Siemens introduces PCBflow, a secure, cloud-based solution for accelerating design-to-manufacturing
Today, Siemens introduced PCBflow, an innovative cloud-based software solution that bridges the gap between the electronics design and manufacturing ecosystems. PCBflow extends Siemens’ Xcelerator™ portfolio with a secure environment for printed circuit board (PCB) design teams to interact with various manufacturers. The software can rapidly perform a range of design-for-manufacturing (DFM) analyses in the context of each manufacturers’ process capabilities, which helps customers accelerate design-to-production handoff.
Powered by the industry-leading Valor™ NPI software engine, which performs over 1000 DFM checks, PCBflow enables PCB design teams to identify manufacturability violations rapidly. These violations are then sorted and prioritized according to the level of severity, guiding users through images and locations on the design for easy identification and immediate correction.
PCBflow is Siemens’ first step toward PCB assembly online solutions which automate the design-to-manufacturing handoff process. With a leading position across the design-to-manufacturing flow, Siemens is the first company to offer a marketplace featuring online, fully automated DFM analysis technology, which can help optimize designs, reduce front-end engineering cycles streamline designer/manufacturer communication.
“PCBflow is the ultimate product-design tool because it supports comprehensive designer/manufacturer collaboration with a closed-loop feedback mechanism that drives continuous improvement,” said Dan Hoz, general manager, Valor Division, Siemens Digital Industries Software. “Because customer designs are in sync with the fab’s capabilities, respins can be reduced, time-to-market can be shortened, board quality can be optimized, and yield can be enhanced.”
For manufacturers, PCBflow helps simplify customer onboarding processes and provides designers with a comprehensive source of knowledge, which can streamline customer/manufacturer collaboration. And thanks to manufacturers’ capabilities being shared electronically, lengthy phone calls and email exchanges can be reduced, enabling real-time customer communication to focus more on the strategic, high-value discussion.
“PCBflow saves time and costs in the design-to-manufacturing handoff process by addressing manufacturability violations during the design phase,” said Evgeny Makhline, chief technology officer for Nistec, a PCBflow customer. “With PCBflow, producing and reviewing a DFM analysis report takes just minutes instead of hours.”
As a software (SaaS) technology, PCBflow incorporates the strict security standards of Siemens’ software, reducing risk and protecting intellectual property (IP) with no additional IT investment.
PCBflow works with the Mendix™ low-code application development platform. The platform provides the ability to build multi-experience apps and share data from any location, on any device, on any cloud or platform, to realize the benefits of digital transformation more quickly.
Engineered for ease of use, PCBflow requires neither training nor prerequisites, and it is accessible from virtually any location, including mobile phones and tablets. Additionally, PCBflow provides designers with images, tool-tips, measurements, precise areas of solderability issues, and other PCB design violations. Reports are available online and in a downloadable PDF format for easy sharing. PCBflow supports the ODB++™ language design file format, and support for additional formats is planned in 2021.