The decision to make this checklist widely available was a difficult one, since it's considered to be such a valuable tool. Yet its release supports NATEL's promise of clarity, as well as its focus on the success of its clients. "We want our clients to succeed, and we realized we could help in their success by providing more transparency around the design for manufacturing process," President and CEO Sudesh Arora said. "This is all about sharing knowledge in a way that helps our clients succeed on current projects, so they come back to us for more solutions in the future."
Capitalizing on NATEL's decades of experience with enhancing the production process in order to improve reliability and reduce costs on projects, the checklist consists of a series of questions intended to guide the user towards best practices for DFM, PCBA and microelectronics products.
The DFM checklist is organized into eight sections: substrates and boards, hybrids and multichip modules, surface mount assembly, through-hole assembly, hand-solder, mechanical assembly, testing and regulatory approvals. Each section contains a series of precise questions that can be answered with yes, no or not applicable.
The checklist also allows the NATEL engineering team to share information with clients and collaborate earlier in the design process, resulting in a reduction of the time and cost necessary to create a product. At the same time, since early DFM manufacturing isn't always realistic, the checklist assists with improving mature designs, from board design and PCB assembly to design for seal and test and regulatory approvals.
Regardless of the point in a project's life cycle the checklist is filled out, it creates clarity and unity in regard to the DFM process, thereby allowing NATEL EMS and its clients to maximize efficiency in bringing a product to market while reducing overall risk.
ABOUT NATEL EMS
NATEL EMS is a major independent manufacturer of a wide variety of electronic products, providing low to high volume production for its customers. As one of the largest and oldest privately held EMS companies in the U.S., NATEL EMS is known for solving tough engineering problems that result in high-reliability, high-quality electronics for customers in medical, defense, transportation and industrial fields. NATEL EMS is favorably positioned among mid-tier EMS manufacturers to "make amazing things happen." NATEL EMS holds and maintains industry specific certifications that include AS9100, ISO 13485, and ISO/TS 16949. Its MIL-PRF-38534 (DSCC) Class H and K certifications certify NATEL's expertise in designing and manufacturing microelectronic assemblies for space and mission-critical defense programs placing it in an elite group of defense and aerospace industry manufacturers. NATEL EMS, headquartered in Chatsworth, CA, has manufacturing locations in California, Nevada, Ohio and Mexico. To learn more, visit www.NatelEMS.com or on Twitter, @NATEL.
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Heather Pierce, Marketing Associate, NATEL Engineering Co., Inc., 1 (818) 734-6500