You might have seen the recent news about Zuken incorporating Würth Elektronik’s design for manufacturing rules into CADSTAR. Today I want to tell you a bit more about our collaboration with Würth. If you’re a PCB designer, you’ll know that you need to define the correct layer stackups, design rules and materials from the manufacturer. These [...]
If you’ve been following the blogosphere and online news over the past few months, you might have noticed that an unlikely subject – PCB electronic data transfer formats – is getting special attention. Interest has grown in IPC-2581 (a neutral format for PCB manufacturing data) since a consortium of software vendors, customers and manufacturers formed [...]
OK, just finished the last length tweaks that the engineer wanted based on the final prototype. Whew, can sit back and breathe a bit now. The design is finally done! Oh…well…not quite. There are four different BOM formats that need to be done. Manufacturing, Test, Purchasing and Documentation each want a different format. Gerbers, a [...]
I’m back once more to share with you my final blog post on DAMA – Design Anywhere, Manufacture Anywhere – and its impact on Electronics design. This time I want to talk to you more about the realities of implementing this approach starting with the initial audit process and understanding the real payback. Creating a [...]
Managing releases and revisions can involve a lot of time consuming effort involved in tracking of all changes, ensuring data consistency, while delivering against time pressures. Mike Werder takes a management perspective and introduces the importance of revision management in the electical design process on return on investment.
After having looked at how electrical engineers can impact the product development process by working with sales and systems engineering in the last two posts in this series, now I’m going to move onto testing and manufacturing. Testing You might be lucky enough to be in a large organisation that has a dedicated test department, [...]