Planning for Military PCB Assembly and Manufacturing
As a defense contractor, you need to remain sure that your next electronic system will be compliant with applicable design, manufacturing, and quality standards. You also need to be sure that your component sources are compliant with important procurement regulations while ensuring appropriate lead times and costs are met. Only Altium Designer integrates your supply chain management, manufacturer deliverables, and a design tools within a single design platform.
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Compared to civilian electronics manufacturing and assembly standards, military PCB assembly standards are on another level. Your boards need to be designed to the highest levels of reliability and precision. This places major constraints on design tolerances, component tolerances, and your available choices of manufacturers.
Designing to military standards is about more than sourcing the right components. You need to use design software that is adaptable to any standards. When you can incorporate military tolerances as part of your design rules and include precision components in your bill of materials within a single program, you can remain confident that your device is compliant while keeping productivity high.
Compared to commercial components, where acceptable tolerances range from 5% to 10%, components in military PCBs have tighter tolerances of 1% to 2%. All PCBs for military and aerospace systems should be manufactured according to MIL-PRF-50884, MIL-PRF-31032, and MIL-PRF-55110 standards.
Other requirements for assembly include clear markings to differentiate high and low frequency components, the use of heat dissipating or heat resistance materials, proper EMI shielding on sensitive components, and routing constraints on traces with bends. When it comes to assembly, boards must be manufactured to the highest levels of quality and reliability. Even press-fit components will need to be soldered in order to provide exceptional mechanical strength in harsh environments.
How Your Design Software Aids Compliance
Given these stringent requirements on design and component selection, how can you remain sure that your boards meet critical military PCB assembly standards? Taking account of all these critical design aspects requires PCB software with adaptable tools and customizable design rules. Your PCB design software should also feed data directly to your production and assembly planning tools if you want to maximize your productivity. Rules-driven design software gives you the power to design your board and select components that meet any standard.
- Designing to stringent military standards requires specifying manufacturing and assembly tolerances within your design rules.See how you can incorporate military standards as PCB design rules.
- Adaptable design software with integrated production planning tools allow you to specify manufacturing and assembly standards directly in your bill of materials.Learn about specifying military PCB assembly tolerances in your design software.
- The landscape for component sourcing is constantly changing, and your component libraries always need to keep up with changes in the supply chain.See how real-time supply chain updates help you source compliant components.
Integrated design and bill of materials generation in Altium Designer
Your design software should give you the power to do more than just create an electronic system using CAD tools. Planning for military PCB assembly while ensuring your system complies with military standards takes deliverable generation and supply chain management tools that integrate directly with your design tools.
Procurement of precision components and designing to military PCB assembly standards are two separate areas of concern for systems designers, but the right software can help you address both challenges simultaneously. Most PCB design software programs separate these tools into different environments. You can quickly overcome these challenges when you work with design software that incorporates your supply chain and design tools into a single environment.
Unifying Procurement and Design with the Right Software
If you work with the right software, you can design and plan for production in a single interface with a consistent workflow. You’ll have supply chain visibility tools that help you procure precision components while meeting your lead times. Your design tools will help you streamline production with panelization and deliverable generation tools. Most importantly, you’ll be able to comply with critical standards when your tools are adaptable to any design standards.
- The right tools for managing your component libraries can help you stay ahead of obsolescent components and seamlessly plan for production.Learn more about managing your supply chain and component obsolescence.
- Working in the defense industry requires keeping to tight production budgets. You can save time and reduce production costs when you can panelize boards for your manufacturer directly in your PCB design software.
- Designing to critical military standards requires adaptable design software that allows you to comply with critical military standards.
Prepare for manufacturing with panelization in Altium Designer
It’s one thing to manually write out military PCB assembly specifications in a bill of materials, but it’s a completely different ball game when your PCB design software incorporates these tolerances as part of your workflow. So how can you take advantage of this type of improved design and management environment?
Altium Designer is the only PCB design software platform that integrates the design and management tools required to design PCBs to stringent military standards. The unified design engine lets you account for tight design and assembly tolerances in a single design environment. Your design documentation and manufacturer deliverables will include this critical information automatically, ensuring your final product is fully compliant.
Experience Unified Design in Altium Designer
Instead of fiddling with design platforms that segment critical PCB design tools into separate programs with inconsistent workflows, you need to use the only PCB design platform that integrates precision design and production tools in a single design environment. You’ll be able to design to critical military tolerances and plan for production in a single, rules-driven design environment. Only Altium Designer includes these critical tools for military PCB assembly in a single program with consistent workflow.
- The design environment in Altium Designer unifies every feature you need to successfully design PCBs and other electronic devices for military systems.Learn more about the unified environment in Altium Designer.
- When your PCB design software is entirely driven on design rules, your tools will work within the tolerances you specify directly in your design software.Learn more about rules-driven design in Altium Designer.
- Altium Designer allows you to manage all aspects of your design data and supply chain. This helps you easily procure precision components and design to strict military PCB assembly standards.Managing your BOM, design data, and supply chain is easy in Altium Designer.
Designers should always be creating systems with an eye towards manufacturability and ease of assembly while still remaining compliant with relevant standards. Using an integrated, rules-driven PCB design package helps you balance these goals and source precision parts within a single program. Only Altium Designer gives you all of these tools and many more in a single interface.
Using integrated design software is a unique way to create PCBs for any application. If you need help getting your designs off the ground, Altium provides you with the resources you need to reach success. You’ll have access to design tutorials, webinars and podcasts with industry experts, the AltiumLive forum, and an extensive knowledge base. No other PCB design software company offers you this much support.
Designing precision electronics systems and planning for production are much easier when the tools you need are unified in a single design platform. Altium Designer eases compliance and design pains within a single program. It’s time to upgrade your design workflow and keep your productivity high: make the switch to Altium Designer.