12 Keys to understanding EMS quotes for printed circuit board box build assembly

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Electronics OEMs can expect to see the following pricing breakouts when outsourcing printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) to an electronics contract manufacturing provider. For more detailed information on how internal provider pricing for these line items is determined visit the additional links at the bottom of this article.

  1. SMT programming
  2. Top stencil
  3. Bottom stencil
  4. Set up costs (Profiles)
  5. Back-up plate (2x side only)
  6. Wave fixtures (#)
  7. ICT maintenance (+ dev fee?)
  8. First article inspection (BOM)
  9. MPI development
  10. LED pipe fixture(s)
  11. Inspection template
  12. ESD PCB Totes (shared?)

The above is then broken down further into separate value add components,  so EMS providers can justify pricing per line item:

  • Kitting: Assembly kit charge
  • PCB: Assembly hourly rate + total assy time + hourly labor
  • PCB ICT: Test hourly rate + Takt hours
  • PCB Func: Test hourly rate + Takt hours
  • System assembly rate
  • Final systems test


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