What is component kitting?

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In simple terms we take responsibility for all of material needed to build your product. We supply this to either your own manufacturing facility or nominated Electronics Manufacturing Services partner ‘assembly ready’ in order to maximise efficiency.

We deal with all aspects of procurement and component preparation, including Moisture Sensitive Devices and have developed robust processes to identify counterfeit components. Need several plated through hole components preformed or cropped? No problem, we have the facilities in-house to carry out this process so your manufacturing facility doesn’t have to. Require a device programmed with a specific software variant before it is placed on the board? Let us have the software files and we will arrange this service for you.

As standard each item we supply in the kit is labelled with your internal part number, the manufacturers part number, board location, quantity supplied, RoHS status, your order number and your product reference number.

What are the advantages of kitting?

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Component kitting allows you to strip out huge layers of overheads from your business so you can focus on your core activities. You will immediately release working capital as you won’t need to hold raw material stock, often bought weeks in advance of being required. Your supplier base will significantly reduce which saves both time and cost to manage for your purchasing and financial departments. One supplier, one invoice. And finally you will see a reduction in lead-time as ‘assembly ready’ kits of components are delivered on-time in full to your manufacturing facility. Time previously spent preparing components for assembly simply won’t occur allowing the production teams to start immediately.

I like the sound of component kitting but can you assemble our product too?

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Yes. Our sister company JJS Manufacturing offers a complete range of Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) ranging from printed circuit board assembly right through to complex cabinet and electro-mechanical assembly.

I have a brand new design which I'd now like to take through into production volumes. Can you help?

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Yes. Our Engineering team are able to offer Design for Manufacture (DFM) and Deign for Test (DFT) support should you need it. Every product variant we build for the first time is automatically put through our New Product Introduction (NPI) process and overseen by one of our NPI Engineers. Any improvements or observations we have relating to the materials, assembly process, test specifications or product design are captured within an NPI report. On completion, this report is then sent to you by your Account Manager so that any necessary changes can be discussed and implemented in advance of the production build commencing. This process helps avoid unnecessary delivery delays, quality issues and cost.

Do you offer full traceability back to component source?

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Yes. Each product we produce has its own unique serial number. This serial number links to a works order and we are able to trace each piece of material used within the works order back to the supplier.

I have a Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) I'd like to outsource. Can you help?

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Yes. We manufacture a range of PCBAs on behalf of our customers and have the capability to produce both surface mount (SMT) and plated through-hole (PTH) assemblies. In order to add the most value to your business the majority of these PCBAs are then tested and assembled into sub-assemblies or enclosures to form part of a completed box build, cabinet or electro-mechanical product. 

I’m considering dual sourcing my manufacturing to help spread the risk. What is your advice?

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There are pros and cons to dual sourcing and you may find this blog post helpful. Much comes down to how confident you are in the EMS provider's capabilities and their disaster recovery policy.   

What capabilities do you have in the Czech Republic?

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With 180 staff employed at our Czech site it is our main product assembly facility. With the exception of SMT assembly, all other assembly capabilities, systems and processes mirror those available within our UK site. Our dedicated transport collects and delivers twice a week from each location.   

Do you have the capability to inspect BGAs?

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Yes. We use a combination of X-Ray and Ersascope inspection.  

Do you offer design support?

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Yes. We offer Design for Manufacture (DFM) and Design for Test (DFT) through our 15 strong engineering team for electronic, electro-mechanical and mechanical assemblies.

How much will I save if I use your Czech Republic facility?

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Unfortunately it’s not possible to give a definitive figure as we need to understand your design, the complexity of your product and its stability along with the number of manual hours required to build the product and your estimated monthly build volumes. Outsourcing projects that have been suitable to utilise our Czech Republic facility have seen in the region of a 10-15% cost saving compared to the UK.  

Which quality accreditations and/or standards do you work towards?

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We hold ISO 9001:2008 across all three sites. Our production operatives are trained to IPC 610 A class 2 and 3. As a registered facility we can also support you with releasing products to UL/CE/CSA.

Do you have automated PTH insertion equipment?

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No. However we do have a highly skilled workforce of around 40 staff in our conventional assembly team.

Is your pricing competitive?

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Yes, although we may not be the cheapest. We don’t submit ‘lowball’ pricing in order to win short term orders and avoid participating in e-auctions. If your primary objective is to find someone that can offer you the very best price then we may not be the right partner for you. The quotations we provide have to be competitive but more importantly they are sustainable - something we feel is vital when entering into long term partnerships.

Do you offer a refurbishment and/or repair service on products manufactured by third party suppliers?

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Yes. An assessment of the ‘scope’ of work required would need to be carried out but we have supported a number of customers with repairs or upgrades to products they have had manufactured by third party suppliers who are no longer able to help.

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