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Siemens introduces PCBflow

Siemens has introduced PCBflow, a cloud-based software solution which looks to bridge 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 a variety of manufacturers, performing a range of design-for-manufacturing (DFM) analyses in the context of each manufacturers’ process capabilities and so speeding up the design-to-production handoff.

Powered by the Valor NPI software engine, which can perform over 1000 DFM checks, PCBflow enables PCB design teams to rapidly identify manufacturability violations. These violations are then sorted and prioritised 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 are able to automate the design-to-manufacturing handoff process. Siemens is the first company to offer a marketplace featuring online, fully automated DFM analysis technology, which can help optimise designs, reduce front-end engineering cycles, and streamline designer and 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 optimised, and yield can be enhanced.”

As a software as a service (SaaS) technology, PCBflow also incorporates the 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 providing the ability to build multi-experience apps and share data from any location, on any device, on any cloud or platform, helping users to benefit from the advantages associated with digitalisation.

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Neil Tyler

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