DFX Design Publishes White Paper: How to Improve Quality and Reduce Cost Using DFX

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DFX Design has published a white paper on How to Improve Quality and Reduce Cost Using DFX. Designing for eXcellence (DFX) is the discipline of defining a printed circuit board assembly process resulting in a more robust and reliable product.

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Design is the time to optimize your printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) so that it is capable of being produced flawlessly at a reasonable cost.

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DFX Design has published a white paper on How to Improve Quality and Reduce Cost Using DFX. Designing for eXcellence (DFX) is the discipline of defining a printed circuit board assembly process resulting in a more robust and reliable product.

The white paper describes in detail the process of using DFX to uncover gaps in designing and manufacturing circuit boards. Important questions regarding process, testing and material sourcing can be answered ahead of time to optimize manufacturing speed and quality. A key component of the DFX process is designing for production and not for prototype.

“Manufacturing and testing need to be taken into account during the design phase, not after completing the design,” says Jim Pierce, Senior PCB Designer at DFX Design. “Design is the time to optimize your printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) so that it is capable of being produced flawlessly at a reasonable cost.”

How to Improve Quality and Reduce Cost Using DFX lists five specific considerations in board design that optimize the manufacturing process, one of which is fiducial requirements and placement. Fiducial targets are used to locate the PCBA within the assembly, inspection and test machines. Without fiducials it is virtually impossible to manufacture a PCBA, especially if it contains fine-pitch devices and BGAs. All PCBAs should have at least two fiducial targets placed in opposing corners on the longest diagonal of the PCB.The DFX process looks to design for an automated manufacturing and test process while optimizing the board’s quality and lowering costs.

By bringing together the DFX process and good team collaboration, manufacturers can now build a printed circuit board assembly right the first time. This reduces manufacturing and test steps, shortening the customer delivery time and presenting a better product.

The white paper, How to Improve Quality and Reduce Cost Using DFX, is available for download.

DFX Design (http://www.DFXDesign.com ) is a circuit board design company based in Beaverton, OR. DFX Design uses the Design for eXcellence process to produce high quality products that move smoothly through manufacturing and test, and into the hands of customers everywhere.

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