- Automation Systems
- Cables & Harnesses
- Class I & Class II Medical Devices
- Certified Welding Partner
- Design for Manufacturing
- Document Development
- Electrical Control Panels
- Engineering Services
- Global Fulfillment
- New Product Introduction (NPI)
- Optics Manufacturing
- Pneumatics and Hydraulics
- Power Distribution Control
- Printed Circuit Boards
- PCB Assembly
- Product Engineering
- Prototyping Services
- Radioactive Materials
- RF Testing
- Test & Validation
- Test Equipment Design
- Third Party Logistics & Kitting Services
- Total System Integration
The Printed Circuit Board Assembly Process
PCB Assembly are an integral part of a vast majority of products we use at home or in the work place. Whether using a complex piece of capital equipment or a personal music player, a PCBA is most likely at the heart of controlling and monitoring the operation of the device or system. DCI Engineering Services provides full-service PCB design and development services to meet the needs of the majority of demanding PCB applications.
As with all developments, the first step of the PCB development process is to define functionality, or architect a specification for the functional needs of the PCBA. It is at this initial stage of the development process where the compliance requirements are defined as these may have a profound effect on component selection or architecture methods. From this, a simplified block diagram is generated outlining the major components or sections of the circuit taking into consideration many options to accomplish the goals. This block diagram is reviewed with the customer to gather feedback and acceptance to the proposed methodology and feasibility of obtaining functional, cost, and timeframe expectations. This architecture is iterated until feasibility and risk have reached acceptable levels for all parties. From this point in the development, a schematic and Bill of Material (BOM) are generated, which are part of the core engineering development, and include selection of components required to satisfy functionality and quantity, or future volume production requirements. The third step of the PCB development process is to define trace widths and routing based on design rule considerations for current, voltages, grounding, noise, and many other parameters. All of this information is then used to place the components identified from the BOM for the PCB and determine the routing of the traces to each component based on the size and shape of the circuit board and connector locations.
Testing PCB Assemblies
Columbia Tech, a sister company to DCI Engineering Services, and part of the Coghlin family of companies, is the ideal location to assemble prototypes needed to test the newly developed PCBA. Based on the documentation generated by DCI, Columbia Tech will build the boards in an IPC compliant, J-STD-001 environment and provide an agreed upon quantity of PCBA to DCI for test and evaluation. If any iteration of the PCBA is required as a result of testing, it is typically done at this time and may lead to additional prototypes for further testing or just minor changes to documentation. The combination of DCI Engineering Services and Columbia Tech together form a full service value proposition to our customers not available when using a separate design firm and PCBA manufacturer. The completed design can then be built in production volumes by Columbia Tech immediately after the development is complete which increases efficiency and enables faster time to market.
What can Coghlin Companies do for you?
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In this engagement, Coghlin Companies supplied component sourcing, purchasing, capital equipment contract manufacturing, product testing, and logistics.
Additionally, Coghlin Companies set up documents, controls, processes, and test inspections, so future equipment will be built with absolute precision. Coghlin Companies succeeded because once again they were able to help a Coghlin Companies client grow and profit.