PCB design best practices: Design automation

Today, companies are striving to minimize the time to market to maintain a competitive advantage. One of the strategies that make this possible in the PCB industry is the automation of the design process. Automation has helped eliminate repetitive tasks and freed designers to focus on creating more powerful boards.

I’m your host, Steph Chavez, a Senior Product Marketing Manager with Siemens. I’m glad to be joined by two Senior Application Engineers from Siemens Digital Industries Software – Ray Macias and Gregory Beers. They’ll help us understand the current state of PCB design automation.

In this episode, you’ll learn about some design strategies that no longer work in today’s digitalized environment. You’ll learn about some of design automation’s best practices and the benefits that come with them. Additionally, you’ll learn about the challenges hindering the implementation of design best practices.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • The design automation strategies that don’t work today (01:42)
  • Best practices that PCB designers should implement (03:15)
  • How to avoid boards re-spins (10:32)
  • The meaning of shift left PCB design (12:29)
  • Why good placement of parts increases the chances of successful routing (18:45)
  • The roadblocks to best practices in design automation (26:25)
Ray Macias

Ray Macias

Senior Application Engineer/Consultant, Siemens

Gregory Beers

Gregory Beers

Senior Application Engineer, Siemens

Steph Chavez

Steph Chavez

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Siemens



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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/podcasts/printed-circuit/pcb-design-best-practices-design-automation/