Board Supplier Purchases Process-planning System


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ODENSE, Denmark PCB supplier Printline purchased Control Center automated manufacturing process-planning software from Direct Logix, Inc. in Las Vegas, for the Mania UCAM engineering group. Commented Leigh Eichel, vice president of marketing, Direct Logix, "Design Release Manager was first to be implemented with interfaces to related software. Next will be Automatic Traveler, Stack-up, and Impedance."

Printline made the purchase for European customers and in the interest of maximizing automation without a dedicated programmer for support. They chose Control Center modules for its automatic, integrated data-loading solutions, said Flemming Buhl, manager at Printline. The rules-driven system, based on electronic customer and manufacturing specifications, generates bills of material (BOMs), and instructions for Part Traveler and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). It also creates a central engineering database within each factory.

Direct Logix cited their software infrastructure for creating a neutral, automated, front-end solution that influenced the purchasing decision. "There was a detailed evaluation and bidding over the course of 90 days, during which several vendors were reviewed," explained Eichel. After vendor presentations, demonstrations, follow-up presentations/demonstrations, and a subsequent review of the finalists' actual installations, Printline chose Direct Logix.

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