Every boy scout knows the motto: ‘Be Prepared.‘ This holds true for more than just wilderness excursions. If you are in the market for manufacturing, you need to be prepared for any potential obstacle and have a contingency plan, or run the risk of being faced with difficult decisions and lost opportunities or sales. Current  The post Causes of Electronics Components Shortages and How to Avoid Them appeared first on ACDI.
When partnering with an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, you should feel confident that they have as much at stake with your product as you do. One way to determine this is to consider which testing methods the EMS provider employs. Keep in mind, testing is completely different than inspections. Inspections are a routine requirement  The post Put Your Electronics Manufacturing Services Partner to the Test appeared first on ACD
American Computer Development Inc. (ACDi) started approximately 30 years ago as a PCB design and layout service bureau. Today, the company does about 350 to 400 unique PCB layouts per year for a variety of customers across different industries, including medical and industrial fields. [Read More] The post HDI Considerations: Interview with ACDi‘s Garret Maxson appeared first on ACDI.
Introducing a new product to market is a complex process. Are you prepared for the hundreds of potential pitfalls and common challenges that come with each step, resulting in increased time to market and budget? Even for a quick-turn, small-run prototype, ACDi‘s New Product Introduction (NPI) process can reduce time-to-market, increase quality and reduce the  The post How to Ensure a Successful New Product Introduction (NPI) appeared firs
Electronics manufacturing can seem like a complicated process, but a little knowledge can go a long way toward a smooth transition from prototype to production. This glossary will help you navigate your manufacturing project with ease and introduce you to some key terms used during the electronics manufacturing process. Gerber Files - A Gerber file  The post Electronics Manufacturing Terms That Every Hardware Startup Should Know appeared first
There‘s a popular product development comic that shows a picture of what a customer wants-a seat suspended from two lengths of rope hanging from a tree branch. As the comic progresses, you see each group working on their version of this product. You see different lengths of rope, no seat, or the rope and the  The post Benefits of a Full-Service Electronics Manufacturer appeared first on ACDI.
Obtaining all the proper certifications for electronics to be mass produced and marketed can be enough to drive you certifiably insane. ACDi is here to help you navigate these tricky waters. DID YOU KNOW? 50% of consumer electronic products fail standard certification testing during their first pass. Almost every certification test is expensive and time  The post Certifications for Electronics Hardware: When, Why and How to Obtain Them. appeare
Assembly of wire harnesses is an intricate process where it is easy to make mistakes if you aren‘t careful. It‘s important to realize that even a minor error in assembling a wire harness may have disastrous consequences. To mitigate this risk, engineers must follow a well-laid-out plan while assembling a wire harness. In addition, there  The post Mistakes to Avoid While Assembling Wire Harnesses appeared first on ACDI.
With all the time you‘ll be spending with your electronics manufacturing services partner while completing your project, it pays to be selective and know what to look for. We have put together a list of do‘s and don‘ts to consider when you are considering your Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) partner options. Do pick  The post What to Look for in an Electronics Manufacturing Services Partner appeared first on ACDI.
When dealing with a printed circuit board (PCB) you must protect the copper finish, which will oxidize and depreciate if left untreated. You also need a surface to which components can be directly soldered. Superficially, this concept seems simple: add a surface treatment. Viola! You‘re all set. Unfortunately, it is never that easy. There are  The post Comparing PCB Surface Finishes appeared first on ACDI.