PCB Design Data Management - DS-CR

PCB Design Data Management and Library

Managing work-in-progress data and workflow information within a discipline-specific environment

DS-CR: Design data, change and configuration management

Zuken’s engineering data management platform DS-CR has been created to support the specific demands of PCB design data management. It combines multi-site library, design data and configuration management into a unified engineering environment.

Define and track component versions through the library’s lifecycle

Track component versions through the component lifecycle

Manage design data, related documents, simulation data, enclosures, parts lists and CAM data

Create comprehensive design information and documents to ensure a controlled change process

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Product Features

Find out more about Zuken's advanced library and design data management solutions

DS-CR is an Engineering Data Management (EDM) environment that has been designed to support the specific requirements of PCB and multi-board design. DS-CR is built on an object-oriented industry standard database and runs on Windows® based clients. It is directly embedded into the user interface in Zuken’s CR-8000 PCB Design environment, within the Design Gateway and Design Force authoring tools.

DS-CR’s component version and revision management functionality provides definition and tracking of versions of components and design data throughout the product lifecycle. Only valid component changes are distributed, preventing invalid or incomplete changes from being deployed.

DS-CR provides a central source of information by unifying all engineering data into one environment, and controlling synchronization to local or geographically-distributed development teams. DS-CR also supports the creation of modular circuit block libraries that can be retrieved and re-used in new designs, saving valuable engineering time and money. If single components need be updated because of sourcing issues, all instances will be automatically identified in “where used” analyses.

A built-in change management process provides a detailed documentation of each design or document change, such as modifications to the specification, customer change, and obsolescence.

By unifying all engineering data into one environment and controlling synchronization to local or international development teams, DS-2 provides a single source of truth in a global environment.

DS-CR has been designed to enhance existing PLM systems – not to replace them. DS-CR can integrate with all major PLM and ERP systems and provides SOA-based “plug & play” connectors; in addition, generic integration APIs are
available for other third party systems.

The integration between DS-CR and third party PLM environments is bi-directional and includes the synchronization of material data, the bill-of-materials information and related documents.

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Manage Corporate Library Part Data with SiliconExpert

Zuken and SiliconExpert have partnered to deliver critical component information to engineers within the CR-8000 and DS-CR design and database environment. The integration enables engineers to make better component selection decisions, resulting in higher quality products and lower costs in less time.

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Our satisfied customers

Through the standardization of design data and libraries we have created the foundation for the systematic reuse of existing designs.

Paul BurgerGroup Leader PCB Design Research + Development, Endress+Hauser

Zuken’s DS-2 (DS-CR) data management software offered everything we needed. As the Surface™ portfolio of products grew, data management for electrical design became an increasingly critical element of our process, and we were excited about the opportunity DS-2 provides to better integrate supply chain optimization directly into design decisions right at the engineer’s desktop. We are in the second phase of deployment managing our component library, and so far we are very pleased with the results,

Erik von FuchsDirector of Engineering, Surface Products, Microsoft

DS-CR Use Cases

see how DS-CR handles…

Component Analysis Library Analysis Where-used Analysis Second Source Analysis Supplier Analysis BOM Analysis Variant and Destination Analysis Four Point Comparison Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) Preferred Parts Lists Design Data Analysis

Component Analysis

DS-CR provides analysis of where components are used and what second sources are defined. The engineer also has access to criteria available to rate second source components for their order of usage.

Library Analysis

DS-CR provides in-depth analysis to maintain the best possible quality of library information before reusing libraries or its individual objects.

Where-used Analysis

DS-CR provides a where-used search capability that shows where a component is being used, whether it is used by other assemblies, which revision of the assembly it is in, etc.

Second Source Analysis

DS-CR offers a flexible way to rank components based on a customer’s matrix, to ensure valid methods for engineers to bridge the gap between engineering suppliers.

Supplier Analysis

By combining the supplier information with technology, quality and source rating information, you can make an informed decision, considering all variables, to guarantee the right component is selected to deliver the best business results.

BOM Analysis

DS-CR provides BOM analysis based on a broad range of criteria, e.g. preferred vendor/supplier analysis; component technology analysis; component lifecycle analysis; price analysis; quality analysis; stock amount analysis; development and manufacturing approval analysis.

Variant and Destination Analysis

DS-CR is ideally suited to help with variant and destination management, while ensuring high levels of quality and reliability.

Four Point Comparison

To guarantee permanent synchronization between component lists, material master and related schematic and layout files, DS-CR provides a four point comparison method to cover all changes of related information, within a single comparison result window.

Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)

DS-CR helps engineers to evaluate the recommended stress criteria of FMEA when de-rating electronic parts or components, and to define the maximum application stress values.

Preferred Parts Lists

Preferred Parts Lists include components pre-approved for use within a company, division or a given project. A PPL actively promotes approved parts and supports accurate part selection and type reduction.

Design Data Analysis

DS-CR supports the definition of data management analysis and design reuse plans for any given scenario: design data analysis and reuse; design data; archiving of verified design data for regulatory audits; design data access to allow users to work from any computer around the world.

Related Resources

Find out more about DS-CR via our webinars, press releases and more...

Reuse of Schematic and Layout Modules in PCB design
  • Webinar
April 12, 2024
Dealing with Component Obsolescence in PCB Design

This webinar will demonstrate how Zuken's CR-8000 Enterprise PCB Design System automates updates and redesigns in response to component obsolescence. Learn how to identify affected modules, update designs with a schematic module library, and intelligently assist layout modifications.

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  • Case Study
May 26, 2023
Pizzato Elettrica

Working in safety - this is the value proposition of Pizzato Elettrica, a well-established industrial safety company based in Marostica, Italy, which has chosen Zuken to implement a solution that integrates its electronic design environment with the company's PDM infrastructure.

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Integrating electronic design environment within the company's PDM infrastructure.
  • Webinar
July 11, 2022
An integrated change management process spanning Dassault Systèmes 3D Experience and CR-8000/DS-CR

DS-CR is closely interlinked with CR-8000 and often connected to company-wide PDM, PLM or ERP environments. In this session we will review a bidirectional cross-system change management process spanning 3D Experience from Dassault Systèmes and CR-8000/DS-CR from Zuken

Watch Now
smart working and library management
  • Webinar
July 11, 2022
Ensuring Business Continuity and Reduce Supply Chain Risk–Managing BoMs with DS-CR and SiliconExpert

Zuken and SiliconExpert have partnered to deliver critical component information to engineers within the CR-8000 and DS-CR design and library data environments. The integration enables engineers to make better-informed component selection decisions while being able to review a wealth of part information, resulting in higher quality products and lower overall costs and reducing effort in part selection.

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  • Press Release
March 29, 2022
Yokogawa Electric Selects Zuken’s CR-8000 as New Electronic Design Environment

Yokogawa Electric selects CR-8000 to restructure their electronic design environment in Japan, China and Korea tackling product complexity and technology challenges.

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  • Press Release
December 14, 2021
SAP Certifies Zuken Interface for SAP S/4HANA

The integration enables data and metadata generated in Zuken’s systems to be used in company-wide business processes managed in SAP, such as concurrent engineering, module management, configuration management, component management as well as change and release management. 

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Recent DS-CR Blog Posts

A satellite in orbit around the moon, depicting advanced space technology and exploration, measuring Earth through innovative aerospace equipment and missions
  • Blog
January 24, 2022
Measuring the Earth

EREMS, a French enterprise specializing in the design and realization of high-tech electronic equipment and of associated software for Space, Defense, and Aeronautics uses CR-8000 and DS-CR from Zuken for the design and lifecycle management of flight electronics, ground electronic equipment, and test benches.

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Tech Tip: Design Compare in DS-CR
  • Blog
June 10, 2021
Tech Tip: Design Compare in DS-CR

Have you ever tried to remember what changed between revisions of a design and then had to do a painstaking review of the two designs? With the comparison functions in DS-CR, even the smallest changes or unintentional deviations between different revisions of a PCB design can be quickly identified.

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  • Blog
May 06, 2021
PCB Design Data Management: Expectation vs Reality

From our everyday life, we know many examples where our expectations and reality do not quite match. PCB design data management is no exception.

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  • Blog
April 24, 2020
Working Remotely with DS – Design Data Management Tools

The world that we all live in has been changed by the Covid-19 outbreak. Stay at home orders and social distancing significantly impact the way we live our daily lives. Working remotely presents a whole new set of challenges for engineers and the companies that employ us. We now work on company supplied-laptops that typically connect back to the corporate network through a VPN.

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  • Blog
March 31, 2020
Tech Tip: Exporting Search Results

This brief video shows you how exporting search results to a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file works. A repeated support call topic is how to export a long list of search results, so we will cover that one, too. 

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bom, bill of material
  • Blog
February 20, 2020
Tech Tip: Managing BOMs Through the Component EOL Cycle with Zuken’s DS-CR

Electronic components are constantly changing, causing parts to go EOL (End-of-Life) for various reasons: companies go out of business, component product lines change hands, old technology is updated with new. Electronic product manufacturers must be agile to keep their product BOMs (bill of materials) up to date and keep their supply chain humming. Fortunately for them, Zuken’s DS-CR customers leverage component and design data relationships to tackle the problem.

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