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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.

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.

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.

In response to the significant increase in demand for electronic engineering services from industries such as defence, Queensland-based electronics design and manufacturing company, Hetech, is collaborating with selected local engineering companies to increase its design capacity of up to 20 engineers.

With projects such as the LAND400: Phase 2 landing in Queensland, collaboration between local engineers in the electronics industry is now essential. Collaboration enables projects to be completed effectively, and will also ensure the continuation of large revenue-generating projects and engineering job creation in Queensland and Australia.

Mark&David_BoardHetech Managing Director, Mark Steiner emphasised, “For Hetech, the electronics industry and the Australian economy to grow, we must work together and increase our capacity for engineering and manufacturing services.”

Frequently exposing Australian SME manufacturers to larger projects will lead to a much more efficient manufacturing process; keeping production costs down, more exporting opportunities and job growth in Australia.

As a firm believer in collaboration, Mark Steiner states that part of Hetech’s expansion plans will include discussions with interstate companies to broaden Hetech’s capabilities even further. In addition, Hetech is committed to continue investing heavily in its internal engineering team, reinforcing development within the company to strengthen specialised skills and overall project management.

Do you have a new product idea? Is your engineering team flat out or do you want
Hetech to review a current product?

Contact Mark Steiner at msteiner@hetech.com.au or +61 (0)7 3297 9700

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