Green Circuits excels at creating prototype printed circuit boards for your innovative technologies. The process of taking a design from schematic to actual working prototype is a complex one; however, proper documentation supports simplification and success.
While our engineers are leaders in the field of printed circuit board manufacturing, the majority of the orders we process could be improved if we had access to more complete documentation. There are few good reasons why this is so:
Green Circuits prides itself on delivering functional prototypes quickly and efficiently, making us dependent on access to complete documentation on all of our projects.
As Sam Carpenter in his book Work The System astutely points out, creating complete documentation can expose flaws early on. What one engineer considers a flawless system may be bewildering to another; a lot can happen in the space that exists between two academic approaches, practical considerations or even cultural mindsets.
By documenting your processes thoroughly, you may uncover inefficiencies that result in considerable delays later on in the production lifeline. It is certainly within your company’s best interests to resolve these inefficiencies before taking your prototypes to a large-volume manufacturing plant.
Our engineers are experienced enough to resolve documentation issues in most cases, but we cannot guarantee that every engineer along your product’s manufacturing lifeline will be just as capable. If an issue is exposed after you already have 10,000 units in production, expensive backtracking will be in order.
It should now be clear that your PCB project has much to gain—and nothing to lose—by being accompanied by thorough documentation. That leads to the next question:
What’s the best way to document my PCB?
To answer this, we’d like to step outside of the tech industry for a moment and look at how a wildly successful global furniture brand does the job. IKEA is famous for including completely visual assembly instructions with its products. Other than specific safety warnings that preface the documents, their entire catalog is assembled through visual instruction.
This was not always the case, as IKEA earned a bad reputation early on for producing assembly instructions that were vague, complicated and occasionally outright misleading. The company responded by overhauling the entire documentation process so that men, women and even children from all over the world could implicitly understand its instructions indifferent to any language or cultural barrier.
Printed circuit boards, of course, need more than show-and-tell assembly instructions for efficient manufacturing to take place. However, some conclusions that can be drawn from analogy to IKEA include:
These are just a few of the things we can attribute to good documentation—for a more complete rundown on how we can deliver your prototype PCB with the greatest speed and efficiency, just ask one of our technicians what to provide along with your project order.