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Valor MSS Software Suite for PCB Assembly from Mentor Graphics Wins New Product Introduction Award

Apr 11, 2010

APEX 2010, Las Vegas, Nev., - Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced that it has received the Circuits Assembly New Product Introduction (NPI) Award for the Valor%reg; MSS manufacturing systems solution suite for PCB assembly in the Software-Management category. Mentor’s Valor Division was formerly Valor Computerized Systems, Ltd. The award was presented to Dan Weitzman, Americas regional business manager for the Valor division, at the April 6 NPI Awards ceremony during APEX 2010 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center.

Premiering in 2008, the New Product Introduction Awards sponsored by Circuits Assembly Magazine is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

“Valor has had a history of introducing innovative products that provide real value and a rapid return on investment for electronics designers and manufacturers,” stated Weitzman. “We are pleased to accept this award for our latest suite of software solutions, Valor MSS, and look forward to continuing that tradition of innovation as the Valor Division of Mentor Graphics.”

An industry first, Valor's complete interoperable manufacturing execution suite is designed to integrate solutions that will assist manufacturers in the design, planning, monitoring, control, scheduling, box build, traceability, test and rework processes. The product suite is set to provide a long-awaited software solution that encompasses the entire production process, from the receipt of goods into the production inventory locations, through to PCA assembly and test, full system assembly and test, right through to the final packing of the finished goods ready for shipment.

The components of the Valor MSS software suite include:

  • vPlan for complete SMT planning, programming and data management, multi-vendor line balancing, program optimization and process setup documents

  • vManage, for complete SMT/PCB material control, material verification and traceability, and warehouse management, including a unique just-in-time material kitting and delivery module using real-time consumption as part of shop-floor management solutions

  • vCheck, a complete PCB quality management solution with AOI/ICT direct interfaces, enforced WIP tracking, repair loop monitoring and control, paperless factory—including synchronized delivery of detailed work instructions for board and system level assembly—and full-quality data collection with a business intelligence infrastructure, enabling Web-based dynamic reporting for full system genealogy.

For more information on Mentor Graphics® PCB and Valor products, visit the company website at

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $800 million and employs approximately 4,425 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

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