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What’s New in PCBflow

    What’s New August 2022

    This release introduces three new features that facilitate and speed design review and price estimation processes. Now a wider range of users can preview printed circuit board (PCB) designs and perform design for manufacturing (DFM). Complete your DFM analysis more quickly by allowing PCBflow to automatically select a default (generic) DFM profile.

    In assembly analysis, standard VPL part geometry will be used and analysis will run without any manual intervention required.

    For more control, you can activate the “Advanced options” to manually select your preferred manufacturer DFM profile and review part geometry before continuing with analysis.

    Additionally, users can now easily and quickly create accurate price estimates using manufacturers’ pricing information available from within PCBflow.

    Benefits:

    • Saves time and costs in the design-to-manufacturing handoff process by addressing manufacturability challenges
    • Enables anyone to easily preview designs and perform DFM analysis – even users without access to ODB++ or IPC2581
    • Connects designers with manufacturers to perform DFM based on specific manufacturing capabilities
    • Enables designers to get accurate price estimates, immediately
    • Provides a secure, cloud-based, collaborative environment with no IT investment

    Features:

    Support for Gerber 274x format, this enables users to:

    • Easily upload compressed Gerber 274x design files
    • Use the intuitive PCBflow Stackup Manager to specify additional critical design details
    • Drag and drop layer position, select layer type, add copper weight, polarity, and drill layer information
    • Quick Pricing powered by Boardera

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    Accelerating design-to-manufacturing handoff

    As a cloud-based tool, PCBflow requires no installation or configuration. Designers can simply upload ODB++Design files into the secure cloud environment and select one or more manufacturers to apply process capabilities to the DFM analysis.

    PCBflow even supports flex and rigid-flex DFM analysis. PCBflow provides an interactive online viewer that enables drill-down and investigation of design faults, secure in-app sharing and collaboration, and a downloadable PDF report.

    PCBflow guides designers through the manufacturability design errors, including manufacturing risk analysis. DFA analysis enables BOM validation based on manufacturer part numbers using the Valor Part Library Database and exposes component placement problems and potential assembly issues. In addition, PCBflow allows designers to review and track updates in the context of design violations, minimizing back-and-forth with manufacturing partners and making it simple to validate and optimize designs. Users can see, pan, zoom and navigate through all board layers, seeing all details, including component geometry. They can easily fully investigate the DFM analysis with an interactive result viewer that automatically zooms to the location of the result being investigated.

    Designers can easily and securely upload ODB++, IPC2581 and Gerber 274x designs to PCBflow and run comprehensive DFM analysis instantly, online, at any time.

    Get accurate price estimates, immediately PCBflow instantly shows updated cost and availability information for the components in a Bill of Materials (BOM), using the BOM Pricing and Sourcing tool.

    PCB designers can use the QuickPrice function (powered by Boardera) to receive instant, accurate price estimates within PCBflow for the manufacturing and assembly of their projects.   Manufacturers can easily become qualified QuickPrice providers in PCBflow and receive notification each time a price estimate is requested.

    Features

    • Fast and easy – fabrication DFM analysis in two simple steps.
    • Smart, self-explanatory, and interactive – DFM report includes filtering, statistics, summary tables and error grouping.
    • Design for assembly (DFA) for manufacturer specific BOM validation and identification of component placement and manufacturing violations.
    • Easy zooming and navigation through all board layers, as well as interactive viewing of DFM results, powered by Valor Parts Library.
    • Support for Gerber 274x files – enabling upload, preview, editing and DFM analysis by users who lack access to ODB++ or IPC2581.
    • Immediate and accurate price estimates, using QuickPrice powered by Boardera.
    • Easy, secure, in-app collaboration and downloadable PDF report.
    • Powered by the Valor NPI engine, an industry standard for DFM analysis.
    • Secure cloud environment, PCBflow adheres to the strict Security standards of Siemens software, including ISO27001 certification.

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Procurement for PCB fabrication is important, but it also crucial that the PCB design can be done by the fabricator. Without direct communication between the designer and fabricator during the design stage, the designer finds out that the product does not comply with the manufacturer’s constraints, or a fabricator discovers that they are unable to fabricate it, late in the process. Both designers and manufacturers say this is the main source for project delays, business loss, as well as low closing rate and manufacturing capacity.

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Here's what our clients say about us.

Mauro Sandri, CEO and Sales & Marketing Director

PCBflow is a software which releases a bottleneck in the production flow, it decreases the repeated interaction between the designer and the producer and ensures that the design is actually manufacturable.

Peter Fruehauf, Project Manager, Siemens CT

Especially designers in small and medium businesses should run a DFM analysis as well, because otherwise they would make PCB designs, which are actually not manufacturable.

Tamir Hazan, Owner, Speed – Board Electronics Ltd.

For PCB designers, project sharing is very important. Designers and manufacturers should be able to work with OES. PCBflow allows that.

Evgeny Makhline, Nistec CTO

With PCBflow, manufacturers can prevent losses related to false production, reduce repairs by 80% and free up to ~600 engineering and quality hours per year – hours that can be invested in innovation and improvement

Martin Franke, Business Development Electronics, Siemens CT

A manual check always includes the risk of overlooking things. But, using this tool, you have an automatic iteration between the PCB fabricator on one hand and the designer on the other hand. The report hepls us to improve the process in two ways: first of all, time, but also quality.