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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by larwe, Mar 15, 2006.

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  1. larwe

    larwe Guest

    Has anyone had positive or negative experiences with Advanced Assembly
    in Aurora, CO?

    I am having a few protos assembled for a customer, and although I don't
    normally handle the production aspect of these projects, they have
    asked me to gather the quotes and select a vendor. The board is mostly
    surface mount, with some machine-placeable through-hole relays and some
    hand-insert connectors. Only one fine-pitch IC (64TQFP), no BGAs or
    other leadless devices.

    Thanks for any feedback.
  2. Noway2

    Noway2 Guest

    I have never heard of them, so I can't comment on them directly. Your
    post, however, makes it sound like you have gotten some quotes on a
    board assembly and are making a decision based upon price. While
    sometimes this can pay off as you can find a top notch assembly house,
    if in doubt I would recommend that you stay with someone you know or at
    least get a postive recommendation for. The problem is that the costs
    associated with poor quality generally far outweigh any cost savings by
    being cheap.
  3. I got an e-mail solicitation from these guys "because you purchased a
    product/service or subscribed on our web site". They are in Aurora, CO, so I
    thought they were associated with Advanced Circuits (who I've been dealing
    with for years).
    Anyway, I got an e-mail from Advanced Circuits the next day stating
    "Advanced Circuits is not, either directly or indirectly, through common
    ownership or otherwise, related to Advanced Assembly."

    I don't know what's going on, but I don't think I'll be giving them my
    credit card number.

  4. larwe

    larwe Guest

    Price and ability to meet leadtime requirements. Unfortunately I never
    usually get involved at this level - I hand-assemble my own prototypes,
    this is a special case. So I don't know who to trust.
  5. larwe

    larwe Guest

    Me too (on all aspects of this paragraph). However I did spend a while
    searching for and submitting assy RFQs for something else a while ago,
    so I assumed my details came through that operation.
    Yeah, I have that letter from John Yacoub archived on my PDA actually.

    It seems that if AA actually exists, they aren't keen for money because
    they didn't respond to me beyond a form letter. Next, please.
  6. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Lewin,

    It is sometimes amazing how careless some folks are with potential
    customers. This includes some rather large EU semi mfgs that
    consequently made it onto my "non-preferred" list. IOW I will only use
    their parts if there is no other option.

    Anyway, it's been a long time since I used a domestic assembler and I
    could only help with a contact in China but I guess that wouldn't do you
    much good for a quick proto run. If you get really stuck let me know and
    I'll ask around in my network. Some consultants there do small runs and
    are dealing with domestic assemblers.

    Regards, Joerg
  7. Richard H.

    Richard H. Guest

    Ditto. ISTR that a few weeks prior, AC had also sent out a notice that
    a couple of their sales guys had jumped ship with their customer list,
    and customers beware. It makes you wonder if the events are related.

  8. larwe

    larwe Guest

    AHA! I never got that notice. Suddenly all the pieces fall into place
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