Getting Started

You have found a CM that can support your Engineering needs. You have reviewed their manufacturing process and quality assurance checks and balances, so let’s get started!

Asking for a budgetary quote early in the process is a great idea. This is where you’ll uncover design and component concerns. You’ll need to supply the following to receive a complete assembly quote:

• Bill of Material, preferably in excel format, including at a minimum: manufacturer, manufacturer part number, quantity and reference designators
• Gerber files
• PCB fabrication drawing including PCB material, finish, silkscreen color (one side or two), mask color (one side or two)
• Assembly drawing (if complete)
• Schematic (if complete)
• Environmental compliance requirements (RoHS, REACh, Conflict Minerals, etc.)
• ITAR status (if used in a defense article, is the item subject to ITAR Control?)
• Requirements to program IC’s
• Functional or in-circuit test requirements
• Quantity, delivery or any special considerations

If you are in need of a PCB Design, here is a list of some of the information a design engineer will request:

• Product Specifications
• Functionality
• Mechanical constraints
• Power requirement
• Inputs and outputs
• End use
• Environmental considerations

You can see our specification form for guidance.

Best of all schedule a meeting with the CM’s Engineering Team, who can assist with a quote for design development.

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