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The latest release of Ucamco’s Ucam PCB CAM software is designed to deliver increased productivity in two areas that have previously restricted front-end engineering throughput.

These restrictive areas are the preparation of complex rout profiles for rigid and flexible boards, plus design optimisation to increase fabrication yields.

Ucamco has rolled out a schedule of software releases, training programmes 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 generally been a slow process, according to Ucamco.

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 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 and so on.

Flexible 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 annotated in any local language.

Design rule violation repair and design optimisation 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 optimisation strategies immediately when they are required and without time-consuming programming.

The stored procedures then run fully automatically to deliver increased yield for the fabricator and lower prices and enhanced end-product reliability for the customer.

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