A Seamless & Cost-Effective Solution for Offshore PCB Sourcing
Unlike many limited-service PCB broker operations, we provide our customers with the full-service support, convenience, and established quality standards that only Advanced Circuits™ can offer.
Advanced Circuits Offshore™ was created to meet customers’ demand for enhanced pricing flexibility for higher-volume PCB production. The new division integrates a seamless and cost-effective solution for offshore PCB sourcing while strengthening Advanced Circuits’™ “One-Stop Shop” approach to PCB fabrication. With three U.S. based manufacturing facilities, Advanced Circuits™ continues to offer U.S. printed circuit board manufacturing with flexible quick-turn options and advanced capabilities along with in-house prototype assembly services.
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Contact Greg Papandrew via email email@example.com or by calling 303-910-7601
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What Information is Required for an Offshore PCB Quote? How Long Does it Take?
Any of the following are required to give an accurate quote: Gerber Data, Faxed Print, Fabrication Notes, Array Drawing, along with any special notes. An over-the-phone budgetary quote is possible with minimal information. It may take minutes to several hours for a quote depending on the complexity of the PCB design. A 1-10 layer PCB of standard construction can be quoted within minutes. PCBs that require higher layer counts, HDI, micro-via or blind and buried via technology may take up to 24 hours for an accurate quote. Please send all RFQs via email to ACOffshore@4PCB.com
Is the Price of Freight and Customs Included?
No Customs or freight hassles...we take care of that! The price quoted is FOB Aurora, CO unless otherwise specified.
How are My Offshore PCB Orders Shipped and How are They Tracked?
Most orders take 2 to 5 weeks depending on the complexity of the order (layer count, technology) and volume required. Shipping method depends on P/O requirements, volume of boards desired and target costs to be met. FedEx/UPS is the most costly and averages two days. A freight forwarder does not cost as much and requires 4 to 7 days. Sea freight takes about 4 to 5 weeks and is the most cost effective option. Our offshore service center sends a daily WIP and SHIP report detailing the status of all open orders with the respective tracking numbers after shipping.
How Can I Trust the Quality of Advanced Circuits’ Offshore Partners?
All Advanced Circuits Offshore partner facilities are U/L and ISO certified with several attaining TS, AS, or Medical certification. Customer quality questionnaires/survey forms are submitted for your records. A sample build of a production order along with the associated First Article Reports at no charge are standard on all Advanced Circuits Offshore first-time orders.
Does Advanced Circuits Use More Than One Offshore PCB Manufacturing Facility?
One offshore partner facility may not meet all the needs of every customer’s manufacturing project. Advanced Circuits Offshore counts on several pre-qualified and approved partners to meet the needs of our customers. However, once a part number is placed through one of our offshore partner facilities, it is never moved without prior approval to ensure product consistency.
Are On-Site Audits Permitted to Survey & Qualify the Offshore Facility?
Advanced Circuits Offshore encourages on-site audits of any of our offshore partner facilities. Clement Yuen, our Offshore Supplier Liaison, will be pleased to coordinate a site survey with your quality staff once they arrive overseas. Please contact Advanced Circuits Offshore to set up a site survey at: Greg@4PCB.com.
What Do I Do If There is a Quality Issue? Who is Responsible?
Advanced Circuits offers peace-of-mind for offshore PCB manufacturing and takes responsibility for quality, accuracy, and on-time delivery. Advanced Circuits’ offshore inspection team performs a quality review of each order at the factory so that quality issues, if any, are resolved before they are shipped. In the rare event of a quality issue, Advanced Circuits is committed and prepared to quickly provide suitable resolution. Since we are a U.S. based manufacturer, a valid rejection can be replaced in-house in a matter of days and shipped from one of our U.S. based facilities depending on the quantity and design complexity of the order.
How Do Your Stocking Programs Work?
Advanced Circuits will warehouse product in our own distribution center, or consign inventory to your warehouse or a logistically convenient bonded warehouse, and can provide custom solutions to meet the needs of our clients. A pre-determined minimum inventory level from which product shall be “pulled” or “released” to production, can be maintained and replenished.
What About Terms?
Terms are 30 days, 2% Net 10 after approval from Advanced Circuits Credit Department.