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Choosing the Right Assembly Manufacturer: Key Factors to Consider

Posted by RBB on Fri, May 17, 2024 @ 13:05 PM

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Understanding Your Project’s Requirements

Selecting the proper printed circuit board assembly or industrial control panel assembly manufacturer is crucial for the success of your project. The first step is to understand your project’s specifications thoroughly.  Consider factors such as the following:

  • The complexity of your circuit board or control panel design
  • The volume of production
  • Specialized features or functionalities needed
  • The relationship you expect from your supplier

By defining your project requirements, you can effectively evaluate potential assembly manufacturers and find one that meets your needs.

Assessing Manufacturing Capabilities

When it comes to choosing an assembly manufacturer, there are a few core things that you should be looking for. First, you want to ensure they have the necessary manufacturing capabilities to meet your project's specific requirements. This includes having the right equipment, technology, and production processes to deliver high-quality results consistently.

At RBB, we specialize in custom circuit board assembly and industrial control panel assembly with a proven track record of delivering reliable and efficient assembly services. Our modern facilities and advanced technology enable us to manage complex projects efficiently. We provide extensive manufacturing capabilities, including surface mount technology (SMT), through-hole technology (THT), and mixed technology assembly.

In addition to our manufacturing capabilities, we offer our customers various value-added services. This includes design for manufacturing (DFM) support, prototyping, testing, and supply chain management. We aim to provide our customers with a complete end-to-end solution that meets their unique needs and specifications.

When choosing an assembly manufacturer, it is essential to look for a partner with the right capabilities, expertise, and experience to consistently deliver high-quality results. At RBB, we are committed to providing our customers with the best attainable service and delivering results that exceed their expectations.

Experience and Expertise

Experience plays a vital role in the assembly manufacturing process. Look for a manufacturer with a wealth of experience in custom circuit board assembly. An experienced manufacturer will have encountered a wide range of challenges and be equipped with the knowledge and expertise to overcome them. They will understand the intricacies of circuit board assembly, ensuring your project is executed with precision and efficiency.

Partnering with a manufacturer like RBB, with over 50 years of experience in custom circuit board assembly, can offer an engineer a range of benefits. With our expertise, we can provide circuit board components sourcing, PCB assembly, control panel assembly, visual inspection and testing, and on-time delivery. As an engineer, you can expect your project to be executed precisely and efficiently, ensuring high-quality results that meet your expectations.

An experienced manufacturer like RBB is well-equipped to manage various challenges during the assembly manufacturing process, ensuring your project is completed successfully.

Quality Standards and Certifications

Quality is of the utmost importance when assembling custom circuit boards. Choose an assembly manufacturer that adheres to rigorous quality standards and holds relevant certifications. Look for certifications such as ISO 9001, which showcase a commitment to quality management systems. Another certification to consider is IPC-A-610, which focuses specifically on the acceptability criteria for electronic assemblies.

RBB has obtained several certifications, including the ISO 9001:2015 certification, which indicates that the company has implemented and maintained an effective quality management system that meets international standards. This certification highlights RBB's commitment to customer satisfaction, continuous improvement, and risk management.

Besides the ISO 9001:2015 certification, RBB has also been certified with the IPC-A-610 certification, J Standard, and a UL508a-certified control panel shop. Additionally, RBB complies with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and possesses IPC workforce certifications.

These certifications indicate the manufacturer follows industry-recognized standards and is committed to delivering high-quality products. Make sure you investigate their quality control processes, testing procedures, and inspection protocols to ensure your circuit boards meet the maximum standards of quality and dependability.

Proximity and Location

Consider the location of the assembly manufacturer in relation to your business. Having a manufacturer nearby can offer advantages such as reduced shipping costs, faster turnaround times, and more accessible communication. However, remember that location should not be the sole determining factor. Prioritize the manufacturer's capabilities and expertise and weigh the benefits of proximity against other essential aspects.

RBB is located in northeast Ohio - an easy drive from Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Detroit.

Reputation and Customer Reviews

Lastly, take the time to research the reputation of the assembly manufacturer. Look for customer reviews and recommendations to gain insights into their past performance and customer satisfaction. A manufacturer with a strong reputation and favorable customer feedback will possibly provide you with a reliable and satisfactory experience.

Consider contacting other businesses or industry professionals for recommendations or conducting online research to gather information about the assembly manufacturer’s reputation. By contemplating others' experiences, you can choose a manufacturer with a valid track record of delivering remarkable results.

RBB strives to move heaven and earth to get our clients what they need when they need it. It is our mission statement, but lived out in our daily behavior. Check out feedback from RBB’s clients here to learn more.


When choosing an assembly manufacturer for your custom circuit board assembly or industrial control panel assembly project, it’s important to consider critical factors such as understanding your project’s requirements, assessing manufacturing capabilities, evaluating experience and expertise, ensuring adherence to quality standards and certifications, considering proximity and location, and researching reputation and customer reviews. 

RBB stands out in terms of capabilities, with our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and extensive experience producing high-quality custom circuit board assemblies. By partnering with us, you can rest assured that your project will be completed with precision and excellence.

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