Are you an electronic products manufacturing company? Do you have a regular need for PCBs? One of the approaches electronic equipment manufacturing companies use when it comes to ordering PCBs is that they try to get multiple quotes and order their PCBs from a company that offers them the lowest quote. This will sound to be one of the most appropriate strategies to source your PCBs. There is nothing wrong in this approach as long as you are also going to factor-in the other key factors when sourcing besides the price.
When you send out your quote request, you would notice that each PCB manufacturer would give you a different quote for the same requirements. It is your responsibility to find the best PCB manufacturer not just based on the cost but also based on the quality of the PCBs. Every single PCB manufacturer that you come across will be claiming that they deliver the best quality PCB. However, customers’ experiences are different with different service providers. The ground reality is that not all PCB manufacturers deliver the best quality PCBs regardless of what they claim.
As an electronic equipment manufacturer, you are responsible for what is in your equipment. If the equipment does not work in the way that it is expected to work, your customers will form impressions about your brand and about your products regardless of what goes wrong with the product. The product may not work well because the PCB is faulty but it does not affect your PCB manufacturer in any way but it is your brand reputation that is at stake.
If you do not take adequate care in selecting the right PCB manufacturing company, you are likely to face a number of issues with respect to the overall performance and the quality of your products. Therefore, you need to be cautious in picking the right PCB manufacturer. Start looking around for the leading suppliers of PCBs in the industry. Make it a point to review the experience and the credibility of the manufacturers before sending your quote requests. If you do your homework well in shortlisting the right manufacturers, you will be saving a lot of time down the line. PCB manufacturing need is not just a onetime requirement. You will be having ongoing requirements and this will continue as long as you are in business. Therefore, you should have the most trusted partners that you could count on so that you could confidently order your PCBs no matter what your requirements are. Once you manage to find the right suppliers, ordering and stocking your PCBs regularly will not take more than a few minutes. This however is possible only when you know you have done adequate homework in picking your manufacturers. It is therefore worth in vetting your manufacturers based on stringent selection criteria. Review as many manufacturers as you should but select someone that offers you the best value for money and not just the cheapest quote.