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OFF-LINE EDITOR AND CAD DATAFILE CONVERTER FOR PICK & PLACE


Increase your throughput by changing board data on a P.C. whilst your Pick & Place machine is running the previous batch.
Use CAD data to increase accuracy and thereby reduce placement errors & dry joints.



BENEFITS OF THIS OFF-LINE EDITING SYSTEM ARE:-

Easy to use with mouse operation.
  Component reference names, values, part numbers etc are used.
  Component records are automatically generated from placement data.
  Interfaces with CAD Data File Converter package.
  Co-ordinates can be input using inches, centimetres or machine steps.
  Libraries are available for component data.
  Machine idle-time during programming is reduced by up to 80%
  Component order is optimised for placement speed.
  Error report file produced giving full details of any errors.
  Co-ordinate accuracy is increased reducing dry joints later.
  Print-outs are available for all data.
  A tutorial is available to get you started.
  Windows and non-Windows version supplied.


WHAT YOU NEED :-
Computer type: Any P.C. XT, AT, 286, 386 etc
Operating system: DOS 3.2 or later
Video display: Any
Disk: Floppy and a hard disks are required
Memory: 640K byte minimum (DOS version)
2 M byte minimum (Windows version)
Hardware: Mouse, printer.
 

Learning to use the Package

A new operator will find the operation of the Off-Line Editor very quick to pick up. With all the commands on buttons or drop down menus you will probably find that getting familiar with the package takes less time than getting used to using the mouse. All the data pages operate in a similar fashion with a selection box at the bottom and editing boxes at the top.

Error Messages

When compiling the HEX code for down-loading, the package will give useful error messages, for example not "fiducial data out of range" but actually telling you which fiducial, what value and what the maximum range is. When down-loading to the pick and place machine the package will again give error messages which are as helpful as possible if it cannot download for any reason. The printouts will help when characterising, checking the correct feeders are fitted, reducing the chances of any "batch" faults.

CAD Data File Converter

Used in conjunction with the Off-Line Editor this will save additional valuable man-hours. The CAD Data File Converter removes the need for the step of typing in the CAD data from a printout as it converts the data directly from a disk. It does not use the source CAD file directly, as it takes the information from a separate text file produced by the CAD system instead. Because this will be less sensitive data you may find that it is more readily obtainable from your designs department. The CAD Data File Converter can also extract data such as stock codes from a MRP file, or conversely, produce a component listing for your MRP system. This will normally be set up by us prior to despatch to meet your initial needs. Please ask for more information if you are interested in this option.

Terms & Conditions

The package includes a Users Manual, security device and all necessary support by telephone and fax. Delivery will normally be within two weeks.

Payment to be within 30 days of invoice date. Title to the software licence and media remains with us until payment has been made in full. The licence permits use of the package on only one personal computer at any given time.

CAD DATA FILE CONVERTER

BENEFITS OF THE CAD DATA FILE CONVERTER ARE:-

Easy to use.

Placement data is automatically generated from CAD data.

Co-ordinates of central point of placements calculated.

Interfaces with the OFF-LINE EDITOR.

Files can be produced for MRP system.

Part codes can be added automatically.

Print-outs are available for all data.

Board can be rotated and board zero can be moved if required.

Double sided component population is possible.

Initial set-up will be checked prior to despatch.

Windows and non-Windows version supplied.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED TO USE THE CAD CONVERSION KITS

Computer type: Any P.C. XT, AT, 286, 386 etc

Operating system: DOS 3.2 or later

Video display: Any

Disk: Twin floppy or one floppy and a hard disk

Memory: 640K byte minimum (DOS version)
2 M byte minimum (Windows version)

Price:- Free with the Off-Line Editor package or 900 if purchased seperately.

SOME COMMON QUESTIONS ANSWERED

1. What CAD systems does the Datafile converter support?

Protel Autotrax, Tango, PADS - PCB, PC-FORMAT, Racal CADStar, Ulti-Board

It can also read GERBER files (co-ordinates but not names)

A further utility will be developed for your CAD system free of charge if it is not on this list.

2. Can existing PCB programs can be uploaded?

Yes. The placement and component names will have to be added using the editor e.g. changing "STEP1" to "IC1" or whatever. Programs can be uploaded and downloaded in both self-teach and co-ordinate mode. The mode can be changed over on download if required.

3. Does the package use the characterisation data?

Characterisation data can be uploaded and downloaded but it is kept in a seperate file which is not used by the editor.

4. What use it the Datafile converter if the PCB can only fit on the machine when rotated?

The CAD Datafile Converter can rotate the board and even turn it over if components are on the reverse side.

5. Why does it use the RS232 link?

The RS232 link is used because the disk formats are incompatible. Once downloaded it is normal to save the data on a Dynapert's floppy for conveniet day to day use when no changes are required.

6. What support do I get?

One days on site training is provided. When you have received the software package a mutually convenient date will be arranged. Support is also provided by telephone and fax as required .

7. What machine options does the package support?

High Resolution, Fiduceal Correction, Reject marks, Pattern recognition (fine pitch) and Waffle feeders.

The Verifier option is not supported yet, if programs with any of these are uploaded then the additional information will be discarded.

8. Do I need to have MIS ?

No, but if the MIS system is present then machine status will be indicated and loading can be done without using the hand-held keypad.

9. Is there a max number of placements, feeders etc

These are all the same as the maximum for the Dynapert, 999 placements, 127 components, 99 repeats etc.

10. Can you select components from CAD data in order to process them for different placement machines?

You can disable components using the disable feature, these components will not be downloaded to the Dynapert. You may find it convenient to make two copies of the files with different names for the two machines.

11. What type of output files can be generated?

The CAD Datafile Converter generates a file with the placement data in the form that is used by the Off-Line Editor. It can also generate a text file with whichever information you require in it.

The Off-Line Editor produces a hexadecimal file which is then downloaded to the Dynapert 318 through a RS232 serial cable link.