Whether you're at the beginning stages of building your prototype or are ready to go from prototype stage into high volume manufacturing, it's always good to have a handle on the key terms that will often come up with regard to manufacturing.
Master Service Agreement (MSA): A contract between your company and the chosen contract manufacturer covering items such as payment terms, manufacturers warranty, and AQL.
Milling: A linear 3D subtractive manufacturing process.
Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ): The minimum quantity of a component that can be ordered at a set price (for example, a 5k reel of capacitors).
Panelization: Laying out multiple PCBs on a single piece to minimize scrap and provide uniformity for automated operations.
Pick and Place: The process of placing electrical components on a PCB (often known as SMT).
Pilot Production (PP): Conversion from FEP to a product built on an assembly line or cell.
Although we don't recommend going through the manufacturing process without experienced guidance - at least the first time around - having some basic 101 knowledge will help you to successfully navigate this very tricky journey.