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ECAD translation frustration

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ECAD translation frustration

Hi all,

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changed footprint names, so the hint_map file is out of date.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?


Season's Greetings and Thanks,
Doug


Doug Barton
Mechanical Designer

Vansco Electronics Ltd.

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RE: ECAD translation frustration

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.

Season's Greetings and Thanks again,
Doug


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