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Hetech is an Australian Electronics Design and Manufacturing company, specialising in PCB assembly and design. Hetech has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing a range of products in Defence, Mining, Commercial, Utility and many more industries.

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.

Contact Hetech today

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!

Quality Assurance (QA) is paramount for industries such as defence and mining, which is why we are committed to continually improving our manufacturing QA processes, ensuring that we are always providing the best services and highest quality products for all our clients.

Alan – QA Manager

As a result of several successful QA audits from companies such as Boeing & Rheinmetall, we have appointed a new QA Manager, Alan, to oversee, create and coordinate quality assurance programmes. The new QA role is one of many positive steps we are taking towards aerospace (AS9100) & other manufacturing standards, representing a substantial progression from ISO9001.

Confidence in your Product

Our customers can expect Alan to bring positive changes, such as a faster turnaround and consistently high-quality manufacturing. This will be achieved by Alan creating more efficient processes and analysing production line data to find and solve manufacturing problems. Alan has already implemented several ESD initiatives, successfully improving safety and manufacturing yield rates.

With Alan driving continuous QA process and manufacturing improvements, you can enjoy the confidence that your product is delivered to the highest possible manufacturing standard. Alan will ensure that every product that leaves Hetech’s factory floor meets and exceeds the high manufacturing standards that our customers expect.

Faster Project Turnaround

Our customers can expect Alan to bring positive changes, such as a faster turnaround and consistently high-quality manufacturing. This will be achieved by Alan creating more efficient processes and analysing production line data to anticipate manufacturing issues before they happen. Alan has already implemented several ESD initiatives, successfully improving safety and ensuring projects are being completed with minimal delays.

Reducing Your Product’s Carbon Footprint

As businesses face even more pressure to make eco-friendly choices and participate in green initiatives, we believe Alan stepping into the Quality Assurance Manager role will help improve our green manufacturing. Reducing waste, identifying potential problems before they become issues, the manager will reduce manufacturing costs and energy consumption, benefitting both the environment and our clients.

Improved Product Life through Quality

The role of the Quality Assurance Manager does not begin at the production line, QA is integral within our supply chain.

Alan oversees supplier QA audit programs, designed to identify and utilise only quality assured components from sustainable vendors. Ensuring high-quality standards from the start to the end of the design & manufacturing process.

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For over 25 years, Hetech has provided quality design and manufacturing services for a range of industries, including mining. The addition of a new Quality Assurance Manager to the Hetech team will no doubt help Hetech maintain its status as an industry leader in electronics manufacturing in Australia.

Contact us at support@hetech.com.au or +61 (0)7 3297 9700

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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?

ISO 9001

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 Classes

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.

Choose Hetech

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!

At Hetech, we were delighted to welcome Park Ridge State High School electronics students to our facility last week to teach them about the local electronics manufacturing industry, and guide them through the opportunities available.

The students were introduced to our manufacturing processes, which are unparalleled in Australia and across the world, during a tour of our large assembly and production floor, onsite warehouse and storage, offices and meeting facilities.

Our highly skilled staff were on hand to answer questions about the manufacture of integrated electronic systems that support a range of industries, including mining, defence, transport, water management and utilities.

As part of the educational visit, the students were also shown how our automated conformal coating machine works by applying a protective polymer film or chemical coating that ‘conforms’ to the circuit board topology.

Its purpose is to protect electronic circuits from harsh environments that may contain moisture and or chemical contaminants.

It was an absolute pleasure to spend the afternoon with the students and show them around our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

It’s exciting to see more and more electronics students emerging in schools, all enthusiastic, and keen to learn about the exciting world of technology and the opportunities available to them.

However, it’s up to businesses, schools and governments to provide as much assistance and exposure as possible for students, to pursue their career in the industry. We urge anyone who is involved in the electronics or STEM industries to reach out to your local government or schools, even if it is to simply offer an afternoon to show some students around your workplace.

As your electronics, design and manufacturing partner, Hetech is committed to supporting young people and the opportunities available to them in STEM fields, which increase young people’s choices and chances through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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!

Turnkey Product Development
Your Product Development Partner

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.

3. Cost-effective

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.

From all the staff at Hetech, we would like to wish all our clients, suppliers and partners a relaxing Christmas and a prosperous new year!

Hetech’s offices will be closed between December 20th – January 6th.

To contact us at this time, please email support@hetech.com.au and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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