What about the design quality?

An interesting piece of editorial flashed across my screen this morning, from a PCB fabricator explaining why intelligent formats such as ODB++ are better for everybody as compared to Gerber (meaning not just the late-lamented RS274D, but also the latest derivatives). Take a look:- http://www.pcdandf.com/pcdesign/index.php/editorial/menu-features/9464-a-new-generation-of-data-formats-for-pcb-production Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Mr Kaufhold’s message is … Continue reading

Everybody’s reading about it….

With the Lean NPI workflow built on top of ODB++ for product-model hand-off to manufacturing, it is worth  noting that the most intensively read article in PCB Design and Fabrication magazine last year was on the subject of Lean NPI, contributed by our Best Practice Partner :- Optimum Design Associates. See the report at http://pcdandf.com/cms/designnews/10575-readers-choice-top-10-articles-of-2013 … Continue reading

Lean NPI – the story develops

Today we have published the second part of the Lean NPI implementation story from Optimum Designs. Take a look at http://www.odb-sa.com/resources/, where you will see part-2 in the white-papers section. Thanks to Optimum Designs for continuing to document their approach to re-engineering their NPI processes to take maximum advantage of ODB++ and the associated tools-flow between … Continue reading

That’s the way to do it!

One of the Alliance’s more prolific “Best Practice” partners just submitted a very impressive “how-to” video about managing the ODB++ flow out of their CAD tools into DFM and manufacturing. Take a look at http://www.odb-sa.com/wp-content/uploads/How_To_Implement_ODB.mp4. Well done Randy Holt of Optimum Design Associates – a film producer as well as PCB technologist! In this case, the flow illustrated is using the design tools … Continue reading

ODB++ version-8 . Evolution not revolution

Today the latest version of ODB++ format, version-8, becomes available – you will see it there on the resources page, available for download alongside the v7 specification. Do I hear sighs of relief about the metric units and cheers for the extended range of standard symbols? This new version contains a range of enhancements that … Continue reading

Job on hold – no purchase order!

Take a look at this link: http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?srchtype=discussedNews&type=member&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_pd-ttl-cn&ut=2mFfX3sEPQNBA1&item=209389651&gid=1821753&view= Here, in a few words, is one of the major reasons to use ODB++. Very clearly articulated by Mitch (thanks!). But don’t forget the purchase order to your manufacturer as well; most manufacturers will expect to be paid……. ODB++ carries a lot of value, but it does not … Continue reading

Ask the manufacturer!

Probably some of you have noted the article in PCB007: http://www.pcbdesign007.com/pages/zone.cgi?a=89442. It is all about visiting the fabricator to understand the manufacturing process and take that into account all lessons learnt during your design work. The main part of the article is about learning the manufacturing process constraints, but the same principle applies to the … Continue reading