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I have the need to find a PCB assembly house in the USA that has the ability to build 15,000 small PCB's a month. Have any of youse had any experience with any companies that do this? Product will be built in Arkansas.

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Call BLS in Prescott at 928-445-1770. I used to work for them when I was in college. Great people they have their own pick and place machine for SMD, reflow, and people for thru hole stuff.

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You're sure you want it done in the USA?

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My customer says they do, yes. Not sure why, I am too far down the food chain, but I sort of like it. :)

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I just got laid off. I'll do it! It's ONLY 50 boards an hour for a 10 hour day, no sweat.
Hope you wouldn't start till next month :wink:

Roger

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Polecat, 7 days a week?

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Maybe 8. That way I can have some time off between runs.

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Do a forum search. This is a topic that pops up quite often. Smileymicros brought the topic up recently and the response was pretty widespread.

Jim

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Off topic, one good reason you might not want to have boards done in china is confidentiality. If the product is intellectual property releasing a run to china might be professional suicide.

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hugoboss wrote:
Off topic, one good reason you might not want to have boards done in china is confidentiality. If the product is intellectual property releasing a run to china might be professional suicide.

It might take a few hours or a few days to take an existing working product and work out the schematic from it. Not a huge deterrent to someone who wants to clone your product.

Just do not give the assembly house the firmware and have them program the chips, regardless of where it is assembled. That is not to say that extracting firmware is a hard task, it is just a bit more out of reach to most people than sketching out a schematic from a working product.

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Yes, but if the Chinese do not have my board, they have nothing to clone it from. And if they get one a couple weeks after I started selling, who cares at that point. The idea if you don't want them to release it before you do.

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That does not compute.

Why on earth would they clone your product if all they know is the component list and the PCB design? Is the product any good? Does the product sell enough to warrant them to clone it? they have no idea.

Once the product is established and is a good seller then it might be cloned, that when you should get worried.

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A friend's last run of fairly complex devices has a 100% failure rate due to a misplaced SMD part. Every one of them lets the magic smoke out.

I don't know where he had them built, we're not that good of friends. ;)

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Yup that blows, now I get the assembly place to make a few samples for me before committing to a full production run. Not only a concern of their assembly work, but also a concern if I made a mistake with the parts list and assembly instructions.

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If you like I can point you to a number of assembly houses that are here in Santa Clara CA. Some companies are worried about the quality of the board or components when sending overseas. We have several engineering firms that do EMS and will only source parts in the usa. There are some assembly house that have shops here in CA and overseas with the same excat equipment. Depending on the complexity of the board and size will determin the cost and at which point they can handle the quanity here before they will send it oversea for higher production. Call - 408.986.8136 ask for Joe.

Hope thats helps you!!!