Design for Manufacturing (DFM) analysis, just one way that Kimball Electronics is helping our customers bring medical products to market faster!
What does Design for Manufacturing (DFM) mean for Kimball Electronics?
Kimball Electronics is focused on making medical products easier to manufacture, reduce time to market, and reduce manufacturing costs by using tools, experience, and years of industry knowledge.
Valor™ NPI software from Mentor is the first step in the process:
Kimball Electronics partners with Valor™ to bring high reliability new products to market. Valor™ NPI software from Mentor, a Siemens business, is a unique design-for-manufacturing (DFM) technology that automates printed circuit assembly (PCA) design reviews based on printed circuit board (PCB) technology, bill of material (BOM) data and manufacturing processes employed. Validating the PCA design against Kimball Electronics manufacturing capabilities assures highest quality products at the lowest possible costs on the initial release. This unique automated capability provides a very streamlined DFM analysis and results reviewing process for the Kimball Electronics customer. DFM analysis at the earliest stages of PCA design ensures the maximum benefit of DFM analysis for both Kimball Electronics and their customer partners.
The market-leading Valor™ NPI technology extracts PCB design intelligence to automatically perform DFM analyses with the highest level of productivity to identify aspects of the PCB design that impact yield, cost and reliability. The most comprehensive DFM analysis covers PCB fabrication for rigid, flex and rigid-flex designs.
As the industrys only automated PCA DFM process supporting manufacturers like Kimball Electronics, Valor™ NPI software seamlessly connects PCB design to BOM information to create a virtual prototype PCA. Part data is accessed from the industrys largest component library. This analysis of the PCAs BOM against the design assures no component discrepancies which can be costly when found later in the process.
The virtual PCA model determines the best processes and equipment required to manufacture the PCA, which ensures the most efficient builds at Kimball Electronics, resulting in the highest quality assemblies at the lowest possible costs.
Kimball Electronics uses tools, experience, and years of industry knowledge to provide the best DFM
analysis for our customers.
The DFM analysis end result will be specific to each Kimball Electronics manufacturing facility based on DFM data and parameters. This includes the design rules based on the specifications for the equipment and manufacturing processes at each location. Each of our manufacturing facilities customize the DFM to match the machine and process capabilities of the specific equipment used.
In addition to the analysis of the PCB/PCA, Kimball Electronics can evaluate plastic, metal, and mechanical parts in the product assembly based on years of experience and industry knowledge. Our team can review design specifications, tolerances, and material specifications to offer solutions to help speed time to market and avoid potential future issues.
The end result?
A DFM end result for our medical customers that provides an analysis for potential changes and design improvements, with levels of severity, and written comments for any potential issues for manufacturing, helping to avoid potential future issues.