About us

Ucamco (former Barco ETS) is a market leader in PCB CAM and Pre-CAM Software,  Laser Photoplotters and Direct Imaging Systems. We have more than 25 years continuous experience developing and supporting leading-edge front-end tooling solutions for the global PCB industry. We help fabricators world-wide raise yields, increase factory productivity, and cut enterprise risks and costs.

We have more than 1000 laser photoplotters and 5000 CAM systems installed around the world with local support in every major market. Our customers include the leading PCB fabricators across the global spectrum.

Many of them have been with us for more than 20 years. Major AOI, direct imaging and electrical test equipment vendors OEM Ucamco software as front-end to their systems.

Key to this success has been our uncompromising pursuit of engineering excellence in all our products. For 25 years our product goals have been best-in-class performance, long-term reliability, and continuous development to keep each user at the cutting-edge of his chosen technology.

Ucamco also owns the IP rights on the Gerber File Format through its acquisition of Gerber Systems Corp. (1998).

Developing leadership

Since its beginnings in 1983, our company has always remained true to its original focus as a supplier of high performance laser photoplotters and CAM systems for PCB manufacture – first as Barco’s ETS (Electronic Tooling Systems) division, and later as Ucamco, when it became part of ESO Capital Group in 2008.

Now, with thirty years of experience under our belts and a deep understanding of our customers’ needs, we are as dynamic as ever in our uncompromising pursuit of excellence. With numerous development programs in constant evolution, we lead the global market in terms of installed base, worldwide customer support, and a world-class range of integrated front-end and laser plotting solutions that keep Ucamco, and its clients, at the leading edge of our industry.

Gardien, our sister company, is a global leader in PCB testing.

Technology and global customer support milestones

  • 1983    First laser photoplotter
  • 1984    First batch CAM system with scripting capabilities
  • 1985    Sales and technical support established in USA
  • 1985    DPF, the world's first PCB data format with embedded apertures, contour and panel data
  • 1986    First ever PCB CAM system with a graphical user interface
  • 1986    First multi-beam laser photoplotter
  • 1987    First laser scanner with full pattern recognition, allowing jobs to be managed digitally
  • 1989    Sales and technical support established in Japan
  • 1991    Sales and technical support established in China
  • 1991    Sales and technical support established in Taiwan
  • 1992    Ucam launched
  • 1993    HyperTool, the first object-oriented programming environment for custom automation
  • 1994    Elise, the world's first laser direct-write film photoplotter
  • 1995    Ucam for electrical test
  • 1996    ViewStation and FaultStation, PCB layout and fault location viewers
  • 1997    SilverWriter laser photoplotters
  • 1998    AutoFixture, AI based fixturing software
  • 1998    Sales and technical support established in Korea
  • 1998    Acquisition of the PCB division of Gerber Scientific, cementing Barco ETS'  commitment to the PCB industry and the US market.
  • 1998    Acquisition of Blue Granite, developer of advanced fixturing software
  • 1998    Publication of the Extended Gerber Format Specification
  • 1999    PIXS, software for dynamic Internet/Intranet-based information sharing
  • 2000    Ucam Flex
  • 2000    SilverWriter 800 series
  • 2001    Ucam HDI function (dynamic etch compensation)
  • 2003    OEM for AOI and Direct Imaging solutions
  • 2004     FixGenius, rule based and interactive fixturing software
  • 2004    FaultStation Communicator
  • 2004    SilverWriter 8000 series
  • 2005    Test Floor Integration (TFI)
  • 2006    Integr8tor, the world's first automated Pre-CAM and Engineering solution
  • 2007    New generation Calibr8tor photoplotter
  • 2008    SmartPlate – the first and only solution for finite element modelling of the PCB    plating process
  • 2008    Integr8tor 64 bit and multicore
  • 2009    Nano photoplotter is best in class with 0.5 µm pitch
  • 2009    GCS enables high-speed non-linear scaling on plotters
  • 2009    First 64 bit interactive CAM system
  • 2010    Visual Hyper Script
  • 2011    First Multi-core RIP
  • 2012    First 64-bit RIP
  • 2013    Distribution of Screen’s market leading Ledia Direct Imager
  • 2014    Gerber X2 format introduced
  • 2015    UcamX introduced
  • 2015    Front-end automation of Ledia Direct Imager
  • 2015    Hardware automation integration of Ledia Direct Imager
  • 2016    Serialization and plot-stamps integration for Ledia Direct Imager
  • 2016    UcamX + parallel processing = CAM at its best!
  • 2016    Nano AF-100 laser plotter Opto-electronics with 0.25 µm pitch