Cogiscan Partners with Siemens PLM Software to Provide a Complete Industry 4.0 Solution for Electronics Manufacturing

We are excited to formally announce the partnership between Siemens PLM Software & Cogiscan Inc, the Leading Track, Trace and control solution provider for the electronics manufacturing industry. We believe this partnership will give our customers robust visibility and control over the manufacturing process including material consumption tracking, and management.

As a partner of both Siemens & Cogiscan, Acuity Electronics is in the unique position to offer deep expertise of both platforms, as well as the ability to deliver total integration.

Below is the formal press release from the Cogiscan website.

BROMONT, CANADA, October 2016

Cogiscan Inc., the leading Track, Trace and Control (TTC) solutions provider for the electronics manufacturing industry, is partnering with Siemens PLM Software to provide a complete manufacturing software solution to enable Industry 4.0 for Electronic Manufacturers.

The Cogiscan suite of TTC solutions includes world-class material control, traceability and TTC analytics to achieve significant improvements in visibility, quality and productivity. Siemens PLM Software is a world-leading provider of product lifecycle management and manufacturing operations management software for all industries, including the out of the box SIMATIC IT Unicam eMES solution for Electronic Manufacturing.

Together, Cogiscan and Siemens will help companies realize innovation by optimizing their processes, from planning and development through manufacturing, production and support.

Cogiscan is the industry leader in Track Trace and Control technology, with the largest library of machine interfaces due to their unique partnerships with all major equipment vendors. SIMATIC IT Unicam (the Siemens Manufacturing Execution System for electronics) makes use of this proven technology to provide all of the specific material control functions while collecting complete and accurate data from every machine and process.

“We are very proud to partner with a leading manufacturing solutions provider such as Siemens,” stated Vincent Dubois, Cogiscan Co-founder. “This announcement is aligned with our mission to enable seamless factory automation through collaboration with leading equipment and software providers.”

“Siemens PLM Software is committed to creating partnerships to help enhance the end-user experience of our customers,” said Andrew Swiecki, Head of Partner Processes and Software & Technology Partners, Siemens PLM Software. “We are pleased to work with Cogiscan to provide open, integrated solutions that help to improve the productivity of our mutual customers.”

About Cogiscan Inc.
Cogiscan is the leading track, trace and control (TTC) solutions provider for the electronics manufacturing industry. The scalable Cogiscan platform perfectly integrates with all major equipment types, and is highly configurable to enable a personalized solution to each customer’s specific production needs. Since 1999 Cogiscan has attained several international patents for TTC hardware and software, and has won multiple awards throughout the years.

Test Expert 10.1 Now Available for Download

We are pleased to announce the availability of Test Expert 10.1. Customers who are current on maintenance can now download from the Siemens PLM Download Server.

Key Updates

CAD Recognition

The new CAD Recognition function automatically detects the CAD file that is being read into Test Expert. CAD Recognition is an optional feature for users who want to eliminate the step of finding the CAD type in the list of the supported CAD systems or are unsure of the program that was used to create the file that they are importing.

Electrical Attributes Editor

The new Electrical Attributes Editor for Takaya flying probe provides a simple consolidated user interface where all required attributes needed for creating a successful test program are available.

The new user interface simplifies data processing by providing the user with clear and concise options to select. The user interface also provides visual feedback for components not meeting the basic electrical requirements for program generation.  The new Electrical Attributes Editor provides users the feedback they need before they run the output processor. Watch the video.

OS support for Windows 8 and Server 2012

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team at, or fill out the online support request form.

Note: The updated apt9400.cnf file now specifies the CA8 file format. If you want to use the previously released apt9400.cnf, the file can be found in \Fab\Config\CA9 directory.



UniCam CAD Import Error

We have been seeing users experience errors importing CAD files into UniCam, particularly files in the ODB++ format.

The scenario is as follows:

User imports a CAD file and it imports fine with no problem. However, the next job they start working on they can no longer import the CAD and get a “Fatal Error” message. In fact, they cannot seem to import any CAD file for any job.

The solution is as follows:

When a CAD importer runs it creates a folder, “$cadtemp”, which is normally deleted automatically when the importer finishes. Sometimes the $cadtemp folder doesn’t get deleted and that causes all kinds of importer problems, one of which you’re experiencing.  For some reason, this seems to happen primarily when importing ODB CAD files.

The path you are looking for is, “C:\Users\<your windows login name>\AppData\Local\Temp\”. Look there for the $cadtemp folder and delete it if it exists. Then try to import your CAD file again.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our support team at 855-642-2848 Option 2, or via our support request form.

UniCam FX 11 Service Pack 1 Released

We are pleased to announce that Service Pack 1 for UniCam FX 11 has been released and is available for immediate download. SP1 for UniCam 11 is an accumulation of fixes built on top of the Windows platform and is to be installed on the client machine.

Download Instructions

Quick tip: be sure to “run as administrator” when installing the update on your machine. Also, please note that you will need a valid webkey to access the service pack.

If you have any questions or need support with downloading or installation, please don’t hesitate to use our support request form, or call 855-642-2848 Option 2.

Gerber Expert 9.6 Now Available for Download

We are proud to announce the availability of Gerber Expert 9.6. This release contains many new features and user-requested enhancements to get the most out of your Gerber Expert software investment.

Gerber Expert 9.6- Key Release Highlights

Polylines & Polygons

  • Add straight, arc, or tangential polylines
  • Add polygon voids to existing polygon by using Circle, Rectangle, Flash, or Draws
  • Add, copy, move, delete, fillet and chamfer polyline vertices. Also, Add Slot and Delete Segment.

New Part Viewing Controls

  • Added “Part Settings” page to the Configuration dialog, the settings control the drawing of part pins and part annotation including:

Design File Locking

  • This new feature creates a lock file when you open a .gedb file. Anyone else that tries to load this file while it is locked will get a Read Only version to prevent overwriting of a file that is in use.

DRC Rule Files

  • New DRC dialog option: save rule files in a dynamic form where abstracted layer types are output instead of absolute layer numbers.

PLUS 21 New Macro Enhancements & a Host of Other Fixes and Enhancements

For More Information

View the Full “What’s New” Document here.

Ready to Download Gerber Expert 9.6?

Follow this link to the extraction package. You will need your Siemens webkey to log in. For information on creating your webkey login, follow Step One in this post here.

If you have any questions or need support with downloading or installation, please don’t hesitate to use our support request form, or call 855-642-2848 Option 2.