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OrCAD ® Panel Editor intelligently automates the complex process of panel definition and documention, simplifying the design process. This solution enables designers to quickly create electronic manufacturing documents that clearly articulate the panel specification and instructions for successful fabrication, assembly, and inspection of their designs. Overview OrCAD Panel Editor is a PCB assembly ("array") panel design tool that intelligently automates the panel definition and documen- tation process to produce simple or complex PCB assembly panels in a fraction of the time versus traditional manual methods. OrCAD Panel Editor enables you to quickly design your panel and create the manufacturing drawings that drive fabri- cation and assembly. Electronics manufacturers often panelize single-board designs into arrays or sub-panels to facilitate their PCB assembly process. PCB CAD tools are very good at designing the single board design or "one-up" PCB, but lack the necessary functionality to design the varied complexities and details that are required for panels. Beyond simply stepping and repeating a design, PCB panel design requires adding panel and manufacturing features such as pinning holes, milling, score lines, and breakaway tabs— which can be difficult and time consuming or simply unavailable in today's CAD tools. OrCAD PCB designers need a panel environment that is purpose- built for the challenges and requirements of PCB panel design. OrCAD Panel Editor addresses these challenges, providing intel- ligent panel drawing elements and automated functionality that significantly simplifies the panel design and documentation process. OrCAD Panel Editor "knows" it is creating PCB documentation. Utilizing the OrCAD PCB CAD data, it creates intelligent linked PCB views, drawing details, document notes, drill charts, parts lists, and other crucial documentation details. The result is an electronic manufacturing document that better articulates the panel specification and instructions for successful fabrication, assembly, and inspection of your design and contains all the data necessary to build, view, and archive the final product. Key Panel Design Features OrCAD Panel Editor has all the automation, intelligence, and functionality required to design and document PCB assembly panels. • Automatic array creation in spreadsheet or auto-calculate mode using imported, intelligent OrCAD PCB design data results in an optimized panel that includes as many PCBs as possible • Allows quick placement of top, bottom, drill pattern, or custom panel arrays on a drawing, as well as drill charts, note blocks, mill and V-score details Highlights • Intuitive use-model and intelligent automation methods increase productivity and ease of creation for PCB panel design, saving hours or even days defining a PCB panel and creating documentation • Eliminates manual drawing of tedious document elements by automatically creating arrays, PCB views, details, and tables directly from the OrCAD PCB CAD data • Links to PCB source data dramatically reduce or eliminate the amount of time associated with panel engineering change order (ECO) updates due to PCB database changes OrCAD Panel Editor Intelligent panel design and documentation

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