If you're attempting to cross the median of a busy four-lane highway, it's entirely possible that there's a Jersey Barrier in your way. In that particular setting, having something sturdy blocking your way is probably a good thing. On the other hand, I would bet that, for the majority of you reading this, there are some barriers around you that you'd much prefer not to run into.
Barriers can bring on stress, uncertainty, risk, and a general sense of despair. Despair can lead to hopelessness. Hopelessness can lead to you being rolled up in a fetal position under your desk, tangled up in the nest of cables that every good engineer has under their desk. As everyone knows, if you're under your desk tangled in cords and whimpering when your boss walks in the room, you're probably not going to get a Christmas bonus.
That's where smart outsourcing can help. We talk about PCB Assembly as being our thing, but conceptually, it's more of a case of us trying to remove some of your barriers. We'd prefer that you get your Christmas bonus rather than getting carted off on a gurney, too afraid to open your eyes for fear of the glare of your abandoned co-workers.
Here's what we suggest:
- Spend a little extra time on design review to increase your confidence (ever find an overlapping trace the day after sending the design out?)
- Double check that your BOM and or parts kit is current (If you chose the parts a few weeks ago, some may have gone out of stock)
- Drink some water (dehydration can interfere with a clear, logical thought process)
If the extra day or two doing so causes a problem, just order a faster turn-time.
129 °F in June of 2013?!
Well, what did you expect from a place called "Furnace Creek"?