Much of the your end PCB product costs can be directly influenced by the parts selected up front during the schematic capture phase of the design process. When you incorporate information into the designer’s part selection interface such as preferred part status, compliance, and/or obsolescence, you can reduce the work and rework of designs thus saving you additional costs.
Today, it is a challenge for designers to produce designs that are pushed by time-to market, compliance restrictions, and the constant need to reduce costs. Many times the designer does not have access to critical component information within their “field-of-vision” causing them to rely on other disciplines to constantly check their part selection after they’ve done all the “hard work” of designing.
I equate this to me finding furniture for my home, moving the furniture around to the perfect spot, and then my wife saying, “No, I don’t like the pattern on the sofa!” I’m thinking, why couldn’t you tell me what colors you like before I started? Better yet, why didn’t we agree on the sofa at the beginning? Why did I do all of that work fitting that sofa in the living room and now you tell me you don’t like it? Of course I would never say these things out loud! This is exactly how designs are being done today and we accept it because it’s considered to be the norm. We utilize disconnected third party tools to push non-standard data for validation by somebody else’s database … usually a bill-of-material. We fool ourselves into thinking this process is controlled because we do this during a design review after the room has been completed. Wrong! To me this is like getting my mother-in-law to look at pictures of my room and then telling me what my wife wants. Thanks but NO THANKS! In this scenario, I’m the designer, my wife is a component engineer, and the mother-in-law is my PLM. I don’t need the pain nor aggravation of dealing with multiple “sources” after I’ve already moved the furniture; all I want is accurate and upfront information.
What you need are tools that help you communicate without the overhead of complicated communication and without using transformations of data (pictures) during the work-in-process phase of the process. What do you need? A multi-phased approach as outlined below. Why not make it easy on your designers and have them focus on the heavy lifting? Why not be proactive instead of reactive? With DMS, we can provide the simple communication and drive behavior without complex interfaces or running back and forth between your mother-in-law. See how you can save time by taking a look at my webinar now on demand for more details on how DMS can provide this seamless solution for you.
* I do like my mother-in-law and the opinions in this blog are my own
- Integrated Library & Component Information - Provide the approved or preferred information within the designers interface to make it easier for them to choose and use (not another database).
- Shopping List - Create list of preferred parts for specific sites or projects that designers can easily choose from.
- Production Libraries - Create strong filters that can automatically remove non-standard or obsolete parts from designer’s view and actually highlight failures during design validation.
- Compliance Audits - Allow any approved user to view the work-in-process status and run configurable compliance audits before the design is completed.