Labun Nuclear Technologies
Streamlining Development of Replacement Electronics for Nuclear Power Plants with SOLIDWORKS PCB
INSTALLED SOLIDWORKS PCB, RELEASED FIRST BOARD NEXT DAYThe day that Labun Nuclear Technologies installed SOLIDWORKS PCB software, Labun began developing an adaptor board for an LCD screen with 40 to 50 components. By the next day, the board was ready for production. “Within the first 48 hours of having SOLIDWORKS PCB software installed, I had my first circuit board design out for manufacturing,” Labun notes. “From my standpoint, there’s no other combination of tools that can do what SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS PCB does,” Labun continues. “I can slide back and forth between the two programs without crashes, file conversions, or data transfers. I throw the components on the board in SOLIDWORKS PCB, take the design into SOLIDWORKS to check clearances, move back to SOLIDWORKS PCB to make modifications, and then go back to SOLIDWORKS to automatically generate unified BOM [bill of materials] information and files for production.”
GREATER ACCURACY + BETTER VISUALIZATION = ZERO PROTOTYPESBecause the combination of SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS PCB software provides greater accuracy and improved visualization, Labun Nuclear Technologies has eliminated the need to create prototype boards to identify potential issues, saving time and money. “With the integrated SOLIDWORKS environment, you can manually measure things, make modifications, and then visualize the changes in real time, which saves tons of time,” Labun says. “I no longer need to order sample boards because I can virtually prototype the board in SOLIDWORKS,” Labun adds. “Before, I’d order a sample board, and if the dimensions were off, I’d have to make another one at a cost of roughly $600. I’m doing everything electronically now, which will save thousands of dollars each year.”
PCB DESIGN PORTABILITYIn addition to streamlining Labun’s PCB design process, the integrated SOLIDWORKS electronic design solution extends when and where Labun can do his design work because the software runs well on a standard laptop computer. “With integrated SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS PCB software, I have greater agility, flexibility, and portability,” Labun stresses. “For example, I can be in a meeting with a customer to show my design in 3D, and the customer may pinpoint an issue, such as a switch being too close,” Labun says. “In about 30 seconds, I can make changes on the fly on my laptop and show the customer the new design in real time. Or, I can sit in a control room and design a replacement part in less than a day if the need is urgent. The integrated SOLIDWORKS solution enables me to use the tools that I need, when and where I need them.”
Accelerate the development of digital printed circuit boards (PCBs) as replacements for analog circuits, instruments, and electronic control systems, which were installed in nuclear power plants decades ago.
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- Released first PCB board to production two days after installation
- Eliminated need for prototype boards
- Saved thousands of dollars annually
- Improved ability to make design changes late in process
Products(s) Used:SOLIDWORKS PCB