FABmaster Panelisation

FABmaster panelisation tools are used to:

  • Locate panel steps (or instances of single job design / multi-job design) with different rotations (0°, 90°, 180° or 270°).
  • Mirror image individual steps in the same panel.  For example this means that a panel may contain the top ANDthe bottom side of a board as the Panelset User Interface can select top and bottom sides on a step by step basis.  Within the file asc to control a panel, add the character ‘M‘ to mirror the step rotation as in ROT:M90.
  • Define a prefix or suffix to identify parts and nodes on different boards.  Prefixes/suffixes for parts and nodes are defined in the file asc.
  • Define Board, Panel and Part Datums.

Set up the User Datum Origin and panel Reference Points through the graphics interface, with the ORIGIN and DATUM statements or define them in a Data Screen manually.

Define local Part Datums manually in a Data Screen or with a DATUM Outline Attribute.

Panelisation Modes

Panelisation works in 2 modes [MODE(PANEL), MODE(STEP)].  The type of data affected by the mode statement is insertion path design data in Assembly and board accessibility for fixture design in Test.

Panel Mode

MODE(PANEL) can be broken down into 2 stages and results in a global display:

  1. The board is panellised.
  2. The insertion path is designed (if Assembly) or the board accessibility is checked (if Test).
  3. The procedure is optimised over the entire panel as if it were one single board.

Data is global to the Panel:

  • When the insertion path is designed, it is optimised over the whole Panel – the Panel is treated as a single board.
  • Nails are numbered consecutively.  ASSIGNRules to assign fixed nail numbers to given nets are respected.

Step Mode

MODE(STEP) operates to create a Step & Repeat process:

  1. The path is designed (if Assembly) or the board accessibility is checked (if Test).
  2. The board is panellised.
  3. The data in the step (first board instance) is repeated on each step on the Panel (this is Step & Repeat).

Data is Step & Repeat on each step of the Panel:

  • The insertion path design and the fixture design for each step is a copy (a repeat) of the original board instance.

During fixture design, the user can determine the first nail number on each step


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