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).
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