Good kit - bad kit for kitted assembly jobs
Well over half of the projects we build here come in as turn-key orders, meaning we buy some or all of the parts and PC boards for the job. However, plenty of folks still do kit up their parts and send everything to us in a nice package.
A big part of quality manufacturing involves risk reduction. Prototyping and quick turns inherently add risk due to the reduced time available. While we've designed our processes and systems around turning that risk into a quality product, there are a few things that you, the customer, can do to help reduce risk even further. One of the best things you can do to reduce risk is to prepare a well-organized kit, as shown in this video.
For our Full-Proto service, we'll take your parts in reels, tubes, cut strips or trays. For our Short-Run production service, we need reels (full or partial) or uncut strips of at least 12 inches. Tubes and trays are fine for Short-Run too.
Thru-hole parts can be packaged any way that does not put them at risk of damage, either physical or electrostatic.
Once you have your kit put together (or before it's put together. As long as it's a good kit, when you box it up doesn't matter), head over to Screaming Circuits and get a quote.
Video did not, in fact, kill the radio star