Manage Cookies Chrome Check These 7 Points for Selecting a PCB Manufacturer

With numerous PCB manufacturers around, selecting one can be tricky. Manufacturers of printed circuit board (PCB) need to have the right kind of expertise and experience, and if you are placing an order, you need to check some of the important details. In this post, we have compiled a list of tips that may come handy in finding the right manufacturer.1. Check the basics. How long has the company been in business? You need to know a manufacturer inside out and the way they do business in the industry. When it comes to electronics, experience is an aspect you cannot afford to take for granted.2. Can they handle your requirements? This is one of the first questions you need to ask when you look for a PCB manufacturer. Some companies just deal with a standard set of specifications and tolerances, mainly because their production capabilities are limited. If you are looking for something very specific, you need a team who can handle that.


3. Who are their clients? PCB manufacturers work with a number of varied clients in the electronics industry, and some of them also deal with military orders. If you want to know a company better, you need to check their clientele and the kind of work they have done for others. With a reputed name, you don’t have to worry about this aspect, because most details will be listed on their website, and the emerging companies won’t mind sharing the references on request.4. Will they offer engineering support? That’s one of the early questions, as well. Before the real money is spent on the fabrication process, you need a company that will test all the aspects and will completely surrender to the needs of the client. They should test the designs, so as to avoid all possible errors in the future. A good company will also spend considerably on enhancing their prospects and capabilities.5. Quality matters. This is a cliché thing to say, but when it comes to PCBs, quality matters more than anything else. You don’t to spend your resources on a company who wouldn’t guarantee that beforehand. Check their working capabilities and the kind of projects they can manage for your business. When it comes to quality, you also need to know their testing process, especially for connectivity.


6. When can they deliver? Now, if you are looking to place a quick order, you need to check this aspect, as well. Many PCB manufacturers require more than a few weeks before they can deliver your order, and that’s not something you would expect in the first place.7. Can they offer certifications? Some companies offer “UL 94V-0 fire resistance certification” on PCBs, and you may want to check for other relevant certifications, as well. In short, the price you pay should be worth the products you get.Finally, do ask details of their vendors for material supply. With PCBs, you have to be extra careful about every aspect. Take your time to evaluate these aspects, and you can always thank us later.

Bold Money Conversations That Can Change Your Life

I recently returned from Kendall SummerHawk’s Feminine Money Mastery event, where women from all around the globe (and a few cool guys as well) gathered to improve their relationship with money. One of the most interesting aspects of this conference for me was learning to identify where we need to have “courageous money conversations” in our lives. These conversations are the ones we often avoid, as they bring up all sorts of disempowering money beliefs. We discussed how to make these conversations a routine practice and give them a methodology so that they aren’t as daunting to embark upon.

Powerful conversations can follow a format that eases some of the tension. Follow these steps and engage in, rather than avoid, the money talks that change your life.

1. Take a moment before the conversation to breathe and set your intention for the way you want the discourse to go. Decide on the outcome you want ahead of time and be very clear in your own mind before the other person is present.

2. Be free from emotion and set the agenda with the other party. Inform them as to the reason for the discussion, the outcome you desire, and the discussion points you plan to cover.

3. Stop and listen. Make sure the other party has a chance to say their piece and that they know you hear them. Repeat back and summarize their ideas – whatever you can do to establish that you understand what they are saying.

4. Offer several options for resolving the situation in various ways, if at all possible.

Find agreement, even if it’s to go to another decision-maker, and detail the subsequent steps, including who will do what, by when. Be sure to close the conversation positively.

After returning home from the conference, I immediately put this methodology to use and had two such conversations. I have been breathing a sigh of relief ever since! While it is important to take on these conversations under any circumstances, if you are intent on making a career shift or growing your business, this is a skill that is especially helpful and will pull you forward dramatically.

When you avoid courageous money conversations, you can be inadvertently sabotaging your own success. For example, a mom was recently telling me about her daughter, who has a job she loves. She is appreciated by her employer, coworkers, and customers, and received a promotion four months ago. She has not, however, received a salary increase to go with the promotion. Instead of having the conversation that needs to be had about the salary increase, she decided to look for another job. Objectively, this seems ridiculous, but she is so averse to having the necessary salary conversation that she has created a story in her head about what this all means and is taking a somewhat misguided action in response. For her, she believes it may actually be easier to land a new position than to have a money conversation where she would be championing her value to the company.

Similar to this case, when I work with clients, I often see two primary challenges:

1. Putting a voice to owning their value, and believing it as well. Examples include stating their fees, saying no to a discounted fee, or negotiating their salary.

2. Speaking honestly about an issue that makes them feel vulnerable. For example, discussing business plans with a spouse or renegotiating a loan they are having trouble paying.

Of course, taking a stance for your money will feel awkward at first. However, once you get a few of these conversations under your belt, you will be looking ahead for the next one! It’s about building a muscle over time that will increase your power across the board. Don’t be afraid to jump in headfirst – I promise you will be glad you did.

Michelle is the CEO and founder of Limit Free Life®, a coaching and personal development company designed to help clients discover and transition into careers or business ventures that satisfy their souls. As a former CPA, business consultant and now a certified business coach,she combines a strong background in finance and transition management with an intuitive coaching style.