FloWare is offered to increase the productivity of a PCB design process around Cadence PCB tools. With CAD-FlowManager workflows and data is managed, whereas FloWare Modules are embedded apps insice PCB Editor. FlowCAD offers a selection of functions as FloWare modules which were created to meet the specific needs inside OrCAD or Allegro PCB Editor. If you need additional functionality, which is not on Cadence' roadmap, the FlowCAD team can program customized functions to meet your specific productivity needs. Installation is flawless and menu structures are automatically recognized by PCB Editor and shown in the tool bar.
The installation of the additional FloWare modules is very simple and platform independent. The menu structures are automatically recognized by PCB Editor and displayed in the menu bar.
CAD-FlowManager provides an environment, flexibly adapted to existing company processes, for small and medium design teams to standardize and automate design workflows. Automatic notifications via emails and to-do lists indicate tasks to be processed. Users are assigned to function groups (roles) to make data accessible to colleagues with the same roles when sick or on vacation. The application and approval flow can be configured beyond departments to reflect company operations.
FloWare Modules are part of a toolbox to enhance productivity for OrCAD PCB Editor and Allegro PCB Editor.
These modules are made to increase efficiency for specific tasks, which might not be used by all customers in a standard flow.
FloWare offers solutions for additional checks, manufacturing options, added SI features, documentation, and more.
Menu structures are automatically recognized by PCB Editor and shown in the tool bar.
FloWare module descriptions
When switching from a simple or discontinued PCB tool to Cadence's PCB tools (OrCAD / Allegro), design data is often migrated. FlowCAD has developed various converters for this purpose and can offer library and project data migration as a service.
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PCBs are manufactured often in fabrications panels. If the placement is not done by the external manufacturing company, the PCB designer can use the FloWare module Panelization to do it himself. Just open a new blank project in PCB Editor and place a manufacturing frame and fiducials. Now you can place routed designs multiple times in the panel. The design data will be linked with x and y coordinates and rotation information. While placing a design on the panel you can see the dimensions as a preview. Multiple placements of the design will automatically add a defined prefix to each instance of the design to avoid naming conflicts (duplicates).
The positioning of reference labels (RefDes)in the library is normally standardized. After placement or in the case of high-density designs, texts can become difficult to read. Manual adjustment of text parameters is then necessary. With Label Tune, label size, rotation, and position can be adjusted so that they are easier to read for Assembly Drawings. Further parameters are mirror and center fit, which incorporate maximum block size and spacing to component boundaries.