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Posts tagged with 'vPlan'

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

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

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

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

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

26 Mar, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there As the next installment of the new capability in Valor MSS 11.3, I shall today talk about the improvements we have made in the Stencil Design module of the product. We added a number of new standard apertures to the Stencil Design with this release. These were specifically to address commonly created stencil openings that were previously challenging to create quickly. Now they are automatically … Read More

solder paste, stencil, aperture, vPlan, data preparation, BOM

19 Mar, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there I have heard of a couple of cases of PCB designs where a common pad is shared between two separate components. At it’s simplest case, two 0603 components lie end to end but instead of four pads, two for each, there are only three in total. The two pads closest to each other overlap meaning only one is visible on the board. In other words they share a common pad. This scenario is typically … Read More

packages, aperture, vPlan, programming, ICT, bill of materials, stencil, variant, BOM

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

26 Feb, 2013

Mark Laing Hi there I recently discussed the new capability in Valor MSS Process Preparation 11.3. I mentioned that I would go in to more detail on some of the areas that are part of this version and I will cover the new Test Probe Placement capability today. We have added an all new Test Probe Placement Session in 11.3 that performs the physical test probe placement analysis natively within the application. This … Read More

AOI, Flying Probe, ICT, AXI, data preparation, bill of materials, Design For Test, Automated Optical Inspection, Automated X-Ray Inspection, boundary scan, BOM, process, vPlan, testability, VPL

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