As technology has advanced, finding ways to design printed circuit boards in-house is no longer a challenge. There are online tools to allow anyone, even those without engineering experience, to design simple PCBs that will complete basic functions in any type of system or device.
However, for anything more than the basics, hiring a contract manufacturer to complete both custom circuit board design as well as the assembly is a very wise decision. For an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) it allows the company to tap into the engineering and design expertise of the contract manufacturer, which has advantages in creating a circuit board that is compact, effective and offers a long-life cycle in any device or system.
The Custom Difference
While it may be tempting to use an off the shelf circuit board, these boards often limit the potential for the design. They can also create problems in developing a new product or in downsizing an existing system, which may create delays in the design and development stage.
By choosing a company to complete custom circuit board design, the in-house engineering team can communicate directly with the circuit board design team. This will ensure all features, functions, and necessities are included in the board, allowing for the maximum potential for the design without compromise or complication.
A Unique Board
Another essential consideration when using a custom circuit board design is the future sales for the device and equipment in the form of replacement parts. By using a custom board as part of the system, it cannot be modified or swapped out for a cheaper off the shelf board at a later point in time.
With the use of the custom board, there is also the ability to build in features to the system not currently on the market. This provides a unique marketing ability and allows the device, equipment or system to fill a niche place in the market.
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