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Author: Dale Lee
Company: Valor Computerized Systems
Date Published: 9/22/2002   Conference: SMTA International

Abstract: While many of today’s electronic products and component packaging have seen a dramatic transformation from bulky, heavy, power hungry, semipermanent systems to small, lightweight, power thrifty, user friendly portable products. However, the process steps used in manufacturing of the products have changed only slightly.

Many of these process steps are still performed using manual or semi-automated systems to transform design data into information useful to production operations. Integration of the personal computer into manufacturing operations has improved the ability to convert design data into manufacturing information; these systems are performed in islands of automation and not integrated into a systematic process. As PCBA designs increase in complexity, and "Time to Market" decreases, integrated systematic electronic CAM tools have evolved to meet this demand.

This paper will review the new product introduction (NPI) process and how the utilization of CAM software tools can automate the data conversion, design analysis and information reporting process while providing support to existing material management, production and quality systems and tools.

Key words: NPI, CAM, DFM, line balance, program optimization, documentation, assembly instructions.

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