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Designing successfully

PCB design software speeds time to market.

Ferranti Technologies, a specialist contract designer and manufacturer, has established a reputation for engineering expertise, quality and commitment in the defence, aerospace and rail sectors.
The company’s electronics design team has analogue, digital and power design capabilities and its designs are accredited to a number of aerospace and defence Critical Standards, including DO254 and DO-178B. “We specialise in power and control systems for harsh or difficult environments, typically for demanding defence and aerospace applications,” said Ben Griffin, hardware engineering manager.
As part of its continuous improvement activity, Ferranti Technologies has replaced a range of simulation, schematic and data storage software applications with Altium Designer.
The company, which has a 25 strong design team, believes the switch has helped to make its processes both more efficient and more robust. Griffin noted: “For the first time, designers have direct, real time cost information for each component as it is added to the design.
“We reviewed a number of design packages, including some that were highly functional and very complex. For us, the key was to find a tool that would improve productivity across the company. It is not just about good design in isolation – it’s about producing a complete unit efficiently, reliably and profitably.”

Phil Mayo

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