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Shortening the Chain

How to make a heavenly PCB match. Love may be blind, but buying printed circuit boards doesn’t have to be. Before running off to the purchasing altar with your newfound love (aka your vendor), here’s some fatherly advice for picking the right PCB manufacturer: Play the field. Yes, you can be a polygamist when it [...]

By | November 9th, 2018|blog|Comments Off on Shortening the Chain

Tightening the Chain – Old Dog, Old Tricks. Circuits Assembly, JUNE 2017

OLD DOG, OLD TRICKS When it comes to selling, it’s all about the friendships. After an almost four-year hiatus from selling PCBs, I was surprised to find that most customers that I know have had very few visits from sales people since I left the industry—if any at all. What a mistake. Yes, e-mail, texting, [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|blog|Comments Off on Tightening the Chain – Old Dog, Old Tricks. Circuits Assembly, JUNE 2017

Tightening the Chain – Want to go offshore? Head to a trade show. Circuits Assembly, January 2017

The PCB world is getting smaller all the time. As a veteran of hundreds of trade shows, I’ve noticed increasing attendance of offshore PCB manufacturing companies at US events. I applaud their efforts to promote a direct customer relationship. Tightening the supply chain benefits buyers and sellers. As I pointed out in my last column [...]

By | January 5th, 2017|blog|Comments Off on Tightening the Chain – Want to go offshore? Head to a trade show. Circuits Assembly, January 2017

Where Have All the Young Bloods Gone?

It is good to be back in the PCB world. My return has been a positive experience, as I’ve been welcomed back by many longtime industry friends. Some of those friends questioned why I’d want to return. And after attending PCB West in Santa Clara and visiting with numerous colleagues over the past few months, I’ve noticed [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|blog|Comments Off on Where Have All the Young Bloods Gone?

TIGHTENING THE CHAIN – Why The Supply Chain Begins with the Manufacturer Circuits Assembly, November 2016

Whether a PCB order comes from a domestic or international source, the supply chain begins with the manufacturer. For cost-conscious PCB buyers with a consistent annual buy using technology that doesn’t necessarily push the envelope, working directly with offshore manufacturers is actually the best option. It’s funny how things come full circle. I wrote a [...]

By | November 26th, 2016|blog|Comments Off on TIGHTENING THE CHAIN – Why The Supply Chain Begins with the Manufacturer Circuits Assembly, November 2016

CENTURY PCB Taiwan Announces ISO 13485 Medical Certification

NOVEMBER 28, 2016 – CENTURY PC Board Ltd. Taiwan has added to its other prestigious aviation and automotive certifications (AS9100 and TS16949) by receiving the ISO 13485 certification for the manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCBs) for the medical industry. “ISO 13485 is simply the affirmation of the processes we have built in-house supporting our growing [...]

By | November 25th, 2016|blog|Comments Off on CENTURY PCB Taiwan Announces ISO 13485 Medical Certification

When it comes to buying boards, is it more efficient to go direct or through a broker? Circuits Assembly, August 2016

They say very few people ever truly leave the printed circuit board business. And that’s apparently true for me as well. After leaving the industry behind for good (or so I thought), I threw myself wholeheartedly into a second career in the commercial light-emitting diode (LED) fixture market. As the “LED Sales Guy,” I assist [...]

By | October 7th, 2016|blog|Comments Off on When it comes to buying boards, is it more efficient to go direct or through a broker? Circuits Assembly, August 2016