Company History - circuit board manufacturing
Advanced Circuits History
Since 1989, Advanced Circuits has been the leading PCB quick turn manufacturer specializing in both Prototype and Production quantities. Advanced Circuits is MIL-PRF-31032, MIL-PRF-55110G, AS9100C, ISO 9001:2008 Certified, IPC 6012 Class 2, 3 and 3A Qualified, and ITAR Registered. Advanced Circuits, with divisions in Aurora, CO, Tempe, AZ, and Maple Grove, MN is ranked among the top 4 board fabricators in North America and is well-known for its expedited turn time capabilities and its reliable best on-time shipping record. An innovator in PCB services, Advanced Circuits offers Free Design for Manufacturability checks at www.FreeDFM.com and Free downloads for PCB layout software at www.pcbartist.com. For more information, visit www.4pcb.com or call 800-979-4PCB (4722). With over 10,000 active customers, Advanced Circuits is the preferred choice for high quality, on-time shipment for their printed circuit board requirements.
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Advanced Circuits PCB Manufacturer since 1989
For Advanced Circuits, "business as usual" simply means delivering a quality printed circuit board on time…EVERY TIME…with the industry's best customer service and convenience. From its inception in April 1989, Advanced Circuits continues to out pace the industry in sales growth and innovation and has consistently focused on anticipating their customers' needs, developing partnerships with them, and responding with services that make their lives easier.
Printed Circuit Board Prototypes
At the beginning it meant developing a new way to build low quantity Prototypes with a quick turnaround time that transformed the industry. Later, Advanced Circuits introduced a "first" in the industry with instant online web quoting, ordering, and status. No longer did customers have to rely on FAX and long quote turnarounds, and the term "Quickturn" took on new meaning, as customers were able to quote, track, and receive boards faster and more reliably than ever before.
In 1998 after moving to a new building in the Majestic Commerce Center near Denver International Airport, the first fully automated plating line in Colorado was installed after which sales growth began to really take off. In 1999 Advanced Circuits was named to Deloitte & Touche's prestigious Technology Fast 50 Program and gained the distinction of being one of the "50 fastest growing technology companies in Colorado." As a side note, the company has been named to this list every year since and in the Fall of 2007 received its 9th consecutive award, only one of two companies to ever receive this distinction. Also of distinction, Advanced Circuits has been a consistent Environmental Gold Award winner, a distinction shared by few Colorado companies.
In the summer of 2001, Advanced Circuits introduced the famous "$33 Each" Special that made customer Prototypes available to not only all professionals but also hobbyists and students alike. Production orders followed every prototype initiative, and the company experienced record sales growth of 77% in the industry banner year of 2000. Even in the recession years that followed Advanced Circuits continued to innovate and grow.
Now ranked in the top 5 Board Manufactures in North America, Advanced Circuits has vastly expanded its capabilities and has made strategic acquisitions to expand technical capabilities and production capacity...most recently into the high tech military and aeronautical workspace. Advanced Circuits has the largest customer database in the industry and customers include Boeing, Hewlett Packard, National Semiconductor, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Lockheed, Honeywell, Intel, Microsoft, and NASA among others.
FreeDFM - upload your files before manufacturing starts
In 2002 FreeDFM was introduced. An Advanced Circuits exclusive, FreeDFM allows customers to upload their files and get a complete file check for manufacturability before they place their orders. This enables 48% faster total thru-put from order placement to shipment and eliminates many of the issues that cause orders to go on CAM Hold. More than one customer has referred to this service as a "lifesaver"!
PCB Artist - Download our FREE Layout Software
In June 2007 Advanced Circuits released “PCB Artist,” the industry’s most comprehensive FREE Layout Software for printed circuit board design. It rapidly became the #1 most requested pcb software on download.com and is now extensively used by designers and major OEMs. It features include schematic to Printed Circuit Board layout design, Free autorouter, gerber format, multi-page schematic & Netlist import as well as a huge library of over 270,000 parts. Free live tech support is also provided.
In March of 2003 despite the industry still in recession, Advanced Circuits expanded their manufacturing facility to over 62,000 square feet reaching a new level of sophistication and responsiveness to technology and customer requirements. At the same time as it added and refined it capabilities, the Company again addressed the most basic proto customer with a new offering called "BareBones" which once and for all eliminated price as a barrier to proto purchase and caused the industry to take an aggressive stance against increasing offshore competition. The Company also initiated a new focus on contract manufacturers as many OEM's began turning to turnkey solutions for their board and component requirements. Both initiatives have been very successful and Advanced Circuits continues to gain market share in not only Prototypes but also Production sales volume.
More than state-of-the-art equipment and technical capabilities, the "secret" of PCB manufacturer Advanced Circuits is its people and the emphasis given to "taking care of customers". This customer focus begins at the top with the CEO and senior management and extends on down to the last person that touches an order. At Advanced Circuits "taking care of the customer" means more than just customer service….in the words of President & CEO John Yacoub: "It means customer excellence in every transaction…every day!"
This emphasis on customers is also matched with a genuine concern for "taking care of the employee." This makes for an unbeatable combination of spirit and enthusiasm that makes Advanced Circuits different from other board shops. The Company empowers their employees by providing the best benefits possible…and makes them business partners with profit sharing programs and paid vacation trips as rewards for sales quality achievements. Without a doubt, it is the loyalty, commitment, and enthusiasm of employees combined with a hallmark reputation for quickturn reliability that has kept Advanced Circuits consistently growing at a time when board shops across America have continues to close their doors…unable to keep up with changing markets and offshore competitors.
Significantly, 30% of new customers come from referrals…the highest possible compliment for the customer excellence Advanced Circuits works so hard to provide…and the vast majority of customers continue to place repeat orders. Securing new customers is the lifeblood of Advanced Circuits business, and marketing efforts are the most aggressive in the industry. Not only does the Company have the industry's most visited website but also it maintains a consistent direct mail program and exposure via press releases and media articles.
Another strong initiative taken by Advanced Circuits has been to help strengthen the U.S circuit board infrastructure by reaching out to smaller board shops to help them take care of their customers by taking on the quickturn orders they are not able to provide. In so doing, the smaller shops are able to satisfy their customers' quickturn requirements and still accommodate the larger Production orders they are better able to handle.
In a complex and changing industry, Advanced Circuits is positioned for long-term success. The state of the U.S. economy and the turbulent state of world conditions has led to increased last-minute planning and implementation requiring quickturn solutions…not readily available offshore. Regardless of how many board shops will be around in the next 10 years, Advanced Circuits will be the leading PCB Manufacturer, a position consistently validated by customer feedback.
As one new buyer recently emailed the President of her company: "Advanced Circuits worked a 'miracle'!" Another customer reported: "You guys have never let me down…you have been on the ball with each and every order I ever placed identifying problems and correcting them before the boards got fabbed." But perhaps one Texas engineer said it best: "I am very pleased with the ease of doing business with Advanced Circuits and the quality of your product. Even though there seems to be more and more PCB proto houses; in Texas we have a saying…'like the old dog that I am, I return to where I was most comfortable the day before.'"
Making customers successful…as well as comfortable and worry free…will ensure Advanced Circuits continuing success, and we welcome the challenges and opportunities of the future!