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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

Single source of Information

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.

Version and revision management

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.

Design data and BOM management

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.

Change management

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.

Supporting multiple locations

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.

PDM/PLM Integration

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.

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.

Recent DS-CR Blog Posts

  • 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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  • 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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  • Blog
March 19, 2019
Tech Tip on the Circuit Block Manager

Modular circuit design allows engineers to create a set of electronics building blocks that can be reused and shared between products. The Circuit Block Manager facilitates reuse management and change control of a library of circuit blocks in a convenient and organized manner. This brief video shows how simple it is to use a hierarchical schematic containing circuit blocks as the basis for a modular circuit block library within DS-CR.

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  • Blog
January 15, 2019
Tech Tip: Component Lists with Destination Matrix

The destination matrix enables convenient viewing and editing of a component list that has part variants.

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  • Blog
November 27, 2018
Tech Tip: Variation Management in Component Lists

Variation Management provides the means for the user to define the part numbers and mounting status of parts to be mounted based on the product variation: delivery destination and model. Furthermore, Variant Management applications allow the user to easily switch views and export parts lists based on the destination.

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