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Bridging the PCB Assembly gap

Ucamco NV, leading developer of software, photoplotting and direct imaging systems for the PCB industry, has launched UcamX Assembly Seat, a powerful addition to its industry-beating CAM platform that bridges the gap between bare board production and assembly.

Gent, Belgium – May 1st, 2019 – Before any electronic product reaches its final customer, it will have gone through multiple processes carried out by a series of independent specialist manufacturers who rarely comunicate directly with each other. For the most part, this works, but it can be a problem for assembly companies who must put bare boards and components together. They need detailed information about both elements in order to make valid decisions about how to place components, and whether the design constraints are in line with their own manufacturing capabilities and specifications. Intelligent integrated solutions that combine data about bare boards and components are scarce or come at a premium, so many companies are using ad-hoc systems that are neither streamlined nor efficient.

With a decades-long commitment to developing leading-edge integrated production software that truly responds to and grows with the needs of the PCB manufacturing industry, Ucamco makes it a priority to listen to its customers and work closely with them. So when it was asked for help in improving assembly front-end processes, it stepped up willingly as Ucamco’s Adam Newington explains: “What was needed was an easy way for assembly companies to understand the PCB, identify the components and placement requirements, and see and analyse board and component characteristics”. All fairly straightforward information that should normally be provided by the design company but is not always forthcoming. As it happens, the board designers generally output this information in Gerber and/or ODB files together with the bare board data that PCB manufacturers need. It’s a data format that UcamX handles every day, all over the world, so it was a natural enough step to extend the platform to encompass assembly-specific data management. UcamX Assembly Seat identifies the assembly data and reads it into a job database, putting it into an easily understandable visual format that can be interrogated, zoomed in on, collated and analysed to clarify quickly and easily exactly what the assembly process requires, while annular ring and solder pad land sizes and clearances can be analysed to see how they impact assembly. UcamX Assembly Seat allows interrogation of components singly and by type, reference designator information or part name, PIN numbers and reference net names. Components, connections and net designators can be traced back to the designer’s original schematic, and BOMs and production documents can easily be generated. And there is potential for a whole lot more functionality. 

Ucam has been facilitating front-end PCB manufacturing processes for decades. Now, with UcamX Assembly Seat, this powerful front-end electronics manufacturing solution takes a momentous first step across the PCB-assembly bridge, supporting assembly companies with intelligent, integrated functionality, all delivered with Ucamco’s trademark ease of use and simplicity.

Visit www.ucamco.com. Find out why PCB manufacturers all over the world turn to Ucamco for solutions they can trust, and discover what UcamX Assembly Seat can do for your assembly business by clicking on the link below: https://www.adeon.nl/products/cam-software/assembly-seat

Or visit www.ucamco.com

About Ucamco Ucamco (formerly Barco ETS) is a market leader in PCB CAM software, photoplotting and direct imaging systems, with a global network of sales and support centers. Headquartered in Gent, Belgium, Ucamco has over 35 years of ongoing experience in developing and supporting leading-edge photoplotters and front-end tooling solutions for the global PCB industry. Key to this success is the company's uncompromising pursuit of engineering excellence in all its products. Ucamco also owns the IP rights on the Gerber File Format through its acquisition of Gerber Systems Corp (1998).

About Adeon

At Adeon we believe that it is the quality of our work that placed us in our current position, and quality is what we try to improve with everything we do. European PCB manufacturers are often challenged to produce many different designs and technology levels every day. This makes it challenging to select and provide equipment that is capable of doing that. Our goal is to offer the best service and support against affordable rates to the highest standards to help our customers to stay at the forefront of technological developments.

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