Product Matrix

GC-Prevue GC-PrevuePlus GC-CAM Edit GC-PowerStation GC-PowerPlace
 Import Gerber
 Import DPF and Fire 9000
 Import NC Info
 Import HPGL
 Aperture Convertor
 GraphiCode GWK / CWK / XWK
 Merge Multiple Jobs
 Import DXF or DWG  
 ODB++  
 Standard
 Option
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INPUT FORMATS

  • Gerber: RS-274-D, RS-274-X
  • CAD: ASCII Data
  • EDIF 4 0 0
  • NC Drill/Rout: Excellon, Sieb & Meyer
  • DXF/DWG
  • ODB++
  • GraphiCode: .PWK, .CWK, .XWK, .GWK
  • Other: HPGL, Barco (.DPF), FIRE AutoPLOT

OUTPUT FORMATS

  • Gerber (RS-274-D, RS-274-X)
  • HPGL, DXF, PostScript, DMPL
  • Excellon, Sieb & Meyer
  • IPC-D-356, IPC-D-356A
  • GenCAD [UniCam, CircuitCam, GenRAD(Mitron)]
  • FATF (FABmaster)
  • SRFF (CyberOptics)
  • User-defined output formats

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PRODUCT FUNCTIONS

  • Gerber to Pick & Place programs, GenCAD & FATF, C-LINK DIF
  • In Circuit Test option
  • Create Stencil Data
  • ODB++ import option
  • DFM option
  • Gerber to DXF, DXF to Gerber

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Automatic Centroid Extraction Automatic Centroid Extraction (ACE) automatically converts selected pads into SMT parts by calculations based on the centroid of the SMT FootPrints.
  • Teach Part Teach Part allows the user to manually teach through hole and custom shaped SMT patterns.
  • Find Reference Designators The Find Reference Designators (FReD) function performs character recognition on silkscreen data in order to automatically assign reference designators to parts.
  • Import BOM Information This feature allows the user to import part numbers from a Bill of Materials (BOM) and merge the part numbers, package, and other information into a parts layer by matching the BOM part numbers (etc.) and reference designators with parts layer reference designators.
  • Assembly Analysis A detailed analysis of the parts contained on a board can be obtained using the Assembly Analysis report. The report is saved externally for easy distribution to interested parties and contains user-defined information. Information that can be included in the report ranges from simple information such as total number of parts to more specific information based on an individual Package Style. Additional sections include information on off-angle parts, information based on Part Number, estimated Solderpaste volume, and duplicate reference designators.
  • Part Properties Many part properties can be assigned to part numbers or specific part instances, including Alternate Part Number, Feeder, and part values.
  • Advanced Stencil Editing (Cost Option) The Advanced Stencil Editing option provides users with several efficient stencil editing solutions, including pad splitting, "C" pad creation, heel and toe edits, and automatic pad adjustment for pad-pitch manipulation.

PROGRAM OFF-LINE, STAY PRODUCTIVE

GC-PowerPlace provides customer driven enhancements and new features to streamline the process of Gerber data translation. GC-PowerPlace is the focal point of assembly programming, accepting data from virtually any source and producing programs and files for most PCB manufacturing applications.

Virtually all of the top contract manufacturers in the United States use GraphiCode products, but you do not have to be a large company to realize the value of GC-PowerPlace. Smaller facilities find the reliability of GC-PowerPlace well suited to their ever-changing data preparation needs.

KEY FEATURES

  • Automatically create part centroids from Gerber data
  • Powerful and intuitive editing tools for stencil creation
  • Generate overlay templates based on a part's extents
  • Create and verify assembly programs off-line
  • Ability to import and merge CAD XY files
  • Improved installer to ensure a simple installation process
  • Part library database
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OUTPUT TO CIM SYSTEMS

GC-PowerPlace can enhance your CIM system capabilities by providing Gerber input and data manipulation. GC-PowerPlace can be used to prepare data in the formats of popular CIM systems, such as C-LINK, UniCam, CircuitCam, Genrad (Mitron), and FABmaster.

IN-CIRCUIT TEST OPTION

The in-circuit test option is a valuable software tool for printed circuit board assembly. Test engineers receive enhanced data preparation capabilities that affect profitability. Using Gerber data, a readily available data source, the in-circuit test option offers flexibility in ICT programming. There are many financial benefits of having the in-circuit test option including; speeding up a board’s time to market, decreasing production time, and realizing a return on investment within 3 months.

PRODUCE PROGRAMS FOR ALL POPULAR PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT

If you have production lines with different machines, you can produce programs for all of them from the same set of data. GC-PowerPlace stores data in a "neutral" database, from which programs can be produced for all popular pick-and-place machines and other manufacturing equipment. You can also use it to create programs for X-ray inspection equipment and dispensing equipment. Your sales department can even use it for preparing quotes.

PROGRAM WITH CAD DATA, TOO!

While Gerber data is usually more accurate, it's faster to program from CAD XY centroid data. GC-PowerPlace gives you the best of both worlds by enabling you to verify CAD XY data without having a board in hand. GC-PowerPlace imports data from CAD text files (in ASCII format), including reference designators, X and Y locations, part numbers, package styles, rotations, feeder numbers, and board-side information. You can graphically compare this information with corresponding Gerber data and spot any discrepancies.

GC-PowerPlace | What’s New

Version 14.2

April 2014

Input of IPC 2581A format supported

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