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Ucamco Releases Specification for Fabrication Documentation in GerberApril 30, 2018 | Ucamco
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Since decades Gerber is the standard for describing the images – copper layers, solder mask, drills – in PCB fabrication data. Attributes introduced with Gerber X2 ‘add intelligence to the image’ by identifying layers, vias, SMD pad, component pin numbers and reference designator.
But PCB fabrication data is not just about images - it includes fabrication documentation such as finish, overall thickness and materials. It is essential for the quoting, planning, engineering, CAM and fabrication of the bare and assembled board. It is often transferred informally, in drawings and texts, and handled manually, wasting time and risking errors. The Gerber Job File transfers this information in a machine-readable manner as part of Gerber fabrication data.
The extension is compatible with both Gerber X1 and X2. Existing image input/output code does not need to be changed when implementing the Gerber job file.
The Gerber hallmark of simplicity and human-readability is maintained.
The Gerber Job File is straightforward to implement. Partial implementations are allowed, even encouraged. Better a partial job file than no job file at all. Developers can pick and choose from the spec what suits them. Several software suppliers have already committed to support the new Gerber Job File.
The initial draft was published on the Ucamco website for public review by the Gerber community in March 2017. There was a lively discussion, the draft went through seven public revisions before being finalized early April 2018. It became much more practical in the process.
Ucamco (formerly Barco ETS) is a market leader in PCB CAM software, photoplotting and direct imaging systems, with a global network of sales and support centers. Headquartered in Ghent, Belgium, Ucamco has over 25 years of ongoing experience in developing and supporting leading-edge photoplotters and front-end tooling solutions for the global PCB industry. Key to this success is the company's uncompromising pursuit of engineering excellence in all its products. Ucamco also owns the IP rights on the Gerber File Format through its acquisition of Gerber Systems Corp. (1998).
The specification and example files are available at the Gerber page, click here.
Indium Corporation to Showcase Proven EV Products and High-Reliability Alloys at Productronica China02/28/2024 | Indium Corporation
As a materials pioneer and trusted partner in electric vehicle (EV) and e-Mobility manufacturing, Indium Corporation is proud to showcase its high-reliability alloys and soldering solutions at Productronica China, March 20-22, in Shanghai.
Absolute EMS, Inc., an award-winning EMS provider of turnkey contract manufacturing services, continues to harness the power of nitrogen to enhance the quality, reliability and efficiency of their manufacturing processes. The company’s state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with nitrogen reflow ovens and selective soldering machines, ensuring consistent, high-quality results for every project.
KYZEN, the global leader in innovative environmentally friendly cleaning chemistries, will exhibit at the SMTA Monterrey Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place Thursday, March 14, 2024 at the Cintermex Convention Center, Hall 2A in Monterrey, Nuevo León. KYZEN will showcase the new aqueous chemistry AQUANOX A4618 in addition to highlighting stencil cleaning chemistries KYZEN E5631J and CYBERSOLV C8882.
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Hentec Industries/RPS Automation, a leading manufacturer of selective soldering, lead tinning and solderability test equipment, is pleased to announce that Dynamic Grid has ordered a Hentec Industries/RPS Valence 3508 selective soldering system.