Engineering Support

Design For Manufacturability

The core competency of the company is detailed engineering support enabling superior execution.

APCT’s core competency is our Design for Manufacturability Expertise

The core competency of the company is detailed engineering support enabling superior execution. Therefore, our first course of action is to pair our highly skilled DFM engineers with your own product development staff or PCB designers in order to support the implementation of a design that is both cost effective and highly reliable. We find that this early level of support will result in benefits ranging from increased development success to reduced cycle times and improved product yields. By involving the APCT Engineering team from the start, you’ll save your company both time and money.

We have found this strategy extremely helpful, not only in through-hole technology, but in the technology of HDI products, as well. By combining the designer’s vision with APCT’s experience and knowledge of printed circuit board manufacturing, stack-ups of various solutions have emerged prior to the build that have given both partners confidence in the outcome of a high reliability product.

Our design capabilities involve a full suite of services. Our team is invested in continuous improvement of our PCBs, which is why we are meticulous in developing new technologies, as well as review and analysis of everything we create. We regularly review material selections, process capabilities, and finish requirements to ensure we remain at the cutting edge of the latest rigid PCB and HDI technologies. We also incorporate pre ECO design review and comprehensive tooling reviews of our manufacturing capabilities. In addition, we work toward maximizing our array for assembly and optimizing our panel utilization, as well as impedance calculation (single ended, horizontal differential, and broadside differential). You can always expect a highly knowledgeable staff and field support from our central corporate contacts.

To forge a beneficial partnership with an industry leader, please contact us today.

Design for Manufacturability

Data Transfer Instructions

It’s very important to us to treat every customer as our partner. This is why we work closely to meet your exact specifications in the design phase, in accordance with design for manufacturability (DFM) philosophy. Our goal is to make your life easier, which is why we allow you to upload plans, specs, or other necessary documents and data to us via FTP. This makes things faster and easier for all involved. The instructions and acceptable data formats are below.

Inside Sales/ Customer Service
Director of Inside Sales: Amy Paulino

General Quote Email and Data Attachment

DFM Technical Support

Instructions to access APCT’s secure FTP site:
From a web browser, using HTTPS protocol:

From an FTP client (i.e. FileZilla, WinSCP, etc):
Use SFTP connection method, Port 22

For general use, you can use the following generic credentials:
User ID: apct
Password: apct349520

This account is restricted and cannot retrieve files or do a directory listing.
Note: It is strongly recommended that you contact us and obtain private credentials. When using private credentials, your files will be stored in a private folder, while allowing you to read and write files, as well as obtaining a directory listing.

CAD/CAM Formats:

Gerber RS-274-X
Gerber RS-274-D with aperture list
IPC-356-A Netlist
IPC-D-356 Netlist

Fabrication Drawing Formats:

HPGL 1 or 2
Gerber RS-274-X
Autocad DWG

Drill, Rout and Scoring Formats:
Excellon 1
Excellon 2

APCT Engineering produces thorough DFMs that go through every aspect of a design with thoughtful commentary and suggestions that help us improve our design and avoid future problems, all while demonstrating quick communication and strong character.”

Elbit Systems of America, LLC