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SAS Manufacturing Inc.
www.sasmanufacturing.com / HQ: Corona, Calif. / Employees: 50 / Specialty: Electronic
assembly of circuit mounts and circuit boards /

sas takes pride in providing
local support to american
firms that need electronic
and cable assemblies.

Service Circuit

sas manufacturing invests in automation to
compete with overseas firms. by tim o'connor
Circuit boards are complex electronic components, made up of thousands of parts, some as small as a
grain of sand. If there is a defect in the
finished boards, the customers can't
easily send them back when buying
overseas. Or if the client wants to
make a last minute design change to
the amount of Ohms the resistor can
handle, it's difficult to halt production when there is a massive order
next in line.
But because it is located domestically, SAS Manufacturing has the flexibility to quickly make those changes
and quality checks and send the finished products to the customer without disrupting the supply chain.
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The company's advantage lies in its
ability to turn orders around in a short
time frame. An overseas manufacturer might be able to produce a circuit
board for less money - depending on
the cost of logistics - but it can't beat
SAS's ability to react. "They're not as
flexible as we are locally," President
and owner Ted Smit says.
Smit was working as an electronic
engineer in 1992 when his wife, Sharon,
started a home business that made cable assemblies out of their garage. The
couple decided to go out on their own
in 1995 and moved into a 1,000-squarefoot building where the newly formed
SAS Manufacturing produced smallrun assemblies and prototypes.

West

Today, SAS's 50 employees work
out of a 25,000-square-foot facility
in Corona, Calif. The company manufactures a range of electronic circuit
board components from simple cable assemblies to high-tech fine pitch
surface mount assemblies for about
60 customers. These components are
found in airplanes, gaming devices,
guitar amplifiers, irrigation control
equipment, security alarms and automobiles. "We really don't have a product of our own," Smit says.
"We fill a niche," he continues.
"There are a lot of American companies out there that build products that need local support when it
comes to electronic assemblies and
cable assemblies."
SAS can fulfill small- and medium-volume orders. The typical production run can range from 100 pieces
to more than a 1,000. One customer
in the automotive industry even purchases a half-million small circuit
boards each month.
In some cases, SAS's customers
procure and supply the materials and
SAS handles the manufacturing. However, the turnkey model has become
more popular among OEMS. Using
that approach, SAS is also responsible
for procuring the bill of materials in
addition to assembly and production.
Some customers solely sell electronic equipment and have no manufacturing resources of their own.
For those kinds of clients, SAS is a
more involved partner, helping with
everything from refining the initial
product design to prototyping and
volume production.
SAS even provides box-build assembly where it puts the completed circuit
board in a housing enclosure. It can
then be shipped directly to the retailer or end-user without the customer
ever needing to take possession.


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