PCBflow extends Siemens’ Xcelerator portfoliowith a secure environment for pcb design teams to interact with a variety of manufacturers, and by rapidly performing 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 Valor NPI software engine, which performs over 1000 DFM checks, PCBflow claims to enable PCB design teams to rapidly identify manufacturability violations.
These violations are then sorted and prioritized according to 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.
Siemens claims to be the first company to offer a marketplace featuring online, fully automated DFM analysis technology, which can help optimize designs, reduce front-end engineering cycles, and streamline designer/manufacturer communication.
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, helping enable real-time customer communication to focus more on strategic, high-value discussions.
As an SaaS technology, PCBflow incorporates the security standards of Siemens’ software, reducing risk and protecting 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 more quickly realize the benefits of digital transformation.
Engineered for ease-of-use, PCBflow requires neither training nor prerequisites, and it is accessible from virtually any location, including mobile phones and tablets.
PCBflow provides designers with images, tool-tips, measurements and precise locations 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, IPC 2581, and support for additional formats is planned in 2021.
Additional information is available here, and at: www.PCBflow.com.