Time is only meant to allow things to not happen all at once, according to Einstein. But even his brilliant mind could get overwhelmed by too much information, as he also said, “Paper is to write things down that we need to remember.” You can take that as a small comfort next time you forget a password you haven’t recorded.
A quality documentation process organizes all your necessary information to meet your needs. Quality production begins with documenting the entire design and manufacturing process. In this blog, we’ll walk you through the types of documentation your project requires, how to streamline documentation processes, and how better documentation can speed up your PCBA project development.
PCBA manufacturing requires multiple documentation subsets to keep track of information flow, order materials, and regulate processes. Before manufacturing this includes:
All best documentation practices begin with the same steps:
With a connected online documentation platform, your team is able to access manufacturing data faster and deeper, resulting in better results.
How do such changes affect real-world results? With an online PCBA documentation platform, you can expect to see the following benefits and direct impacts:
By leveraging connected systems, companies can gain a deeper understanding of costs, lead times, and parts availability with the capability to better assess how scale and timeline decisions affect pricing.
It is also possible for your product managers and design engineers to get a better idea of potential costs and supply problems during prototyping, which will assist them during mass production.
Using a manufacturing platform that supports widely used EDA tools makes it easy to drag and drop layouts and drill files. This type of platform enables you to identify manufacturing issues before you place an order due to the what-you-see-is-what-you-get simplicity.
It is possible to avoid communication errors between departments by connecting online documentation strategies. By integrating data sharing, all team members will have access to the most recent information to make smarter decisions.
Communication histories can also be found in documents online, along with dates and times. Consequently, it is possible to keep track of how and when important decisions were made in the past. As a result, it is also possible to maintain an iteration history over time.
Imagine what your business would become if it was unable to compete with its competitors. It is imperative to achieve an edge in operating efficiency in order to remain relevant and competitive. Late product launches have a real and negative impact on profits and brand reputation. By using an online platform, you can streamline your documentation processes and protect both.
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There’s no need to struggle with communication or efficiency. Throughout the PCB design lifecycle, connected manufacturing documentation platforms enable rapid deployment, better data management, and unlimited complexity.