Team configuration management tools from Altium; Vault technology updated

December 04, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Altium has launched Version 1.2 of Altium Vault Server in conjunction with the Team Configuration Centre, providing hpgraded high integrity, smart team and design data management

Hosted on an organisation's own network infrastructure, the Altium Vault manages native electronic design data, including its revision history, life-cycle state and supply chain information. This release adds ability to migrate data from one vault to another, and enhanced support for connecting to corporate enterprise systems, such as ERP and PLM.

Altium Vault Server ensures that files released to manufacture meet release requirements and approvals. Re-used design elements offer a proven track record, so components being designed-in are viable for the lifecycle of the product. Key business benefits of Altium Vault Server 1.2 are asserted as; Traceability and Where-Used Information through disciplined revisioning; shortened design cycles through design reuse; risk reduction through smart supply chain intelligence during design time, not after, where it is most costly.

Based on Vault technology, Altium’s Team Configuration Center (TC2), helps organisations centralise and standardise their design environment. Everything from design tool setup and configuration to document templates and manufacturing file formats, can be set up and automatically deployed to each engineer’s desktop.

This is a significant development, because failing to maintain a standard set of design styles and tool set-ups has an often-overlooked impact on team productivity.

Until now, some organisations have turned to alternatives such as OS imaging or endpoint management tools. However these solutions can be complicated to deploy and lack any understanding of a design team’s true requirements.

By combining the Team Configuration Center with an Altium Vault, engineering team leaders can be confident that their designers are working in a ready-to-go, reliable and company approved design environment; using CAD library components that are known to be good and have acceptable supply chain solutions; and are handing off designs to manufacturing that have passed checking and are in the correct format.

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