The component information system (CIS) automatically synchronizes and validates the externally sourced data with the schematic design database. CIS works with any database that complies with Microsoft's ODBC standard to directly access data in an MRP, ERP, or PLM system, or in an intermediate database dedicated to engineering component data.
With easy access to component databases and part information, designers can reduce the amount of time spent researching parts. CIS allows users to identify, utilize, and design with preferred components. Parts can be queried based on their electrical, physical, or corporate characteristics, and then be automatically retrieved for use in the schematic. Adding components directly from company databases minimizes errors in bills of materials (BOMs) and parts lists, and allows control of part usage for industry directives such as RoHS and WEEE. Electrical part tables can be related to vendor part tables, allowing relational database support and relational queries.
CIS solves many of the problems associated with incorrect or incomplete component data. The key to the system is an embedded part selector that accesses information stored within corporate MRP or ERP systems and engineering databases. CIS synchronizes the exter-nally sourced data with the schematic design database, automatically generating accurate BOMs. Through efficient management of a CIS within a PCB design process, users can eliminate production delays and lower costs.
The Component Information Portal (CIP) offers users a comprehensive CIS management environment that includes a component library and lets them add, edit and modify parts with ease. CIP provides users with an interface that allows distributor part data to be downloaded directly into their CIS database.
An OrCAD Capture CIS user has the option to create temporary parts which can be used as a place holder within their design. Often times the temporary part has to go through an extensive internal review process by purchasing, manufacturing, and documentation groups before it can be approved for use. Every new part introduced requires significant administrative overhead to verify and add to the system. The Component Information Portal reduces this administrative overhead because the new parts added will be complete, purchasable, and RoHS compliant.