And does your purchasing department know what to send, and what not to?
Many commercial EMS and OEM companies have a gaping hole in the system to protect the intellectual property (IP) of their customers.
I can’t count the number of emails from customers requesting a quote for a printed circuit board that include not only the Gerber file(s) for that PCB, but also the assembly drawing, the bill of materials, and the schematic drawing for the entire product.
Companies in our industry take a number of steps to protect customer IP. They require signed nondisclosure agreements for all involved in the manufacture of their PCBs. They verify the identity of any visitors to their secured US manufacturing facilities and assign outsiders mandatory escorts. They may ban cellphones or any other devices that could be used to record inside those facilities.
However, with a press of the Send button, all that IP protection goes out the door.
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