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AWS Group is using v2.04 Speedplacer software at its AWS Cemgraft facility to simplify the process of populating PCBs by hand.

The software is said to be helping the company reduce time, eliminate errors and cut the cost of producing prototype and low-volume boards.

Speedplacer uses Gerber files, a BOM and X-Y co-ordinates to produce a sequential step-by-step visual guide for the operative, removing the need to mark up drawings, reducing time wasted on customer documentation and eliminating paperwork at the workstation.

An original CAD package generated IPC-D-356 netlist file can be used if available to add pin and net information, speeding up inspection and fault finding.

Steve Honeybun, Fasttrack and general manager at AWS Cemgraft, said: ‘We estimate that we can cut hand-built production time by 30-40 per cent using the new software.

‘This is vital for our Fasttrack prototyping program, which aims to turnaround prototype or urgent low-volume requests in five to 10 days as standard – even more so when we get requests for delivery in 24 hours.

‘Speedplacer increases quality and repeatability, reduces errors and rework, and simplifies testing.

‘We are also able to hand-build small-volume production runs using Speedplacer instead of clogging up our fully automated lines,’ he added.

Software speeds PCB manufacture at AWS

AWS Group is using v2.04 Speedplacer software at its AWS Cemgraft facility to simplify the process of populating PCBs by hand.

The software is said to be helping the company reduce time, eliminate errors and cut the cost of producing prototype and low-volume boards.

Speedplacer uses Gerber files, a BOM and X-Y co-ordinates to produce a sequential step-by-step visual guide for the operative, removing the need to mark up drawings, reducing time wasted on customer documentation and eliminating paperwork at the workstation.

An original CAD package generated IPC-D-356 netlist file can be used if available to add pin and net information, speeding up inspection and fault finding.

Steve Honeybun, Fasttrack and general manager at AWS Cemgraft, said: ‘We estimate that we can cut hand-built production time by 30-40 per cent using the new software.

‘This is vital for our Fasttrack prototyping program, which aims to turnaround prototype or urgent low-volume requests in five to 10 days as standard – even more so when we get requests for delivery in 24 hours.

‘Speedplacer increases quality and repeatability, reduces errors and rework, and simplifies testing.

‘We are also able to hand-build small-volume production runs using Speedplacer instead of clogging up our fully automated lines,’ he added.

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