Canby, OR (PRWEB) May 22, 2006
Screaming circuits, Internet specialists in quick-turn prototype and short-run pc board assembly, today announced the availability of a User Language Program (ULP) to automate the generation of the pick and place Centroid assembly file for Eagle CAD users.
"Nearly half of our customers use the Eagle layout editor to design and layout the boards they send to us for pcb assembly." said Duane Benson, Screaming Circuits' marketing manager. "Our customers have asked for an easier way and this ULP will make the process much faster, easier and more accurate."
The Centroid file, also called Insertion file, Pick-and-place file or XY data file, contains the basic location instructions required for machine placement of surface mount components. Use of this file allows rapid set up of Screaming Circuits' pick and place machines and is a key part of the process that allows Screaming Circuits to assemble just about any component, from large 1,000+ ball BGAs down to small 0201 passives, onto circuit boards in as little as 24 hours.
Previously, users of the Eagle layout editor, had to take numerous manual steps to generate the Centroid file before ordering assembly service from Screaming Circuits. Alternately, users could pay Screaming Circuits to create the Centroid file from the Gerber files. With the new ULP, Eagle CAD and Screaming Circuits users can complete the operation in seconds with three mouse clicks, saving time and money.
The ULP, named "Centroid_ScreamingCircuits_smd.ulp", is available for download both on the CadsoftUSA website and on the Screaming Circuits website, http://www.screamingcircuits.com.
About Screaming Circuits
Screaming Circuits issues quotes and takes and processes online orders for customers nationwide at http://www.screamingcircuits.com for quick-turn prototype pc board assembly. We can assemble kitted, turn-key and RoHS designs. With automated ordering, live phone support, an on-time guarantee and a 10% first-order discount, Screaming Circuits is a full-service Internet-based contract manufacturer.
Screaming Circuits was formed in 2003 as a quick-turn prototype division of MEC Northwest, a privately held ISO 9000 certified contract manufacturer, offering design and turnkey production volume assembly services to blue chip OEMs. For more information, visit Screaming Circuits on the web at http://www.screamingcircuits.com.
MEC Northwest and Milwaukee Electronics Companies (MEC) have been in business for more than 50 years. While Screaming Circuits specializes in quick-turn and prototype to low-volume production needs, MEC Northwest and MEC provide volume manufacturing, design and layout services. Once the prototype board is complete, MEC Northwest can build production-level quantities of a circuit board.
Screaming Circuits, and the Screaming Circuits logo are registered trademarks of Screaming Circuits, a division of Milwaukee Electronics Companies. MEC, MEC Northwest and Milwaukee Electronics Companies are trademarks of Milwaukee Electronics Companies. Eagle Layout Editor is a trademark of CadSoft Computer GmbH.