Right First Time with PCBA Visualizer

October 8, 2018 | 09:50
Image: Eurocircuits
Image: Eurocircuits
Eurocircuits has now added the PCBA Visualizer to their online eC Smart Tools seamlessly linking PCB Manufacture to PCB Assembly and driving their philosophy of “Right First Time for Manufacture”.
 
It is without a doubt that the PCBA Visualizer brings unparcelled functionality and control to the customer. It allows them to visually check that the selected components physically fit their PCB layout before the manufacturing process starts, thus avoiding lengthy delays or costly remakes.
 
Background
To support their philosophy of “Right First Time for Manufacture” Eurocircuits has two approaches. The first is to provide information via their website to help Design Engineers understand the manufacturing process. Secondly, to provide online eC Smart Tools to help check design data before it goes to manufacture.
 
Eurocircuits developed the PCB Visualizer some years ago and have continued to enhance the features ever since. This was the first of their online eC Smart Tools allowing customers to upload their bare PCB board data and visually check and repair any issues related to manufacturing.
 
The PCB Visualizer helped reduce the data anomalies before manufacturing from 25% to less than 3% thus representing a serious WIN-WIN between customer and manufacturer.
 
Present
In late 2017 Eurocircuits entered the PCB Assembly arena to offer their customers a One Stop Shop for their Prototype and Small Series PCB requirements and introduced the PCBA Visualizer (the ‘A’ standing for Assembly).
 
This online eC Smart Tool allows customers to upload their BOM (Bill of Materials) and CPL (Component Placement List) data where it is automatically analysed, parts identified and location on the actual PCB defined.
 
The PCBA Visualizer helps to resolve issues such as correcting component rotation/alignment, assigning polarity, selecting alternative parts along with many others. The goal is, as it always is with Eurocircuits, to have data that is “Right First Time for Manufacture”.
 
With the PCBA Visualizer the Eurocircuits customer will ultimately have PCB design, BOM and CPL data that has been validated for manufacture, there is even a 3D graphical representation of the assembled product available.
 Therefore, the number of errors prior to the actual production can be drastically reduced or even eliminated. As a result, the process is more efficient, making these smaller orders more cost effective, hence the creation of a new market: assembly of prototypes and small series as a business.

Therefore, the number of errors prior to the actual production can be drastically reduced or even eliminated. As a result, the process is more efficient, making these smaller orders more cost effective, hence the creation of a new market: assembly of prototypes and small series as a business.
 
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