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Data Management

17. August 2023
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Data management within electronics design refers to the process of organizing, managing, and controlling data related to components and designs in an electronic system. It involves using specialized tools and systems to handle component databases, version control, and integration with distributors. The purpose is to ensure a structured and efficient workflow where all relevant data is accessible, changes are traceable, and collaboration among designers is facilitated.

Purpose of Data Management

  • Efficient Design Work: Data management ensures a structured workflow where all relevant data is organized and available to designers. This improves productivity and reduces the time spent searching for information.
  • Traceability and Documentation: By tracking changes and managing versions of design data, better traceability and documentation of the design process are achieved. This makes it easier to manage changes and ensure accurate documentation.
  • Easy Access to Component Information: Data management systems integrated with component databases from distributors provide easy access to up-to-date component data. This improves the accuracy of selected components and avoids errors in production.
  • Enhanced Collaboration: Teamwork facilitates work among multiple designers who can collaborate simultaneously on the same design. It reduces duplicated work and enhances collaboration in the design process.
  • Efficient BOM Generation: Data management systems make it easy to create and manage Bills of Materials (BOMs). This reduces time and the risk of errors during the BOM generation process.


Component Database
The ability to create and manage a database of available components. This allows designers to easily find and replace components that are obsolete or have long lead times.

Version Control
The capability to track and manage different versions of design data and documentation. This makes it easier for multiple designers to collaborate on the same design and enables traceability of changes over time.

Centralized Storage
A common storage space where all designers can store and access files related to electronics design. This ensures that all relevant data is available to the entire team and avoids information fragmentation.

Integration with Component Distributors
Direct access to component databases from distributors, simplifying the process of sourcing and updating component data. This reduces the risk of data entry errors and ensures up-to-date information about available components.

Change Traceability
The ability to track all changes made to the schematic and printed circuit board (PCB). This allows for visibility into when and by whom changes were made, ensuring better traceability and documentation of design changes.

Team Collaboration
The ability for multiple designers to collaborate simultaneously on the same design by checking in and out specific files or parts of the design. This facilitates collaboration as designers can work independently on different aspects of the project, ensuring changes do not conflict.

Simplified BOMs
The ability to easily create and manage Bills of Materials (BOMs) within the design. This simplifies the process of generating and updating BOMs and ensures accurate and up-to-date component information.

Handling of Schematic Symbols, Footprints, and Design Data
The ability to organize and manage all relevant design data, including schematic symbols and component footprints. This ensures a consistent and structured approach to design components.

Overall, data management systems within electronics design enable a more efficient and structured workflow, improved traceability, error reduction, and enable collaboration among designers. It helps to streamline the design process, enhance accuracy, and ensure effective collaboration between various stakeholders in the electronics industry.

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