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How to Choose SMT Manufacturing Factory ?

The SMT manufacturing plant is the very important part of the SMT factory. Nowadays, the SMT (Surface Mount Technology) assembly SMT lines can take a designated position in the scope of production, especially in the electronic industry. Therefore, it is vital for everyone to choose an excellent SMT machine manufacturer.

In this article, we will discuss how to choose a good SMT machine manufacturer.

First of all, we must understand that choosing a good SMT factory is like choosing a good doctor. If you choose a bad doctor, your life may be in danger. Similarly, if you choose a bad SMT factory, your products will be in danger.

Secondly, we should pay attention to some details about the construction of our SMT manufacturing plant like whether there are enough places to place all machines in ideal positions where they can work easily and efficiently or not? And whether there are enough spaces for storing materials? Then we should discuss with our SMT manufacturing plant how to make these places better if necessary!

SMT Manufacturing Factory Selection:

This is the first and most important thing to do when choosing a production facility. The factory must be located in an area with excellent communication systems. It is suggested to ask the factory owner why they chose that area. Is it close to the railway or highway? Is it near the airport? These are all good questions to ask when choosing a factory. If you are going to have your own transportation, it becomes less important if it is close to transportation lines, but if you are going to use public transport, this will become a priority.

It should be kept in mind that not all factories in China are like what people think they are. Therefore, our advice is that you need to carefully investigate your potential supplier and try and verify as much as possible about them before committing yourself. For example, you can check with local government agencies like the Chamber of Commerce and/or work unit offices, chambers of commerce abroad such as in Hong Kong or Taiwan.

Equipment Used:

Panasonic smt machine:

Panasonic’s FZ-G1C series SMT placement machine is suitable for assembly and placement of a wide range of electronic components including fine pitch IC packaged parts, and has been equipped with modular construction that enables easy replacement of main components in the event of a breakdown.

FZ-G1C series is differentiated from other SMT placement machines by its high degree of flexibility in the arrangement of feeders, magazine boxes, and tool sets. This allows you to organize the flow path optimally to match your specific production process.

Panasonic’s FZ-G1C series places components using a vacuum feeder unit (VFU) with an auto-pickup unit (APU). The APU picks up one component at a time from the feeder and transfers it to the VFU. After placing all the components in required positions, the VFU releases them from its underside onto the PCB. The VFU has an open/closed control that allows you to set up different feeding rates depending on your production environment. This enables you to reduce cycle times for mass production while maintaining high quality by reducing hang-ups and double placements caused by feeder jamming or misfeeds.

Panasonic’s FZ-G1C series is equipped with a placement board lift that raises the PCB during placement to prevent damage to the components during contact with the board. The placement board lift can be lowered for maintenance work such as cleaning and/or repair of the VFU, even while it continues to operate. This allows you to maintain a high level of productivity.

Yamaha pick and place machine:

The YM-260A series of feeder placement machines is ideal for assembly and placement of medium or large components. It is also useful for assembly and placement of small components, which are difficult to pick up with hand held tools. The YM-260A series are lightweight, compact and easy to use.

The YM-260A series uses the YM-216A pick and place machine as a base. It is equipped with a vacuum feeder unit (VFU) that has been optimized for the placement of larger components.

As an added feature, you can assemble and place components faster by using two VFU units at the same time.

The YM-260A series pick and place machine is compatible with most SMT machines from other manufacturers. It has been designed to support more than 100mm X 100mm PCBs, which are becoming increasingly popular. This allows you to place components easily in a number of different positions on the PCB with minimal effort in setting up and maintaining the placement machine. The YM-260A series are also available with optional parts such as vacuum suction cups to prevent damage to boards, together with a maintenance stand that allows you to perform maintenance work on the placement machine without having to remove it from its operating position. This helps you to keep your production process on track even while performing maintenance.

Management Software:

As a customer, you should ask the factory to provide you with their suggested management software. It is a good idea to take a look at the software, and if it meets your requirement, you can sign the contract. The company that provides this software should be honest and professional in terms of technical knowledge.

Another factor that is closely related to management software is the information system in China. From experience, you will find out that most of the factories do not have good information systems and this is one of the biggest problems.

It is suggested that before signing an agreement, you should go to the factory to inspect it first hand and have a thorough check to make sure everything is in order. Or else, it will be too late when you find out about the problems after signing your contract; it will be very difficult to solve any problems like these unless there are some special circumstances.

Industry Experience:

Many factories will claim that they have been in the industry for a very long time, but this is not always true. If you are not careful, you may be cheated. Therefore, it is suggested that you should check the company’s records and find out how long they have been in business and whether or not they have a good reputation.

The following are some of the methods to check if a factory has a good reputation. First, it is suggested to ask around about this factory by talking with other suppliers or customers who may know about them. Second, if possible, you should go to the factory and talk with its employees; their attitude towards you will show their reputation. Third, you can visit some of their customers and ask them what they think of the factory; their answers will also help your decision.

Design Capabilities:

It is suggested that you first negotiate the price with your suppliers, then check their design capabilities. The most important thing is to find out if your supplier has the ability to manufacture and assemble all of your parts or not. You don’t want to pay for something that you will not be able to use later on.

If the factory has a good capability, it is a good idea to talk with them about making new designs and making modifications. The best thing to do is to get involved in this process as early as possible so that they are aware of what you want in the final product. This will result in a better product and a happier customer because they will know exactly what they are going to get at the end of the project.

Delivery Ability:

The next important thing to do when choosing a factory is checking their delivery ability. If a factory cannot deliver on time, it may render your project useless. Therefore, it is very important to check the factory’s delivery ability before making a purchase.

The following are some ways in which you can check for delivery ability: First, you should ask for delivery guarantees from the supplier; Second, you should ask for some samples of products that they have delivered to other customers; Third, you should ask if they have any special shipping arrangements or not; Fourth, you should ask your supplier how long it usually takes them to deliver an order and what kind of transportation arrangement they use; Fifth, make sure that your supplier has an organized system for production and delivery so that your order will be delivered on time without any problems when you place an order with them.

Line Management:

The SMT manufacturing plant should have an effective line management. This is important to ensure a smooth production process and to ensure that all the steps are being carried out properly. If there is no good SMT lines management, it may cause an improper production process, which will result in degraded quality, and you may end up with no products at the end of your project.

Importance of Data Security:

This is a very important factor in choosing a good SMT manufacturing plant. If you choose an insecure company, your data will be at high risk. In fact, there are some cases where the company will send your data to their own companies and sell them for profit without your consent. Therefore, we suggest that you choose a company with strict data security rules.


In order to choose a good SMT manufacturing plant, it is suggested that you should check their design capabilities, delivery ability and SMT lines management first. If they are not able to manufacture and assemble all of your parts, they may make mistakes in the process which result in degraded quality. Check their delivery ability to see if they can deliver on time or not because it may render your project useless if they cannot deliver on time. Lastly, make sure that the company has strict data security rules to keep your data safe at an early stage of production.