Are you interested in shaving time and money off your development costs? SOLIDWORKS PCB makes component selection simple through real-time Supplier Links. These provide accurate part parameters, data sheets, pricing and stock information to help you make the best selection.
In this video, you'll be introduced to how the Supplier Link feature within SOLIDWORKS PCB can help you streamline your production process from start to finish. Don't like video? View the video transcription below.
As an engineer, I spend over half of my time researching and managing component information. For example, once I capture the circuit design then I have to identify the physical components to be purchased, find a supplier, shop for the best price and availability, and keep track of all this data as the design progresses.
This administrative effort could be used for actually designing. Inside SOLIDWORKS PCB let's see how supplier link allows me not just to search, but also link real-time supplier data ensuring proper component selection and ultimately giving me half of my work day back.
In our project, the power to the board comes from the USB. Due to space limitations I need to use a Micro USB. In the schematic library or the schematic editor I can access supplier link with a simple right link on a component.
A list of all suppliers is integrated as part of the design data management. This allows you to access and search suppliers databases directly which saves you a ton of time.
When searching for components sometimes you need to go beyond supplier and manufacturer. Design aspects such as spacing, aesthetics, and layout may determine what kind of item you need.
Right click on any of the column headers to open a drop down menu of additional options. Detailed information about that supplier item is displayed including price, materials, packaging, and more. When provided by the supplier you can also view documentation such as data sheets and drawings allowing you to easily find the preferred and alternate component that meets your requirements. A generic USB connector is now specific without external searching or needing to reach out to suppliers for pricing and availability. This is all done inside SOLIDWORKS PCB in a matter of seconds.
OK, so I've found the Micro USB connector that meets my requirements. An active link is created between the schematic component and the supplier item. What's great is every component in my design can be linked directly to the supplier for sourcing.
Now these parameters already fill in the bill of materials, ensuring my design can be sourced cost effectively and on time. So you've seen how Supplier Link makes it easier for engineers to find the right components. You've also seen how linking components to suppliers ensures components can be sourced effectively.
Here is the thing, in this example we looked at administrative time savings in linking one component for one project. Imagine the efficiencies you and your team gain as you build your library of components all linked to preferred suppliers data. So the more you Supplier Link in SOLIDWORKS PCB, the more confidence you have in your component choices.
If you are interested in learning more about SOLIDWORKS PCB, check out our new SOLIDWORKS PCB training course at Alignex. This class teaches you how to use the software by following a typical process of managing a PCB project from start to finish.
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Written by Alyssa Batista
Alyssa Batista is a SOLIDWORKS Electrical and PCB Design Specialist at Alignex, Inc. When Alyssa isn't working with customers to solve their electrical design challenges, she enjoys trying new restaurants in the Twin Cities and spending quality time with friends and family.