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We Are All In This Together

We Are All In This Together

We are all in this together. More than at any other time in our industry’s history, we must stick together. I have been around a long time and my family has been manufacturing PCBs since the 50’s when taped artwork and mechanical routing with steel routing dies was...

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Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

Get the heat out One of the principles I have always adhered to was that of being willing to try new things. Over the years at Aurora Circuits, we have always tried to get involved in new and innovative technologies that make sense, that are synergistically and...

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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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