Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018 – Only the best of the best.

With 2019 sneaking up on us, we wanted to take a look back and see how we did this year. The following are the most popular posts that were published this year. We wanted to thank all of our contributing writers and visitors who continue to help make this blog something we are very proud of.

Have a happy and safe New Year! We are excited to show all we have planned for 2019!

10. Controlling the Release Points for Your PLM/PDM System

By Shawn Larson
The Top 5 Design Issues at ZIW

There is one thing that all design engineers will agree on creating and gathering all the required data for PLM is error-prone and can be a royal pain. We all understand the value of releasing our design data to the corporate PLM system but our design process dictates multiple release points, and each one has a different purpose and data requirements.

9. How to Easily Make Mark-ups and Comments on Your PCB Designs using CADSTAR Redlining

Things to Consider Before Investing in a New Electrical Engineering ToolBy Jeroen Leinders

Improving communication between multidisciplinary teams is a key way companies can maintain a competitive edge and promote design quality. Where PCB designs are outsourced, this becomes even more important.

8. Tech Tip: Create Your Own Custom User-Definable Toolbars and Keyboard Shortcut Commands in E3.series

Design Time vs. Admin Overheads: How to Win the Battle by Closing the GapsBy Daryl Williams

This will make E3.series easier to use and work faster by creating your own toolbars and keyboard shortcuts with the commands that you use most.

7. The Building Blocks of a Digital Twin Strategy for Automotive Wiring Systems

The Not-so-Sweet Side of PCB Designers and EngineersBy Reinhold Blank

Because of its influence on weight and cost, accurately digitizing the wiring system is a priority when implementing a digital twin strategy in the automotive and transportation sectors. It’s also one of the most challenging aspects of this task.

6. Tricks and Treats with E3.series

Candycorn - Tricks and treats with E3 seriesBy Sanu Warrier

Halloween is a strange and wonderful time for everybody. Isn’t it priceless to see the effort kids (and grown-ups) put into dressing up and walking around begging for treats? If scary is what you’re going for, try getting in between the little ones and their candy, or worse, sticking around after they’ve had too much! No matter how you look at it, kids, candy and Halloween together is like a great horror movie – so much fun, because it’s so scary!

5. EMC = DRC²: The Importance of EMC Rule Checking

Hardware Architecture Design Becomes the Next Competitive RequirementBy Andy Buja

When it comes to design rule checks for PCB designs, there are checks that should be performed that are just as important as spacing rules. Strict adherence to basic PCB design rule checks, such as track to track, track to via, via to via, pad to track etc. – though necessary to avoid short circuits – only scratch the surface when trying to identify potential design flaws. I often see PCB designs that are completed based on this premise and wonder what else could be hiding in the design?

4. Use Better DFM Checks to Improve Flex PCB Manufacturing Productivity

Estimate Harness Costs with Harness Builder for E3.seriesBy Bob Potock

Flex designs pose unique challenges for most PCB tools because traditional object checks don’t account for Flex check nuances. They present a new set of objects that are best accounted for during the design phase.

3. How to Handle 300 Miles of Electrical Wiring

Predictive Failure Analysis Can Improve Product QualityBy Ulrich Prottung

Aircraft electrical design projects tend to be very large and extremely complex. The challenges associated with managing the sheer number of wires (required for avionics systems, engines, sensors, in-flight-entertainment etc.) is frequently compounded by the distances some signals must travel within the airframe, passing through several harnesses on the route. For example, an Airbus A380 – with its wingspan of almost 80m and a nose-to-tail length of almost 73m – allegedly has around 480km (300 miles) of wiring.

2. Why Are Automotive Wiring Systems Experts Getting Excited about the Digital Twin?

Digital Twins and why automotive wiring systems experts are getting excited about them.By Reinhold Blank

Simply speaking, a digital twin is a virtual model of a process or product, which is paired with the physical world. This approach allows the analysis of data and creates a wide range of new technical and commercial opportunities.

The implementation of a digital twin strategy is an active initiative across many industry sectors, but the automotive and transportation sectors are showing a particular interest. So why is this?

1. What You Really Need to Know When You’re Routing PCB Differential Pairs

By John Berrie
The Top 5 Design Issues at ZIW

You can tell when something isn’t as clear as it should be. The same questions come up time and again. You ask three experts and get three different answers. Routing differential pairs can be like that. Why? Because “it depends” – on exactly what signals those pairs are carrying and what kind of PCB you’re creating.