AURORA CIRCUITS BLOG – Updates on PCB Manufacturing and Assembly
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...
Prototyping, Quick Turns and Embracing New Technology: Our Tools for Survival
The domestic PCB industry has been fractured into two camps within the last ten to fifteen years: quick turn prototyping vs full production shops. It’s been continuously relayed to me that you can never be everything to everyone, so choose your path and stick to...
Going Fixtureless – A Prototype’s Dream
Manufacturing PCBs can be a tricky business, to say the least. When it comes to accurately testing boards, it is crucial to ensure that your manufacturer is using cutting-edge technology. Flying Probe Tests, otherwise known as fixtureless in-circuit tests (FICT) are...
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...
Press Release: Aurora Circuits Achieves ISO 2015 Registration
Aurora Circuits announced today that Aurora Circuits has successfully achieved their ISO 2015 Registration.
Press Release: Aurora Circuits Acquires a state of the art 30µ AOI Machine
Aurora Circuits announced today that Aurora Circuits has purchased and installed a brand new, state of the art AOI Machine.
PCB Manufacturers in the Electronic Vehicle Game
The Growth of Electric Vehicles The automotive industry's heavy-hitters are transforming their businesses and placing millions of R&D dollars into the future. What is the future you ask? You guessed correctly, electric vehicles (EV). Year over year we have...
Choosing The Right PCB Manufacturer
When it comes down to it, big problems generally start with the small stuff. The things that are often overlooked because of their seemingly small role they play in the big picture. Well, we would argue that the same goes for our industry.
PCB Fun Facts
Whether you are an industry expert or are completely new to the PCB realm, there’s a significant chance you’re missing some of the most basic fun facts!
7 Deadly Sins: PCB Manufacturability
When it comes right down to it, design flaws are built into the DNA of an end product. Ensuring that your PCBs are designed with the most effective manufacturability can not only make you more money, but it will save you time, stress, and anxiety. Unfortunately, there...
Let’s Put Our Chips on the Table
As we slowly emerge from the shock of COVID-19 and realize that this will remain in the fabric of our lives for the foreseeable future, there have been recent developments and actions from the highest level of government to bolster our economy and protect national...
Press Release: Free PCBs for Ventilators
Aurora Circuits announced early today that Aurora Circuits will produce printed circuit boards for ventilator manufacturers at no cost to speed the manufacture of ventilators.
Working for You
As we all wonder when we will get back to “business as usual,” it appears that this way of life will be with us for a while. At Aurora Circuits we are doing everything we can to service our customers while keeping our own teammates safe as possible through these...
We all try to mitigate risk every day in a plethora of our mundane tasks, even if it’s done sub-consciously. These instinctual responses to stimuli are ingrained into us as we develop from infants into full grown functioning adults. We all calculate risk...
Break the Chain and Adopt “The Web”
A chain is looked at as strong, unbreakable and secure. The term “supply chain” is meant to conjure those same sentiments in the manufacturing sector, allowing all of us to believe that we manufacturers, in all industries, are impervious to disruptions in our...
American-Made PCBs Strengthen National Security
Did you know that our American defense and aerospace companies are having a difficult time sourcing their printed circuit boards domestically? It's true. THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING INDUSTRY So many of our military PCB shops have disappeared, either through attrition or...
Bring It Home: Onshoring
Not everything has to go offshore. There is an alternative to sending all of your PCBs orders offshore: Find some companies right here in the United States who can do what offshore companies can do. There is a new trend in the PCB world called onshoring, which...
What “Buy Local” Means for American Tech
In a global marketplace, the phrase "buy local" takes on a new, different meaning. It doesn't just mean "buy from the shop down the street." When there's international competition, it means "buy from the shop in your own country." THE EVOLVING MEANING OF "BUY LOCAL"...
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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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