Blueprint

BluePrint-PCB

Automate the PCB documentation process, while increasing detail, streamlining distribution, and easing the entire process...



The Challenge
PCB documentation is a critical part of the design chain as it defines the specifications on how an electronic product is to be built. The more detailed the documentation the less likely manufacturing mistakes will occur. It also ensures that repeat builds of the same product are consistent and makes final inspection easier with less chance of unit rejection or shipment delay while waiting for assembly deviations to be approved.



The Solutions
BluePrint is a dynamic new solution, developed in the style of Microsoft Office that quickly creates electronic drawings to drive PCB fabrication and assembly. BluePrint “knows” it is creating a PCB document and imports PCB CAD data to automatically create and intelligently link PCB Views, details, document notes, external documents, URLs and multi-media content. The result is an electronic document which better articulates the instructions for successful fabrication, assembly and inspection of printed circuit boards and which contains all the data necessary to build, view and archive the final product.
 

  • BluePrint-PCB creates PCB drawings for fabrication, assembly, and inspection
  • BluePrint-PCB uses MS Office methods to increase productivity and ease-of-use
  • BluePrint-PCB creates and displays documents as they would appear to document control and manufacturing
  • BluePrint-PCB is the most revolutionary breakthrough in the PCB market since the inception of PCB CAD


 

This new, state-of-the-art solution creates PCB documentation quickly and easily and replaces the more error-prone, manual approach currently employed. Documentation created with BluePrint is more detailed, can be changed instantly and will lead to faster and more accurate new product introduction.

Why Good Documentation is Important

  • To specify form, fit, and finish, as well as drive procurement and scheduling
  • To build and inspect finished good to the original engineering specifications
  • To archive intellectual property, retaining instructions to ensure consistent quality
  • To produce release milestones for manufacturing


Purpose of Documentation

  • Cost and Schedule Estimation
  • Building Specification
  • Inspection Detailing


Problem with PCB Documentation Today

  • Tools today are NOT designed for PCB documentation
  • Tool constraints create documentation constraints
  • Tools used require extensive translation of data
  • Documentation process is long, as high as 40% of design cycle
  • ECOs, even small, require same documentation time
  • Process is unintelligent and manual, prone to error
  • Solutions and output vary from company to company
  • Critical link in the design chain is made of paper


BluePrint's Value
Product success requires solid execution. Documentation provides zero end product value, but requires skilled PCB Designers to produce it. Poor documentation increases manufacturing complexity.

  • Minimize time spent on low-value task
  • Move onto the next design sooner
  • Increase documentation quality eliminates manufacturing guesswork
  • Lower risk of shipment delay owning to deviations and MCO approvals