Feature Release: Opening the Black Box with the Tempo Order Tracker

November 14, 2018 , in Blog

 Black Box Manufacturing

PCB manufacturing as it exists today is a black box to the engineer waiting to get their board back. After an order is placed with a contract manufacturer, the engineer will often hear nothing about the build until it is shipped back to them. This black box approach to PCB manufacturing keeps engineers in the dark, limiting their ability to plan ahead and in many cases catching them by surprise if there is an issue with their board during the build.

Transparency with the New Order Tracker

The Order Tracker feature solves this problem by giving engineers real-time visibility into where their board build is throughout the manufacturing process. The Order Tracker is visible on the top of the order summary in the Tempo PCBA order platform.

Order Tracker Annotated

Order status is derived from a digital order traveler that records every production step for each order end-to-end. As operators complete each tasks, the Order Tracker automatically displays the new information. See the Order Tracker in action in the video below.

 

Predictable Planning

With the Order Tracker you are now connected directly to the process of your PCBA build. If you are working cross-functionally, you can now effectively communicate your build timeline to your project stakeholders. Most importantly, with the Order Tracker you will no longer be surprised during your build.

The Tempo PCB Manufacturing Experience

At Tempo, we are working continuously to give engineers the very best CM experience. To this end, our goal is to deliver a seamless, transparent quote-to-delivery process that makes the process more predictable and enables engineers to better understand the implications of their builds. The benefits of working with Tempo, however, start well before confirming your PCBA order. To help you optimize your design for manufacture, we provide DFM feedback and enable you to easily choose and download DRC files. If you’re an Altium user, you can simply import these files into your project.

Have a design ready for manufacture? Try our  quote tool to upload your CAD and BOM files for a quote within 2 business hours. If you want more information on DFM or how white box manufacturing can push your performance to greater heights, contact us.

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