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Meeting ArchiveSeptember Meeting:
Thursday September 26, 2002
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Getting Small For Small Manufacturers: Thru-Hole vs. SMT
On Thursday September 26th, 2002, the IEEE Consultants? Network of Northern NJ (CNNNJ) presented a seminar outlining the criteria involved in taking low-volume products to Surface Mount (SMT) technology. SMT is widely recognized as the most economical technology for high volume manufacturing. Choosing between conventional thru-hole technology and SMT is not as simple when the volumes to be manufactured are low. A decision on which technology to use should be made early in the product design cycle. That decision will have a major impact on the cost to manufacture the product. An informed understanding of the component and manufacturing costs of each technology is essential. A comparison of the two technologies was presented. The cost to manufacture a simple product was examined for an SMT and a Thru-Hole version of the design for 10 prototypes, a pilot lot of 50 pieces, and yearly production quantities of 100, 200, and 500. The design limitations with each technology were covered, such as product size. The component selections required for each design were compared and the trade offs and component costs for each were discussed. The presentation included a discussion of the process and the cost to manufacture each design using Thru Hole assembly, Prototype SMT, and Automated SMT assembly techniques. Factors such as tooling, panelizing, CAD data, component packaging requirements, testing, and rework costs were also discussed. Download the presentation: SMT vs TH Cost Comparison.ppt
Jim Disser founded Infrared Of New Jersey, Inc (http://www.irnj.com/) in 1986. His designs include the company?s line of optoelectronic People Sensors? as well as numerous custom OEM products including controls for the HVAC industry. After 15 years of product design and manufacturing, Jim created a new division of IRNJ, RealTime Manufacturing Co. (http://www.realtimemfg.com/) to address the need for a new kind of contract manufacturer, solving the types of problems he encountered with outsourcing in IRNJ and providing cost effective manufacturing with good service and quality to the low-to-medium volume customer.

Thursday September 26, 7:30pm
Non members welcome!
MCE/KDI Integrated Products
(note: entrance for the meeting is at the rear of the building)
60 South Jefferson Ave.
Whippany, N.J.

Contact: 973-728-4500, robert@rdwalker.com

Directions to meeting.