The client had an outline drawing of their requirements but no manufacturing data for the required PCB or assembly. The track test was only a week away and a last minute requirement meant that the team had to install the 465mm long Insulated Metal Substrate (IMS) strips on the car to ensure it could participate in the test. No mean feat in such a short time frame. Up for the challenge Cleveland Circuits set out to generate a PCB layout, engineer, manufacture, assemble and test the strips in 5 working days.
Here's how we did it:
Friday PM: The PCB is laid out from an outline drawing and submitted for approval to the client within 24 hours of the initial request being received.
Monday: Artwork approved, component procurement begins and the PCB's commence manufacture.
Tuesday: Board components and tooling items arrive. SMT production engineering takes place.
Wednesday: PCB assembly commences and assembled units are tested to ensure compliance to requirements. All strips pass.
Thursday: Project completion. Finished units are shipped on an expedited delivery to the customer within the required timescale who fits them ready for the all important track test.