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.
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.
Get in touch
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.
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.
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.
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.
OF late, the Hetech team have been often questioned… what does the H.E. stand for in HETech? We’ve heard a number of possible guesses about what it could be, so we thought what better time than our 25th year in business than to decrypt these letters and pay homage to our founders Hegge and Edington. Continue…
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.