When the PCB layout is finished, the designer is still not quite done. The designer’s intent must still be communicated to the fabricator through accurate PCB documentation.
Documentation can be an error-prone task—one that may take up to 20% of the total PCB design cycle time. Many designers still utilize documentation strategies that date to the ‘80s and ‘90s.
This book, written by Mark Gallant of DownStream Technologies, explains how the automated documentation solutions of today can eliminate post-processing errors and speed up time to market.
This book is a must-read for any PCB designers or design engineers who would like to adopt 21st-century PCB documentation processes.
Mark has been involved in PCB design and fabrication for over thirty nine years, first as a PCB designer using vellum and tape and later using early EDA tools, including Racal-Redac Maxi and Visula. When PADS-PCB was introduced, Mark was one of its first one hundred users. Soon after, Mark joined the ranks of PADS Software as a Technical Support Engineer. During Mark’s twenty years with PADS and ultimately Mentor Graphics, he served in several key roles. His predominant role was Product Marketing and Product Definition for the PADS schematic, PCB design and autorouting products. In May of 2011, Mark joined DownStream Technologies as Senior Product Marketing Manager. Currently, Mark is responsible for Product Marketing and Product Definition for DownStream’s products.
DownStream Technologies, LLC is a software and services company focused on helping high-tech engineering organizations optimize and automate the PCB Release Process. We deliver a truly integrated manufacturing data preparation platform, with solutions that allow engineering and manufacturing teams to work together to transition Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) designs into successful, physical products by providing fully integrated manufacturing data preparation solutions.
DownStream’s solutions are the defacto standard for engineering professionals to post process PCB designs to create and distribute all the deliverables required for a complete PCB assembly release package. CAM350® and DFMStream® provide verification, optimization, and output generation data to efficiently drive PCB fabrication. BluePrint for Printed Circuit Boards® works with CAM350 and other PCB CAD systems to help quickly produce comprehensive electronic drawings to drive PCB fabrication, assembly, and inspection.
Kelly Dack CID+, CIT, EPTAC Corporation
Jack Olson CID+, Caterpillar
The History of Documentation
Electronic Engineering Is Born
Common PCB Documentation Workflow
The Cost of Inefficient Production of PCB Documentation
Motivation to Change