A while back there seemed to be a major "difference of opinion" concerning "free" apertures - namely a fixed charge with no concern as to the quantity (in the stencil). Seems nobody believed me and certainly nobody ever heard of such a thing. Well, our fab house has been in operation well over 10 years, and in that time only three customers had work that required the extra charge that I referred to. Still, nobody believed me. I pointed out that their PCBs did not have multiple thousands of apertures like we have in some of our work. Even so, nobody believed me. This "problem" surfaces when the number of apertures per (finished) board times number of boards per panel is in excess of 5,000 (which limit seems to be typical). In order to present a more clear picture with some evidence, we hereby append a quote:
From: Stephanie [mailto: email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 5:00 PM To: Dustin Green [Surface Mount Technology Northwest Inc, Portland OR] Subject: RE: New Representation
Yes, the pricing is still fixed up to 5,000 apertures. Each aperture over 5,000 is billed at $0.03 each.
Stephanie Hardin Director of Technical Services Integrated Ideas & Technologies, Inc.6164 W. Seltice Way Post Falls, ID 83854 Phone: (208) 262-7200 Fax: (208) 262-7177 Cell: (208) 771-0856