Using the CHMT48VB pick and place togheter with Kicad


#1

Have this pick and place.
Will write here about my experince.

1:
pick and place file format needs to be.
Designator,Footprint,Mid X,Mid Y,Ref X,Ref Y,Pad X,Pad Y,Layer,Rotation,Comment
C40,GRM15_bga,28.600000,16.700000,28.600000,16.700000,28.600000,16.700000,T,0.000000,AC0603KRX7R0BB103

seems he just ignore the first line, so you must have some dummy information there.

I will probably end up writing some software to deal with input to this machine somewhat less manually.


#2

the chmt48vb will use a project file with all information need in a xxx.dpv file

this file contains information not output from pick and place by kicad today.
(like component height)

i will need to write software to deal with this from sql based libraries
so once i go down that road the sql will be master and the kicad libs will be generated as a combo of sql+kicad => kicad

however
I attach here the dpv file that is a clear text file.
Ideally a file like this should be generated by kiad, but ofcourse that will not happen for a long time, so i will start coding.

dpv file example attached, clear text
SAMPLE FILE 20161012 - xiao.dpv (21.4 KB)


#3

may be this can be of some relevance to your user case:
https://www.wayneandlayne.com/blog/2014/09/21/kicad-converter-for-tm-240a-pick-and-place-machines/


#4


#5

And may be also this


#6

Not usable for me as I always use real part no as key.
Also I have already an SQL database for BOM post processing and tracking inventory calculation of batches, lack of components number of different runs accumulated etc.

But absolutely a good software but not for me.
I will just add some fields onto my current data base.
Like component height and stepping distance cut-of tape and packaging type etc.

I will publish to community once finished.

I use Ubuntu, c++, and my SQL as tools.