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 we have a significant amount of capability to read both NC programs and machine libraries to enable that information to be used on another platform.
We are able to do this as we have a neutralized basis for all package types in our library. So not only can we use this central library to create part data for new programs for all common equipment types but we can also create packages by reading the part data from existing NC programs and machine libraries. Once imported in to our database, we can then export them in completely different formats that support different machines.
This capability can make the difference in selecting a new pick and place vendor as it allows existing machine programs to be reused. Now the evaluation team can assess the new equipment capability and not have to limit the choice by how existing programs are supported or not.
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