Automating the Documentation Process
BluePrint-PCB "knows" it is creating a PCB document and imports the entire PCB CAD database once to
automatically create and link unlimited PCB views and details, while at the same time maintaining the design intelligence and overcoming the constraints imposed by both PCB and mechanical CAD alternatives. The result is an electronic document which better articulates the instructions for successful PCB manufacturing.
With BluePrint, PCB engineering groups can expect to reduce the documentation process to a fraction
of the time it normally takes - even more when engineering change orders (ECOs) are required. With
ECOs, since all views, details, and charts of the PCB remain linked to the original PCB CAD data, they
are instantaneously refreshed in BluePrint whenever the original CAD data is changed. This technology
received a US Patent.
Importance of Complete Documentation
PCB documentation creates the manufacturing specification for an electronic product. Comprehensive
documentation records the engineering "intent" of a design specifying the form, fit and function of the PCB.
Documentation drives the procurement process, aids manufacturing engineering and is used in final inspection to verify the product was built to engineering's specification. It also gets archived to ensure later production runs can be repeated with the same level of consistent quality. PCB documentation must capture all of the information necessary to not only build the product today, but also any repeat builds in the future - eliminating any guesswork.
Two excellent articles from the perspective of the manufacturer