4 Points You Should Consider When Selecting A PCB Supplier
Are you in need of a good supplier for printed circuit boards?
The truth is that every year, EMS and OEM companies try to find ways of reducing costs in the supply chain. In fact, some people have traveled the world looking for quality direct suppliers. All too often, this kind of search and required travel results in gathering business cards and brochures but not finding and selecting a good printed circuit board supplier that they are comfortable with.
Sometimes, it can take years to find a high-quality printed circuit board supplier, which is frustrating and expensive. If you are currently looking for a supplier of PCBs, one that you can trust, be sure to consider the potential risks before you make the hiring decision.
Trading Companies – The majority of suppliers of PCBs that you would meet at trade shows and those you hear from via email are not actually suppliers. Instead, they are what is referred to as trading companies, meaning they quote your product to anyone and everyone who has ownership in or a link to a PCB factory.
In addition, they are not the factory and do not directly represent the factory.
However, if any factories they know of cannot provide what you need, they will do everything possible to find one that will, regardless of their capabilities. This means that you could easily connect with a factory that knows nothing about what you do. Ultimately, your product ends up in the UL data of someone else due to documentation being fabricated.
Inadequate Supply Chain Control – Whether a trading company or direct PCB supplier, if you do not have any information about them or spend time with them in person, be prepared to be possibly be scammed or cheated. Unfortunately, horror stories are heard all the time about trading companies and direct suppliers.
Lack of Payment Terms – Typically, only pre-pay is accepted by trading companies and direct suppliers. Keep in mind, this puts you at risk for having your cash flow hit hard at a time when you need it most. The difference between an immediate, upfront payment demand and the optional extension of 30 day terms, can make or break a growing business.
No Control Over Shipping Costs – When it comes to international shipping, the cost and risk is high. The rates for international shipping are seldom cheap coming from major shipping companies. Waters that are not too easily navigated by an untrained, inexperienced team.