PCB Basics for Buyers: A Quick Guide to the PCB Industry
November 24, 2020: I’ve noticed some PCB brokers try to camouflage the nature of their business. Many call themselves service providers or global sourcing experts. I’ve even recently seen brokers describing themselves as a virtual manufacturer or an integrated producer. But with a nod to Shakespeare, a broker by any other name is still a broker. Years ago, board brokers were small-time operations with only a handful of customers. They [...]
Nov. 17, 2020: Why are PCB buying departments often hesitant to move business from one vendor to another, even when it is clearly warranted? Perhaps it’s the overly cumbersome process required by many EMS and OEM companies before PCB orders can be moved. I understand we are all busy these days. And I understand that adding a new vendor to the approved vendor list (AVL) can be time-consuming. But it’s [...]
November 5, 2020: Even in “normal” times, the holiday season is notorious for freight delays. This year, getting your PCBs delivered on time will be even more challenging because of COVID and its effects on the airline industry. The majority of air freight is hauled in the cargo holds of passenger aircraft. The COVID travel bans have reduced the number of international flights available to carry that freight. As we [...]
Oct. 27, 2020: Saving money on PCB purchasing is the name of the game. Better Board Buying founder Greg Papandrew discusses trends in this critical industry with other PCB experts.
Oct. 1, 2020: Have you tried getting PCBs built in the United States? It's more difficult than I expected. Read about my experience in the latest issue of PCD&F Magazine.