At Sierra Circuits, we understand the challenges and risks involved with getting your product to market fast. We’ve learned to identify these risks at an early stage and have created a solution to mitigate any potential threats and impacts to your business: PCB component sourcing and stocking.
In the current market, companies managing electronic components have been facing challenging times with successive waves of supply shortages, price hikes and lengthening lead times. While the market conditions have been improving steadily, these shortages have left a lasting impact on manufacturers and customers.
Sierra Circuits is getting in front of it by helping customers with various issues, such as:
By taking care of your PCB component sourcing or stocking, we help you reduce your product development time.
To eliminate additional handling of components, let Sierra source and store components for you.
When customers send their bill of materials or BOMs, we verify them, remove any discrepancies observed, and alert of any issues found with component part numbers, reference designators and/or quantity mismatches. If a component isn’t available on the market, we suggest alternate solutions and seek the customer’s approval before finalizing the BOM.
For components that are not available through franchise distributors, we will either source them through our approved brokers or suggest alternatives or replacements and seek your approval prior to finalizing the BOM.
Once we know which components customers require, our engineering team performs design checks to ensure that the mechanical dimensions and electrical specifications match and won’t cause assembly issues and delays.
When we have found all the parts needed in the customer’s BOM, we purchase a quantity that has been agreed upon. Here, there are two options: the customer may ask us to purchase the exact quantity required for their current order or may ask us to purchase more parts that we can stock at our facilities in a customer owned inventory (see below) to be used in future assemblies.
COIN, short for Customer Owned INventory, is your personalized PCB component stocking service for our top tier customers. It helps reduce supply risk by ensuring the hard-to-find parts you need are always on hand before your bare printed circuit board gets to assembly.
This helps to ensure that your turnkey PCB gets delivered on time.
All you need to know about the Customer Owned Inventory:
Sierra Circuits follows a series of methods to identify counterfeit components. It starts with a visual inspection which consists of verifying the part number written on the component against the shipping documentation. The validity of the date code is examined using the previous data and past products bought from the supplier.
Other techniques to single out counterfeit components are:
For more details, read our blog on how to detect counterfeit electronic components.
To reduce the risk of purchasing counterfeit parts, Sierra Circuits will:
We source components from chip manufacturers across the globe, including Mouser, Digi-Key, Arrow Electronics and others. We also warehouse a significant inventory of common parts. If we cannot source a specific component, our engineers will make recommendations for fair-price alternatives.
PCB designers and engineers at the world’s most innovative companies choose Sierra Circuits for the highest quality one-stop PCB component sourcing, stocking and assembly services, right here in the USA.
Whether you’re an aerospace engineer or a research and development designer on a tight deadline, Sierra Circuits helps you find the right parts for your project and can even store components for your next build.
Our 70,000 sqft state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Silicon Valley contains the most advanced equipment required for the manufacture and assembly of your PCBs. Whether you’re looking for standard quick turn PCBs or boards with the tightest tolerances, made from exotic metals, there’s a reason Sierra Circuits leads the industry in quality and performance.
Fabrication, Procurement, & Assembly. PCBs fully assembled in as fast as 5 days.
Fabrication. Procurement & Assembly optional. Flexible and transparent for advanced creators.
Complex technology, with a dedicated CAM Engineer. Stack-up assistance included.