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Ucamco has announced the release of version v2017.05 of Integr8tor, the market-leading data entry and design analysis tool for sales, pre-CAM and engineering. This version builds further on the v2016.12 release from December last and in the line of tradition it abounds with must-have extensions and valuable enhancements.
Amongst the many feature highlights of this release is support for PCB surface finishing and all of its derived benefits. This new version registers PCB surface finish information as a regular product parameter in the Integr8tor database, which puts the quotation engineer in a far better position to generate more accurate price offers. Moreover, Integr8tor’s Quotation and Engineering Data (QED) engine has been upgraded, not only to transfer the surface finish information via its XML interface to third-party quotation packages, but also to display all board-related images in PDF in a true what-you-see-is-what-you-get mode. This makes for a cool bonus to your customer quotation documentation.
Linked to PCB surface finish as well is a new feature called Uncovered Via Surface Calculation. Many incoming designs still have via pads covered with solder mask. During CAM, these covered areas are likely to be “uncovered,” which inevitably adds to the area of exposed copper. In combination with certain types of surface finish, this additional area may cause surface finish costs to soar. Integr8tor v2017.05 caters for this, as it now calls out the area of copper covered with solder mask in the incoming data that will potentially be free of mask on the finished product.
Another eyecatcher in this release is a function that will help detect if an identical or very similar product has been analyzed on Integr8tor before. This is important to avoid awkward conversations with a customer who happened to send the same product for quotation several times through different of its affiliates. After input of a customer data set, the new Integr8tor version whizzes through its current list of jobs looking for other jobs with the same or inverted dimensions. The list with matches – if any – is readily available in Cockpit and will tell the quotation engineer within seconds whether or not a similar product has been processed on Integr8tor before.
Apart from these and other novelties, Integr8tor v2017.05 comes with an extensive list of code fixes and enhancements to existing functionality. Ucamco offers this version free of charge to its maintenance and warranty customers as of today. It is available for download from ftp.ucamco.com.
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).