For electronics contract manufacturers like Milwaukee Electronics, helping our customers bring new products to market in a fast, efficient, and highly strategic way is what makes us stand out.

Reliable products are built around organized design efforts with formalized technical preparation. Electronic manufacturing companies competing in today’s market all share the same goal: provide the maximum level of satisfaction to customers through a well-coordinated and efficient production process. With this in mind, Milwaukee Electronics adheres to DFM (Design for Manufacturability) guidelines from the very beginning stages of PCB layout and design in order to build-in both quality and profit for the products we help others create.

Particularly during the early stages of a new design effort, electronics manufacturers strive to mitigate future production obstacles, and aim to optimize the producibility of a product while maintaining low overhead costs. This is accomplished by incorporating various categories of DFM rules and rule sets into the design, and employing not only technical expertise, but also real-world manufacturing experience from past projects. Designing a PCB layout specifically suited for the circuit board assembly equipment and the processes involved in volume manufacturing is a key advantage to this strategy.

DFM serves as a central part of the product development process and helps to encourage optimal results:

  • Improved quality and reliability
  • Minimizing the costs for volume production
  • Maximizing ease for manufacturability and testability
  • Shortened time-to-market

If DFM is not implemented properly, these unwanted problems can potentially arise during volume circuit board assembly and manufacturing operations:

  • Excessive production costs
  • Undesirable quality issues
  • Problems with functional test
  • Increased risk of inadequate quantity yields

The various processes involved in circuit design and PCB assembly each have affiliated sets of guidelines containing the rules, tolerance amounts, and manufacturing checks which are used to incorporate DFM.

Many companies already employ skilled teams of engineers and designers. However, there are still important advantages to be gained from collaboration with a design team which has experience in creating products specifically designed for manufacturability. Companies who consider their electronics manufacturing provider as another member of their own design team are then able to draw from the vast experience previously gained by their partner, which can bring substantial benefit to each new project they undertake. For them, utilizing the existing abilities of the electronics manufacturer allows for a filling-in of the gaps present within their own resources - which helps guarantee reliable, high-quality results.