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Panel Builder

By clicking on the Panel Builder symbol, the following dialog will open:

1. Clicking on "Add a new Step" enables you to create an additional step.

2. "Import Step" allows you to import a new design / step from another file.

3. "Create Panel (Simple)" is described separatly and in detail under the post "Create Panel (Simple)".

4. "Create Panel (Intelligent Nesting)" is also explicitly described in an extra post.

5. "Edit Step" is an additional functionality to be used to individually place the origin. 

6. The "Drag and Drop" option allows you to manually place the steps on your panel. Clicking on it, the following dialog will open:

  • Minimum Distance: Minimum Distance to another step that should not be deceeded.
  • Distance to Profile: Minimum Distance to the profile.
  • Show Measure Lines: Measure lines for a better handling of drag & drop.
  • Use Orientation Elements: Orientation elements for facilitating drag & drop.

7. Clicking on a step in the list, you can transform the selected step by rotating it or moving it in individually set intervals.

  • Minimum Distance: Minimum Distance to another step that should not be deceeded.
  • Distance to Profile: Minimum Distance to the profile.

8. This list shows all steps currently placed on the relevant panel with its most important information.

9. Clicking on "Set Fiducials" allows you to define markers on your panel. The following dialog will therefore open:

  • You can either use the values from the panel border or from the origin of the border.
  • If you want to place markers, you can select the starting point (left-top, right-top, left-bot, right-bot) from which they are to be placed and - if needed - the interval (X offset) that defines the spacing of the placement.
  • You have the choice between four default marker symbols; you can also load another symbol out of the default options or choose an own symbol from a library if needed.
  • You can also choose to add a mask opening; the size of this opening can be adjusted individually in mm.
  • Before setting the fiducial markers (Click on "Set Fiducials"), you have to select the propriate layer/s where you want or need to place the markers.

10. "Add Routing" is used to define the routing for your panel. Clicking on "Add Routing" will open the following dialog:

  • On the top of the dialog, there are four symbols to be further explained (from the left to the right):
    • 1. Symbol: For checking for components placed nearby.
    • 2. Symbol: For setting the cutout on your mouse position. To multiselect, you have to use shift key; to deactivate snapping, you have use alt key.
    • 3. Symbol: Use for multiply cutouts.
    • 4. Symbol: Use to clean double cutouts.
  • Routing Layer: Choose the layere you want to use for routing.
  • Routing Size: Select the size of the routing.
  • Cutout Length: Adjust the length of your routing.
  • CMP area: Set the size of the area not to have any components within it when routing.
  • There are three further options that you can select before creating the routing layer: 
    • Clear Layer to create a new layer in case of different milling thicknesses, 
    • Ignore Holes,
    • Only in Panel Profile.
  • After the creation of the routing layer, you can "Use Mouse Click" to define a cutout for each mouse click. You just have to click on the intended routing part to set a cutout.

11. For defining holes on your panel, click on "Set Holes". The following dialog will be opened:

  • Like described in "9. Set Fiducials", this dialog works practically analogously.
  • There is the possibility to decide for the hole shape for each position (left-top, right-top, left-bot, right-bot) by clicking on : You can either decide for an oval form or a round shape. 
  • You can define the diameter of the holes to be set in mm. 
  • To set the holes like defined before, just click on "Set Holes".

12. "Set Profile" allows you to define the profile of your panel. The following dialog will be opened when clicking on it:

  • You have the option between setting the contour according to a rectangle or a manufacturing edge: Depending on your choice you have to set different parameters.
  • Rectangle: You have to define the x and y axis as well as the width and height of your profile in mm. If needed, you can select to use rounded corners (you therefore have to define a suitable radius)
  • Manufacturing Edge: You have to define the size of left, right, top and bottom of your profile in mm. You can also decide for rounded corners.
  • By clicking on "Accept", the current size of all active layers will be calculated. If there is no active layer, all loaded layers will be used instead
  • By clicking on "Set by all Outlines/Objects", all loaded objects will be used for the calculation.

13. Here, you can add another step on your current panel by choosing the step out of the provided list options. You are able to select each step that has been defined for this design.

14. Clicking on "Apply" applies all changes made by you on your currently opened design. 

Test Setup

  1. With this button, you are able to create a new test session which will be added to the list "Test Runs".
  2. This list shows all existing test sessions. By using the right mouse button, you can delete, copy or rename them. By a simple click, the session is loaded and shown on the right side.
  3. If your design has multiple steps (e.g. single board + panel), here you can select the step where probes should be added or managed. You can e.g. add probes to the single board, but export the panel afterwards (the probes of the single board will be reproduced).
  4. These buttons allow to import/export the current test setup options from/to other layouts.
  5. Settings for automatic creation of probes, vary on tester type (fixture/fixtureless). Options will be described later.
  6. Once probes are created, you can define their visibility for the two sides here.
  7. Save button to save the current session and Export button to export the session to one of the available tester machines.

 

Fixture Parameters:

Tester Type:

Tester Type to use for the automatic probe creation

Probe Side:

Search probes on this/these side(s)

Exclude Single-Pin Net:

Exclude No/Single-Pin Net, all no-pin and single-pin net entries will not create probe entries.

Use max. Test Resources from Net Setup:

If yes, only the given number of Probes are created. If no, all Probes are created

Search Tasks (Top):

Defines the tasks and the order for searching probes on top side

Search Tasks (Bot):

Defines the tasks and the order for searching probes on bot side

Available Needles:

All allowed needles for fixture probes. Will be used beginning with the largest one. Here also the needed distances to components are defined per needle definition

Standard min. Distance to Components:

If no special distance is defined for the given needle, this is the standard min. distance from probe center to surrounding components

Minimum Distance between Probes:

The minimum distance between Probes, measured from outline to outline (taking diameter of the Needle Definition into account)

TP Reference Filter List:

Comma separated reference filter list (e.g. \"TP, P\"). TP Components must start with one of these entries.

Enable Solder Mask Analysis:

Enable Solder Mask Analysis, only round pads with openings in solder mask are used if this setting is active.

Minimum pad size to use as probe (Top):

Minimum pad size to create a probe for top side.

Minimum pad size to use as probe (Bot):

Minimum pad size to create a probe for bot side.

Maximum drill diameter to use as probe:

Maximum drill diameter to create a via probe.

Enable Solder Mask Analysis:

Enable Solder Mask Analysis, only round pads with openings in solder mask are used if this setting is active.

Minimum pad size to use as probe (Top):

Minimum pad size to create a probe for top side.

Minimum pad size to use as probe (Bot):

Minimum pad size to create a probe for bot side.

 

Fixtureless parameters:

Tester Type:

Tester Type to use for the automatic probe creation

Probe Side:

Search probes on this/these side(s)

Exclude Single-Pin Net:

Exclude No/Single-Pin Net, all no-pin and single-pin net entries will not create probe entries.

Use max. Test Resources from Net Setup:

If yes, only the given number of Probes are created. If no, all Probes are created

Exposed Copper - Exposed Copper:

The minimum distance between exposed copper areas to not be reported in the Short Analysis (0=deactivated)

Copper - Copper:

The minimum distance between any copper areas to not be reported in the Short Analysis (0=deactivated)

Drill - Drill:

The minimum distance between plated drills to not be reported in the Short Analysis (0=deactivated)

Only Nets with Components:

Only nets with components are checked

Search Tasks (Top):

Defines the tasks and the order for searching probes on top side

Search Tasks (Bot):

Defines the tasks and the order for searching probes on bot side

Minimum distance to Board Outline (Upper Side):

Minimum distance from fixtureless access point center to upper board outline

Minimum distance to Board Outline (Lower Side):

Minimum distance from fixtureless access point center to lower board outline

TP Reference Filter List:

Comma separated reference filter list (e.g. \"TP, P\"). TP Components must start with one of these entries.

Enable Solder Mask Analysis:

Enable Solder Mask Analysis, only round pads with openings in solder mask are used if this setting is active.

Minimum pad size to use as probe (Top):

Minimum pad size to create a probe for top side.

Minimum pad size to use as probe (Bot):

Minimum pad size to create a probe for bot side.

Maximum drill diameter to use as probe:

Maximum drill diameter to create a via probe.

Enable Solder Mask Analysis:

Enable Solder Mask Analysis, only round pads with openings in solder mask are used if this setting is active.

Minimum pad size to use as probe (Top):

Minimum pad size to create a probe for top side.

Minimum pad size to use as probe (Bot):

Minimum pad size to create a probe for bot side.

Offset for the Probe Placement (%):

This parameter is used, if Probes are set to Pins where no TESTPROBE_KEEPOUT but a REAL_BODY_OUTLINE exists. The probe is placed on x % of the distance from the outer edge of the pin to the edge of the REAL_BODY_OUTLINE (also see next parameters). If a keepout is defined, the probe will be placed to the middle of the remaining pin contact area. If no REAL_BODY_OUTLINE is defined, 'Offset Limit for the Probe Placement' is used for the offset.

Offset Limit for the Probe Placement:

This parameter is used, if Probes are set to Pins where no TESTPROBE_KEEPOUT exists. The offset distance calculated with 'Offset for the Probe Placement (%)' is limited to this value, so the offset will not be larger as this value. If no REAL_BODY_OUTLINE exists, this value is used for the offset.

Minimum needed Offset for the Probe Placement:

This parameter is used, if Probes are set to Pins where no TESTPROBE_KEEPOUT but a REAL_BODY_OUTLINE exists. If the offset distance calculated with 'Offset for the Probe Placement (%)' is smaller than this value, no Probe will be placed.

Minimum Pin Size:

Minimum Pin size to be used for the Probe Placement (width and height must be larger/equal



Component Setup

  1. This button fills the “Device” column in the list from the value of the DESCRIPTION Property of the components (if exististing).
  2. The list shows all components of this data step and allows you to add additional information to each component.
  3. In the context menu some important functions are easily accessible or the “Edit” (4) dialog can be opened.
  4. In the “Edit” dialog, you can correct the “Mounting Type” if it was not available in the imported layout data, you can define whether a component is really placed or if it is not in the BOM (“Ignore in Output = true”), and you can force or prohibit the probe generation for single pins. It’s also possible to define if 4-wire measurement is needed and the test model(s) for each single component, although it is recommended to do this in the “Test Model Setup” Tab (C) for all components of the same part number at once.
  5. This list gives you an overview of how the pins of the selected components are wired. This information may help to define test models, especially when it comes to define the pin types of Diodes (Anode/Cathode) or Transistors and others.
  6. With this button you can add own columns to the list by stating a property name, e.g. “MPN” for the material part number or “Manufacturer”. Of course, those properties must exist in the layout data.

Test Model Setup

  1. The list shows all different part numbers of this data step and allows you to define the test model(s) for each part.
  2. In the context menu some important functions are easily accessible (e.g. copy/paste of test models) or the “Edit” (3) dialog can be opened.
  3. In the “Edit” dialog, you can define test models for this part. It is possible to add multiple test models (e.g. 4 Capacitor test models for a Capacitor Array).
  4. Each available test model has different parameters that describe the test. Depending on the export type (e.g. Seica/Takaya/i3070) all or parts of this information is needed/used. One of the most important information is the pin mapping, so e.g. which pin number is the Anode and which is the Cathode of a Diode.

Following test models are available: See appendix.

Net Setup

  1. The list shows all different nets of this data step and allows you to define the type and the number of probes per net.
  2. In the context menu some important functions are easily accessible (e.g. Select Net) or the “Edit Net(s)” (3) dialog can be opened.
  3. In the “Edit” dialog, you can define the type of a net (power/ground/signal) and the needed number of test resources (probes). In the “Test Setup” (A) this number is used for the probe creation (“Use max. Test Resources from Net Setup”).

Probe Setup

  1. This button creates the probes according to the rules defined in the Test Setup (A). If probes already exist, you’ll be asked if you want to keep and only supplement them, or if you want to delete all probes that are not fixed bevor creating new ones.

    Additional Rules:

    • The first probe per net will be given “Probe Access = Forced”
    • If more than one probe is needed for a net (see “Net Setup (D)”), those probes will have “Probe Access” set to “Alternative”
    • If “Use max. Test Resources” is set to false in Test Setup (A), probes that go beyond the needed number will have “Probe Access” set to “No”
    • If a component in the net needs 4-Wire-Measurement (“Component Setup (B)”) and only one probe is possible in this net, there will be a second probe created at the same location as the first one
    • If a fixture probe location is too close to a component, the next smaller needle size is used. If the smallest needle is still too close to a neighbor component, no probe will be created.
    • The probe type depends e.g. on the component type (SMD/THT of the “Component Setup (B)”) or the Component Reference name (“TP Reference Filter List” in “Test Setup (A)”)
    • Pad and hole sizes are taken from the layout
  2. The list shows all probes with their nets, locations and properties.
  3. In the context menu some important functions are easily accessible (e.g. Delete) or the “Edit” (4) dialog can be opened.
  4. In the “Edit” dialog, you can change following properties of the selected probe(s). 
    • Location: Board location of the Probe
    • Probe Designator: Probe Designator (e.g. TP100) to which this probe belongs
    • Access Type: Access Type (Fixture/Fixtureless)
    • Accessible Side(s): Accessible Side(s) for this probe (Top/Bot/Both)
    • Probe Side: Probe Side (Top/Bot)
    • Probe Type: Probe Type (TestPoint, THT, VIA, SMD, …)
    • Probe Access: Probe Access Type (Forces/Alternative/No)
    • Fixed: Probe location is fixed and Probe will be kept if probes are recreated
    • Needle Definition Name: Name of definition of the needle. Must match a value in the 'Available Needles' section of the Test Setup (A)
    • Probe Pad Size: Pad Size of this Probe
    • Probe Hole Size: Hole Size of this Probe
  5. This button checks the distance between the probes in the list according to the “Minimum Distance between Probes” parameter of the “Test Setup (A)”. Rule violations will be highlighted in red color and additional information in the “Violation” column of the list.
  6. Visualization options to highlight pins with probe access or select/jump to selected probes
  7. Clear the list and delete all probes

Access Overview

  1. Update Button to force update of list entries and statistics
  2. Statistics for the net access via probes
  3. List of the accessible nets with probes
  4. List of nets without access
  5. In the context menu some important functions are easily accessible (e.g. Select net) or the “Show Details” (6) dialog can be opened.
  6. This dialog shows the probes and pins for the selected net.
  7. It’s possible to add manual probes to certain pins by setting this pin to “ForceProbe” in the “Probe Setting” of the “Component Setup (B)”.

Short Analysis

  1. Button to run the short analysis according to the rules defined in the “Test Setup (A)”.
  2. List of all found shorts. By selecting a line, the short is shown graphically in PCB-Investigator.
  3. The context menu offers the possibility to delete single short measurements before starting the export.

 

Short measurements will be added in different ways to the exported files:

I3070:
Shorts are not used, as this is a “Fixture” test system

Seica:                   
Short measurements are exported to the “.shi” file, together with shorts measurements from Pin2Pin test models. Redundancies will be removed first.

Takaya:
Short measurements are exported as Resistor Tests (@K OP). Redundancies with Pin2Pin test models are removed first.

Seica Export

The Seica export creates a package of files (.alf/.inf/.nod/.par/.sha/.shi) that contain all available component and net information to easily create the test program in the VIVA Software of Seica.

Following export settings are possible:

  • Side Switch: If true, the PCB will be checked from bottom up
  • Rotation: If >0, the PCB will be rotated clockwise by this angle (e.g. 90°) after applying the SideSwitch command (if SideSwitch=true)
  • Resistor Macro Name: Macro name for Resistor (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Capacitor Macro Name: Macro name for Capacitor (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Inductor Macro Name: Macro name for Inductor (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Diode Macro Name: Macro name for Diode (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • LED Macro Name: Macro name for LED (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Zener Macro Name: Macro name for Zener (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Transistor (NPN) Macro Name: Macro name for NPN Transistors (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Transistor (PNP) Macro Name: Macro name for PNP Transistors (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Mosfets (N) Macro Name: Macro name for N-Channel Mosfets (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Mosfets (P) Macro Name: Macro name for P-Channel Mosfets (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Jumper (Open) Macro Name: Macro name for Open Jumper (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Jumper (Closed) Macro Name: Macro name for Closed Jumper (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Switch (Open) Macro Name: Macro name for Open Switch (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Switch (Closed) Macro Name: Macro name for Closed Switch (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Potentiometer Macro Name: Macro name for Potentiometer (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Fuse Macro Name: Macro name for Fuse (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Opto Photo Coupler Macro Name: Macro name for Opto Photo Coupler (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • ICOpen Macro Name: Macro name for ICOpen (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Pin2GND Macro Name: Macro name for Pin2GND (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Pin2GND+ICOpen Macro Name: Macro name for Pin2GND AND ICOpen (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Standard Macro Name: Macro name for Components without Test Models (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Standard Device Name: Device name for Components without Test Models (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Multi Model Macro Name: Macro name for Components with more than one Test Model (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Multi Model Device Name: Device name for Components with more than one Test Model (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Not mounted Macro Name: Macro name for Components that are 'ignored in output' (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Not mounted Device Name: Device name for Components that are 'ignored in output' (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Pin2Pin Max Distance (MM): Maximum distance for pins of different nets to be tested for short circuit (µm)
  • Standard Diode Test Value (mV): Test value for standard diodes in mV
  • Standard Diode Tolerance: Tolerance for standard diodes (%)
  • Schottky Diode Test Value (mV): Test value for schottky diodes in mV
  • Schottky Diode Tolerance: Tolerance for schottky diodes (%)
  • LED Diode Test Value (mV): Test value for LED diodes in mV
  • LED Diode Tolerance: Tolerance for LED diodes (%)

 

 

 

Takaya Export

The Takaya export creates a “.ca9” file containing a whole test program. This includes a wire analysis where parallel and serial Resistors/Capacitors/Inductors are merged if there are not enough probes to test them separately. For small value components, that get lost in the tolerance of the overall circuit, additional Vision Tests are created.
The export can be done for one-sided Takaya machines as well as for two-sided ones (4 fingers on one side, 2 on the other).

Following export settings are possible:

  • Machine Type: Machine Type (Double Sided / Single Sided)
  • Minimum Component Height (MM): Min. Component Height to export as High-Fly Zone
  • Maximum Component Height (MM): Max. Component Height to export as High-Fly Zone
  • Additional Safety Distance (MM): Additional Safety Distance added on the Component Height
  • Side Switch: If true, the PCB will be checked from bottom up
  • Rotation: If >0, the PCB will be rotated clockwise by this angle (e.g. 90°) after applying the SideSwitch command (if SideSwitch=true)
  • Short Measuring Time: Short Measuring Time (@MT) (<0 => Not used)
  • Resistor Measuring Time: Resistor Measuring Time (@MT) (<0 => Not used)
  • Diode Measuring Time: Diode Measuring Time (@MT) (<0 => Not used)
  • Zener Measuring Time: Zener Measuring Time (@MT) (<0 => Not used)
  • Photo Coupler Measuring Time: Photo Coupler Measuring Time (@MT) (<0 => Not used)
  • Diode Measuring Range: Diode Measuring Range (@MI) (<0 => Not used)
  • Upper Limit for 0-Ohm Resistor (Ohm): Upper Limit for 0-Ohm Resistor in Ohms (@MR)
  • Lower Limit for ignored Resistor (MOhm): Lower Limit for ignored Resistor in MOhm (@MR)
  • Upper Limit for ignored Capacitor (pF): Upper Limit for ignored Capacitor in pF (@MR)
  • Lower Limit for ignored Diodes (V): Lower Limit for ignored Diodes in V (@MR)
  • Diode Tolerance Plus: Diode Tolerance Plus (@T)
  • Diode Tolerance Minus: Diode Tolerance Minus (@T)
  • ICOpen Tolerance Plus: ICOpen Tolerance Plus (@T)
  • ICOpen Tolerance Minus: ICOpen Tolerance Minus (@T)
  • ICOpen Sensor Diameter (MM): ICOpen Sensor Diameter (in Millimeter)
  • Pin2Pin Max Distance (MM): Pin2Pin Test: Maximum distance for pins of different nets to be tested for short circuit (µm)
  • Conveyor Margin (@Y): Conveyor Margin (µm) (<0 => Not used)
  • Probe Speed for TEST_POINT: Probe Speed per Land Figure (@PS)
  • Probe Speed for THD*: Probe Speed per Land Figure (@PS)
  • Probe Speed for SMD_SMALL: Probe Speed per Land Figure (@PS)
  • Probe Speed for SMD_MEDIUM: Probe Speed per Land Figure (@PS)
  • Probe Speed for SMD_LARGE: Probe Speed per Land Figure (@PS)
  • Probe Speed for CONNECTOR: Probe Speed per Land Figure (@PS)
  • Probe Speed for DIP: Probe Speed per Land Figure (@PS)
  • Probe Speed for PAD: Probe Speed per Land Figure (@PS)
  • Create LED Color Test: Create Dummy LED Color Test Entry (Location=CT)
  • Create Vision Test: Create Vision Test for Components without TestModels (@V5)
  • Use Testprobe-Keepout as Highfly: Use the TESTPROBE_KEEPOUT instead of the REAL_BODY_OUTLINE as Highfly-Area
  • Ignore NC Pin at ICOpen: Ignore NotConnected Pins at ICOpen TestModels
  • Ignore NC Pin at Pin2GND: Ignore NotConnected Pins at Pin2GND TestModels
  • Unique Test Step Names: Each Test Step should have a unique name instead of the PartName (except Pin2Pin, Pin2GND and ICOpen)

 

i3070 Export

The i3070 export creates a “board” and “board_xy” file that contain all available component and net information to easily create the test program with the native machine software.

Following export settings are possible:

  • Side Switch: If true, the PCB will be checked from bottom up
  • Rotation: If >0, the PCB will be rotated clockwise by this angle (e.g. 90°) after applying the SideSwitch command (if SideSwitch=true)
  • Fixture Type: Fixture Type
  • Fixture Size: FULL, BANK1, BANK2
  • Top Probes Allowed: ON/OFF
  • Heavy Probe Force: Heavy Probe Force
  • Light Probe Force: Light Probe Force
  • Mechanical Density Threshold: Mechanical Density Threshold
  • Vacuum Density Threshold: Vacuum Density Threshold
  • Autofile: Autofile
  • Test Strategy: COMBINATIONAL, EDGE CONNECTOR ONLY
  • Wire Wrapping: MANUAL, AUTO, WIRELESS, SEMI AUTO
  • Metric Units: ON/OFF
  • Common Lead Resistance (Ohm): 0.1m ohm to 100 ohms.
  • Common Lead Inductance (µH): 0.1n Henry to 1m Henry
  • Capacitance Compensation: Capacitance Compensation
  • IPG Digital Resistance Threshold (Ohm): IPG Digital Resistance Threshold, Value in ohms
  • Preconditioning Levels: Preconditioning Levels
  • Additional Board Voltage: 0-100
  • Use Agilent DriveThru Test: Use Agilent DriveThru Test
  • DriveThru Impedance Threshold (Ohm): DriveThru Impedance Threshold
  • Boundary Scan Overdrive: ON/OFF
  • Boundary Scan Disable: ON/OFF
  • Boundary Scan Chain Override: ON/OFF
  • Ground Bounce Suppression: ON/OFF
  • Powered Shorts Shorting Radius (mils): 1-250
  • Tolerance Multiplier: 0.1 - 10
  • Remote Sensing: ON/OFF
  • Fuse Threshold: Fuse Threshold
  • Diode Current (A): Diode Current
  • Zener Current (A): Zener Current
  • Adjust: NONE, FAST, ACCURATE
  • Upstream Disable: ON/OFF
  • Upstream Condition: ON/OFF
  • Test Strategy Cover Extend: BSCAN, HYBRID, HYBRIDGUARD, BSCANGUARD
  • Family Options: Family Options contain a list of different family options with settings e.g. for TTL/ECL/LVC...
  • Library Options: Library Options contain a list of library paths e.g. './custom_lib'
  • Inductor Series-R (Ohm): Inductor Series-R Standard Value
  • Transistor High Beta (V): Transistor High Beta Value (If value=0 in test model)
  • Transistor Low Beta (V): Transistor Low Beta Value (If value=0 in test model)
  • FET High Resistance Limit (Ohm): FET High Resistance Limit (0.1 Ohm - 1 MOhm)
  • FET Low Resistance Limit (Ohm): FET Low Resistance Limit (0.1 Ohm - 1 MOhm)
  • FET Enhancement Gate Voltage (V): FET Enhancement Gate Voltage (0-9V)
  • Fuse Max Current (A): Fuse Max Current
  • Failure Message: Failure Message (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Failure Message (NOPOP): Failure Message for NOPOP components (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Part number field: Part number field value (Value from Property: %PROP_NAME%)
  • Export Component Outline: Export Component Outline in XY File (DEVICE Section)
  • Merge all NC Nets: Merge all NC nets into a single NC net
  • Export Transistor as PinLibrary: Export Transistor Model as PinLibrary
  • Export FET as PinLibrary: Export FET Model as PinLibrary
  • Export Diode as PinLibrary: Export Diode Model as PinLibrary
  • Export LED as PinLibrary: Export LED Model as PinLibrary
  • Export Zener as PinLibrary: Export Zener Model as PinLibrary
  • Export Fuse as Jumper: Export Fuse Model as Jumper Close
  • Export Inductor as Jumper: Export Inductor Model as Jumper Close
  • Special Component Rules: Rules to categorize components without test models according to a property value

Appendix - Test Models

Model Parameter Used for Seica Used for Takaya Used for i3070
         
Resistor Type
  Value
  Tolerance
  Pins × ×
         
Capacitor Type
  Value
  Tolerance
  Pins × ×
         
Inductor Type
  Value
  Tolerance
  Pins × ×
         
Potentiometer Type √ (2xResistor)
  Value ×
  Tolerance ×
  Pins ×
         
Diode Type
  Diode Type × ×
  Forward Bias × ×
  Test Current × × ×
  Pins ×
         
LED Type √ (as Diode) √ (as Diode)
  Color × √ (2nd Diode Test) ×
  Forward Bias × ×
  Test Current × × ×
  Pins ×
         
Zener Type √ (Zener+Diode)
  Value
  Tolerance
  Test Current × × ×
  Pins ×
         
Transistor Type √ (Transistor + 2xDiode)
  Transistor Type
  Pins ×
         
FET Type
  FET Mode/Type √ (only Type)
  Pins ×
         
Fuse Type √ (4-Wire if possible)
  Pins × ×
         
Jumper Type √ (Resistor)
  State
  Pins × ×
         
Switch Type √ (Resistor)
  State
  Pins ×
         
PhotoCoupler Type √ (PhotoCoupler+Diode+Resistor) √ (PinLibrary)
  Pins × ×
         
ICOpen Type √ (OPENFIX or OPENTIC in combination with Pin2Ground) √ (PinLibrary)
         
Pin2Ground Type √ (AUTIC or OPENTIC in combination with ICOpen) √ (Diode Tests) ×
         
Pin2Pin Type √ (in the .shi file) √ (Resistor Tests) ×

 

 

Exceptional cases:

1. If NO model exists

  • Seica: Macro is set to "$DIGITAL", Device/Macro can be customized.
  • Takaya: No electrical test, optionally a Vision Test is created.
  • i3070: Exported as "Undefined", "Connector" or "PinLibrary" according to setting.

2. If >1 model exists

  • Seica: Macro is set to "$DIGITAL", Device/Macro can be customized.
  • Takaya: Each model is generated independently.
  • i3070: Exported as "PinLibrary".

3. "Ignore In Output" is true

  • Seica: Macro is set to "$NOTMOUNTED", Device/Macro can be customized.
  • Takaya: 
    • General:
      - Comment is set to "NOPOP".
      - Values are set to "*".

    • Special:
      - Zener: @K is set to F, @MR can be defined, no Zener Test.
      - LED: @K is set to F, @MR can be defined, no color test.
      - Transistor: @K is set to JP, no Diode Tests.
      - FET: @K is set to JP.
      - Switch, Jumper, Fuse: @K is set to OP.
      - Resistor, Diode, Pin2Ground, Potentionmeter: @K is set to F, @MR can be defined.
      - Capacitor: @K is set to E, @MR can be defined.
      - Inductor: Esported as Resistor with @K is set to OP, @MR can be defined.
      - PhotoCoupler: @K is set to JP/F(Diode)/OP(Resistor).
      - ICOpen: @K is set to JP.

  • i3070:
    • General:
      - PartNumber is set to "NOPOP".

    • Special:
      - Resistor is exported as Open Jumper.
      - Capacitor is exported with 0.1pF.
      - Inductor is exported as Open Jumper.
      - Transistor is exported with 0.002/0.001V.
      - FET is exported with 99999 Ohm.
      - Diode/LED is exported with 0.002/0.001V.
      - Zener is exported with 0.001V.
      - Fuse is exported as Open Jumper.
      - Jumper is exported as Open Jumper.
      - Potentiometer is exported with 100MOhm.
      - Switch is exported "Off".

 

 

 

Edit Dimensionings

1) After you have adjusted the settings for the next dimensionings you want to add, you can press "Add".

Then, move to the graphic interface to choose two points on your printed circuit board you want to select for measuring their distance. PCB-Investigator thereby helps you with reference points to easily mark e.g. the edge or centre of a component. To set a marker for dimensioning use a right-click. A double-click allows you to change the location of the set marker by entering new values for x and y. You can also easily relocate the connecting line and its associated text information with holding the right mouse botton and shifting the line in its wanted position. 

2) Here, you can adjust the settings for the layer, the text and the type of the new dimensioning you want to add.

  • Layer: You can only choose between the currently activated layers. It´s also possible to choose "all layers". Dimensionings with this categorization will be visible no matter of the layers being activated.
  • Text: This setting allows you to configure which information about the dimensioning you want to be displayed. %DIS% %UNIT% displays both, the distance and the unit used. If you use the same unit for all dimensions (see 7), you can only use %DIS%. It´s also possible to use any other text by entering the propriate information.
  • Type: There are four different types of dimensioning you can use: cross, vertical, horizontal or text.
    • Cross, vertical, horizontal indicate the direction of the connecting lines. The rotation can also be changed afterwards.
    • Text allows you to add additional information or notes to you printed circuit board (e.g. marking drillings). You can duplicate text marker points by holding STRG while right-clicking. A double-click will eliminate the duplicate. A text type can´t be switched into a direction type once defined.

3) There are three more options you can adjust before adding a new dimensioning: text size, text rotation and font.

  • text size: This allows you to determine the size of the text that should be displayed.
  • text rotation: Here, you can choose the rotation of text which should be used for the next dimensioning. Using -1 will adapt the text parallel dimensioning line. You can also rotate the text by double-clicking on the appropriate text information in the graphic interface.
  • font: Choose the font you want to use for the text.

4) You can also determine the colors that should be used for the visualization of the dimensioning: line color, text color, back color.

  • line color: Color of the connecting line between the two points selected for dimensioning.
  • text color: Color of the text used to describe the dimensioning information.
  • back color: Background color of the text.

5) Clicking on "Apply" allows you to subsequently change the settings of (3) and (4) for all dimensionings you have determined so far at once. 

6) In this list, you will find a overview of all dimensionings you have determined with all their relevant information. You can also adjust the settings by double-clicking on the intended configuration. A right-click on a dimensioning will highlight the appropriate dimensioning in the graphic interface.

7) Here, you can choose the unit you want to use for your dimensionings. Selecting "auto" will apply an automatically choosen unit (most practical solution) for each dimensioning. To avoid misunderstandings using "auto", you should indicate the unit for each of your dimensionings (2).

8) "Set Bounds Dimensionings" sets the dimensionings for your overall printed circuit board (lenght, width). 

Example for dimensionings on a design:

View Dimensionings:

To display or hide your dimensionings, click on the framed symbol which can be found under "View".

Symbol Library

Symbols / Objects are stored in the symbol library. You can either access it when e.g. adding or editing objects or you can directly open the symbol library. 

By clicking on the tab “Symbol Library” which can be found under the ribbon “Fabrication”, the following window will open.

1. Under “Loaded Library”, you have three different types of libraries to choose from:

  • Job: You will see all symbols that are used in the currently open design or on the corresponding panel
  • XML Library
  • PCB-I 365: Only if you have registered for.

To get access to the symbols of one of these symbols, you have to open the subcategories of the corresponding library.

2. Then, you will see a list with all symbols and their properties stored in this library.

3. Selecting one of these symbols in the list, will visualize them on the right side of the list.

4. Clicking on the green plus at the bottom left corner of the dialog will open the following dialog:

Here, you have the choice between different ODB++ symbols that can be adjusted according to your needs by defining their parameters. Clicking on “Accept” will then add the newly defined symbol to the currently opened Library.

5. Clicking the “X” when you have selected a list item, allows you to extinguish this symbol in your library.

6. Clicking on the pen symbol will open up the “Symbol Property Editor”.

The Symbol Property Editor allows you to change the name of the symbol and create a new property by entering a new property name and by choosing a new value type for the symbol.

You can´t delete or edit the properties of a symbol that is a regular feature of your design. When you have selected one of these symbols, the two buttons will be greyed out.

7. If you have selected the currently opened Job as a Library, you have the option to pick any of the symbols on your design in the graphic interface and the corresponding symbol in the list will be highlighted.

 

There are two more options when you have selected an XML or 365 Library to work with. The dialog for these libraries will also look a bit different:

When choosing either an XML or PCB-I 365 library, you can click on  to open another dialog for adjusting the settings of the library.

This editor allows you to create, edit, remove, import and export a (new) library. When adding a new library (click on “Create”), you have to enter a new name for the library and you have to select the propriate path for the library file you want to choose.

If you want to remove a symbol library in the setting dialog by selecting it and clicking on “Remove”.

You can also edit the parameters of an already existing object or add a new symbol from the current selection. Clicking on  or double-clicking on a symbol in the list will open a new window of PCB-Investigator allowing you to adjust the currently selected symbol in the list to gain a special symbol that’s not contained in any of the libraries.

To configure this symbol, you can then click on “Add”. This allows you to compile a special symbol. How to add symbols or objects is described under “Add Objects”. If you have completed the compilation of your special symbol, you can click on “Save” or “Save and Close” on the upper right corner of the window and you will get back to the main Symbol Library dialog.