimes referred to as systems integration, box build assembly can include anything from placing a circuit board into an enclosure to creating a complex electronic, fully-integrated system.
Why is it beneficial to use the same box build and printed circuit board manufacturing company?
By using the same company to both create your circuit board and complete your box build needs, you are eliminating any room for error as you are trusting one company to complete a full system assembly. Communication between two companies may be limited, causing them to complete the box build services incorrectly or damage the circuit board in their manufacturing process.
Utilising one company to complete both services is a much more cost-efficient option as you eliminate the need to transport your products between two manufacturers. This ensures the final product can be created much more quickly and efficiently.
How can box build assembly create a more reliable product?
Often, turnkey products are much more reliable as a prototype of the product can be created by one manufacturer that is subject to tests before mass production and the product being shipped to the end-user. If flaws in the product are found, the manufacturing company can analyse both the printed circuit board and box build processes to find and eliminate the issue. By outsourcing your design and manufacturing needs to one company, you can have total confidence in the end-result of your product, as the product can be tested more accurately and efficiently.
Hetech electronics design and manufacturing
If you would like to outsource both your printed circuit board and box build assembly needs, trust Hetech. We are your electronics design and manufacturing partner and provide complete turnkey services, so you can rely on us to support you from concept to creation.
Do you require professional PCB assembly services? At Hetech, we offer the highest quality SMT, or surface-mount technology, assembly processes.
As electronics design and manufacturing experts, we have the relevant skills and experience to deliver high-quality assembly services. Our machine room contains the latest technology, is fully ESD compliant and is able to handle PCB assembly projects of all sizes. Our fully automated component feeding, wave soldering and automated inspection ensure every project we complete meets our high standards.
What is SMT?
SMT is the method of mounting components onto circuit boards directly, rather than soldering between two points on a circuit board, known as through-hole. SMT was developed to use PCB space more efficiently and lower production costs, which is why the method is still popular today. Compared to other assembly methods, this process is generally considered more accurate due to its high level of automation.
What are the benefits of SMT?
• Size: With SMT, components are smaller in size so more can be fitted onto the board compared to the through-hole assembly process. As the board can be reduced in size, its weight is similarly reduced to 1/10th compared to through-hole assembly.
• Cost: PCB manufacturing costs can be reduced as fewer holes are required reducing the amount of drilling required on the circuit board.
• Speed: The SMT process can be completed at a much quicker and controlled rate. Every step in the process from component placement to inspection can be automated, preventing human error and creating faster results.
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Interested to learn more about SMT or our PCB assembly services in general? Contact us today for more information and to receive a no-obligation quote. An expert member of our team will be more than happy to help you determine if our SMT PCB assembly services are right for you. We look forward to hearing from you!
Could your business’ processes be improved if everything, from design to creation, was carried out by one supplier? Turnkey product development is a method of utilising one reputable supplier to complete a supply chain, rather than having to connect with and hire multiple organisations. From the initial product design to ensuring the product arrives where it needs to, turnkey manufacturing has multiple benefits, some of which we explore below!
1. Streamlined communication
When you only have to communicate with one company, communication can be much more efficient and streamlined. Alternatively, if you were required to speak to multiple different designers, manufacturers and distributors, data-transferring will not only be more difficult, but important ideas and instructions may be lost in communication.
2. Dependable design and manufacturing
Rather than having to research multiple companies, with turnkey product development you only have to communicate with one expert company. This will ensure high-quality at every stage of the production process as the turnkey company will create a product design that they know they will have the technology and expertise to manufacture.
Turnkey product development can reduce costs in freight, component supply, electronics manufacturing and engineering time as this will all be managed by one company. All payments can be paid directly to one company, simplifying your outgoing payments and preventing the need to negotiate finances with multiple establishments.
4. Improved speed
When you work with one company, all departments are in sync and have effective lines of communication. Design and manufacturing teams work together to find and solve product development issues, transferring knowledge between departments. Without turnkey development, one company may cause a significant delay as they do not have the information, tools or experience to complete and solve production diagnostics.
5. Simplify your supply chain management
Turnkey product development requires less human resources to keep a product on track. This simplifies your entire electronics design and development and manufacturing process as your products do not need to be constantly transported or introduced to a new company.
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If you’d like to learn more about the turnkey product development services offered by Hetech, contact us today. We are an experienced turnkey design and manufacturing company based in Brisbane.
The 5G rollout has begun in Australia, with fixed and mobile internet providers releasing new plans and products across the exciting new network. Mobile device users will benefit from enormous boosts in download speed, almost 100 times faster than the current 4G network at 20 megabytes per second (Gbps). Even at its lowest predicted speed of 100 megabytes per second (Mbps), 5G is still expected to perform at the top speed of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
5G Supercharges IoT Products
Other benefits of 5G include faster latency – the lag time between information sent to and back from a mobile device to the world wide web. This is anticipated to be as quick as 1 millisecond, compared to the current 40 milliseconds on the 4G network. Another major feature expected from 5G is the ability to connect more devices to the same network, without crippling the network speed.
These factors together will be of great benefit to what is popularly termed the ‘Internet of things’ (IoT). For example, 5G in the home won’t just mean faster and better-quality TV streaming. There will also be the chance for a comprehensive home network with multiple smart devices and technology (electronics, virtual assistants, security systems) working faster and more effectively together.
For IoT in the mining, manufacturing and engineering industries, the 5G network is potentially game-changing. Highly sensitive and expensive electronic technology will operate with added speed, efficiency and engagement. The fast latency enabled by 5G will allow self-driving vehicles – of major benefit to the mining industry for accessing unsafe areas – to be navigated with increased precision and accountability. The same benefits will apply to other IoT technology such as drones, automated sorting and ‘big data’ artificial intelligence devices. Multiple device network connectivity allows more IoT technology working together with increased productivity, accuracy and efficiency.
Are you ready to implement IoT?
Hetech, as a leader in electronic design and manufacturing, is ready for the 5G revolution. They have already designed a range of electronic devices enabled with IoT, allowing effective implementation via the powerful 5G network into future products.
Contact Hetech, your electronics Design and Manufacturing Partner, to learn more about the potential benefits of 5G in your new product development.