Printed Circuit

Printed Circuit

Welcome to The Printed Circuit, a Siemens Podcast. Hosted by Stephen Chavez, each episode will focus on trends, challenges, and opportunities across the printed circuit engineering industry. Topics range from achieving supply chain resilience, to learning PCB design best practices.

Episodes

February 2, 2024 23 mins
Neglecting EMC compliance during PCB design might cause days of distress during re-design, delaying other important product development milestones. However, by incorporating some straightforward checks and best practices, PCBs have a greater chance of meeting expensive EMC compliance standards in a minimum number of tests. I’m your host, Steph Chavez, and here to join me is John Kraemer, an electromagnetic compatibility engineer w...
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Simply put, when it comes to PCB design software, design automation is the automation of specific tasks throughout your PCB design process. There are many functions or processes within PCB design that can be automated. But as much as benefits, there are typical roadblocks that you’ll see when moving toward design automation, such as having less control of the design and PCB designers being unfamiliar with the automated functions av...
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November 14, 2023 22 mins
In the ever-evolving landscape of IoT, the design of printed circuit boards stands as a cornerstone of innovation and a testament to the need for continuous learning and adaptation in this dynamic field.  I’m your host, Steph Chavez, and here to join me is Robert Turzo, principal hardware PCB designer for Pleora Technologies. Today, Robert Turzo shares his extensive experience in electronics design, highlighting his journey from h...
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October 17, 2023 15 mins
When it comes to multi-discipline integration, simply designing FPGAs and handing them over to PCB engineers isn't simply effective! it’s key to make sure that you're doing what you can to mitigate any redundant back-and-forth handoffs. I’m your host, Steph Chavez, a Senior Product Marketing Manager with Siemens. And here to join me is Gary Lameris, Technical Marketing Engineer with Siemens. He will help us understand the importanc...
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September 19, 2023 18 mins
Electrical/electronic co-design can enhance your end product but changes in the design process can be difficult for many people, and organizations often face resistance when implementing new processes or technologies. I’m your host, Steph Chavez. And here to join me is Erica Van Berkum, leader in product management with Siemens. Today, we will discuss the challenges and best practices in implementing electrical/electronic co-design...
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August 29, 2023 29 mins
As the benefits of a model-based systems approach become evident through improved design quality, reduced errors, and enhanced collaboration, there are also challenges and roadblocks that need to be considered. I’m your host, Steph Chavez. And here to join me is Chris Young, owner and lead engineer at Young Engineering Services. Today we will discuss the challenges and best practices associated with designing complex systems compr...
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August 16, 2023 39 mins
In the dynamic realm of power electronics, the intricacies of power module design are paramount for driving innovation, efficiency, and sustainability. Power module design extends beyond conventional boundaries, delving into thermal, mechanical, and electrical intricacies.  I'm your host, Steph Chavez, and today, I'm joined by Rod Dudzinski, Market Development Manager in the Siemens EDA division, and Wilfried Wessel, an expert in ...
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July 25, 2023 47 mins
The growing complexity of printed circuit boards and multi-board products has rendered traditional design analysis and verification techniques obsolete. Reliance on experts for all design analysis creates bottlenecks that delay project schedules. It takes a modern, automated verification approach to catch schematic errors at the source.  I'm your host, Steph Chavez, and today, I'm joined by David Wiens, a PCB design expert, and To...
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June 13, 2023 17 mins
System design companies always want to deliver a successful product, so they rely heavily on their supply chains during product development. But over the last few years, supply chains have become very distributed, complex, and quite frankly, more unpredictable, resulting in many supply chain volatility and disruptions. I’m your host, Steph Chavez. And here to join me, for the second time, is Matt Walsh, a Product Marketing Manager...
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PCBs today are tiny, multilayered, complex systems; produced at a much higher and more efficient rate than ever before thanks to sophisticated design software and manufacturing processes. But as the technology and consumer demand grow and develops, so must PCBs.  And this is why PCBs are now under a lot of pressure as they are the basis of all electronic devices.  I'm your host, Steph Chavez. And today I am joined by Anaya Vardya, ...
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Constraints play a critical role in PCB design by ensuring the design meets the requirements and specifications of the project. Without constraints, there is a high risk of failure, and the project might not meet its goals. But it is very essential to understand how the constraint management system works to help rather than hinder the design process.  I’m your host, Steph Chavez, a Senior Product Marketing Manager with Siemens. I’m...
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April 5, 2023 20 mins
Design reuse can be one of the most important factors of success an organization can leverage, and if implemented correctly, it can save a lot of time. However, there are several reasons why companies are still resistant to adopting it – one being inconsistent libraries and limited access to previous design requirements. I’m your host, Steph Chavez, a Senior Product Marketing Manager with Siemens. I’m glad to be joined by Carlos Ga...
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March 28, 2023 30 mins
One of the biggest challenges in PCB board design is efficiencies caused by limited collaboration. The level of detail and complexity of PCB design means that a change in one component necessitates changes in other areas. Adopting a concurrent design approach creates efficiency in that process by enabling seamless and timely communication of changes. I’m your host, Steph Chavez, a Senior Product Marketing Manager with Siemens. I’m ...
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March 21, 2023 31 mins
Manufacturers are looking to minimize the cost of production, the time to market, and the number of respins for their PCBs. While introducing powerful design and testing tools makes a real difference, they aren’t as successful in silos. To properly harness the power of the latest technology, manufacturers have to be intentional with ECAD-MCAD collaboration. I’m your host, Steph Chavez, a Senior Product Marketing Manager with Siemen...
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When designers work in isolation, they increase the chances of the designs being sent back for non-compliance. They should try their best to read through the IPC standards before they start designing their boards. This will ensure that they consider compliance from the start of the design process to the end. I’m your host, Steph Chavez, a Senior Product Marketing Manager with Siemens. I’m glad to be joined by Gerry Partida, Vice Pr...
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March 7, 2023 34 mins
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 App...
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February 7, 2023 21 mins
A big challenge that PCB designers face is the lack of organization of the data on which they need to make critical decisions. Sometimes, the data will be available but in a different unusable format, and other times, they simply can’t get it despite knowing their organization has it. That is why it is important to develop a standardized way of naming, formatting, and storing PCB-related data. I’m your host, Steph Chavez, a Senior...
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January 10, 2023 17 mins
ECAD/MCAD collaboration is important for companies that need to create powerful products fast and efficiently. However, challenges such as their siloed nature and different data formats make it difficult for the two to work together seamlessly. This leads to a loss of time and resources as the company is forced to undertake multiple respins necessitated by avoidable errors. I’m your host, Steph Chavez, a Senior Product Marketing M...
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December 20, 2022 18 mins
For the last 25 years, costs have been the driver for most businesses. As the supply chain was a stable space, choosing a supplier was about reducing costs and picking a product based on the design already created. However, geopolitical reasons and the COVID-19 pandemic redesigned the supply chain landscape; it transformed it into a brittle, flaky, and very unstable terrain.  I'm your host, Steph Chavez, a Senior Product Marketing...
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For the industry to continue being profitable and innovative, they have to create resilient supply chains. The high cost of redesigning parts and the delays in delivery due to unreasonable lead times are not sustainable. One of the ways of solving this problem is arming the design teams with supply chain intelligence. I’m your host, Steph Chavez, a Senior Product Marketing Manager with Siemens. I’m glad to be joined by Andre Mosle...
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