Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has unveiled Huaqiang PCB (Huaqiang) and P-Ban.Com Corporation Japan (P-Ban) as its first partners in Asia Pacific (APAC) to offer the instant online Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Quote service via the DesignSpark PCB software. The partnerships will benefit design engineers in Asia with access to quick turnaround PCB manufacturing in prototype-volume, reducing the concept-to-prototype cycle from months to weeks.
"RS Components' partnership with Huaqiang and P-Ban to provide the PCB Quote service reinforces the importance of the APAC market to our business. The combination of our partners' strong reputation, wide delivery networks and deep connection with engineers means low prototype quantity for PCB manufacturing is now available at a more competitive cost with quicker turnaround time for DesignSpark PCB users in Asia," said Eric Lee, Head of Regional Technical Marketing, Asia Pacific, RS Components.
With Huaqiang and P-Ban onboard as RS Components' Asian PCB Quote service partners, engineers in APAC now enjoy greater support for PCB manufacturing. Both companies do not impose minimum order quantities for PCB manufacturing, making them ideal for supporting the design engineer's requirement for prototyping and all the way up to batch productions.
As a major PCB manufacturer in the Greater China area, Huaqiang is capable of turning around very low quantities from quote to delivery within days.
P-Ban is the largest PCB manufacturer with eCommerce capabilities in Japan with more than 20,000 customers among major Japanese companies.
In 2012, RS Components introduced the PCB Quote service as an industry-pioneering feature of the DesignSpark PCB software. With a simple click of the "PCB Quote" button in the software, engineers can send manufacturing files of the PCB instantly to a list of PCB manufacturer partners for a quote. This allows engineers to select their desired PCB manufacturer and place the order immediately.
In addition, with the BOM (Bill of Material) Quote functionality in the DesignSpark PCB software, a user can, at a click of a mouse, populate the BOM immediately with the latest prices and stock availability from the local RS Components' website. The user can then seamlessly place an order to RS Components for the entire assembly. With RS Components' quick same-day dispatch, the entire design and production cycle are now fully integrated, enabling engineers to spend their precious time on engineering a better product rather than chasing down deliveries for the various components and the PCB itself.
"We are pleased to announce the partnership with RS Components today, as it aligns with our reputation of service excellence through easy and fast delivery to customers. Through this alliance, we are able to provide faster PCB manufacturing for engineers worldwide, shortening the concept-to-production time for DesignSpark users," said Carl Zhang, General Manager of Huaqiang. "We are committed to working with RS Components to shorten the product development cycle, reduce research and development costs, and doing our part to support innovation in the global electronics industry."
"As the leading eCommerce PCB manufacturer in Japan, we are committed to support engineers at every stage of their work -- from prototyping to mass production and at the highest quality and value," said Yasunobu Goto, Chief Operating Officer of P-Ban. "Hence, we are proud to partner with RS Components to offer the PCB Quote service that will greatly boost the PCB design cycle, and save weeks' worth of time for engineers."
Due to its advanced project design and instant online quotation capabilities, DesignSpark PCB has gained an extraordinarily high adoption with more than 200,000 users globally and has become the "open-source software" tool of choice for sharing and collaborating on designs and projects.
"Our business is centred on supporting engineers throughout the entire process from concept to production. We are always innovating to help engineers easily find, design and buy on our website. The PCB Quote and BOM Quote functions are tools we've built to simplify engineers' design process, helping them meet challenges for faster prototype turnaround and shorter time-to-market demands," Eric concluded.