Military PCB Supply Chain Integration and Data Management
Unify your component sourcing tasks and PCB design data management processes with a single application.
Mission-critical military applications need the best electronics designs, and all your electronic systems will run on a printed circuit board. When you’re designing military systems, you need the right circuit board design tools that also make sourcing easy. With Altium Designer, you’ll have full PCB military supply chain integration and visibility to help you stay compliant with defense standards and regulations.
The rules-driven design environment checks your layout against your military standards in real-time, and you’ll have everything you need to track compliance throughout your supply chain. You can take control over PCB design data management for military systems with Altium Designer.
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A PCB design package that includes supply chain management features in a single application.
Electronic design teams face a daunting challenge, especially with unexpected fluctuations in the global electronics supply chain. Time-to-market for advanced products is shorter than ever before, and design teams need to understand supply chain management risks during the design process. This is particularly crucial since choices made during the design phase impact 70% of the life cycle cost of a new product.
Sourcing in highly regulated environments takes data management tools and supplier tracking tools. You need to be able to organize your compliant suppliers and ensure you can reliably source components on-demand. With the right PCB design data management tools, you’ll have an instant view of the supply chain and control over access to printed circuit board design data. Altium Designer makes this easy while helping you stay compliant with regulatory requirements.
Most designers and like to source from specific distributors, but PCB components for military systems need to be sourced from ITAR-compliant suppliers. When design teams can balance between lead time, price, and available volume with compliance, they can get through the design process while ensuring they only source from compliant suppliers. Sourcing information needs to be instantly available in your design tools as you create your board.
When designers don’t have access to real-time costs and supply chain data from compliant distributors, they incur multiple risks:
- Inability to identify available volumes
- Unexpected actual component cost(s)
- Failure to balance design requirements and costs
- Sourcing from non-compliant distributors and exporters
Any of these risks can cause a contract to be brought under review or even terminated with cause. Sourcing components from compliant distributors is critical, and this activity is much easier when you work in a design platform that unifies your design tools with your documentation tools. This type of sourcing environment can’t be found in free PCB design and layout applications, and it demands something that you’ll only find in Altium Designer.
PCB Military Supply Chain Integration in Altium Designer
Altium knows that printed circuit board designers need to establish common ground between their design and supply chain teams to remain compliant and implement a design-to-cost process. Altium Designer was created to give design teams access to the sourcing data they need alongside their schematic design and PCB layout features. Altium Designer includes all the data needed to ensure your sourcing strategy keeps you compliant with mil-aero regulations and standards.
If you’re a procurement officer and you need to source components for a new PCB layout for your manufacturer, you’re limited to compliant and registered distributors and manufacturers. With this in mind, PCB military supply chain integration is easiest when your design software gives you direct access to supply chain information. You need to use PCB design software that places your sourcing information, design data, and component libraries all in one place, as well as allowing you to customize your list of approved distributors.
- You need to work in a customizable unified environment when you need comprehensive sourcing information at your fingertips.
- Component shortages have derailed many designs, but access to complete supply chain information helps you stay compliant and source the parts you need.
- Military PCB designers also need to generate standard documentation for their designs to ensure compliance. This is simple when you work in Altium Designer’s integrated design environment.
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Whether you’re part of the military or you’re a private contractor, you’ll need to keep track of your design data and prove compliance on-demand. This means keeping complete documentation on all aspects of your design, including document revisions and component sources.
Documentation needs to span across design data and sourcing information. Your documentation features need to take data from your verified component vendors and PCB design data to ensure you can prove compliance. When you can perform these important tasks in your PCB design software, you can rest assured you’re compliant with military sourcing regulations and design standards.
Prove Reliability and Compliance with Altium Designer
So how can you get full supply chain visibility from your preferred vendors and prepare for manufacturing all in one place? This is where you need design software that allows you to fully customize your sources for components and design rules for your PCB layout. In addition, these features need to integrate with your PCB data management and documentation tools to prove compliance.
Altium Designer’s integrated set of design tools provide accurate documentation features that pull data from all portions of a design. This includes revisions to design data in ECOs, sourcing information in bills of materials, and component data to prove reliability. You’ll have the tools you need to instantly compile your design data documentation and sourcing data in a single program.
- The military places some of the highest quality and reliability standards on their products, and designers need the best sourcing and design features to stay compliant.
- Your design tools should also help you stay compliant with IPC Class 3/3A standards to ensure reliability in your PCBs. A design-rules driven application like Altium Designer is the best tool for ensuring reliability.
- Your PCB design data documentation is critical when you work in highly regulated industries. Instead of constantly compiling updates by hand, your PCB design software should compile your revision documentation and export it into popular formats.
Document all aspects of your design from concept to assembly in Altium Designer.
When your PCB design software helps you plan for production and sourcing, you can stay productive and compliant. Working in the right design environment allows your design, documentation, and deliverable tools to pass data between each other. This prevents errors that plague other design software platforms.
Your team can also track revisions throughout the design process while designing and sourcing components, and all without integrating 3rd party PCB data management services. Altium Designer lets manage your component sources, create custom parts, and locate suitable replacements within a single platform. You can spend more time designing and less time moving between separate design and sourcing applications.
Unify Design and Data Management with Altium Designer
Altium Designer is the only platform that takes the best PCB design and layout tools and integrates them with supply chain management solutions. Designers will also be able to instantly import their design data into features for generating manufacturing drawings and documentation. Military PCB designers can take full control of their supply chain and design data in a single application. You can keep your team productive and compliant when you use Altium Designer.
- Altium Designer is the only PCB design and layout application that unifies your PCB design features with sourcing tools to help you manage all aspects of your design data.
- The rules-driven design engine in Altium Designer ensures your designs will meet reliability and manufacturability requirements, including standards for military and aerospace systems.
- Altium Designer includes tools that address the defense industry’s design and data management needs throughout design and manufacturing.
Get access to a complete set of integrated design and sourcing tools in Altium Designer.
Altium Designer is the only platform that unifies your printed circuit board design features with a suite of tools for sourcing and PCB design data management in a single application. You can spend more time worrying about building a great product and less time worrying about distributor compliance when you use Altium Designer.