PCBflow – The PCB DFM online solution
Connects designers and manufacturers for instant PCB DFM analysis
PCBflow is an online tool and collaboration space that accelerates the design-to-manufacturing handoff process by connecting designers directly with manufacturers.
PCBflow enables a PCB DFM analysis using the current constraints for a specific manufacturer during the early stages of the design process, reducing design iterations, costs and time-to-market.
Why choose PCBflow for PCB DFM online analysis?
Saves time and costs
You can create mature designs earlier in the design-to-manufacturing handoff process by addressing manufacturability issues already during the design phase. PCBflow is a DFM PCB solution that guides designers through the manufacturability design errors, including manufacturing risk analysis.
Connects designers and manufacturers
Performs specific PCB DFM (design for manufacturing) analysis based on the actual process capabilities of a chosen manufacturer. 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.
Fast and easy
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.
Secure cloud environment
PCBflow incorporates the strict security standards of Siemens software, reducing risk and protecting intellectual property (IP). With PCBflow, designers can run PCB DFM analysis safely in a secure cloud environment with no IT investment.
PCB DFM linking Designers and Manufacturers
PCBflow is a Software as a service (SaaS) solution that incorporates the strict security standards of Siemens software, reducing risks and protecting intellectual property (IP). Manufacturers can feel safe sharing their manufacturing constraints, and designers feel safe running PCB DFM analysis for their products. With PCBflow, both parties can be confident working together in a secure cloud environment.
Security is assured because the connection requires approval of both sides. Once a connection is established by the request’s recipient, PCBflow collaboration is enabled between the two parties. Manufacturers can upload and privately share their advanced manufacturing rules with their approved designer network.
Through PCBflow, designers and manufacturers can communicate directly and exactly how they need to for exchanging information for PCB DFM. By sharing data at an early stage, the design can be validated against the manufacturer’s specific constraints, accelerating the handoff process to manufacturing.
With manufacturing-specific capabilities built into PCBflow, designers can ensure manufacturability, saving time and decreasing callbacks to the manufacturers.
PCBflow Features and Advantages
PCBflow makes PCB DFM Accessible For Any Business Size
Fully automated online DFM based on real manufacturer data
Detailed DFM errors and violations report that is easy to understand and act on
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Easly run multiple DFM runs throughout the design without the need to wait for your manufacturer
Designers can log in to the secure online service and run DFM analysis against data from a selection of PCB manufacturers to select the one that most closely matches their needs for production. This white paper describes the users' experience of Siemens Corporate-Technology (Designer), and Nistec (Manufacturer).
What’s new in PCBflow
Designers can instantly see updated cost and availability information for bill of material (BOM) components using the BOM Pricing and Sourcing Tool. They can immediately get an accurate price estimate for the manufacturing and assembly of any design, simply by requesting a QuickPrice from within PCBflow.
This new feature enables any PCB manufacturer to create a proprietary pricing model via the Boardera online platform, which will then qualify them as QuickPrice providers within PCBflow. Each request generates a lead that is sent automatically to the manufacturer.
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