• What challenges does PCBflow address?

  • PCBflow accelerates the process of design-to-production handoff. Our cloud solution provides easy access for any layout designer to validate his or her design against any manufacturer’s DFM PROFILE in a secured environment.
  • How does PCBflow overcome this challenge?

  • PCBflow connects OEM/Designers with manufacturers. The manufacturer’s DFM PROFILE (manufacturing constraint set) is stored in the manufacturer-secured account. OEM layout designers upload their design to their secured account to run Design-for-Manufacturability (DFM) analysis on a selected manufacturer’s DFM PROFILE. Manufacturability violations are sorted and prioritized according to the level of severity to guide the user through images and locations on the design for easy discover and Immediate correction. The result is fewer if any redesigns and the final design is much higher quality, maximizing yield.
  • How does PCBflow benefit PCB designers?

    • Our on-premises solutions are now capable of receiving real-time manufacturability rules directly from the cloud.
    • PCBflow ensures that your design is always in sync with the fabricator and assembler capabilities, eliminating respins, wasted time and cost.
  • How does PCBflow find the best manufacturer for the job?

  • PCBflow quickly qualifies potential manufacturers based on their competencies as matched to designers’ requirements; no need for lengthy research or email exchanges. This way, designers can team up with a capable manufacturer to streamline their DFM flow.
  • Is it necessary to train a PCBflow expert in order to use this solution?

    • No training or prerequisites are needed.
    • PCBflow is designed to easily guide the layout designers to the manufacturability violation location in the design. PCBflow provides designers with images, tooltips, measurements and location of the violation on the PCB design
  • How can PCBflow benefit my business?

    • PCBflow is designed to save time and resources in delivering a design to production:
      • With manufacturing knowledge integrated into PCBflow, there are fewer respins, saving time and allowing delivery to the market on schedule, saving cost and meeting customer commitments.
      • Immediate DFM analysis saves time during design review and gets your product to market faster.
    • PCBflow allows you to share early designs and analysis with your chosen manufacturer to align expectations ahead of time.
    • PCBflow improves the quality of your design: the DFM analysis capabilities in PCBflow allow you to eliminate reliability issues, including testability and solderability.
  • How does PCBflow benefit PB designers of small-to-medium size design houses?

    • PCBflow is designed to save time and resources in delivering a design to production:
      • with manufacturing knowledge integrated into PCBflow, there are fewer respins, saving time and allowing delivery to the market on schedule, saving cost and meeting customer commitments.
      • Immediate DFM analysis saves time during design review and gets your product to market faster.
    • PCBflow recommends the most suitable manufacturer for the job, based on detailed visibility of manufacturers’ capabilities.
    • PCBflow improves the quality of your design: the DFM analysis capabilities in PCBflow allow you to eliminate reliability issues, including testability and solderability.
    • PCBflow is a cost-effective DFM solution that results in lower project costs and quicker design turnaround.
  • How can PCBflow improve the quality of my design

    • With PCBflow, designers have access to the manufacturing process knowledge, allowing them to get it right the first time and improve yield, which improves overall quality.
    • PCBflow DFM, and especially solderability analysis, ensures the highest manufacturing yield and minimizes long-term failure risks.
  • Why should I consider a cloud-based DFM tool over an on-premises solution?

    • PCBflow is the ultimate product-design tool, connecting designers and manufacturers, allowing complete collaboration throughout the process. That enables a closed-loop feedback mechanism that drives continuous improvement for both designers and manufacturers.
    • With PCBflow you can run a DFM analysis at your speed, in any location, even with mobile phone and tablets.
    • Working from home is necessary occasionally and PCBflow enables that, while ensuring your files are secure.
  • Can designers trust PCBflow to secure their files?

  • All files are stored in highly secured cloud environment that complies with the best security standards and audited by Siemens.
  • What DFM engine does PCBflow run on?

  • PCBflow’s DFM is performed using the Valor NPI DFM engine.
  • Which file formats does PCBflow support?

  • Currently, PCBflow seamlessly supports the ODB++Design file format and can also support IPC-2581. Additional formats are expected to be supported in the future.
  • Does PCBflow suppoer Gerber formats?

    • No. ODB++ Design is an intelligent data format that contains all the data necessary to fabricate and assemble your PCB in a single data structure, while the Gerber format must be reverse-engineered by manufacturers through a tedious and error-prone process as a prerequisite for getting reliable DFM analysis.
    • Learn more at https://odbplusplus.com/design
  • Which configuration does PCBflow use for its DFM analysis?

  • PCBflow currently runs the DFM test on a default DFM PROFILE (constraints set values), which were thoroughly tested and proven empirically effective.
  • Is there a way to run the DFM test against a specific manufacturer's set of constraints?

  • Manufacturers can publish their DFM PROFILE on PCBflow in a secured account and in a controlled way. This allows designers to run a DFM analysis against a real manufacturer DFM PROFILE that fits their preferences.
    • How does PCBflow benefit manufacturers?

      • PCBflow streamlines manufacturers’ project onboarding process by letting them and their customers easily run DFM tests on the design with few simple clicks.
      • PCBflow saves time :
        • Manufacturers’ capabilities communicated electronically, eliminating time required for lengthy email or phone exchanges.
        • With your specific capabilities built into PCBflow, designers can ensure manufacturability, saving you precious time.
      • Collaboration space:
        • Get feedback in real-time and in context
        • Making your manufacturing knowledge available to designers builds teamwork and collaboration which results in fewer call backs.
      • Can Manufacturers trust PCBflow to keep their set of constraints secured?

      • Yes, customer access to your process capabilities is controlled and safe, all files are stored in highly secured cloud environment that complies with the best security standards and audited by Siemens.

        For your convenience, the PCBflow-ADM app provides 3 default Classification Sets that can be used as a reference. You can modify them or use them as-is during your ramp-up. Once your customized CSs are ready, you will be able to generate the DFM Profile and upload it to your DFM Profile page on the PCBflow site.
      • How do I generate a DFM Profile on PCBflow according to our manufacturing capabilities?

      • To create a DFM Profile, simply set up a secured account on PCBflow and download our PCBflow-ADM app. This Windows app includes Classification Sets (CSs) that contain over a thousand built-in tests that will help you generate a DFM Profile that best fits your manufacturing capabilities.
      • How do I upload our DFM Profile?

      • The PCBflow-ADM app allows direct and secured access to your PCBflow account. Once you click on the Upload button, the application asks for authentication and uploads the DFM Profile to your PCBflow account, where it will appear on the DFM Profile page.
      • Can I publish several DFM Profiles?

      • Yes. There is no limit to the number of DFM Profiles that you can create or upload to your PCBflow account.
      • How do I restrict access to certain DFM Profiles?

      • When uploading a DFM Profile to PCBflow, a popup window will appear, asking you to enter a name and specify a visibility level. This level allows you to restrict access to your intellectual property.
        There are three visibility levels – Public, Network, and Private:
        • 'Public' - Any PCBflow member will be able to use this profile to perform a DFM analysis.
        • 'Network' - Access to the profile is limited to your PCBflow network connections only. Only those members that are approved by you will be able to use this DFM-PROFILE to run a DFM analysis.
        • 'Private' - Limited to your company’s members only. PCBflow members from other companies will not be able to view this profile.
      • Can I prevent the exposure of our thresholds in the DFM report?

      • Yes, once the DFM report is uploaded to your PCBflow account, you will be able to restrict access to your threshold parameters. However, since the DFM analysis is based on the threshold parameters that you specified, it would be very efficient to let the designers access the parameters so that they can fix their own design violations.
      • How can I use PCBflow to generate leads?

      • You will receive a notification each time your DFM Profile is used to run a DFM analysis
      • Who pays for the DFM analysis?

      • Running a DFM analysis using PCBflow's default settings (that is, the built-in DFM Profile) is a complimentary service, free of charge. Designers will be charged for running the analysis on a manufacturer-specific DFM Profile
      • As a manufacturer, can I provide PCBflow DFM reports to my customers?

      • Yes, you can run your own DFM analysis using PCBflow and share the report with your customers. This report supports up to 5 error listings per category. To gain access to the full report, a subscription purchase is required
      • Once the designers have fixed all the violations specified in the DFM report, should I assume that the design is ready and expect that my on-prem DFM tool will not find any violations?

      • Correct. If your PCBflow Classification Set was configured correctly, and your customer has implemented all the fixes identified in the DFM report, you can assume that the design is ready for production and will not cause any further DFM violations.
      • Does PCBflow support DFM for assembly analysis?

      • Currently, PCBflow’s DFM analysis supports PCBs only. Assembly analysis will be supported in Release 2.0, which is scheduled for release in August 2021.
        PCBflow is an online application, and therefore, upgrades are transparent and do not require any user action.

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