One of the biggest challenges in the process of a design to manufacturing handoff is the lack of manufacturing knowledge and data while still in the design phase. In fact, there is no communication between designers and manufacturers; handoff to manufacturing is typically managed by the procurement department.
While the procurement aspects of PCB fabrication are of course important, what’s more important is that the PCB design can in fact be carried out by the fabricator. With no direct communication between the designer and fabricator during the design stage, it is only much later that the designer may find out that the design does not comply with the manufacturer’s constraints, or a fabricator could discover that they are unable to fabricate a design.
Designers and manufacturers have indicated that this is the main source for project delays, loss of business, low closing rate and low manufacturing capacity.