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.
Contact Hetech today
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.
Contact Hetech today
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.
Numerous companies have embraced the going green movement by using less energy and using alternative sources of energy. Hetech is one of the electronics design and manufacturing companies that have taken this step by ensuring proper waste disposal, use of solar energy, and consideration of Design for the Environment (DfE).
What is DfE?
DfE is the process of investigating the potential environmental effects of a product and improving the product design to eliminate the possible impact. A product can harm the environment by consuming non-renewable energy or creating a hazardous by-product. The disposal of electronic products can deposit lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium into water bodies. Recycling of electronic devices at the end of their lifecycle means less environmental pollution. DfE is also concerned with electrical products consuming less energy. Designing products for the environment leads to more efficient manufacturing and the use of cheaper products.
The lifecycle of a product through DfE includes three stages: production, consumption, and destruction.
When efficient manufacturing processes are used in production, more sustainable products can be made. The use of the right materials is a big part of this phase. For instance, the thermoset plastic used in the production of a PCB is easy to recycle. However, contamination occurs in the manufacturing phase by adding components such as silicon and copper, which make it difficult to recycle. A reduction of the variety of materials used can reduce pollution, energy consumed, and the cost of production.
Products are designed to use only enough power in its current state. This can be achieved by utilizing sleep modes, using batteries that lose energy slowly, combining functions in the integrated circuits, turning off segments of the circuit that are not in use, etc. Additionally, fewer toxic materials are released to the environment.
At the end of their lifecycle, electronics must be thrown away, reused, or recycled. However, most electronics are not repairable, making them difficult to reuse. DfE eliminates the effect of this on the environment by recycling the components in factories to create new raw materials.
The benefit of these steps is that they reduce pollution on the environment, improve power consumption and efficiency, and reduce wastage.
Contact Hetech today to discuss how we can design your product for the environment.
Innovative advances in technology, including digitisation, and automation, are significantly revolutionising the mining industry. Technologies such as AI & Big Data, autonomous vehicles, drones, automated sorting, and dewatering technology are reshaping the industry. Their benefits include improving mine safety, predicting mine hazards, and sending real-time information.
1. Autonomous vehicles
Self-driving vehicles are one of the progressions that mining companies are taking to improve the highly volatile sector. For a long time, mining has been faced by problems such as precarious conditions in the mines, lack of skilled labour, and high operating costs. Autonomous vehicles have provided a solution to this because they are safer, cheaper, and reliable. The vehicles integrate technologies such as GPS systems, two-way radio communication, and computing power to make navigation in mines safe and efficient.
2. Automated sorting
The mining industry has incorporated systems to separate valuable mineral ores from waste rock. Mining sorting equipment is not only a practical method to sort particles, but also a way to increase quality, yield, and productivity. The systems manage costs and have low downtime making mining operations highly efficient.
3. AI & Big Data
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data technologies present the mining industry with intelligent machines that work like humans and the benefits of data analytics to improve operations. With these technologies, mining is simplified because the devices can perform a variety of tasks such as drilling, blasting, and sampling. The application of AI and Big data also improves data exchange between users and reduces mining risks to workers because all risks are analysed.
The use of drones in mining solves numerous challenges in the industry by providing faster surveying, better blast optimisation, and improved surveillance of the mines. Data that was inaccessible or otherwise unsafe to reach can now be accessed and sent to the systems.
5. Dewatering technology
Influxes of water caused by weather conditions such as heavy rainfall can significantly slow down open-pit mining. For this reason, dewatering technology is used to handle the maximum inflow of water into the mines. These efforts reduce downtime and prevent the risk of operations.
Will Technology & Automation Replace the Workforce?
Don’t be afraid of losing your jobs to robots. The goal of automation isn’t to replace workers, it’s to ensure they don’t need to be replaced due to injury or being over-worked by moving them to a safer environment. These technological advances have brought a shift toward sustainable, efficient, and safe mining.
While manufacturing companies globally are changing the production game by adding more automation to the line, some are wondering if this is meant to replace the manufacturing employees. Rest assured that this assumption, though based on some merit, is completely untrue.
Electronics design and manufacturing companies, like Hetech, are set to update, improve and increase productivity through the use of automation. This automation is intended to assist, not replace.
While Australian SME companies are integrating into Industry 4.0, the development, addition and use of new technologies is unavoidable. In a sense, the introduction of automation into SME manufacturing companies helps to level the playing field a bit…but how?
Automation in manufacturing is simply this: The use of automatic equipment, that requires little human intervention and interaction, in a system of production processes. It has the potential to improve business for SMEs, along with making improvements in the labour force along the way.
The time and attention that is freed up due to automation will help businesses achieve a better level of productivity and labour force effectiveness. Automation is meant to enhance, not take over.
To put it bluntly, automation in Australian electronics manufacturing is becoming essential for the local companies to compete in the world manufacturing platform. Integration into Industry 4.0 is essential.
Manufacturing companies of all sizes are investing in and working towards industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 encompasses the current automation trend and method of data exchange within manufacturing technologies and companies. Often referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0 includes cognitive computing, The Internet of Things, cloud computing and cyber-physical systems.
For manufacturing companies to succeed, it is imperative that they keep up with the integration rate. Manufacturing companies, like Hetech, are investing in a variety of automated machines. These include, but are not limited to, new SMT machines, conformal coating machines, inventory and asset tracking systems and optical inspection machines. Our automated machines are fully intended to help our labour force operate at a smarter and faster level.
Automated machines can propel SMEs toward Industry 4.0 by reducing the risk, and encouraging our existing labour to work faster, not harder.
For many SME companies, it’s imperative to receive automation funding. Thankfully, SME manufacturers can look to local governments for grants to invest in automation. These grants are meant to assist SMEs with becoming more competitive, allowing them to grow in the international market. With funding, comes relevance.
Automation in manufacturing is giving SME companies the ability to succeed on a level of companies that exist on a much larger scale. The possibilities here are incredible, and paired with current labour, endless. These two components will work seamlessly together to push many SMEs closer and closer to Industry 4.0.