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Frontline InPlan Flex is a fully integrated engineering system for rigid, flex, and rigid flex boards that supports all materials and generates multi-zone buildups, empowering engineers to deliver high quality PCB manufacturing workflows.
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Discover the advantage of Frontline InPlan Flex’s dedicated workstations that make it easy to plan manufacturing processes, generate outputs, store and manage engineering data, and configure the system.
Create new jobs quickly and easily using automatic job creation tools. Generate multi-zone buildups with flex, rigid, and rigid-flex zones. Create adhesive-free or acrylic materials buildups that support flex materials, coverlays, adhesives, and stiffeners. Increase efficiency by synchronizing ODB++ data and integrating data from electronic specs.
Easily design flex and rigid-flex stackups with online simulation of multi zone thickness while editing and impedance modeling for all rigid and flex zones, using your impedance control vendor of choice. Use Frontline InPlan Flex to perform safer stackup design, ensuring the design is not resin starved, while meeting your impedance and thickness requirements and constraints.
Automatically define the NC bits and tooling methods the NC machines will need. Frontline InPlan Flex acquires finish hole ODB++ data and selects the right drill and rout bits based on company-defined rules. Frontline InPlan Flex supports all profiling methods; plated and non-plated holes, routs, slots, and V-cuts; large hole tooling in nibbling or rout; and more.
Use the Panel Design Wizard to generate arrays and panels with cost-efficient material utilization. Easily apply your panelization rules to panelize ODB++ profile shapes using automatic part interlocking at different angles, coupon placement, accessory panelization, sheet cut design, and dimensioning diagrams. You can use both standard and dynamic panels, the border and PCB areas, and per-part coupons.
Solve production issues by generating rules-based engineering CAM instructions (CIs) containing Genesis DFMs, checklists, script names, and/or analysis actions. Simply publish the CIs to implement the instructions.
Use the BOM Wizard to compile a list of materials per fabrication process and to prepare BOM reports in seconds. Automatically add all PCB-related materials including cores, prepregs, laminates, foils, coverlays, adhesives, and stiffeners. Process materials may also be added such as backup and entry plates and NC drill and rout bits.
Generate multiple travelers automatically combining ERP-defined manufacturing operations with product attributes, notes, and graphic attachments in seconds. Review and edit travelers in the Traveler Editor and opt to preserve manual changes the next time the traveler is generated.
Save time and ensure the smooth running of your system with Frontline InPlan Flex’s library subsystems. Manage your company’s engineering knowledge and data and configure Frontline InPlan Flex according to your planning and manufacturing environments.
Specs EditorDefine and manage electronic specifications and reap the benefits of Frontline InPlan Flex’s powerful spec-related features.
Rules EditorStore your company's engineering knowledge and reasoning in user-defined electronic rules that are automatically applied during automated PCB planning.
Materials LibraryTake advantage of Frontline InPlan Flex’s electronic materials warehouse that enables efficient inventory management while playing a central role in the stackup and BOM generation mechanisms.
Stackup Templates LibraryDefine the stackup templates to be used by the Automatic Stackup Wizard for template-based stackup creation.
CAM Instructions LibraryDefine CAM instructions in the CAM Instructions Library — the central repository for every CAM instruction a planner may need to send to the CAM operator.
Drill Bits LibraryManage all your company's drill bits to be used in drill programs and included in the BOM.
Costing Editor LibraryDefine costing criteria and costing models for PCB fabrication jobs.
Panel LibraryEasily define parameters for panel, array, sheet, and coupon design and combine them to create design setup instructions to be used by the Layout Design Wizard.
Notes LibraryCreate and organize standard notes, accessible by planners from any Frontline InPlan Flex screen.
Configuration ManagerDefine site and user configurations and attribute groupings.
Expand the use of manufacturing and order data by storing specifications electronically. Attach specs to jobs and apply revision-controlled changes according to spec data. Run Job-to-Spec Compare, review the results, and generate corrective tooling instructions if needed.
Manage routing and tooling with the Rout Process Manager. Define pre-fab tooling processes and related materials by selecting materials and assigning them to rout or punch tools for automatic material cutting process creation.
Effortlessly produce documents for reports, queries, travelers, BOMs, and CAM instructions. Reports can include a range of elements from tables and charts, to layer and stackup images, and impedance modeling diagrams.
Apply changes to one or more jobs and automatically notify your team. Next, run a change approval session with privileged approval agents. Lastly, execute the change system wide.
Replace paper checklists with electronic verification lists to improve quality control. Multiple electronic sign-offs enable different supervisors to verify that the engineering work is complete. Validate product release operations using verification list sign-offs.
Transform your engineering tools and methods into a unified engineering powerhouse and produce top quality workplans for all board types. Powered by electronic specs and company-tailored rules, your needs and those of your customers drive the entire process.
Engineer challenging designs with a system that offers automatic multi-zone buildups and sophisticated buildup editing tools, including forming air gaps between flex clads, adding rigidizers and other accessories, and combining flexible and rigid laminated substrates into a single package.
Perform your entire engineering job with Frontline InPlan Flex. Design stackups, model customer impedance requirements, set material tooling processes, design your production panel and sheet cutting diagrams, generate the BOM, process routings and CAM instructions, and finally, generate a high-quality set of graphical manufacturing documentation in full color - all with one unified tool set.
Frontline InPlan Flex integrates with all CAM and ERP systems — including Frontline’s world-leading CAM products, Frontline GenFlex and Frontline Genesis 2000 — to seamlessly apply valuable CAM and shop floor data in its rules-based engineering processes, increasing throughput and eliminating errors caused by manual data entry.
Manage changes efficiently even in quick turnaround jobs. Easy-to-use tools keep you up-to-date including check-in/check-out, release and hold, revision compare, user privileges, verification lists, and engineering change management.
Automatically generate flex multi-zones based on design intent. Create shapes and stackups based on the designer's zone outline with our Frontline InPlan Flex automated PCB engineering system. Reduce the number of multi-zone shapes calculated and easily compare the zones defined by your designer.