Assembly Data Manager

Assembly Data Manager bruce Thu, 02/18/2016 - 08:24

With Macaos Enterprise, you can send a Request For Quotation (RFQ) to participating Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) providers. An RFQ gives the EMS provider read-only access to your board product, pick & place (PnP) data, and bill of materials (BOM) list, so that they have the information necessary to calculate their quotation.

To generate an RFQ for assembly:

  1. Import the board. If you have not already done so, use the Import Module to import your Gerber/Drill or ODB++ files to Macaos Enterprise.
    • PnP data should be imported together with your board data files. Link the PnP data file to the Pick&Place data layer. If necessary, PnP data may also be imported or created in the Assembly Manager module.
    • For best results, BOM data should be added to the product in the Assembly Data Manager module. (See step 4 below.)
  2. Panel and Stencil. Normally, you should not panelize the board or create a stencil. The EMS provider will do these steps in the manner best suited to their production processes.
  3. Choose the product. Locate and select the board product in the Product explorer.
  4. Open the Assembly Data Manager module. Click on the Assembly button to open the module. This module has tabs for processing PnP data, BOM data, remarks and the RFQ.
    Pick and place data
    Check that pick and place data is correct.
    PnP data for individual components may be created, edited, or toggled active/inactive.
    Bill of Materials
    Import and process the BOM.
    The BOM processor attempts to categorize information from each entry in the BOM and match it to known component data. BOM data is not visible to bare PCB manufacturers, but only to the EMS providers with whom you share your product.
    Remarks
    If desired, remarks may be added to the board by drawing a circle around the area in question and adding the remark text. Remarks are generated as an extra board documentation layer, which is visible to both PCB manufacturers and to EMS providers.
    Request for Quotation
    Fill out the necessary information, select EMS provider(s) and then click on the Submit RFQ button.
  5. Quotations and ordering. You should receive quotations within 2 working days by e-mail from the selected EMS provider(s). If you are satisfied with a quotation, you will need to contact the EMS provider directly to place your order with them.
  6. Make sure your selected supplier has access to your product. Generating RFQs automatically shares your product with the EMS provider(s) for a period of 10 days, but only for the purpose of viewing and quoting your product.
    You will need to change the product share for your selected supplier so that they have Order or Manuf scope, and so that the share does not expire until after they are finished with your product.
    • The product share expiry may be changed by right-clicking on the product and choosing Share|<partner name>|Make permanent or Share|<partner name>|Edit.
    • The product share scope may be changed by right-clicking on the product and choosing Share|<partner name>|Change scope to <scope>.

    See the user manual for more info about editing product shares.

Pick and Place Data

Pick and Place Data bruce Thu, 02/18/2016 - 09:37

Surface mounted components are frequently placed on a circuit board by an automatic placement machine, typically called a Pick and Place (PnP) machine. A PnP data file is used to instruct the machine where to place each component on the board prior to soldering. PnP data consists of a designator, x and y coordinates, a rotation and a description for each automatically placed component. The location of fiducial marks should also included in the PnP data.

PnP data may be added to a product in the following ways:

  • Import a PnP file together with the Gerber and Drill data.

  • Import a PnP file directly into the Assembly Data Manager.

  • PnP data may be added manually, component by component.

Pick and Place Data Manager

The Pick and Place data tab of the Assembly Data Manager lists components to the left of a graphic viewer. Use the check boxes at the top to show or hide components on one or both sides of the board.

Double-click on a component in the list to locate a component in the viewer. The viewer will zoom to show the component centered in an area of about 25 x 25 mm.

The check boxes in the component list determine whether or not the component is to be included for automatic placement. Only components with a check mark are shown in the viewer.

It is possible to change the check box state of multiple components by selecting the desired components in the list, right-clicking, and choosing Toggle selected components.

Right-click and choose Edit component to modify the properties of a component in the PnP data.

There are four action buttons:

  • Import a Pick and Place data file – Import a text file
  • Save changes to product – Updates the Pick&Place layer in the product.
  • Align Pick and Place data with board data – Align the data if they do not have the same origin.
  • Add component to Pick and Place data – Manually add a component to the list.

Importing a Pick and Place file

Click on the Import button and select the file to import. Its contents will be added to the component list and shown in the viewer. It may be necessary to specify to which side of the board the imported data applies.

A number of Pick and place file formats, (such as those from Allegro, Altium, Cadstar, Kicad, OrCad and PADS) are automatically parsed.

If the file format is not immediately recognized, then it may be specified in the Pick and Place Data Import dialog box, which displays the original file contents, parsed file contents and the interpreted XYR data.

The following may be specified:

  • Number of header lines

  • First character of comment lines

  • Separated or fixed-width columns

  • Separator and quote characters (for separated files)

  • Column widths (for fixed-width files)

  • Unit of measure for X and Y coordinates

  • Angle rotation direction (counter-clockwise or clockwise)

  • Column mapping. (Up to 3 columns may be combined as the component description.)

Aligning Pick and Place data with board data

If the origin of the PnP data does not match that of the board data, it can be aligned as follows:

  1. Click on the Align button so that it is active.

  2. In the viewer, left-click and draw a selection rectangle around a PnP symbol (cross with arrow). A rubber-band line stretches from the component to the mouse pointer.

  3. Left-click and draw a new selection rectangle around all pads of the selected component. The component will be moved to the center of a rectangle exactly enclosing the selected pads.

  4. Check that the PnP data is correctly aligned. If not, repeat steps 1-3 with a different component.

Note: If PnP data for a side is not visible, then it will not be moved. In this manner, it is possible to aling PnP data for the top and bottom sides independently of each other.

Adding a component to the Pick and Place data

PnP data may be created manually, as follows:

  1. Click on the Add component button so that it is active.

  2. In the viewer, left-click and draw a selection rectangle around all pads of the component. The component will be placed at the center of a rectangle exactly enclosing the selected pads.

  3. In the Add Pick and Place component dialog box, specify the layer, designator, rotation and description of the component. Clicking the OK button creates the PnP component.

  4. Repeat steps 1-3 as for each additional component.

Saving changes

If you have made any changes to the PnP data, including using the check boxes to show/hide individual components, then you must save your changes to the PCB product. Click on the Save button to save the changes in the product and update the product in the Macaos Repository.

Pick and Place file formats

Pick and Place file formats bruce Tue, 10/09/2018 - 15:37

Details of some of the pick and place file formats supported by Macaos Enterprise are listed below. Note: All coordinate and rotation values are floating point values unless specified as integer. Non-integer coordinate and rotation values must use . (period) as a decimal separator.

Allegro:

  • One-line header, no trailer
  • Fixed-width fields, space padded
  • First line: UUNITS = <MILLIMETERS|INCHES|MILS>
  • Field 1 (char 1-22) = designator
  • Field 2 (char 23-36) = X coordinate in unit
  • Field 3 (char 37-49) = Y coordinate in unit
  • Field 4 (char 50-56) = rotation (integer degrees)
  • Field 5 (char 57-end) = description

Allegro (without header):

  • No header or trailer lines
  • Field delimiter = <SPACE>
  • Field 1 = designator
  • Field 2 = X coordinate in mm
  • Field 3 = Y coordinate in mm
  • Field 4 = rotation
  • Field 5 = description

Altium (newer format):

  • Several header lines
  • Last header line contains: Designator and Footprint
  • Fixed-width fields determined by text in last header line
  • One of header lines should contain: Units used: mm|mil|inch
  • Valid columns: Designator Comment Layer Footprint Center-X Center-Y Rotation Description
  • Field 1 = designator
  • Field 2 = comment (description part 2) (optional)
  • Field 3 = side <TopLayer|BotLayer>
  • Field 4 = footprint (description part 1)
  • Field 5 = X coordinate in mm, mil or inch
  • Field 6 = Y coordinate in mm, mil or inch
  • Field 7 = rotation in degrees
  • Field 8 = description in quotes (description part 3) (optional)

Altium/Protel (older format):

  • One-line header, no trailer
  • Field delimiter = <SPACE>
  • First line begins with: Designator Footprint
  • Field 1 = designator
  • Field 2 = footprint (description part 1)
  • Field 3 = X coordinate+<mm|mil>
  • Field 4 = Y coordinate+<mm|mil>
  • Field 5 = unused
  • Field 6 = unused
  • Field 7 = unused
  • Field 8 = unused
  • Field 9 = layer <T|B>
  • Field 10 = rotation in degrees
  • Field 11 = description (part 2)

CADint properties report:

  • No header or trailer lines
  • Field delimiter = <TAB>
  • Field 1 =X coordinate in mm
  • Field 2 = Y coordinate in mm
  • Field 3 = rotation (integer degrees)
  • Field 4 = designator
  • Field 5 = description (part 1)
  • Field 6 = description (part 2)
  • Field 7 = description (part 3)
  • Field 8 = side <top|bottom>

Cadstar PICK&PLACE:

  • Four-line header, no trailer
  • Fixed-width fields, space padded
  • First, second and fourth lines: any text
  • Third line (50 chars): Name Pos. x Pos. y Part Orient Side
  • Field 1 (char 1-8) = designator
  • Field 2 (char 9-18) = X coordinate in mm
  • Field 3 (char 19-28) = Y coordinate in mm
  • Field 4 (char 29-38) = description (part 1)
  • Field 5 (char 39-46) = rotation in degrees
  • Field 6 (char 47-56) = side <Top|Bottom>
  • Field 7 (char 57-end) = description (part 2)

Cadstar P&P:

  • Five-line header, no trailer
  • Fixed-width fields, space padded
  • First, second and fifth lines: any text
  • Fourth line (71 chars): Pos: Name: X: Y: Orient: Side:
  • Field 1 (char 1-12) = designator
  • Field 2 (char 13-30) = description
  • Field 3 (char 31-42) = X coordinate in mm
  • Field 4 (char 43-54) = Y coordinate in mm
  • Field 5 (char 55-66) = rotation in degrees
  • Field 6 (char 67-end) = side <Top|Bottom>

Eagle XYR (semicolon-delimited):

  • No header or trailer lines
  • Field delimiter = ; (semicolon)
  • Field 1 = description
  • Field 2 = X coordinate in mils (integer)
  • Field 3 = Y coordinate in mils (integer)
  • Field 4 = rotation (integer degrees)
  • Field 5 = designator

Eagle XYR (space-delimited):

  • No header or trailer lines
  • Field delimiter = <SPACE>
  • Field 1 = designator
  • Field 2 = X coordinate in mils (integer)
  • Field 3 = Y coordinate in mils (integer)
  • Field 4 = rotation (integer degrees)
  • Field 5 = description
  • Field 6 = optional description part 2

Expedition AIS:

  • several line header
  • Fixed-width fields, space padded
  • First line: $HEADER$
  • Header ends with: $END HEADER$
  • Header contains: UNITS MM or UNITS INCH
  • Part section begins with: $PART_SECTION_BEGIN$
  • Part section ends with: $PART_SECTION_END$
  • Field 1 (char 1-32) = designator
  • Field 2 (char 34-65) = description
  • Field 3 (char 67-76) = X coordinate in mm
  • Field 4 (char 78-87) = Y coordinate in mm
  • Field 5 (char 89-98 = rotation in degrees
  • Field 6 (char 100-109) = side <TOP|BOTTOM>
  • Field 7 (char 111-end) = ignored

kicad Postions:

  • Five line header, one-line trailer
  • Fixed-width fields, space padded
  • First line starts with: ### Module positions
  • Third line: ## Unit= mm, Angle = deg.
  • Last line: ## End
  • Field 1 (char 1-9) = designator
  • Field 2 (char 11-20) = val (description part 2)
  • Field 3 (char 22-37) = package (description part 1)
  • Field 4 (char 39-48) = X coordinate in mm
  • Field 5 (char 50-59) = Y coordinate in mm
  • Field 6 (char 61-69) = rotation in degrees
  • Field 7 (char 71-end) = side <top|bottom>

PADS NetWizard:

  • Several line header, no trailer
  • Field delimiter = ; (semicolon), all fields quoted with " (quote mark)
  • Second header line contains: PADS NetWizard
  • Third line: Unit: mm
  • Field 1 = designator
  • Field 2 = description
  • Field 3 = Y coordinate in mm
  • Field 4 = X coordinate in mm
  • Field 5 = rotation (integer degrees)
  • Field 6 = side <Top|Bottom>

Quad:

  • One-line header, no trailer
  • Fixed-width fields, space padded
  • First line: 33 characters, where character 6 is X and character 14 is Y
  • Field 1 (char 1-5) = designator
  • Field 2 (char 7-12) = X coordinate in mils (integer)
  • Field 3 (char 15-20) = Y coordinate in mils (integer)
  • Field 4 (char 21-24) = rotation (integer degrees)
  • Field 5 (char 25-end) = description

Siemens:

  • No header, one-line trailer
  • Field delimiter = , (comma)
  • Last line: EOT
  • Field 1 = unused
  • Field 2 = description
  • Field 3 = X coordinate in mm
  • Field 4 = Y coordinate in mm
  • Field 5 = rotation in degrees
  • Field 6 = unused
  • Field 7 = designator

SMF:

  • Four-line header, no trailer
  • Field delimiter = , (comma)
  • First line: any text
  • Second line: any text
  • Third line: PLACER;
  • Fourth line: Pads-Software;
  • Field 1 = designator
  • Field 2 = unused
  • Field 3 = unused
  • Field 4 = description
  • Field 5 = unused
  • Field 6 = unused
  • Field 7 = unused
  • Field 8 = unused
  • Field 9 = X coordinate in mils
  • Field 10 = Y coordinate in mils
  • Field 11 = rotation in degrees
  • Field 12 = unused

SVM:

  • One-line header, no trailer
  • Field delimiter = <TAB>
  • First line: SYMBOL<TAB>PP_TAG_X<TAB>PP_TAG_Y<TAB>ROTATION<any text>
  • Field 1 = description
  • Field 2 = X coordinate in mm
  • Field 3 = Y coordinate in mm
  • Field 4 = rotation in degrees
  • Field 5 = unused
  • Field 6 = unused
  • Field 7 = unused
  • Field 8 = designator

Zevatech:

  • One-line header, no trailer
  • Fixed-width fields, space padded
  • First line: HEADER<22 spaces>version<any text>
  • Field 1 (char 29-34) = designator
  • Field 2 (char 35-41) = X coordinate in inch
  • Field 3 (char 42-48) = Y coordinate in inch
  • Field 4 (char 54-57) = rotation in degrees
  • Field 5 (char 62-end) = description

Bill of Materials

Bill of Materials bruce Thu, 02/18/2016 - 09:38

A Bill of Materials (BOM) is a list of the components that are to be used with the printed circuit board. The BOM is used to select and purchase the correct components as well as to specify where each component should be placed on the printed circuit board.

Frequently, a BOM generated by a CAD system or inventory system may not contain enough information for an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider to accurately select the correct components. This can lead to delays, as additional communication between the EMS provider and their client becomes necessary to clear up any questions that may arise.

The BOM Manager may be used to check a BOM against a database of known components. Where single matches are found, there should be no doubt as to which component to select. Where multiple matches are found, the user is encouraged to choose a suitable component from among those components which match the given specifications.

Input BOM

Input BOM bruce Tue, 10/09/2018 - 15:49

If the product does not already contain an output BOM, then an input BOM should be opened and processed. This can be done in one of two ways:

  • Click on the Open file button and select the file to import as the Input BOM. An input BOM may be a spreadsheet or text file suitable for import into a tabular format. When importing a text file, a dialog box is first displayed in which the parameters for interpreting the text file may be specified.

  • Open the BOM in your spreadsheet program and copy all relevant cells to the clipboard. Then right-click on a cell in the Input BOM grid and choose Paste row(s) after.

Note: Only import of Excel 97-2003 .xls spreadsheet format is supported. Other spreadsheet formats (such as Excel .xml, Excel .xlsx or OpenOffice .ods) are not supported at this time.

If the product contains a file named AssyPartList.xls then this will automatically be imported as the Input BOM. If there is a file named AssyPartList (with any other filename extension) then it will automatically be loaded as a text file (if possible).

Input BOM guidelines

For best results when processing an input BOM, use the following guidelines:

  • Typically, a BOM should include columns for Designator, Quantity, Description, Value, Package (footprint), and Manufacturer's part number. Additional columns may also be useful.

  • Use appropriate column headers. Information in a column with header Comment will be passed to the output BOM but not be used when processing components. Information in a column with header Ignore will be completely ignored.

  • The designator column may either contain a single designator (with a row for each instance of a component) or a space-separated list of designators (with only one row per component). In the latter case, the quantity should match the number of designators listed.

  • Do not mix different kinds of information in the same column. For example, use separate columns for manufacturer name and manufacturer part number.

  • A Value column should contain only the component value (in ohms, farads, etc). Other component parameters (tolerance, voltage, etc) may either be grouped in a Description column, or listed in dedicated columns for each kind of parameter.

  • Within a column, use a space as the separator between different kinds of information. Do not use commas, slashes or other punctuation. Commas and periods will in most cases be interpreted as decimal points.

  • Avoid using non-English words. The BOM processor understands only English.

  • Components such as resistors and capacitors should specify the component's electrical value in the Value column. The Description column should specify the component type (resistor, capacitor, inductor, etc) together with all other parameters (such as tolerance, voltage/current rating, package style, etc) necessary to choose an acceptable component. In general, you should not list a manufacturer's part number unless that specific part is required.

  • Discrete semiconductor components (such as diodes and transistors) should have their part number listed in the Description column or in the Manuf part no column. The package style should also be listed in the Description column or in the Package column.

  • Other components should have their part number listed in the Manuf part no column. The component description and package style should be listed in the Description column.

  • Be as specific as necessary when describing components. Parameters which are unimportant for selecting a component should not be listed, as they may restrict component selection to more costly items. On the other hand, underspecified components will possibly lead to the selection of an inadequate component.

Preparing the Input BOM for processing

Once an input BOM has been loaded, an attempt will be made to guess the type of information in each column. These guesses will not always be successful, especially if a column contains a mix of different kinds of information, or if the first few rows of information should be ignored.

Right-click on the first row of valid data to ignore all preceding rows, or to mark the selected row as containing column headers. This should improve the column header guesses.

Right-click on a column header to change the type of information contained in that column. Columns of type Comment will not be used when processing the input BOM, but their contents will be copied to the output BOM. Columns of type Ignore will be ignored.

Select any cell and start typing to replace the contents of that cell. Click a second time in the cell to enter edit mode for that cell. Right-click on any row to add a new row below the selected row or paste in additional data in the row(s) following the selected row.

Processing the Input BOM

Click on the Process (Gears) button to process the Input BOM. For each row in the Input BOM an attempt will be made to identify the component type and parameters. Then the Macaos Component Database will be searched for matching components and the results displayed as the Output BOM.

Output BOM

Output BOM bruce Tue, 10/09/2018 - 15:54

The results of processing the Input BOM are displayed as the Output BOM.

The Qty and Designator columns are taken from the Input BOM.

The MACAOS key name and Stocked by columns indicate the results of the database search.

The remaining columns show how component parameters from the Input BOM have been interpreted. The information in these columns may be modified, as necessary, in order to improve the search results. After making modifications, click on the Retry button to perform a new component search (without parsing information from the Input BOM).

To replace the text in a cell, click on the cell and start typing to enter the new text. To modify the existing text, click a second time to put the cell in edit mode. Note: Avoid making a double-click, to prevent opening the Macaos Component Chooser.

If only one matching component is found in the database, then it's key name (unique identifier in the Macaos Component Database) is shown together with known suppliers that stock the component. These rows are green.

If two or more matching components are found, then the MACAOS key name column displays the number of components found. Double-click on the row to open the Macaos Component Chooser and select a component. These rows are yellow.

If no matching component is found you may double-click on the row to open the Macaos Component Chooser and perform a manual search for a suitable component or to add the component to the database.

To mark one or more rows as components not to be installed, select the desired row(s) and right-click. To select more than one row, press the Ctrl key while selecting additional rows. For each selected row, the text DO NOT INSTALL will be inserted in the MACAOS key name column. If necessary, double-click on a row to select a component and remove the DO NOT INSTALL mark.

Once you are satisfied with the contents of the Output BOM, click on the Save button to save the changes in the product and update the product in the Macaos Repository.

Macaos Component Chooser

Macaos Component Chooser bruce Tue, 10/09/2018 - 15:57

The Component Chooser may be used to search for components in the Macaos Component Database. The module consists of a search pane (top), results list (middle) and component details (bottom).

The Macaos Component Database encompasses commonly used components with links to the stock numbers of widely used component suppliers. Each entry in the Macaos Component Database has a unique Key name. For many components, the key name is the same as the manufacturer's part number. However for common parts, such as resistors and capacitors, the key name is a string of component parameters. This allows equivalent components from different manufacturers to be grouped together.

Up to 6 different criteria may make up a search, one for each row in the search pane. For each row, the selected fields (Key name, Part number, Description and Package) are compared with the specified text. The comparison may be that one or more of the selected fields contains, begins with, ends with, or equals the specified text.

Click on the Search button to execute a search. All matching components are listed in the results list. Select an item in the list to view the component details.

When a component is selected, its parameters are shown in the Part details pane. At the right, the known suppliers for the component are listed. Double-click on a supplier to open the supplier's web page for the component. The Display package information displays additional information about the component package/footprint (if available). The Add new part to database button allows you to add a component to the database.

Once you have located the component to be included in your BOM, click on the Select and close button to close the Component Chooser and update your BOM.

Adding a component to the Macaos Component Database

If a component is not found in the Macaos Component Database, then you may add it to the database by specifying the appropriate parameters.

For common capacitors, inductors, resistors and resistor networks you should specify the component parameters (such as value, tolerance, rating, etc). For these components, a key name based on the specified parameters will be used to identify the component in the database.

For other components (including special-purpose capacitors, inductors and resistors) you should specify the manufacturer's part number (without spaces). This will also be used as the key name in the database.

You should also enter a descriptive text of the component and a package descriptor (such as 0805 or TSSOP-16 or whatever). If the component is a surface mount device or is lead-free (RoHS compliant), then mark the appropriate check box(es).

You should enter at least one supplier stock number for the component, as this will contribute to the usability of the component in the database.

Clicking on the Save and close button adds the specified component to the database. The component will only be visible to users from your company (and selected EMS providers) until the submitted data has been verified by Macaos.

Note: The Macaos Component Database is still in the early stages of development. Although there are a few thousand components in the database at the time of first releasing the Assembly Data Manager Module, there is still a long way to go to encompass the hundreds of thousands of components that might be used on a PCB. Adding the components that you use in your BOMs helps make the database more useful for you as well as other Macaos Enterprise users.

Remarks

Remarks bruce Thu, 02/18/2016 - 09:39

Remarks are comments or information that is attached to a specific position in the product. Macaos Enterprise supports a graphic layer for remarks. This layer is visible together with the other layers in the product viewer. It is also exported as a separate Gerber file when data is transmitted to a manufacturer. In this way, remarks will always follow the product data, so that all parties will be informed about the remark.

Remarks may be created in the Import Module when importing a product to Macaos Enterprise. They may also be created or modified in the Assembly Data Manager Module.

There are four action buttons:

  • Save changes to product – Updates the Remarks layer in the product
  • Add a remark to the board – Create a new remark
  • Edit selected remark text – Modify the text of a remark. You can only change one line of text at a time. You can only modify text that has been created during the current editing session.
  • Delete remarks – Delete remarks from the Remarks layer.

The remarks layer is stored as Gerber data in the product. Since the Gerber format does not support complex objects, all text is converted to individual lines and arcs. For this reason it is not possible to edit the text of a remark after it has been stored. Instead, you must delete the remark and create a new remark.

Creating a new remark

To create a new remark, do the following:

  1. Click on the button to activate the button.

  2. Draw a circle around the area on the board to which the remark applies.

  3. Enter the text of the remark in the Place remark dialog box. Add line breaks as appropriate. The text will be placed to the right of the circle.

  4. Click OK to complete creation of the remark.

Request for Quotation

Request for Quotation bruce Thu, 02/18/2016 - 09:40

Once your PnP and BOM data are ready, you can send a Request for Quotation (RFQ) for purchasing and assembly of your PCB to any participating Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider. This is a quick and easy way to get your PCB into production, since Macaos Enterprise makes the necessary information available to your partners in a reliable and orderly manner.

Generating an RFQ for assembly does 3 things:

  1. If one does not already exist, a partnership is created between your company and each EMS provider.

  2. The product is shared with each EMS provider. If not already shared, then the product is shared with Quote visibility for 10 days.

  3. A message is sent to each EMS provider informing them of your RFQ. The message is also visible in the EMS provider's Macaos Enterprise, together with your product data.

Icons in the EMS provider list indicate:

  • if you have already shared the product with the EMS provider

  • if the EMS provider is already your partner, but the product hasn't been shared with them

  • the location of the EMS provider

There are several bits of information that must be gathered before you can send an RFQ. Missing or inadequate information is flagged with an û and an error message.

Once everything is ready, the message to the EMS providers is shown, as well as a list of actions (creating partnerships and shares, and sending RFQs) to perform. Click on the Submit RFQ button to perform these actions.

You may specify up to 3 different quantities and up to 3 different delivery dates for your quotations.

Normally, the EMS provider will purchase the boards and components for you. In the options section, you may choose to do some of your own purchasing.

Normally, EMS providers will respond by e-mail within two working days. If you choose to accept a quotation from one of the Macaos system EMS providers, you will need to contact them directly to place your order. You should also change the product share for that partner, giving them Order or Manuf visibility and extending the lifetime of the share. See the Product sharing chapter for more information.

If a product is shared to an EMS provider with Quote visibility, then your partner will be able to view your PnP data and BOM list, but they will not be able to export that data from Macaos Enterprise.

Note: It is not possible to generate an RFQ for a product that a partner has shared with you.