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Frequently Asked Questions
PCBflow accelerates the process of design-to-production handoff. Our cloud solution
provides easy access for any layout designer to validate his or her design against any
manufacturer’s DFM PROFILE in a secured environment.
PCBflow connects OEM/Designers with manufacturers. The manufacturer’s DFM PROFILE
(manufacturing constraint set) is stored in the manufacturer-secured account. OEM
designers upload their design to their secured account to run
Design-for-Manufacturability (DFM) analysis on a selected manufacturer’s DFM
Manufacturability violations are sorted and prioritized according to the level of
severity to guide the user through images and locations on the design for easy discover
and Immediate correction. The result is fewer if any redesigns and the final
design is much higher quality, maximizing yield.
Our on-premises solutions are now capable of receiving real-time
rules directly from the cloud.
PCBflow ensures that your design is always in sync with the fabricator and
capabilities, eliminating respins, wasted time and cost.
PCBflow quickly qualifies potential manufacturers based on their competencies as
matched to designers’ requirements; no need for lengthy research or email exchanges.
This way, designers can team up with a capable manufacturer to streamline their DFM
No training or prerequisites are needed.
PCBflow is designed to easily guide the layout designers to the
violation location in the design. PCBflow provides designers with images,
measurements and location of the violation on the PCB design.
PCBflow is designed to save time and resources in delivering a design to
With manufacturing knowledge integrated into PCBflow, there are
time and allowing delivery to the market on schedule, saving cost
Immediate DFM analysis saves time during design review and gets
PCBflow recommends the most suitable manufacturer for the job, based on
visibility of manufacturers’ capabilities.
PCBflow improves the quality of your design: the DFM analysis capabilities
allow you to eliminate reliability issues, including testability and
PCBflow is a cost-effective DFM solution that results in lower project costs
quicker design turnaround.
With PCBflow, designers have access to the manufacturing process knowledge,
them to get it right the first time and improve yield, which improves
PCBflow DFM, and especially solderability analysis, ensures the highest
yield and minimizes long-term failure risks.
PCBflow is the ultimate product-design tool, connecting designers and
allowing complete collaboration throughout the process. That enables a
feedback mechanism that drives continuous improvement for both designers and
With PCBflow you can run a DFM analysis at your speed, in any location, even
mobile phone and tablets.
Working from home is necessary occasionally and PCBflow enables that, while
your files are secure.
All files are stored in highly secured cloud environment that complies with the best
security standards and audited by Siemens.
PCBflow streamlines manufacturers’ project onboarding process by letting
their customers easily run DFM tests on the design with few simple clicks.
PCBflow saves time :
Manufacturers’ capabilities communicated electronically, eliminating
time required for
lengthy email or phone exchanges.
With your specific capabilities built into PCBflow, designers can
manufacturability, saving you precious time.
Collaboration space :
Get feedback in real-time and in context
Making your manufacturing knowledge available to designers builds
collaboration which results in fewer call backs.
Yes, customer access to your process capabilities is controlled and safe, all files
are stored in highly secured cloud environment that complies with the best security
standards and audited by Siemens.
PCBflow’s DFM is performed using the Valor NPI DFM engine.
Currently, PCBflow seamlessly supports the ODB++Design file format and can also
support IPC-2581. Additional formats are expected to be supported in the future.
No. ODB++ Design is an intelligent data format that contains all the data
necessary to fabricate and assemble your PCB in a single data structure, while the Gerber
format must be reverse-engineered by manufacturers
through a tedious and error-prone process as a prerequisite for getting reliable DFM analysis.
Learn more: https://odbplusplus.com/design
PCBflow currently runs the DFM test on a default DFM PROFILE (constraints set
which were thoroughly tested and proven empirically effective.
Manufacturers can publish their DFM PROFILE on PCBflow in a secured account and in a
controlled way. This allows designers to run a DFM analysis against a real
DFM PROFILE that fits their preferences.