Words of Advice: Your Company’s Design Process


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In a recent survey, we asked PCB designers to describe their company’s design process: Is it a rigid workflow they follow to the letter, or a process that allows for their individual techniques? Of course, the comments were illustrative.

  1. We just wing it
  2. There isn’t a clear workflow.
  3. Being a design bureau requires much flexibility when approaching each project, due to varying customer needs (The customer is typically right, regardless of the facts...LOL)
  4. We are a new company and we don't have yet a clear workflow. Indeed, we need one in place.
  5. Fortunately, I am just down the hall from the EEs who do the schematics, so we do a lot of back and forth. In the end, we review the schematics and layout, multiple times if needed. Also, as the librarian, I can sort of police the packages the engineers want to use. We don't always need the latest and greatest just because it's cool.

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