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Posts tagged with 'process'

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

27 Feb, 2014

Mark Laing Hi there IPC Apex 2014 in Las Vegas is only a few weeks away, being the week of March 23rd. I'll be presenting at the PCB Designers Forum on the morning of Monday 23rd and then be attending the Exhibition for the following days at Booth 617. I hope you will be able to make the trip to Las Vegas and attend the show and the presentations. If so please stop by our booth and introduce yourself so we can … Read More

Las Vegas, IPC Apex, Design For Test, vPlan, ICT, process, documentation, programming, Exhibition

21 Jan, 2014

Mark Laing Hi there In previous postings I have asked about assembly variants and the management of the data associated with them. For this posting I am interested to hear about your feedback on a similar but different topic. This is particularly common in the automotive market but I suspect it occurs anywhere a single PCB design board supports many different variants and these need to be managed dynamically on … Read More

process, programming, bill of materials, variant, vPlan, BOM

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

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

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

Juki ISS Interface, now improved

Posted by Mark Laing

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

17 Apr, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there Many of our customers have seen an increase in the number of products that need to be grouped together to enable them to run with a single SMT setup to reduce the time taken for change-over from one product to another. The challenge is knowing which products can be incorporated in to a single group given the unique part numbers on each product and the feeder capacity of each machine in the … Read More

Planning, process, vPlan, bill of materials, Enhancement, programming, grouping, BOM, Sequence

2 Apr, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there One of the areas that we constantly look to enhance with each release is our support for the machines that are in use with our customers. Although we use the Mentor Ideas site as a opportunity to derive feedback from yourselves, I also wanted to take this chance to ask you to let me know which machines you still need us to support either because they are new to the market or needed to address … Read More

AOI, Enhancement, Flying Probe, ICT, AXI, data preparation, bill of materials, Design For Test, Automated Optical Inspection, Automated X-Ray Inspection, documentation, boundary scan, BOM, process, vPlan, SPI, THT, Solder Paste Inspection, programming

5 Mar, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there We recently had a successful trade show at Apex 2013 in San Diego. During the event I was interviewed with iConnect PCB007′s Andy Shaughnessy. We discussed the main themes that we were promoting on the booth in the area of Process Preparation, namely being able to use a single solution for all areas of PCB manufacturing data preparation as well as simplying the many types of part library … Read More

IPC, vPlan, AOI, documentation, Flying Probe, ICT, AVL, data preparation, AXI, Design For Test, Automated Optical Inspection, Automated X-Ray Inspection, BOM, bill of materials, testability, SPI, Solder Paste Inspection, programming, process

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