Design Automation


PCB fabricators offered new product line to streamline operations

9 May 2001 Design Automation

Innoveda's FabFactory, is a new product line created specifically for fabricators of bare PCBs. FabFactory builds on Innoveda's proven CAM technology, adding new features that offer performance and flexibility advantages to cost-conscious mainstream board fabricators. The company has also introduced the latest version of its CAM350 tool for PCB designers.

In today's PCB fabrication industry, where 24 to 48 h turn times are becoming commonplace, mainstream fabricators struggle to compete with larger shops in meeting cost, quality and time-to-market demands. Increased design complexity and shorter product life cycles only add to these manufacturing pressures. FabFactory was created to help streamline and automate the board fabrication process to improve performance yields and accuracy. As a result, this easy-to-use tool can enable typical CAM tooling time reductions by four to eight times, while improving board manufacturability.

FabFactory offers a number of advanced capabilities. The most critical differentiators include: Turnkey Environment for Tooling Panels. FabFactory's Panelisation Editor helps streamline and optimise the process of tooling a PCB for bare-board fabrication. Instead of a lengthy, highly customised set-up, CAM operators can quickly establish templates for different sizes of panels or bare boards. These parameters calculate the number of images that a particular panel will yield. Once these templates have been created, the tool will automatically rotate and place the images and then determine the maximum number of copies. This turnkey, out-of-the-box capability is critical to mainstream fabricators who need to get the tool up and running quickly to achieve optimal manufacturing efficiency.

With the introduction of FabFactory, Version 7.0 of Innoveda's CAM350 now becomes exclusively a suite of high-performance tools for PCB designers, which incorporates a number of enhancements.

FabFactory and CAM350 are available on all Windows PC-based platforms.

For further information contact Kobus van Rooyen, ASIC Design Services, (011) 315 8316, kobus@asic.co.za



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