To create a new configuration for the PCB circuit, bulk data must be collected from various sources.
These data are your weapon to build a unique, very good circuit. But all these data needed special management to free it from the haphazard allotment.
In PCB, data management is the accession, distribution, use, storage of data to create a design circuit. Not only design, but fabrication, and assembly also need the data.
Process of PCB Data Management
The data gathered from various sources are managed properly. Over here, we are going to discuss it –
We talk about data management so often, but you must be curious to know how those data are obtained, from which source it is collected. Let’s discuss it briefly.
PCB analyse information from a source by cookie cutting mechanism. Whenever somebody uses the layout, PCB records other user’s data.
PCB data are very significant to gain in the victory of the entire project. The perfection of the device depends on the accuracy of the data. So you have inquired about the quality of the information you get from any source.
Datasheets are documentary forms of data you collected. It is important for the verification purpose of data while applying at the time of designing.
Cross-check every data you obtain. Verify it with multiple vendors.
- Store The Data
After you collect data from various sources, your next step will be to store them properly and securely.
You can build a data library to store all data. The library keeps your data safe and accumulates them in one place.
If you create a library, it will be easy to find out any particular elements quickly. Everything will be organized so it will be easy to find out.
If you wish to grow your firm more, a component library significant to establish. Besides, carrying data in a safe place also represents the brand status.
Whatever method you use to collect your database, make sure it is safe, secure, and oriented in an organized place.
- Verification Of Data
Verification of obtained data needs to know its accuracy. When you verified data, the authenticity of the is comes into the spotlight.
To better the verification procedure, ensure that the person who collects the data is not the same person who verified it. Because it often happens sometimes if the same person verifies and collects the data, they try to hide their mistake by not informing their shortcomings. Or maybe they can’t identify some important data for the design because of their measuring fault.
For that reason, allot a second person for verification purposes if you don’t want to miss any verification steps. Their no special preference to anyone’s work is mandatory to get the best result of verification.
- Usage Of Data
Entire data you collected is not used total in one design. Different data use in different cases. What am I saying? A particular part of data is used in a particular type of manufacturing.
You have to learn the technic to utilizing data perfectly. Not only for designing, but data are also used in routing. Other field data are used in the mechanical portion also.
The data are used for electrical and mechanical engineering purposes, making the data perfect for use.
- Distribution Of Data:
Data are allocated among their employees and coworkers in companies. But secure sharing is very important. Data are inclined to leak. So while distributing the data, extra care for security is needed.
Look at the organization’s history and its previous record over the market before sending your data to any external organization.
Aware of fabrication during the design process. Because during unethical design, the organization is more likely to do their operation of hacking. Don’t give the assembly information to anyone before doing good research to whom you send the data.
At last, maintenance is a step you have to do. PCB design is not constant. It changes with the requirement of the assembly. So make your data flexible to change.
Keep your data updated from time to time. Revamp data with the generation.
Keep in touch with the company’s needs in the database. If any extra data is needed, collect it and supply it to the manufacturer.
These are some steps to manage your database in a plan form. If you maintain these steps, you could protect your data at least to some level. So, try to follow these points to conserve your data security.
Some Common PCB Data Issues
In the time of collecting and supplying data, some common issues faced by most of the manufacturers. If you don’t want to repeat this trend, look at the problem and its correction steps written below.
- Losing data is very commonly seen by the data collector. While accumulating data, they sometimes omit some of the information due to a lack of responsibility or mistake. As a result, during design, the manufacturer finds it difficult to build the circuit.
- As the loss of data, the overwritten fat collection is also a problem. If data is jotted down over time, it will be hard for the manufacturer to differentiate the important points.
Make your database precise, to the point, and full of information.
- A specific design needs a different file of data. But if you mix them up, it’s not a professional habit for the data collector.
Don’t send the incorrect file to the manufacturer. Check out before sending them. Mark files with the basis of the database, so they don’t be a mix-up.
- Sometimes, some portion of the data is obsolete due to wrong data or old data no longer used. But if you as a collector of data, don’t omit them before sending them. The manufacturer cannot identify them sometimes, which makes your design backdated, old fashioned.
- Send the data which is only ordered. If you send unnecessary data, it will be just a waste of time and data.
Read very well what your manufacturer needed and send only the data they request.
Your whole design stands over the data you can collect from several origins. With the collection of data, there is a great responsibility to maintain them too. If you follow the proper data management process steps by steps, it will not be hard to maintain it.
Suresh Patel has worked as Sales Engineer and other management roles at Mermar Inc. He brings 25 years of experience in Printed Circuit board Sales and Technical client Service and managing business. Feel free to get in touch with him on Twitter.