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LPKF ProtoMat® S62

State-of-the-art PCB prototyping for most applications
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Voted Best of 2005 by the Readers of Electronic Design

The LPKF ProtoMat® S62 introduces a new era of state-of-the-art circuit board plotters for in-house rapid PCB prototyping. This compact high-speed plotter provides unequalled precision and performance for quickly and easily milling and drilling circuit board prototypes in a single day. In-house PCB prototyping eliminates production delays and the high cost of outside vendors, reducing a product's development time and time-to-market dramatically. Design data also remains securely in-house and under control.


Precision and speed

The ProtoMat® S62 delivers unmatched precision with system resolution as fine as 0.25 µm (0.01 mils). Each system is carefully calibrated at the factory for unsurpassed overall accuracy. As a result, the plotter can mill and drill all types of PCBs with extremely fine traces, including RF and microwave boards. Its milling head travel speed of 150 mm (6") per second and high-performance 62,000 RPM spindle motor makes it a premiere high-speed performer for producing quality PCBs in-house.

Convenience and easy handling

The ProtoMat® S62's rich featureset and simple, automatic operation are quick and easy to master. Board production can begin within minutes of switching on the machine, and it requires no external air compressors or other products. A standard USB cable connects the S62 to any compatible Windows computer.

Automatic tool change

Its advanced features include a 10-position tool changer that automatically replaces milling and drilling tools while the board is being produced. This significantly reduces setup time, and allows for unattended operation.

Integrated head lighting

Shadow-free illumination of the milling area from integrated head lighting makes direct quality control faster and easier.

Silence and security

An integrated acoustic cabinet reduces system sounds and acts as a protective cover. The plotter can safely operate in any work environment.

CAM software included

Each plotter comes with comprehensive LPKF CircuitCAM and BoardMaster software for importing PCB data from any CAD package and for controlling the operation of the plotter. This easy-to-use software, developed by LPKF, processes the same data that would be sent to a PCB manufacturer.

Three-dimensional operation

With its unique motorized Z-axis drive, the ProtoMat® S62 is ideal for machining instrument front panels and housings, as well as pockets in microwave boards. It can also mill around mounted PCB components, simplifying board rework and depanelization jobs.

Options

There are various options available for the S62 to improve productivity and convenience. These options can be factory mounted or retrofitted.

Vacuum tabletop

This option holds the work piece tightly against the work surface, eliminating any substrate irregularities such as twisting or warpage. The tabletop also prevents the material from slipping without the need for masking tape.

Fiducial recognition camera

Improve the ease-of-use and the precision of front-to-back registration of multilayer boards by using a Fiducial Recognition Camera. The accompanying driver software integrates seamlessly with LPKF's BoardMaster software and provides automatic recognition and alignment to existing fiducials in the circuit board. The fiducial camera option requires one additional USB 2.0 port in the host computer.


“We are a small research and development lab, so the purchase of our S62 demanded a large commitment form our operational budget. However the results have been all I could have asked for; we have total control of project scheduling. Depending on the scale our engineer can design, test and re-implement a board in 2-3 days, where before he would be at the mercy of the priorities of an outsource. Having an in-house PCB Board plotter has allowed us to focus on design problems rather than the ‘hurry up and wait’ problems of scheduling issues.”
- Greg Ford, Gregory Industrial Computer ltd.