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3 Apr, 2014

Mark Laing Hi there It was a great three days in Las Vegas last week for the IPC Apex Trade Show. We met many new and existing customers at our booth. The attendance seemed to be higher than last year though I don’t know the official numbers. I presented at the PCB Designers Forum on the Monday morning on simplying all those part and package libraries that you need to manage. This was also one of the areas … Read More

IPC Apex, ICT, AOI, apex, testability, vPlan, process, BOM, data preparation, process preparation, stencil, bill of materials

18 Dec, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there We have just posted 12.0 Update 1 to SupportNet for those users who have already downloaded and installed 12.0 which came out a few weeks ago. This update includes the first release for the IPC 2581 Revision A format as a CAM reader in Process Preparation. Although not common, we have had some requests to support this format so we have released this now as part of the Process Preparation suite. For … Read More

programming, process, data preparation, Design For Test, spea, IPC 2581, testability, vPlan, ICT

20 Nov, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there Productronica was a great show last week in Munich, Germany. We met a lot of existing and prospective people there. This gave us plenty of opportunity to discuss our latest software offerings, which were received very well, as well as getting new ideas for future releases. Furthermore, with so many of the PCB manufacturing vendors at the show, it was also an ideal time to discuss industry trends … Read More

vPlan, programming, data preparation, Productronica

6 Nov, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there I hinted a few weeks ago at new capability to reduce the programming time for AOI machines that we recently released in Valor MSS 11.3 Update 3 but I wanted to provide further details on this. With the introduction of an enhanced programming format for the Cyberoptics AOI machines, it has enabled the Valor MSS Process Preparation team to update the interface to this machine taking advantage … Read More

machine library, AOI, VPL, vPlan, Automated Optical Inspection, process, data preparation, programming, programming time, Cyberoptics

23 Oct, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there November 12th is the start of Productronica, the show for PCB Manufacturers in Munich, Germany. I hope to be able to meet a number of our existing customers as well as plenty of new ones looking to improve their design to manufacturing NPI flow with our tools. We’ll be showing the upcoming release of MSS at the show. New DFT capability will be available along with an all new programming … Read More

NPI, New Product Introduction, data preparation, vPlan, Design For Test, Productronica, Munich, programming, Trade Show, documentation

30 Sep, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there The first in a series of three webinars is now available on Mentor.com where David Wiens and myself promote Best Practices for PCB New Product Introduction. We discuss six steps that should be used to improve the speed of introducing new products in to manufacturing for both PCB designers and process engineers alike. One of the most beneficial areas for PCB Designers is to take control of the … Read More

data preparation, NPI, documentation, New Product Introduction

5 Sep, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there On September 23rd and 24th in Frankfurt, Germany, we will host a day and half seminar on the Valor MSS Process Preparation product line. I have talked alot about this over the past couple of years on my blog and enjoyed meeting a lot of you at last years very successful event. I will also be there this year so I am looking forward to meeting you again as well as meeting some new faces who for … Read More

vPlan, Frankfurt, data preparation, seminar, process preparation

1 Aug, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there We have released Update 3 for Valor MSS Process Preparation users. This addresses a number of defects that were found recently but also adds new capability to support a MS SQL Server database in addition to the Oracle database that has been supported since the product was first released. We have also made significant improvements to support the SRFF format for Cyberoptics AOI machines due to … Read More

programming, Assembleon, process, Cyberoptics, data preparation

28 Jun, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there Last year we held a very successful Process Preparation seminar in Switzerland for our central European users. This year the seminar will be held in Frankfurt, Germany on September 23-24. The focus will be on the capability provided by Valor MSS Process Preparation so areas such as Data Preparation, SMT Programming, Test Programming, Inspection Programming, Assembly Documentation and Stencil … Read More

programming, data preparation, process, vPlan, documentation

18 Jun, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there I have had many conversations with manufacturing people over the years regarding the various files that are created from design that are provided to them for the purposes of assembly and test. It is not unusual to hear about a file set consisting of Gerbers, Drill, IPC 356 Netlist, Centroid, BOM, Intelligent layout, various documentation files and other machine specific format files that continue … Read More

process, Automated Optical Inspection, mixed vendor, ODB++, documentation, BOM, Flying Probe, ICT, Automated X-Ray Inspection, bill of materials, Design For Test, data preparation, programming, vPlan

11 Jun, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there Boundary Scan has been available for well over 15 years now and it has continued to evolve over that time as the initial IEEE standard 1149 has been updated to cover more than just digital devices. Although for most printed circuit designs full testing through 4 or 5 connections is not possible a significant number of designs have some number of components on them that support the Boundary … Read More

ICT, Flying Probe, testability, vPlan, boundary scan, process, Design For Test, programming, data preparation

31 May, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there A couple of versions ago Valor MSS released a new interface to the Juki IS software. Here we created the best solution for Juki machines through the new ISS XML file that Juki developed. The reason that this solution is the best on the market is because we can use our unique auto-generation capability to create Juki specific part data from existing MSS vShapes, VPL content or by reading all … Read More

Enhancement, data preparation, Juki, approved vendor list, programming, vPlan, BOM, process, AVL, bill of materials

14 May, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there SMT vendors are commonly asked by prospective customers about their existing pick and place programs and what happens with them if they purchase another type of equipment. The customer is usually told that there is nothing that can be done with those programs and hence they need to maintain those in the old system until they migrate them to the new machines. However in Valor MSS Process Preparation … Read More

Sony, Assembleon, programming, Sequence, Siemens, approved vendor list, mixed vendor, Fuji, Panasonic, Hitachi, process, data preparation, Juki, iPulse, Universal, vPlan, Yamaha

8 May, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there This week I would like to ask for input on assembly variants. For the context of this post I would like to state that an assembly variant is one where the base bare PCB is common to all assembly variants and that the variation is through the presence and absence of parts including part substitution of functionally different parts. Therefore using an Approved Vendor List (AVL) to substitute … Read More

data preparation, approved vendor list, bill of materials, process, BOM, assembly variant, AVL, variant

24 Apr, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there This may seem a strange topic for a Process Engineering Blog but bear with me on this. Over the past few years, car manufacturers seem to be in a race to develop the cars with the highest number of gear ratios in them. Currently cars on the market have automatic gearboxes with 8 forward ratios. Manual gearboxes exist with 7 forward gears now.  I have also heard about possible future gearboxes … Read More

programming, AOI, data preparation, vPlan, bill of materials, BOM

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