Micro-machining a simple PC board is anything but simple. For example, some boards need an aluminum core to draw heat away from sensitive components. But that aluminum core then changes your machining methods: The spindle torque required of the drill or routing tools goes up, as does the side force the board will have to endure.
Under these conditions, tools get hotter and need to be cooled and lubricated. Try dry-routing the board, and you’ll end up with a bad surface, big burrs, and worn out tools because of the heat generated at low routing speeds.
Lenz Maschinenbau, a German machine maker, worries about these things—the company has been innovating automated CNC drilling. milling, and routing equipment for the PCB industry since the 1960s.
But it takes more than just engineering know how to run a successful business. The team at Lenz also worries about how to best keep customers happy. Can Lenz be more flexible? More responsive? More collaborative? More efficient?
Recently, Lenz decided it could do better. The company had been using the same CAD system for 20 years, but decided to consolidate on PTC Creo.
With this full-blown professional and adaptable CAD system, Lenz hoped to react faster to customer needs, and even respond faster to future engineering changes. But most of all, Lenz hoped to be able to collaborate more effectively with clients and suppliers.
PTC Creo supported all of Lenz Maschinenbau’s aims.
For example, Lenz can now benefit from PTC Creo View ECAD and the PTC Creo ECAD Collaboration Extension, which enables anybody to quickly and easily visualize PCB-related designs in 3D and 2D. It also supports PCB data from all major EDA tools, as well as drawings, images, and documents from a multitude of sources. With the compact, yet accurate viewable format, complex information can be quickly accessed to reduce rework and improve decision-making. Plus, everyone within engineering, design, fabrication, test, and assembly can collaborate — whether in real-time or by using markups.
“PTC Creo is exciting,” says Jens Hoffman, director of engineering at Lenz. “We replaced our former CAD system very quickly, and after initial challenges, I can really say that we‘re now very happy to use PTC Creo.”
Ed - Communicating and collaborating between disparate electrical and mechanical design teams and solutions can be cumbersome and inefficient. PTC Creo View ECAD improves the visibility, communication and collaboration between electrical and mechanical designers.
Image courtesy of Lenz Maschinenbau.