What Data is Required for a PCB Design Quote?

Tramonto Circuits provides 98.9% of its quotes within 24 hours. To put it simply, we’ve nailed down the quote process for PCB design pretty well over the years. Here’s what you should expect to be able to provide in order to get the most accurate quote for your PCB design project.

Schematic

No matter what stage of development your project is at, one bare minimum requirement your PCB provider will need to know so that they can lay out services is a schematic. This can be a simple JPG or a full CAD schematic file. Just make sure your resolution is high enough so that the information is legible.

Bill of Materials (BOM)

BOMs most frequently come in Excel spreadsheets but other files are acceptable. This should list each component that will be used in the assembly. Even better if you can include the manufacturer, part number, and quantities. Missing details may lead us to ask for more specific information because these details will affect the amount of surface area required and layer count.

Placement Drawing

A basic dimensional view that shows the X-Y dimensions of the PCB will help your provider understand how the available PCB surface area will be organized. The more dimensions you can provide, the better, but for the most part, a basic model showing the locations of components will go a long way. These drawings are often called “key placement” documents, too.

Tramonto Circuits has a handy file upload on its quote submission form to allow users to provide this information to help guide us to an accurate quote for you. Submit yours today and get your quote within 24 hours.

3 Tips for Working Through Supply Chain Issues While Manufacturing

Manufacturers of all types have experienced quite their share of supply chain hiccups in recent years. At Tramonto Circuits, we’ve gone through many years of experience working around all kinds of disruptions in the world and managed to maintain top-notch delivery rates and quality for our customers. Here are our suggestions for how you can best navigate through supply chain disruptions during your manufacturing process.

Tip #1: Find a trusted partner with great delivery rates

The times sure have changed and this time in the history of supply chain issues is not the same as others. However, a company with a track record of experience working through shortages is going to be your best bet. When seeking a trusted manufacturing partner, ask what their on-time delivery rate is. Tramonto Circuits has a 98.15% on-time delivery rate, even through the delays of today.

Tip #2: Use predictive analytics where possible

Do you know yet exactly how supply chain levels may affect your project’s timeline? Predictive analytics can give you insights into buyer patterns in relation to all kinds of disruptions so you know how supply levels can affect your retail sales. Tramonto Circuits helps its partners know what they can expect along their manufacturing journey based on many years of experience.

Tip #3: Always start with a DFM analysis

Get your circuit files and anything else reviewed by an expert so that you know in advance what standards need to be met. This analysis will set your expectations for how your manufacturing process should go in light of current events and supply chain delays. Tramonto Circuits offers this guidance to circuit designers for free.

Contact Tramonto Circuits today to get your circuit manufacturing project moving forward in the best way it can.

How to Truly Ensure High-Quality Electronic Assembly

One of the biggest challenges manufacturers face when they partner with teams to bring a product to conception is quality assurance. When a design engineer sends something off for assembly, they need to be able to rest assured that what they receive in return is going to reflect the quality they had envisioned.

Choosing the right manufacturing partner is the first step in ensuring that your product will be both the utmost in quality and compliance. Tramonto Circuits has a few ways of making sure of that, all the while consistently achieving a 99.83% quality ratio. Here are some:

Routine electronic assembly quality assurance techniques

Work with a partner who truly has a routine for this and has done it many times. We consistently conduct component testing and regular data backups and evaluate new production methods to ensure accurate products are produced with minimal waste. This also provides you with more cost-effective solutions.

Low defect rate

Look for a low defect rate with your manufacturing partner. Efficiency, timely manufacturing, and avoiding waste are all extremely important, but only if they are simultaneously producing low defect rates.

Attention to every detail

An engineer will almost always want their PCB to be ready for immediate use upon delivery. His or her manufacturing partner ensures this with a team of certified engineers and expert production staff that provides efficient electronic component builds. Tramonto Circuits has this reliable team to provide precision quality assurance at both the board and system levels.

Contact Tramonto Circuits today to get your quality product to completion with peace of mind.

Four Circuit Board Specifications to Consider

When it comes down to the specifics of designing your circuits, there are certain things to consider. Make sure your design partner knows the answer to your questions before getting too far in on your flexible circuit or printed circuit board design project. Think ahead about the following details to ensure you’re set up for success with your manufacturing partner.

 

Minimum trace width

Your manufacturing partner should know what the flexible circuit minimum trace width is in order to make your design. The flexible circuit minimum trace width is 4-5”. Tramonto Circuits can get down to 3” for traditional circuit boards.

 

Maximum layer count for your circuits

Ask your circuit design partner what they are comfortable with as far as layer count for your specific circuit. At Tramonto Circuits, we are comfortable in the six-layer range for flexible circuits and we have built up to ten layers. For circuit boards, we can go all the way up to 20 layers.

 

Limitations and/or possibilities

A common question we encounter is whether our client can attach components or heat-sinks to flexible circuits. Tramonto Circuits’ answer is yes, we do this every single day because flexible circuits are so widely used that making this possible was a must.

 

How much current do you need?

A flexible circuit can actually carry about as much current as a printed circuit board can carry. Ask your circuit design partner how many milliamps the design will hold.

 

Contact Tramonto Circuits today to help you find the answers to these questions for your circuit design. 

 

What Makes Working with Tramonto Circuits Different

When choosing your circuit board manufacturing partner, you have a lot of options to choose from. So, how do you choose the right partner? What we can share is how we at Tramonto Circuits work with our customers and what makes us different from other circuit board experts.

Prioritizing what matters

The biggest issues design engineers face tend to be surrounding quality and late deliveries. We know that delivery delays and quality issues cause major issues that affect more than just your plans. Tramonto Circuits was started in 2008 to combat these problems and still does today.

Keeping up with the times

Tramonto Circuits started as just a flexible circuit company only. But, client demands led to the expansion of providing circuit boards and other circuit types, as well as assembly specifications as they evolved. Now, we can provide the design, assembly, and testing of multiple types of circuits

The evidence is clear

Both our on-time delivery rate and our overall quality ratio are over 99% each and every year. There are not many companies out there that release this data but we very closely track it each year to make sure we reach this and communicate it to our customers. You can be sure that working with Tramonto Circuits will bring you both quality and on-time delivery.

Our process is easy

After sending in your purchase order, we begin creating the assembly instructions, go through the design for manufacturing process, and communicate with the customer what their expectations can be for delivery. After the assembly process, the product goes through inspection and then we ship it, on time every time. Our customers know what to expect for their project when they begin working with Tramonto Circuits.

Industry knowledge

You want to find a circuit board manufacturer that has experience in your industry. Tramonto Circuits has worked with a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, medical, automotive, consumer, telecommunications, and industrial. The only industries we do not deal with are military and DOD.

Contact Tramonto Circuits today to start working with a reliable partner on your circuit manufacturing project.

Everything you Need to Know about a DFM Analysis

The DFM analysis is an essential part of your manufacturing journey. Performing one early on in the process will ensure you hit less bumps along the road and avoid major roadblocks. Here’s what you need to know when preparing for a DFM analysis.

Yes, you do need a DFM analysis

Skipping this part of the manufacturing process could end up with costly mistakes and huge delays in getting your product to market. If you are designing a circuit board and need it fabricated, you need a DFM analysis. Designers with years of experience still don’t always know exactly what is needed for a specific process in fabrication.

What happens during a DFM analysis

Engineers will go over your design to make sure it meets all IPC standards and all manufacturing standards. The intention is to provide a robust, consistent circuit that can be duplicated with a high level of trust.

The benefits

The earlier your manufacturing partners can identify issues, the better the results will be for everyone all around. The DFM analysis is where this will happen and you can receive suggestions for changes that can significantly speed up the timing of your project.

How to find the right partner for your DFM analysis

Find a manufacturing partner who specializes in the market which you are developing. They will have the right expertise and can guide you in the best way. Tramonto Circuits specializes in flexible circuits and printed circuit boards. Contact us today to schedule your DFM analysis.

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Everything you Need to Know About Flexible Circuits

Whether they know it or not, just about every human has encountered a flexible circuit and more than likely encounters them daily. They play a huge role in manufacturing and Tramonto Circuits has experience with just about every type of flexible circuit. Here is what we can share with you about flexible circuits.

What exactly is a flexible circuit?

The material that flexible circuits are printed on differs from regular circuit boards because flexible circuits are printed on a plastic polymer. They are thin and light and can be formed to any shape you want, unlike rigid circuit boards.

What everyday products do we use that contain flexible circuits?

Cell phones, laptops, microwaves, automobiles, and so many of the things you touch daily has at least one flexible circuit in it. The computer or mobile device you likely are reading this article on is full of flexible circuits.

What industries most commonly use flexible circuits?

Pretty much every industry uses flexible circuits in one way or another. The automotive and medical industries see them very frequently, but they are showing up almost everywhere now as the world continues to make technology that is smaller and lighter.

What do design engineers need to know about flexible circuit manufacturing?

Designing flexible circuit boards is actually very similar to designing the printed circuit boards that have been worked on for decades. If you’ve been designing printed circuit boards, you already know about 90% of what you need to know to build a flexible circuit. The only differences you have to keep in mind are how the signals move through the bend areas.

Learn more about the flexible circuit capabilities Tramonto Circuits can provide for you.

Watch our video about flexible circuits.

 

What to Expect From your PCB Manufacturing Partner

When you are trusting your design to a manufacturing partner, your expectations for how you’ll be taken care of should be high. Losing time during the process means losing money on your hard-earned project and your PCB manufacturing partner needs to know that. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the right partner to help you with your PCB design.

They go above and beyond

A good manufacturing partner will keep track of items with longer lead times for you to keep things organized and on schedule. A design engineer’s job is not to keep track of all those things himself or herself. 

They stay on or ahead of schedule

A good PCB manufacturer should be able to identify quickly whether a design is going to have a mistake on its first round of boards. Their goal should be to help you get right through to the first round of testing sooner than later.

They deliver on time

On-time delivery seems to be a lost art these days. Tramonto Circuits makes it a priority. We understand that if we don’t deliver to our customers on time, they lose money. A 70% on-time delivery rate is roughly the industry standard. Tramonto Circuits reaches between a 98.15 – 99% on-time delivery rate year after year.

They communicate with your suppliers

You should be able to get intelligent answers from your manufacturing partner. They should be able to speak the language with your suppliers. For assembly partners, they should be able to communicate with your production people and make sure they fully understand the customer experience your product is supposed to deliver.

Learn how Tramonto Circuits has continually exceeded expectations for design engineers since 2008.

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What are the Most Common Industries that Utilize Flexible Circuits?

Flexible circuits consist of thin, lightweight electrical circuits that conform to small spaces and contoured 3D shapes including cubes and cylinders. Tramonto Circuits works together with companies in a number of industries to produce high-quality, cost-effective flexible circuits and electronic components to meet their design requirements. We understand that every application is unique and not one size fits all when it comes to circuitry solutions, so we offer a diverse range of solutions for all types of industries. Here are some of the most common industries in which you will encounter flexible circuits. 

Consumer Electronics

Items like paintball gun devices, invisible fence dog collars, lighted gift cards, and the fitness trackers and smartwatches you wear include flexible circuits. Tramonto Circuits supplies manufacturers of these products with smaller, lighter, easier-to-use, functional flexible circuits. Current trends tell us that consumers are looking for products that make everyday life more efficient, fun, and flexible and that is our focus when helping design engineers with consumer electronics products.

Medical Devices

The very critical nature of medical devices is not one to leave to chance. In life or death situations, accuracy, dependability, and exceptional quality matter.

Here are just a few of the areas in which Tramonto Circuits is proud to have earned a solid reputation:

  • Blood analyzers (used to test COVID-19 virus and antibodies)
  • Electric wheelchair safety circuits
  • Diagnostic imaging for throat and esophagus
  • Medical biological diagnostic equipment
  • Medical perfusion machines (keeping organs at body temperature for transplants)
  • BioTech Devices for educational labs and classrooms
  • Field alcohol detection devices
  • Specialized devices used during elective surgeries for pain management and speedier recovery
  • Field drug detection devices

Our specialized flexible circuits play vital roles throughout the medical community. They also play a role in transportation, industrial applications, aerospace, and more.

Learn more about Tramonto Circuits’ many industry capabilities and contact us today for a quote.

Tramonto Circuits Achieves Near Perfect On-Time Delivery Rates and Overall Quality Ratio in 2021

Tramonto Circuits has upheld an electronics manufacturing industry reputation of providing on-time delivery to its clients and maintaining a high overall quality ratio for almost 15 years. In 2021, Tramonto Circuits achieved 98.15% on-time delivery and a 99.83% overall quality ratio.

2021 was a challenging year for all industries, especially manufacturing. Supply chain issues and long delays caused headaches all around. Tramonto Circuits was still able to maintain a very good on-time delivery rate against all odds because of its unrelenting commitment to customer service.

“I’m very proud of what we were able to achieve in 2021. The Tramonto Circuits team did an incredible job sticking to our core value, which is to help our customers every step of the way for their unique business solution needs. Our consistent communication, 24-hour quotes, and love for electronics helped us all power through an unprecedented year together,” said John Talbot, President and Owner of Tramonto Circuits.

Contact Tramonto Circuits today to ensure your next manufacturing project is completed to your complete satisfaction.