Turnkey PCB Assembly: A New Approach to Electronics Manufacturing


The traditional approach to PCB assembly and electronics manufacturing is expensive, slow, error-prone, and can be frustrating for businesses. It was designed to support huge orders, with long lead times, not prototypes or small batch runs. Fortunately, new turnkey PCB assembly services are stepping up to meet the needs of today’s hardware designers and businesses at every stage of your electronics manufacturing.


What is Turnkey PCB Assembly?

CMs like MacroFab offer full turnkey PCB assembly which includes services necessary to create your finished products, beyond PCBA. These include:

  • PCB prototypes
  • High volume PCBA
  • Box build
  • Inventory management
  • Shipment to your end-user.

Turnkey PCB assembly leverages cloud-based software and onshore PCB manufacturing to make developing printed circuit boards fast and hassle free for engineers, purchasing managers and businesses of any size. Once you have placed your order, your CM will manage the full assembly from parts sourcing to shipment.

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What are the Benefits of Turnkey PCB Assembly?

Here are a few reasons why EEs and business people benefit from the opportunities that turnkey PCB assembly presents.

Quotes in Minutes

The old-fashioned approach to PCB manufacturing was not designed with speed in mind. Designers often had long wait times just to find out how much their order would cost. That is not the case with turnkey PCB assembly. Engineers can simply upload your files into MacroFab’s online portal to find out how much your order will cost right away.

All of our quotes are itemized, they include a breakdown of costs, line-by-line so that you have greater transparency into what goes into your price. Purchasing Managers can email files to MacroFab’s responsive sales team for fast quotes.

Rely on MacroFab to offer the lowest possible price, matched to highest quality factories and committed delivery times. 

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Prototyping: No Minimum Quantities

Producing your first prototype is traditionally a very expensive and slow process. Keeping up with multiple vendors all around the world, slow lead-times, and out-of-stock components can seem overwhelming.

Having one CM like MacroFab take care of these services for you, can save time, money and ease frustrations. Use MacroFab to prototype more effectively and affordably and take advantage of no minimum quantities. Iterating on your product and getting to market quickly and affordably has never been easier. See if you qualify for 10-day turnarounds. 

Order 1,000+

Once your prototype is finalized, use MacroFab to request a quote on high-volume manufacturing. Staying with one CM will save hours of communication when onboarding a new CM as your quantities increase.

MacroFab’s Manufacturing Guarantee

  • On-time delivery of orders
  • Unrivaled manufacturing quality  
  • Competitive pricing via our unparalleled Factory Network
  • Transparent manufacturing model
  • Industry-leading customer service
  • IP protection and confidentiality
  • Dedication to the success of your product

One CM for All of Your Manufacturing Needs

The turnkey approach to printed circuit board assembly means that you don’t have to worry about managing multiple vendors. This is especially an advantage if the vendor will be assembling your final product. Frustration, miscommunication, and delays are now a thing of the past.

You will receive a dedicated account manager to oversee the success of your project, and if you have any questions throughout the manufacturing, our informative customer success team will quickly reply to your inquiry.

The industry average NPS score for CMs is -3. Our NPS score is 92. Who would you rather do business with?

Online Ordering and Tracking with Payment Terms

MacroFab’s PCB assembly is facilitated through an online platform that streamlines document management, ordering, tracking all while maintaining confidentiality. You can log in and see the real-time status of your project, and receive email notifications as your build reaches key milestones.

Our industry-leading customer success team is  also readily available to help with your order, if you wish to speak to someone for greater detail.

Customers placing high-volume orders can easily apply for payment terms with MacroFab. Contact our Sales team for more information on payment terms.

Product Assembly, Inventory, and Shipping Services

Top-tier PCB manufacturers also offer final product assembly, inventory, and shipping services. You can ship in components and materials, review your inventory, and build complex products, all without ever touching a box or counting a reel. MacroFab also provides an API to integrate with your ERP or e-commerce solution. When a customer places an order, it is shipped directly from the manufacturer without any hassle on your part. Are you ready to get started? Request a quote today.

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Who Uses Turnkey PCB Assembly?

Because this approach to printed circuit board assembly removes the cost and quantity limitations inherent in the legacy system, anyone with a design can bring their new product to life quickly and affordably.

Turnkey PCB assembly is perfect for businesses of any size that want to bring their products to market without the cost and risk of large inventories. Whether you’re working on your first prototype or launching a new product, turnkey PCB assembly is the answer. This form of manufacturing allows you to estimate costs as you scale your business and it comes with the speed and flexibility of instant PCB production. Even engineers at large organizations find it to be easier and faster than traditional sources for their R&D projects.


Frustration-Free Manufacturing

With turnkey PCB assembly, the manufacturer takes care of the entire process including PCB fabrication, component procurement, PCB assembly, testing, packaging, fulfillment and shipping

With the right partner like MacroFab, you eliminate the stress of purchasing, storing, and tracking your inventory as well as the delays and complexities built-in to the old fashioned approach. Now you can focus on perfecting your design and let us worry about the rest.

Modern PCB assembly is a wonderful marriage between online technology and streamlined manufacturing. It makes it possible to get quotes in minutes, prototypes in days, and fully assembled products shipped directly to the customer. With fewer barriers to creation, more innovative and higher quality companies can get to market faster. That’s a win-win for everyone.


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