Fast Prototype PCB Assembly Service
Low Volume Fast Prototype PCB Fabrication and Assembly Services China Manufacturer
What is Prototype PCB Assembly?
A PCB assembly is the final product that has components installed on the PCB. Often, we are not sure of the results of the new designs and amendments; therefore, it’s better to order a prototype to evaluate the design and check for errors or any further amendments. A prototype PCB assembly is a testing assembly that is ordered before large batch production. It is used for testing purposes, and after satisfaction, mass production is carried out.
It is important to order a PCB prototype assembly to save money and time. If there is any problem with the prototype, it can be rectified without any hassle. In contrast, if there is any problem with mass production, your money and time will be wasted.
Usually, PCB prototype assembly is in low volume. You can even order one piece; it is commonly less than 30 pieces.
At JHYPCB, we are committed to providing you with fast and convenient prototype PCB assembly services to ensure that the PCB design can be quickly and effectively verified, thereby promoting mass production and project delivery. You can order as many PCBA as you need; there is no minimum order requirement. You only need to provide PCB Gerber, BOM (Bill of Materials), and special process requirements. Moreover, you can enjoy the following high-quality PCBA electronic manufacturing services:
Our Prototype PCB Assembly is a specialized service. JHYPCB has strong technical strength and rich experience accumulation. We provide you with single-sided PCB, double-sided circuit boards, and multilayer printed circuit board assembly services. Our team can provide customers with the following packaged components:0402, 0603, 0805, 1206, 1210, 1812, BGA, CSP, PLCC, LGA, QFN, QFP, TQFP, QFN, PLCC, SOT, SOIC, etc.
Internal Flow of PCB Prototype Assembly
1. Confirm the PCB Assembly Prototype Business Contract
The process of the PCB assembly prototype starts from the contract. The buyer needs to contact and place the order. He can discuss the requirements and other details with us. It’s an important point to convey all the information so that the final PCBA is as desired. The buyer sends the important files that include Gerber files, BOM, centroid data, assembly drawings, etc.
According to the PCB requirements, there can be a negotiation for the delivery time and price. It all happens at the first stage. Finally, an order is placed.
2. DFM Inspection
Once the order is placed, it’s time to evaluate design data. DFM (Design for Manufacturability) inspection is essential, which is carried out by our experts and professionals. This is an important step, which detects the problems and errors, if any. It helps to identify the errors in the initial step so that the process can be carried out smoothly. The files sent by the buyer are checked and analyzed by the experts. If there is any problem, it is rectified after consulting the buyer. It reduces delays in the final delivery. Often there are extra things that need to be omitted to make the process feasible. Our experts take care of everything and make the process feasible and quick.
3. Component procurement
For PCBA, components are required. The components are purchased from different vendors according to the BOM file. The buyer needs to provide the file and all the details for the ease of component procurement. If any component is unavailable, it is replaced with a similar component after consulting the buyer.
At JHYPCB, we offer procurement services. We get quality components according to the specifications provided by the buyer.
4. Incoming Inspection
It is necessary to inspect all the materials and the components that will be used in the PCBA. The components must be up to the mark. It ensures better performance of the PCBA and expected results. At JHYPCB, we inspect everything before PCBA production.
5. PCBA Production
After the incoming inspection, PCBA production is carried out. The PCB is fabricated according to the requirements and needs of the buyer. After PCB fabrication, solder paste is applied on the PCB using a stencil. The components are picked and placed over the desired locations using a machine. The machine automatically picks the components and places them in the right place.
Once components are placed over the PCB, the board is sent for reflow soldering in the reflow oven. The PCBA comes out through the conveyor belt.
6. PCBA Inspection
The PCBA is inspected through various methods. First, its inspection is done manually to detect visible faults. Then, Automatic Optical Inspection and X-ray Inspection detect the faults and problems with the PCBA. The electrical connections are analyzed.
7. PCBA Test
PCBA is tested to ensure whether it is giving the desired results or not. There are different types of tests that are carried out on a PCBA. At JHYPCB, we perform different tests to satisfy our clients. Some of the tests are Flying Probe Test, Functional Test, and Reliability Test. After testing, the PCBA is ready to be used in the project.
8. Packaging and After-sales
The packaging is important to protect the PCBA from damage during shipping. PCBA must be packed properly to prevent any damage due to air, water, or anything else. At JHYPCB, we also provide after-sales services. We are always ready to help our customers and solve their problems.
What files do prototype electronic PCB assembly need to provide?
It is important to provide the required files and documents for fast prototype PCB assembly. The buyer must provide everything to ensure on-time delivery. You need to provide the following things while taking PCB prototype assembly service.
Gerber files are essential, whether you need PCB or PCBA. It provides the information of your PCB design.
b）Pick and Place File
The components are placed in specific places. There is a designated place for each component; therefore, it’s necessary to place them in the right place. Pick and place file contains the information of components and their placement. The components are placed according to the XY coordinates and rotation mentioned in the file. The file guides the machines to place the right component at the right place.
c）Bill of Materials (BOM)
The Bill of Materials includes the complete information regarding components used on the PCBA. It usually has Manufacturer Part Number, Manufacturer’s Name, Designators, Quantity, Description, and Value. There can be other details as well. It is essential for the procurement of components.
d）Special Technical Process Requirements (If any)
You need to provide special requirements for the PCBA. If you want anything to be emphasized, mention it while placing the order.
The assembly drawing is a blueprint of the PCB board that tells the manufacturer about the design of the board. It contains various information, including board outline, part shapes, mechanical parts, drill locations, additional views, manufacturing labels, assembly notes, parts list, and a few other things. This file is not essential, but it is better to provide it to the manufacturer. The designer only knows how he has made the design, but an assembly drawing guides the manufacturer in assembling the PCB.
Prototype PCB Assembly Cost
The cost of a PCB assembly depends on various factors and services. It includes the charges of different services. Some of the costs that are included in the total cost of a PCBA prototype are,
- PCB fabrication cost
- Stencil cost
- Component procurement cost
- Assembling cost
- Welding cost
- Testing cost
- Packaging cost
You don’t need to worry about the factors, services, and cost; provide us the required details, and we will provide you a reasonable cost. At JHYPCB, the cost of the PCB Assembly is 20% lower than other Chinese prototype PCB assembly service providers.
How long does the low volume prototype PCB assembly take?
We understand it is important to provide fast PCB prototype assembly service for the quick evaluation of the design and fewer delays in mass production. The time for the delivery of PCB assembly depends on various factors, such as component procurement, PCB fabrication, placement of components, testing, packaging, shipping, etc.
Time Details of Low Volume Prototype PCB Assembly
Components procurement and PCB fabrication are generally carried out simultaneously. PCB production takes 3-10 days, and component procurement takes 2-15 days. The arrival time of components is relatively uncertain. SMT and DIP take 3-5 days in total, the PCBA test generally takes 1-3 days, and finished product assembly takes 2-5 days.
The PCBA processing process is relatively complicated and involves many processes. Generally, for small and medium-sized orders, the PCBA assembly processing cycle takes 25 days.
Turnkey PCB assembly service is what we are good at, even for prototype assembly. Our customers can benefit from JHYPCB PCB prototyping, parts sourcing, and PCB assembly services. You will get all PCB services under a single roof at JHYPCB. Our ISO, UL, and RoHS certified quality management system ensures high-quality products. We are always ready to process low volume prototype PCB assembly and low-medium PCB and PCBA services. For more information, feel free to contact us.