Just wondering how much trouble other people have during ECAD imports into a PCB assembly. We use Orcad for PCB layout but it's not really the problem. It seems that every time we get an emn file from the PCB designers they have changed footprint names, so the hint_map file is out of date. And a major pain is there are almost always footprint names longer than 31 characters which Pro/E truncates and doesn't recognize. And so far we have been unable to convince the PCB guys to be more consistent. So far we've been editing the emn files to clean them up and keep updating hint-map files constantly.
Are these kinds of problems common, or is it just us?
Does anyone know of a utility for maintaining ECAD stuff like emn files and hint_map files?
It looks like maintaining best practices and having some self-discipline are the tools. So far I've been beating my head against a wall, but maybe it's time to start beating someone else's 😉
Actually, the link to http://www.intermedius.com/ (thanks Jeffry) could be very helpful. I've had the IDF "standards" documents for quite some time now, but I didn't know about this fellow or his utilities. IDFXpert looks interesting. I was actually thinking of writing my own utility in Perl or Java, but I think I'll check this one out.