(Certified Best Practice by BMPCOE)
Rockwell Collins Avionics and Communications Division - Cedar Rapids, IA
The Advanced Engineering and Core Design Process (AE&CDP) Group at CACD has developed a paperless design tool to help engineers transition designs into hardware. Historically, PWB design, layout, and process information was maintained in hard-copy manuals, data books, or the process owner's memory. No single engineer had copies of all the manuals or information needed and if so, the data was most likely obsolete.
The AE&CDP took advantage of a commercial-off-the-shelf software package to compose an easily distributable, paperless manual. It provides information and guidance on PWB processes, materials and properties, device footprints, workstation library data, design and layout guidelines and rules, and lessons learned.
Developing this on-line PWB manual ensures that all designers and engineers use the same technology, design rules and that any added features or changes can have instant distribution. The manual is a living document accessible from PCS and workstations.