ESCATEC continues its pioneering use of the latest software by being the first user of new version of Mentor Graphics vPlan

21 JUNE 2011

ESCATEC, is the first company to deploy the new version 3 of Mentor Graphics’ vPlan. The company will be sharing its experiences of the new software at a Mentor Graphics User Workshop in Munich on June 29, 2011. A key feature of vPlan it that it enables a new PCB design to be virtually assembled with components to check that everything fits appropriately and ESCATEC is now providing this as a service to customers called DFx (Designed For excellence). DFx forms an integrated approach for Design for Manufacturability, for Test, for Toolability, for Cost and for Environment. It addresses all significant issues early in the design cycles to shorten the development time and time to market by reducing design loops, ensuring that the function of the design meets the specifications and preventing later quality and delivery issues. vPlan uses data of the actual shapes and sizes of components from a database to simulate the assembly process. It checks the footprint and fit on the PCB so that any mismatch can be identified and the design corrected. PCBs can then go straight into production using assembly programs generated by vPlan with a minimum of expensive trial runs to get the bugs out of a new product introduction.


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