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If you’re designing a new electronics system for defense applications, you’ll need to use precision components, rugged connectors, and design practices that ensure your device will be reliable in the field. Whether you are working with an electronic, optical, or electromechanical system, your components and design choices must meet critical military standards. Procuring the right mil-spec connectors and designing to stringent standards is easy when you use design software that integrates important design features in a single environment.
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Design of military systems is governed by important standards on design, procurement, and assembly. Defense systems designers need access to tools that can streamline each of these critical processes. This isn’t limited to a finished electronic system, this applies to the PCB and the components that make it work.
Military PCB connectors are one area that carry important standards on design and assembly. There are also standards that specify which connectors should be used in Printed Circuit Boards for defense systems. Designing to these standards takes software that can account for mil-spec connectors as design rules and ease the pains associated with procurement.
If you’re working with precision electronic equipment for use in defense systems, you’ll need to procure the most rugged, electrically stable connectors on the market. Connectors designed to military standards are designed to be waterproof, suppress noise, withstand a broad range of temperatures, and suppress EMI. These connectors carry tight electrical and mechanical tolerances. In the case of optical connectors, military standards require ultra-low insertion/return loss and tight tolerances on performance.
If you’re working in design software with comprehensive component management and smart component placement tools, you can include any connector you like in your board, as long as you can make sure your board will meet assembly standards. Your board will have to meet rigorous testing requirements and quality standards.
Working with the right design software allows you to manage component models for your military PCB connectors and easily place them in your PCB layout. Your design tools should be adaptable enough to incorporate important military standards into your designs while giving you access to the tools you need to move to production.
Managing components and connectors in Altium Designer
Standards for military PCB connectors are about more than just structural standards for connectors themselves. MIL standards specify placement procedures and tolerances that must be followed while designing your Printed Circuit Board. There are plenty of available options for military grade connectors, and you can verify which connectors are best for your board when you define military grade specifications as design rules in your design software. This helps you stay compliant with military mechanical and assembly standards, no matter which connectors you use in your PCB.
If you’re not sure which connectors are right for your application, choosing the right military PCB connectors is easier when you have access to comprehensive component libraries. Your component libraries should include 2D footprints and 3D models for use in your layout, and these models must interface directly with your design rules. If you aren’t sure exactly which components are the best choice for your board, adaptable design software will allow you to try out different components until you find one that meets mechanical and electrical standards for your application.
3D view of components and connectors in Altium Designer
Any CAD program will allow you import a component model into your layout and arrange it as you see fit. But how can you be sure that an arbitrary design choice will comply with stringent PCB design standards for defense systems? This is where design rules become critical. Your design rules will automatically check that your physical arrangement and electrical specifications meet important design and assembly standards for military electronic systems.
Working with component models for military PCB connectors in an environment driven by design rules will help ensure that assembly standards will be met during production. You can specify the tolerances your application requires and automatically incorporate these into your deliverables for your manufacturers.
Keeping your critical design, management, documentation, and procurement features in a single program helps keep your productivity high and helps you design to critical military quality and reliability standards. The heavily rules-driven design interface allows you to check your design against important defense standards in real time. Your design data will be quickly imported into your bill of materials and used to plan the production of your next device.
Altium Designer has something for everyone. Whether you’re an engineer or designer, the top-notch CAD, schematic, and simulation tools will help you build the best devices for military applications. If you’re planning for production and sourcing military PCB connectors, the bill of materials tools and supply chain management features help you trace your component sources and ensure that you can procure military grade connectors with ease.
Integrated design software provides a unique interface and weaves features together into a complete tapestry. If you’re unfamiliar with integrated design, Altium gives you the resources you need to get started and use the software successfully. You can access the AltiumLive forum, a massive knowledge base, feature tutorials, product extensions, webinars, and podcasts with expert designers. No other PCB design software company offers you this level of support.
Sourcing connectors that meet or exceed military standards, and including them in your Printed Circuit design and assembly instructions is easy when you use design software that integrates your features into a single design environment. Altium Designer is the only design platform that offers all the tools you need to ensure your final product is compliant. It’s time to invest in the future of PCB design: it’s time to switch to Altium Designer.