AURORA CIRCUITS BLOG – Updates on PCB Manufacturing and Assembly

Working Smarter

Working Smarter

So many times over the years we have experienced the frustration of losing a major order because of price and thought: “Well, let the other guy have it, he’s going to lose his shirt building it at that price.” It was easier to rationalize and walk away from the...

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The Canary

The Canary

Profit is a key component to the free market equation, so how in the world did we go wrong in the US? Before the governmental response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we assumed our economy was humming along, witnessing the longest economic expansion on record with 128...

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It’s The Little Things

It’s The Little Things

There are many ways to not only save money but time as well. If you take the time to examine everything we do when it comes to providing our customers with better products and services you will always find a way to save time and yes sometimes, most of the time, money....

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IMM Silver

IMM Silver

In the never-ending search for the best possible surface finish on printed circuit boards, there is quite a bit to be considered.  Circuit density (line width, line space and SMT pitch), solderability, surface flatness (for SMT applications), and shelf life to name a...

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Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI)

Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI)

Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) machines use multiple advanced visual methods to identify manufacturing defects on PCBs. At Aurora Circuits, we have acquired multiple state-of-the-art AOI machines to scan for all types of defects to not only minimize but completely...

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RECENT NEWSLETTERS

Newsletter: September 2020

Newsletter: September 2020

What We’ve Been Up To... Believe it or not, the Spring and Summer season was a busy one for Aurora Circuits. Although the manufacturing industry saw a downturn in bookings and production during Q2, Aurora Circuits has kept running full-speed ahead! With the Fall and...

Newsletter: August 2020

News and insights from Aurora Circuits: Ultra-heavy Copper PCB Webinar replay; the RAM Act (HR 7594); the PCB industry in this volatile market

Newsletter: July 2020

News and insights from Aurora Circuits: How buy local applies to high-tech and a sneak peek interview from iConnect007

Newsletter: June 2020

Newsletter: June 2020

News and insights from Aurora Circuits: How buy local applies to high-tech and a sneak peek interview from iConnect007

Newsletter: March 2020

Newsletter: March 2020

News and insights from Aurora Circuits: How buy local applies to high-tech and a sneak peek interview from iConnect007

Newsletter: February 2020

Newsletter: February 2020

News and insights from Aurora Circuits: How buy local applies to high-tech and a sneak peek interview from iConnect007

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FEATURED CIRCUIT BOARD STORY

US Car Manufacturer Sitting Pretty With 67% Cost Savings

By reengineering this auto manufacturer’s PCB, the cost dropped to 33% of the original amount, saving over $375,000.

In late 2015, Aurora received an opportunity to quote a LED vanity mirror for a major, fully electric car manufacturer circuit board.  The initial design was a plated-through-hole version that was fairly sophisticated for the application. The Manufacturer also required a production commencement in 60 days to prevent a shutdown of the production line.

The engineering team at Aurora Circuits suggested, after reviewing the manufacturer’s original design, that a redesign to a single-sided board would drastically save turnaround time and expense when starting production. The original design would sell for $2.25 each and require two separate printed circuit boards per vehicle. This particular part was reengineered into a single-sided, common version for less than $0.90 each, thus saving $2.70 per vehicle. When applying this to the production volume, Aurora Circuits is saving the manufacturer over $375,000 on a model year basis.

Also, to prevent any production line start up issues, Aurora Circuits built a small quantity of the plated through hole version until the single-sided version was fully tested and in full production.

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