Ucamco clears more front-end engineering bottlenecks with Ucam v8.5
The latest release of Ucamco’s UCAM PCB CAM software delivers increased productivity
in two areas which have historically restricted front-end engineering throughput: the
preparation of complex rout profiles for rigid and flexible boards, and design optimization
to increase fabrication yields.
Ucamco has rolled out an aggressive schedule of new software releases, training
programs and webinars since it was re-founded as an independent provider in 2008.
Each step has been based on the identification of a PCB front-end engineering
bottleneck and the development of an appropriate solution to clear it.
Preparing accurate profiling tools for complex-shaped PCBs has always been a slow
process. It requires entering complex data from the customer’s drawing, preparing the
tool data and then checking it back against the original drawing. UCAM Version 8.5.1
provides a practical real-world solution. The customer’s PDF drawing is displayed
directly on-screen. New profiling functionality allows the engineer to snap his profile-tool
data from point to point on the drawing. Clear function icons eliminate the need for
complex off-screen calculations of radii, chamfered corners etc. Flexible new
dimensioning software highlights critical dimensions to check back against the
customer’s drawing, and generates clear drawings for shop-floor verification of the
finished board. As all system fonts are supported, drawings can be easily annotated in
any local language.
Design rule violation repair and design optimization for manufacturability are two
important customer services to generate repeat business for PCB fabricators. As each
type of PCB and each customer have individual requirements, a “one size fits all” solution
does not work. UCAM’s new on-screen set-up allows the fabricator to define and store a
precise set of repair and optimization strategies immediately they are required and
without time-consuming programming. The stored procedures then run fully
automatically to deliver increased yield for the fabricator and for the customer lower
prices and enhanced end-product reliability.
Ucamco (former Barco ETS) is a market leader in PCB CAM software and laser
photoplotting systems. We have more than 25 years continuous experience developing
and supporting leading-edge front-end tooling solutions for the global PCB industry. We help fabricators world-wide raise yields, increase factory productivity, and cut enterprise risks and costs.

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