Subject: Re: manufacturing equipment
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 14:16:15 -0800
Organization: Nextra UK
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 14:16:02 +0000 (UTC)
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Spehro Pefhany wrote in message ...
>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.
If the boards are not too complex how about hand soldering?
The purists will moan but it is done by the zillion - but not if you are
using megapin bga's in the design!!