GERBER Translation Software & Services

Outputs to most popular Assembly, AOI, and ATE Test Eequipment.

Import virtually all GERBER and CAD formats and Outputs to most popular Assembly, AOI, ATE Test & Selective Soldering Equipment. Also outputs to Gencad, Fabmaster, PADS, Mentor Graphics, ipc-d-356, ipc-2581, ipc2581, etc.

DEMONSTRATIONS: The fastest way to learn about the Unisoft software is usually to go online with us and we can process one of your PC Boards or use our data files to show you the software. We highly recommend a hands-on demonstration and we are available now or virtually anytime to go online with you — contact us.

Questions or Online Meeting Demonstrations

If you have a question use the email that follows or call us.

Online meetings are usually the fastest way to learn about the Unisoft software. We can go online virtually anytime and process one of your PC Board projects or use our data files to show you the software.

For questions or to start a meeting, email us (enable JavaScript for our email addressservice_gerber.htm) or call us (enable JavaScript for our phone number) . If we are available we can go online immediately or you can set up a time for an online meeting.

To start an online meeting the procedure is simple

  1. You call us (enable JavaScript for our phone number) to start the meeting.
  2. We normally use GoToMeeting for the online meeting. You'll click the "Join a Meeting" link there and enter the logon ID# we give you.

TRIAL SOFTWARE: Another quick way to learn about the software is to download the trial software.

The trial software has HELP for most menu items by hovering over the menu item for a second then click any of the videos, manual or website links to learn about the software.

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Maybe you already have manufacturing software that you use to program production floor equipment, etc but you need a way to convert newer or non supported cad file formats to this software. Unisoft can import virtually any CAD format and export a standard file for import to your existing manufacturing software. Output formats include GENCAD, Fabmaster, ipcd356, ipc-2581, ipc2581, Mentor Graphics, PADS .ASC, etc. For example Unisoft can import virtually any CAD file format and export to Teradyne/Genrad D2B Alchemist or Fabmaster Test Expert software. We can sell you this software for your use or can perform the conversion service for you and return the correct files to you.

Use our in-house Gerber translation service to convert your GERBER files. Raw Gerber data is devoid of most intelligent information used in manufacturing such as referenced designators, pin numbers and x/y locations. Our service quickly translates your Gerber files into an intelligent working database ready for use in manufacturing. Need gerber conversion, gerber to netlist, x/y, etc.? Contact Unisoft for details or fill in the GERBER TRANSLATION SERVICE FORM below.

Do you have special problems such as gerber translation? For example: You do not have the native CAD files for your project. You only have the raw Gerber Files and a BOM (Bill Of Materials). You need to program production equipment such as Automatic Assembly Equipment, AOI Inspection Equipment or ATE Test Equipment (Fly Probe, In-Circuit or MDA) and you do not know where to turn — we can do it for you! Our in-house service translates your raw Gerber files and BOM files into real reference designators, theta rotation, part numbers, X/Y component pin geometries, values, tolerances, etc. This data is then used by Process Engineers, Test Engineers, etc. Process Engineers use the data to program their SMT, Thru-hole Automatic Assembly, AOI Inspection Equipment and create process assembly instruction documents, etc. Test Engineers use the data to program their ATE (Genrad ".ckt", Teradyne "ipl", Hewlett Packard "board & board x/y"), MDA, and flying probe test equipment (Takaya, etc.) and design the "Bed of Nails" test fixtures. Of course the software also imports virtually all standard native CAD file types too!

If you are at that point a possible next step in your evaluation is an online demonstration. For questions or to schedule a demonstration, call us (enable JavaScript for our phone number) or email us ().

IMPORTING CAD FILES: A list and samples of the CAD file formats Unisoft imports are on our Importing CAD Files page.

Customer Comment

Below are comments from a Unisoft client for a CAD Translation project Unisoft completed for them in November of 2005. The customer is Jim Wasilewski Test Manager at MPI (Microboard Processing Inc.) in Seymour, Connecticut. MPI is a medium size contract manufacturer. Jim had two PC Boards with only the raw gerber files available and needed to create full netlists, X/Y component and pin information, traces, etc. to program their Takaya Flying Probe Test Equipment to test the PC Boards.

"I have the programs loaded on the Takaya for both PC Boards. I am ready to start the debug …. Unisoft did a great job working together on this to get the translations completed."

Jim Wasilewski

Sample Assembly machine setup file used by process engineers:

IC4     360-0834     90      1.575     1.475
R24     111-0122     270     2.750     3.200
R26     111-0103     270     2.250     3.200

Generic Output has every component pin and is used by test engineers to setup their test equipment:

1   net1   C1.1 X -4.800  Y 0.320 Top    Smd
2   net2   C1.2 X -4.800  Y 0.180 Top    Smd
1   net1   C10.1 X -5.125 Y 0.720 Bottom Smd
3   net3   C10.2 X -5.125 Y 0.580 Bottom Smd

In addition to the export outputs above we can translate from raw Gerber file formats such as IPC-D-356 / IPC-2581 / ipc2581 for Takaya Flying Probe ATE, GenCAD, FabMaster FATF, and others.

When we build a netlist and x/y data files from Gerber data we verify connections on each layer to ensure proper connectivity. This insures that we catch any netlist errors. We also verify that the export process correctly interprets these netlist and x/y locations.

As a bonus the Gerber conversion is compatible with our ProntoVIEW-MARKUP software and all other Unisoft OneFACTORY modules. With ProntoVIEW-MARKUP you can display the PC Board assembly and actively search components, pins, etc. Click here for more ProntoVIEW-MARKUP information.


IMPORTANT: This information aids us in knowing what you need and sending you the proper information you require. All information is kept private. We believe you will find our software very useful. Thank you for your time!

Please fill in the fields below and click SUBMIT (do not use the ENTER key to move between fields, it will submit the form).

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For example: Google search, video, friend/colleague recommendation or advertisement on either ATE World Magazine, Best Test, Circuit Assembly Magazine, EMT WorldWide, Evaluation Engineering, CircuitNET, Global SMT & Packaging Magazine, Managing Automation, SMT Magazine, SMTNET, US Tech, Test & Measurement Magazine, etc.
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Additional Translation Services

  1. TRANSLATE STANDARD CAD FILES TO FLAT ASCII FILES — Inexpensively & quickly using our proprietary software, UniSOFT will translate most any CAD file from your CAD system to extract the net and drill information.
  2. EQUIPMENT SETUP FILES — Some electronic manufacturing customers find it more convenient or cost effective to send us their CAD or Gerber data and have us create the exact files necessary to setup their test or assembly equipment. For ATE test we create the necessary input circuit description files and test fixture fabrication files. For assembly we create optimized placement programs that run the assembly equipment.
  3. SPECIAL TRANSLATIONS — In addition, we can often handle data that requires special translation or other processing. For example CAD or Gerber to custom assembly or test equipment.

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