Skew Correction Highlights Release of PathMaster 4.0
PVA has released the latest version of its PathMaster® Software, version 4.0. The main additions to the new package include display enhancements, improved tool offset functions for improved teach tool functionality, and most significantly skew correction, for increased process control.
PathMaster 4.0 includes all of the features from version 3.0 (launched in May 2012) such as fiducial command for X and Y, 3D Polyline for continuous dispensing of gasketing and other materials, and language support buttons English, Spanish, French, German and Mandarin. PathMaster also includes optimized selective coating area functionality for faster programming and improved throughput. Attributes for programming versatility include the ability to shift the path program based on a single reference point and multi-shaped spiral command functions.
PathMaster® uses fiducials to make sure the part to be dispensed on is correctly installed in the work area. With this new version, the Fiducial function will not only inspect the fiducial A or B to correct for the translational (X and Y), it will also inspect the rotational offset (skew) of the PCB. The fiducial function locates the center of the fiducial on the PCB and calculates the translational correction to be applied to the path program. Skew correction is accomplished with PathMaster® using a combination of fiducial functions.