From: Spehro Pefhany
Subject: Re: manufacturing equipment
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Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 15:59:45 GMT
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On Mon, 13 Jan 2003 14:46:56 -0800, the renowned Steve
>I are planning to begin manufacturing small runs of a product I am
>developing (50 boards per month). I would like to buy a system for
>assembling SMT PCBs (pick and place, reflow, etc). My problem is, I'm
>only finding massive systems that crank out 1000's of boards per month.
>I also don't have US$100,000 to spend on them.
>I was wondering if any of you ran small production lines and what you
>used. Ideally the system I want will include a screen printer, manual
>pick and place and a table top reflow oven.
>Thank you for any help you can offer.
I agree, use a subcontractor. You'll never be able to afford the
equipment to do the work efficiently using machines. Put the time and
effort and money into selling more product and making your product
more valuable to the consumers. At only 50 per month, get lots of at
least 100 assembled by your contractor, and that should prove
acceptable to some of them. Some will suggest using manual assembly
at those production levels, depending on the complexity of the boards.
You will probably still need bespoke testing setups and rework
equipment (expect more errors from subcontracts than you'd make
yourself), but that's a tiny fraction of the cost and space
Those production machines can crank out thousands of boards per *day*,
BTW, and are very cheap if you keep them running.
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