Eurocircuits 5* NPI: Getting your prototypes quickly into series production
- Key parts
Key components, for example a microcontroller, are fixed early in the development. Of course, it is important that these components are at the beginning of their life cycle to avoid using a component that may soon become discontinued. However, these components may also have a long lead time which may cause delays in the prototyping process and thus increase development costs.
To help avoid such delays we recommend pre-ordering critical components using the Eurocircuits Parts Pre-Order (PPO) service. This way, the components are in our stock when you order assembled PCB from us.
How to use our Parts Pre-Order service for key components.
- PCB design for manufacturing
A PCB is manufactured in many process steps, and manufacturing tolerances are part of this. To ensure that a PCB design can be manufactured reliably and robustly without additional costs, designers should not exceed these tolerances.
The Eurocircuits Visualizer checks the uploaded data for critical issues and makes suggestions for improvements. It also suggests a cost-effective build-up for multilayers from over 900 predefined build-ups.
The Visualizer automatically uses over 700 rules for the validation of the uploaded data.
- Validated PCB/PCBA data for manufacturing
The Eurocircuits Visualizer not only bridges the gap from CAD to CAM, but also from PCB manufacturing to PCB assembly. After uploading the BOM and the CPL, the Visualizer analyses the BOM and displays the components on the PCB as they are specified in the CPL file. Immediately the Visualizer will display all the issues found such as, misalignments (due to different zero points used for different data files) together with incorrect rotations, footprints, Pin 1 identifications etc.
Digital first: Virtual manufacturing generates an image of the assembled PCB.
- PCB specification
The purchaser who must order the series production of the PCB needs complete and correct data to send for a price quotation whether it’s sent to one or several manufacturers. This must include an exact description of base material and layer structure, solder resist colour, a well-defined contour, suitable registration marks and much more.
The data for PCB procurement is available for download from your user account.
It has benefits if the PCBA expert, the EMS provider, can buy standard passive, discrete and electromechanical components from different suppliers. These so-called Generic Parts allow us to purchase with maximum flexibility and better pricing. It also reduces the set-up time and storage costs on the shop floor.
A simple way for you to use our generic parts is to describe a discrete component by its electrical parameters rather than its manufacturer part number (MPN). The Visualizer will then suggest the generic part to be used, of course you can always select a different one if necessary.
Component Sourcing a short video on our process.
In addition to generic parts Eurocircuits also hold a large range of frequently ordered components known as eC-stock which can be easily selected in the Visualizer.