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Mike Garner

Managing Director at Garner Osborne Circuits Ltd

PCB Future-proof for your needs

PCB Future-proof for your needs

Many PCB fabricators will turn you away if you request one or two boards, citing time and effort involved as the reason such low volumes are unfeasible. However, at Garner Osborne, we understand that sometimes you need a one-off. Maybe it’s a unique product, or you might be testing prototypes. So, how do you PCB Future-proof for your needs we don’t just specialise in low volume circuit board production, we actively plan ahead to be able to deliver your low volume PCB orders as quickly and as competitively priced as possible.

The fabrication of PCBs can be a lengthy process and it’s this highly laborious process that, for many PCB fabricators, makes ordering one or two units, or prototype PCB units, unfeasible.

Investing in low volume production

At Garner Osborne, we’ve invested in specialist machinery that is specifically designed to produce just a few PCBs at a time. Despite this, there are other factors that can still make one-off production a lengthy and costly process. And over the years, we’ve learned to guard against these where possible.

Waiting around for the right machinery to become available, the right boards to meet your specifications, and recalibrating the equipment to print the circuit boards can all add up to pretty lengthy lead times, and for customers wanting just one or two units, these delays can be frustrating.

There is the additional expense incurred too, as low volume costs mean you often don’t get the savings that a high volume production run could command.

We future-proof your PCB requirements for faster, more cost effective production

By planning ahead for these situations though, we can save our customers time and money. We often buy materials that we expect will be hard to get hold of, such as boards with long shipping times, in advance. You can read more about these in our blog ‘Protecting customers from global market conditions’. But there are more ways that we plan ahead to meet our customers’ unforeseen needs.

When we receive an order, we over-produce by 10%. Taking advantage of the original lead times and set up, we store these surplus-to-demand units for up to a year. That means, when a customer comes back to us for an additional prototype, a replacement, or one more unit of a complex or unique PCB, we can send out another PCB quickly, without the inflated costs of one-off production.

By planning ahead we are able to offer our customers flexibility, and can usually deliver up to 10% of the original order quickly and cost effectively so you and your workforce aren’t left waiting for weeks on end.