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DownStream will hold a BluePrint-PCB webinar on Tuesday, March 10, with a theme of “Automate. Enhance. Ease PCB Documentation."
BluePrint-PCB has a unique sleek user interface that allows you to quickly and easily create, distribute, and use PCB Documentation. Once designers see it and use it, they will be convinced of its power and versatility. Here is an opportunity to see BluePrint-PCB solution in action.
DownStream's PCB document authoring tool, BluePrint-PCB, easily creates electronic drawings to drive the PCB fabrication and assembly. BluePrint uses the PCB CAD data to automatically and intelligently represent every aspect of your PCB design. It even allows you to add specific comments and instructions, external files, URLs, and more. This electronic document clearly articulates all instructions, easily accommodates ECOs, and can be shared instantly with anyone.
BluePrint's “active” nature makes navigating through the documentation easy. It delivers information clearly and instantaneously to the document end user, avoiding any miscommunication and confusion.
Our standalone products work with your internal solutions to ease all your processes. DownStream specializes in tasks that cannot be addressed by your PCB Layout investment alone. We ease the burden of transitioning your designs into actual boards and ultimately successful products.
Two time slots are available. For details and registration, click here.
Alistair Little, Electrolube
Think very carefully about the sort of environment your PCB is likely to encounter. It is easy to over-engineer a product so that it will survive the very worst of conditions, but worst conditions may only be fleeting or transient. Therefore, a resin solution with a lower temperature performance specification will often cope. Take temperature extremes, for example. Your application may experience occasional temperature spikes of up to 180°C, which you might feel deserves treatment with a special resin.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
I recently interviewed Les Beller, a long-time PCB designer who is now a manufacturing engineer for DISH Technology. We discussed his company’s business shift towards 5G and streaming, and the stresses that puts on a design team. He also explains the greatest challenges that he’s facing with HDI and higher frequencies, and the added importance for designers to understand the manufacturing process and DFM tools.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
During the Design Forum at IPC APEX EXPO 2018, Jan Pedersen, senior technical advisor for the PCB broker Elmatica, gave a presentation on CircuitData. The language is designed to help facilitate other design data transfer formats such as Gerber, ODB++, and IPC-2581. Jan spoke with Managing Editor Andy Shaughnessy and Contributing Technical Editor Happy Holden about how this open language works with the existing data formats, as well as the need to eliminate paper documents from design process, and how the industry can help shape this open-source language.