May 10, 2012 -- The two extremes of product volume have their own attributes. If you are designing and building a high-volume product, you can justify manufacturing tooling and test fixtures, whether at your facility or at a contract-assembly house. At the other end of the volume spectrum, if you are producing only a few units per month, or doing semicustom or full-custom work, you usually must perform many aspects of the manufacture using manual techniques.
But what about those projects with low to moderate volume of approximately 10 to 50 units per month? They are often caught in the small-scale, in-between zone; too few to afford serious tooling and fixturing but too many to build by hand.
Bill Schweber, EDN Contributing Technical Editor.
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