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44 The PCB Magazine • March 2016 Money is the most common problem in any type of business, and many American compa- nies are looking for ways to cut costs, but still make sure they turn a profit. They also want to ensure the quality of what they produce re- mains the same, or exceeds present quality, and in the electronics sector this is essential for stay- ing in business. Therefore, cutting costs while ensuring quality can be especially concerning. One of the biggest issues many electronic companies face is that technological advances are occurring on a regular basis, with nothing ever staying the same for any length of time. To satisfy consumer demands, electronics are becoming increasingly more complex, forcing companies to seek newer processes to meet that demand. The following tips can help you save money and still keep the quality of your mer- chandise high. Better Designs You can scale back your spending by engi- neering boards more strategically, and using fewer parts and other components. This will en- able your company to reduce the cost of each PCB, thus increasing the savings realized. This can be achieved by involving your manufactur- ing vendor right from the design stage for raw material availability, providing ease of manu- facturing with expected or better yields. Supplier Relationships Find one or two parts suppliers that you can rely on, and develop a good working relation- by Akber Roy rusH PCB inC. Cost Saving Tips for PCB Fabrication guest feature Column 44 The PCB Magazine • March 2016

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