All PCBs and PCB Assemblies Are Not Created Equal

PCBs and PCB assemblies are everywhere in today’s electronics industry. Find out why partnering with Kingstec gives you the best of both worlds for your contract assembly and manufacturing needs.

 Virtually every electronic device on the market relies on printed circuit boards (PCBs) and PCB assemblies in our 21st-century electronics industry. They’re so ubiquitous that some production managers have come to think of them as a commodity.

The virtual trade shows that industry leaders log into now are overflowing with samples of PCBs and PCB assemblies. Feeling spoiled for choice can leave some OEM managers with the impression that one supplier is the same as the next.PCBA

Unfortunately for them, that’s not true. There are essential differences between contract assembly and manufacturing service providers. So, designers have to remember that they’re entrusting their brand’s reputation for value and quality to the partner they choose.

At Kingstec, our approach to fabricating PCBs and PCB assemblies makes us the proven choice to add value to your manufacturing processes.

We Follow Industry Best Practices in Our Production Facilities

We follow industry best practices in our production facilities, based on our ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications. Our sites are Underwriter Labs (UL) certified, while some sites are certified to ISO 13485 for medical clients, and others are TS 16949 certified for automotive clients.

Kingstec can develop prototypes of your product design and conduct pilot runs. We’re also fully scalable, so we can grow with you to deliver high volume production. We can produce multi-layer PCBs and assemblies with anywhere from two to ten layers.

Our partners manufacture fine-line and spaces (3 mils/3 mils) that support the ongoing demand for smaller PCBs and PCB assemblies inside ever more portable devices. We can also offer routing, punching, beveling, and V-scoring techniques as part of our standard fabrication processes.

Production teams can deliver standard board thicknesses from 0.8 mm to 3.2mm. Our available finishes include ENIG, Flash Gold, Immersion Tin, HASL and lead-free HASL.

Our assembly lines can mount your product’s delicate components using either through-hole mounting (THM), where tried-and-true reliability is all that matters or contemporary surface mount technology (SMT) to increase component density and miniaturization.

We have multiple, fully loaded SMT production lines to ensure efficiency and reliability. We also use hot air reflow soldering techniques to ensure manufacturing precision when adding miniaturized components to circuits.

Our production lines have in-circuit testing (ICT) available for advanced quality assurance. Short and open circuits, resistance, capacitance, and other critical technical criteria are all parameters for ICT on individual PCBs and PCB assemblies. Available testing methods can apply flying probe and e-fixture technology.

Kingstec has been in business for over 37 years. In addition to our advanced manufacturing facilities and techniques, our management philosophy also sets us apart.

We provide our clients with end-to-end expertise throughout the product cycle. We offer complete solutions to your design, engineering, manufacturing, and logistical challenges.

Kingstec can look after every step, ensuring that your entire process is fast, efficient, economical and hassle-free. Our professional team has the electrical and mechanical engineering expertise to help fine-tune PCB and PCB assembly specifications, identify and fix problems, optimize facilities and guide you through every stage, from product concept through manufacturing execution.

We’ve nurtured multiple, long-term relationships with highly-skilled, Asia-based partners. They can deliver rapid turnaround times on your custom designs with rigorous quality assurance standards.

Doing Business with Kingstec Brings You the Best of Both Worlds

Doing business with Kingstec brings you the best of both worlds. You’ll be profiting from the advantages of offshore manufacturing while working with our accessible management team right here in Canada. Dealing directly with offshore suppliers can get complicated or distract you from your core business activities.

That’s the difference that working with Kingstec makes. We take on all of those challenges for you.  We’ll look after everything, making sure the entire process is fast, efficient, economical, and hassle-free. We address the day-to-day business, so there’s no need for you to stress about any of the hassles of doing business overseas, including language barriers or dramatic time differences.

We’ll deliver guaranteed quality using our expertly managed logistics. We know the Asian business and regulatory environment, and we have long-standing relationships with our trusted manufacturing partners, so we’ll secure your intellectual property. We’ll accomplish all of this with highly competitive pricing. We’ll deliver these commitments and more, backed by over 37 years of experience and trust.

We’d love to hear about your manufacturing requirements for PCBs and PCB assemblies for electronic devices. If you’d like to look at some product samples or get some free advice about your designs, you can get in touch with us using our contact form here.

You can also reach us in person by contacting our Senior Project Administrator – Business Development, Rosa Miu, at rosa.miu@kingstec.com or by phone at 1-905-766-9412

 

We look forward to supporting your business goals.

Wire Harnesses and Cable Assemblies Make Medical Devices Last

Wire harnesses and cable assemblies ensure the durability of medical devices and other electronic equipment. Find out how Kingstec Technologies Inc. can support your manufacturing processes and extend your product’s useful life.

Every time we visit a health care professional or a clinic, we see more and more smartphones and tablets in use. This can give the impression that wireless technology has taken over the medical device industry.

Although that’s the trend these days, many medical devices demand wire and cable-based electrical connections. They’re often the best way to deliver the level of performance needed throughout the equipment’s useful life.

The key to providing that connectivity is soundly engineered wire harnesses and cable assemblies. These are the essential exterior coverings that protect and organize wires and cables by encapsulating them in a single unit.complex cable assembly, wire harness

Clinical Settings Are Tough on Portable Equipment

Clinical settings are tough on portable equipment and related connectors. Staff wind and unwind them while making their rounds. They step on them and roll over them with wheelchairs and gurneys.

They’re also continually sterilizing them between each patient as they move through their tight schedules. Yet, they still expect every electrical connection to perform dependably and flawlessly.

Ensuring the durability of every one of the electrical connections on which your device depends is vital to patient care and to your product’s success. All the time and effort your team has put into building a ground-breaking medical device can be wasted if its connections break down in the field.

Understanding wire harnesses and cable assemblies and where to source them can shield your business from product quality issues. The best place to start is to understand that a wire harness and a cable assembly aren’t the same thing.

In general, wire harness a simpler and less robust product than an overmoulded cable assembly. It’s less expensive, and it’s suitable for lighter duty environments.

The cable jacket on a wire harness usually consists of thermoplastic materials such as PVC (polyvinyl chloride), silicone, or polyurethane. If you open up that jacket, you’ll see a set of insulated wires and cables organized together inside it.

On the other hand, engineers design overmoulded cable assemblies with heavy-duty materials that will meet the demands of harsh environments like hectic emergency departments. An overmoulded cable assembly does more than keep its contents organized. It also protects them against water and other environmental hazards.

The outer layer of an overmoulded cable assembly shields its interior connectors, cables and wires from friction, heat, cold, moisture, compression, and other hazards. A typical cable assembly contains materials like PVC, TPE (thermoplastic elastomer), or PE (low-temperature polyethylene).

Overmoulded cable assemblies cost more than their simpler wire harness cousins, but they’re an investment in quality and durability. Regulators and end-users look for those traits in a medical device, making cable assemblies the wiser choice for many medical equipment OEMs.

Kingstec is Well Known for Wire Harnesses and Cable Assemblies

Kingstec Technologies Inc. is well-known for producing quality wire harnesses and overmoulded cable assemblies for medical devices. These include terminal connectors encapsulated in PVC/PE material.

We can custom tailor your connectors by moulding them at various angles and by incorporating strain relief features. We can even pad print or mould a trademark or logo on the housing to support your brand strategy.

Your wire harness or cable assembly may also need to include a small circuit board as part of the design. We can encapsulate that circuit board in PVC to provide environmental protection, prevent tampering, and improve the component’s overall look and feel. This is one of Kingstec’s specialities and is a unique and difficult process/technique that we have pioneered over the years.

Kingstec is also known for its ability to manufacture more complex wire harnesses that may have multiple terminations, and need wire dressing, organization and protection. Since overmoulding in these applications is small, your investment in the tooling process is cost-effective.
We have a wide range of vertical injection moulding machines at our manufacturing facilities. Our equipment comes in various sizes and capacity, so we can adapt to your needs.

Kingstec is best known in the medical devices industry for wire harnesses and overmoulded cable assemblies. Supported products can include patient monitoring cables, neuromodulation surgery accessory support cables, patient call buttons and other specialized OEM medical devices.

That doesn’t mean that we limit ourselves to the medical field. When you’ve been in business for more than 37 years, clients return with additional projects or refer friends to you from time to time, even friends from other industries.

Kingstec can also support manufacturers in the automotive aftermarket, telecommunications, industrial controls and consumer products industries. Any application where wires and cables need to be organized and protected is in our wheelhouse.

We’d love to hear about your manufacturing requirements for wire harnesses or cable assemblies for electronic devices. If you’d like to look at some product samples or get free, expert advice about your designs, you can get in touch with us using our contact form here.

You can also reach us in person by contacting our Senior Project Administrator – Business Development, Rosa Miu, at rosa.miu@kingstec.com or by phone at 1-905-766-9412

We look forward to supporting your business goals.