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Q: How long has Pad2Pad provided PCBA services?

A: Pad2Pad launched in 2004 and has offered PCBA since 2008.

Q: How do I get an instant quote for PCBA?

A: Easy! You can download our PCB freeware to receive an assembly quote in seconds.

Q: Which PCBA techniques does Pad2Pad use?

A: We hand solder and have pick-and-place machines to assemble your PCB’s. Both SMT and thru-hole mounting are used to produce single-sided, double-sided or multi-layer finished boards up to 32 layers.

Q: Which types of PCBA does Pad2Pad have the ability to fulfill?

A: We want to be your one-stop shop for low-cost PCB assembly. We offer prototype PCBA, low-volume PCBA, pick-and-place high-volume PCBA, and even quick-turn PCB assembly.

Q: Does Pad2Pad offer PCBA on boards fabricated by another company?

A: Unfortunately, we do not. We pride ourselves on being an all-in-one service for PCB manufacturing. To maintain our quality standards, we only assemble PCB’s that we fabricate.

Q: Do you offer ROHS-compliant, lead-free assembly?

A: Absolutely! We can assemble your printed circuit board using a lead-free, ROHS-compliant process.

Q: How do I send you my circuit board components if I choose consigned PCBA for my project?

A: Within our software, you can complete the entire process and submit all information/files required for your PCBA order. This includes parts procurement, ordering, and everything in between!

Q: What is the maximum thickness of components I can use and are there any banned components?

A: There is no limit on the thickness of components that we work with. If using leadless components, please contact us for assistance. Do note, we don't work with BGA.

Q: Can you assemble ‘this’ component?

A: If you are unsure about our assembly compatibility with a particular component, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Q: What if I have to cancel my order?

A: If you cancel your order before the following business day, we are able to refund your order in full. Once assembly has started or components have been ordered, we are generally unable to cancel an order.

Q: What if I receive defective boards?

A: If we can rework a defective board, we will do so for free. If not, we will completely remake or reassemble your board at no extra charge.

Q: How does Pad2Pad ship and how are turnaround times determined?

A: We ship out of our Mahwah, New Jersey facility and use UPS unless otherwise necessary. Turnaround times vary depending on quantity, the complexity of your boards, and the necessary PCB assembly processes needed. You can determine all of this within our PCB freeware.

Generally, turnaround times are between 6-18 days on most orders, but you can manually request a 4-day turnaround via our contact sheet.

Have a question about PCB fabrication? Check out our PCB fabrication FAQ’s page.

Need help with anything else? Contact us at any time!


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