The tide of Industry 4.0 has led the development of electronic manufacturing into a new era, in which PCB manufacturers have to find another way out. Under the goal of making better product at lower cost, concurrent engineering technology, which aims for the achievement of high-efficiency and complete design, earns great popularity among the manufacturing industry. As the core technology of concurrent engineering, DFM usually occurs early in the design stage, well before the assembly and fabrication, and DFM software also becomes an essential tool for PCB designers and manufacturers. Here we shall introduce two popular DFM software among the industry: Valor by Mentor Graphics Vs. DFM Expert by Vayo Technology.
Both two DFM software products have featured integration of manufacturing into PCB design, aiming to reduce re-spins and accelerate new product introduction cycle.
One of the most important functions of DFM is to validate whether the design conforms to the manufacturing standards. What these two solutions did to fulfill this function? Valor design-for-manufacturing solution has a system of MRA (manufacturing risk assessment), which could help identify the design points that fail to meeting the manufacturing capabilities. VayoPro-DFM Expert software, equipped with 1500+check rules (this number increases by years), which covers assembly and fabrication, could help you conduct a comprehensive design validation.
What’s more, Vayo has innovatively developed 3D DFM/DFA analysis solution. With such visibility, PCB designers could easily locate the design issues and optimize their design in the design stage. And you could also export a 3D report to reduce communication efforts.
Pic.1 Simulated PCB
Pic.2 3D DFM Report
Design for manufacturability usually begins with the improvement of manufacturability of PCB’s parts, therefore part library becomes a key part of DFM software. Both Valor design-for-manufacturing solution and Vayo’s DFM Expert are coupled with ISO9001 certified library, which covers a great number of parts. With the part library, users are allowed to carry out a comprehensive manufacturability analysis on all parts of PCB. What’s more, Vayo provides 3D view of each part with accurate shape data, making the virtual PCBA more intuitive. Vayo also provides customized part creation service.
Product Service is also as important as the product itself. Sometimes you may just want a DFM report or to complete a DFM analysis. For sure, it is not cost-effective to pay for a software just to complete one or two tasks. Both Valor and Vayo Technology has complete post-sales service to address any issues you may encounter during SW use. Besides, Vayo Technology also provides various customized software services, such as DFM analysis service, part creation service, data analysis service, etc.
Pic.3 Part Library of VayoPro-DFM Expert
As the leading software of DFM and backed by international corporation-Siemens, Valor design-for-manufacturing solution is indeed rich in experience and gathered more recognition among the PCB industry. While Vayo Technology, as a rising NPI solution provider, has also made great effort into this field. Over the past years, Vayo Technology has been dedicated to providing high-quality NPI solutions for OEM/CEMS customers, and in the future, Vayo will keep the investment in its NPI solutions. As one of Vayo’s NPI solutions, DFM Expert will also get continuously developed and optimized.
Here comes to the end of introduction of this two DFM product. Hope you find one product designed for you.