This could be said to be a production-topic, but development resources are often needed during the prototype phase.
We have put in a lot of work to enable us to offer this service at a reasonable price. For PCBs where we have made the layout, we can program our Pick and Place machine in less than two minutes.
If the customer has made the PCB layout, we will often be able to import PCB data from foreign PCB layout systems, process the data and use the in the Pick and Place machine.
If this doesn't work, we can use Gerber data supplied by the customer - this procedure, though, requires some manual processing.
Prototypes often provides an extra difficulty, getting hold of specific components in small quantyties.
We may be of help with this as we stock a great many different components.