Box builds come in several dimensions. They may be a Printed Circuit Board Assembly in a small compartment, or a large enclosure full of wires or a mammoth electro-mechanical system comprising complicated and fully-integrated sophisticated electronics. Taking a generalized route, what can be the basic ways or methodologies that you must keep in mind for getting the precise quote from your electronics manufacturing services partner for your box build manufacturing needs?
Bill of Materials (BOM)
The BOM is the first and foremost thing required by the EMS provider. The scope of BOM must include all the main components and the smaller items. Also, which components will be sourced by the EMS partner and which ones will be provided by you. It must always be kept in mind that no matter how small or insignificant components may seem, they still have cost and need to be purchased. The proper definition of all these components along with the clearly defined costs can prevent unexpected charges later.
3D CAD Model
If the final product can be visualized with ease, EMS providers will be enabled to convert drawings into build instructions. 3D CAD packages can provide a better visual model of the finished product. In addition to providing helpful build instructions, layout drawings with these 3D CAD systems depict key components that can furnish important information.
Specimens or more appropriately, the sample units can play a significant role in the box build assembly process. They facilitate pro-active planning and creation of models in the form of component drawings that can guarantee reliable products with effective build models. There might be cases where due to one or the other reason They are an important source of data for unfinished drawings.
Magnitude and Proportions
As already mentioned, a box build can incorporate a PCBA in a small encasement, or a large enclosure of wires or a huge electro-mechanical system comprising complex circuitry. When the information about the length, breadth, height and weight of the required component is clearly mentioned, it can ease the work of the assembly provider. This will also facilitate easy handling, storage, shipping, packaging and transportation of the system.
Evaluation and Scrutiny
From visual inspection to functional and factory acceptance testing, it is imperative to define the basic electrical safety for your box build and consequently for your electronic device. The skills and experience of the service provider can facilitate prompt and precise suggestion regarding what would work best for you.
Based on your design requirements, a simple or a more complex box build assembly can be devised. To get the maximum out of your box build assembly, it is desirable to consider these 5 aspects discussed in the preceding sections along with the relevant data in hand. This will not only give your EMS service provider the required information necessary, but also the clarity of what is needed and how to go about it.