Wednesday May 07, 2014

Easy Printed Circuit Board Assembly and Testing

Avoiding rework and shipment delays are key goals for Electronics & High-Tech firms, given that production delays and quality errors impact output and time-to-market. Having a means to validate the accuracy of designs during the manufacturing assembly process is priceless.

For example, with AutoVue, Electronics & High-Tech firms can validate that their converted CAM files have been properly generated before sending them out to PCB manufacturers for manufacturing by evaluating them against original ECAD design files. This ensures that the correct product is built and prevents manufacturers from rejecting designs, saving both time and money. Usage of AutoVue’s compare feature also enablesElectronics & High-Tech companies to confirm that whatever changes were made to the converted CAM files by the PCB manufacturers, are in accordance with the original design intent.

Once the bare board has been built by suppliers, all the components need to be installed and connected onto the bare board. Developmental and prototype manufacturing facilities can take advantage of AutoVue in order to quickly and visually determine which components should be installed in which locations, and ensure that everything works properly. Rather than relying on long assembly instructions and painful visual searches, AutoVue provides users with a complete list of all components on the board. Clicking on a component highlights its location on the board and vice versa, lettings users easily find components by part number, location, board side, etc. Some customers like Harris Corporation for instance managed to reduce time spent on creating PCB assembly instructions from hours to minutes (watch the video here), and enabled users to find specific components in AutoVue without needing to conduct a long litany of visual searches.


Another benefit of using AutoVue for PCB manufacturing and testing engineering is to speed up board debugging. Test engineers’ mission is to validate that the board works fine. If they find problems, they need to cross-reference components between the schematic and the layout to identify where the problem occurred. Using AutoVue and its cross-probing capability, test engineers can easily locate the faulty component on the PCB drawing and instantaneously highlight its location in the schematic. Test engineers can then determine whether the defect impacts other components, identify the root cause of the issue and relay all this feedback in a visual manner to the design team, ensuring rapid resolution and fast new product development cycles.

If you want to find out more about how AutoVue can help streamline the manufacturing and testing engineering processes, you can do so by reading our AutoVue for EHT solution brief and watching our EHT video on Youtube

Wednesday Nov 16, 2011

AutoVue for Mobile Asset Management

Our partner VentureForth is working with us on a solution to use AutoVue in their mobile asset management system. The idea is to allow workers in the field to easily be able to access visual information they might need while doing their work - and to annotate them.   For instance the worker can take a photo of something unexpected they found on-site, and indicate on the drawing what they found, so there's a record of it for the future.

VentureForth's vMobile suite allows workers to take information for EBS eAM and PeopleSoft CAM, as well as multiple other systems) offline with them while working in the field, and with the AutoVue integration the workers can then view and annotate CAD drawings or photographs and have that information saved back into the asset management system.

VentureForth has posted a video of this in action on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/X5Lv_X2v7uc - Check it out and let us know what your thoughts are!

Learn more about VentureForth at http://ventureforth.com/

Wednesday Jul 30, 2008

Visual CRM

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The authors of this blog are members of the AutoVue Enterprise Visualization team at Oracle. The views expressed on this blog reflect those of the members and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.

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