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.
Get in touch to find out more about Hetech and what we can offer.
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.
Contact Hetech today
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.
Electronex 2016 is behind us and a great time was had by all that attended. Below are some pics from the show, including a few from our first networking dinner promoting ‘innovation and collaboration’ within the electronics design and manufacturing industry. The dinner was held in collaboration with our design partners Amatek Design and was complemented by our two guest speakers Cathy Foley, Deputy and Science Director of CSIRO Manufacturing and Medhat Wassef, President of AIDN NSW (Australian Industry and Defence Network).
Squeaky clean PCB’s, here we come!
Hetech recently received the ultimate in PCB cleaning, the KOLB PSB600. This little beauty is a high-volume batch cleaner for assembled PCB’s, helping to maximise the service life of printed circuit assemblies (PCA’s).
What does this mean for you?
Faster Project Turnaround – Every minute counts in manufacturing and every aspect of the manufacturing process adds time. The faster we can clean your boards, the faster we can deliver your product; moving your product to market faster.
Reduced Costs – A PCB Cleaning machine requires less labour and time (another words money). We can pass the savings onto you.
High Quality Clean – The PCB Cleaning machine will deliver a perfect clean every time. No hidden missed spots or human error to worry about.
KOLB is German engineering at its finest, with the stencil and board cleaners used in conjunction with specialised cleaning detergents, our customers will be getting PCA’s of industry best practice standard. Our production team were super excited at the arrival of the cleaning system and couldn’t wait to put it to work.
If your manufacturing project requires PCB Cleaning, Hetech has the perfect solution.
More machinery news: Pick and Place machine officially in house
Now in its 25th year, Hetech has grown from humble beginnings as a business of three to a company of thirty. Due to the company’s significant growth in recent years, Hetech was selected to become members of Queensland Leaders. Continue…
In March we welcomed some very special visitors to Hetech HQ! Twenty-six engineering students from Singapore were our guests for the morning as we walked them through facility and processes.