26 September, 2011 ? Munich, Germany and Westford, MA, USA ? Zuken has announced its support for the IPC-2581 electronic data transfer format. IPC-2581 is a generic standard for printed circuit board manufacturing description data and transfer methodology. Zuken is a founding member of a new cross-industry consortium that has been established to support the standard. The first EDA vendor consortium member to support IPC-2581, Zuken has introduced the format into its CR-5000 product line in response to requests from customers and with the view that an independent format is best suited to meet customer requirements.
“We’re happy to see Zuken support the IPC-2581 format and we?re pleased to see the formation of a consortium of vendors and OEMs to promote and encourage adoption of the format,” says Mike Green at Lockheed Martin. “We have long believed that independently controlled and maintained standards are the most effective solution for industry-wide needs such as this.”
The need for an independent format that covers the wide range of needs has been recognized for many years. This led to the recent formation of a consortium for supply-chain adoption of IPC-2581. The consortium’s goal is “to accelerate the adoption of IPC-2581 as an open, neutrally maintained global standard to encourage innovation, improve efficiency and reduce costs”.
Zuken supports efforts by independent standards bodies such as IPC to create and maintain neutral standards that all may adopt and benefit from. “Open standards, such as IPC-2581, have always afforded the greatest benefit to the widest audience,” says Steve Chidester, Zuken’s Head of Product Marketing. “To support the requirements of our customers and the industry, Zuken will be an active member of the consortium and is committed to supporting this standard as a viable solution for our customers and the industry.”
About IPC-2581 Consortium
IPC-2581 Consortium is a group of PCB design and supply chain companies whose collective goal is to enable, facilitate and drive the use of IPC-2581 in the industry. It is devoted to accelerating the adoption of IPC-2581 as an open, neutrally maintained global standard to encourage innovation, improve efficiency and reduce costs. Members of the IPC-2581 Consortium include OEMs, EDA/DFM/CAM software companies, PCB fabricators, electronics assemblers and test companies. The Consortium is open to any PCB design and supply chain company that is prepared to support or is committed to a roadmap for IPC-2581 adoption.
IPC-2581 is a generic standard for printed circuit board assembly products’ manufacturing description data and transfer methodology. Developed in 2004 by IPC ? Association Connecting Electronics Industry, IPC-2581 is used for transmitting information between a printed circuit board designer and a manufacturing or assembly facility. For nearly every step in the industrial process flow, IPC-2581 offers a standard to help companies ensure superior manufacturability, quality, reliability and consistency in electronics assemblies built for their products.
- To find out more about IPC-2581, visit http://webstds.ipc.org/2581/2581intro.htm
- For a history of data transfer formats, their origins and current status see A Short History of Electronic Data Formats.
Links to other articles
- Equipping the PCB Design and Supply Chain with 21st Century Data, by Keith Felton and Hemant Shah, Printed Circuit Design and Fabrication, 28 July 2011
- Users Updating, Adopting IPC Data Transfer Spec by Mike Buetow, Printed Circuit Design and Fabrication, 24 June 2011
- Intelligent Design, by Mike Buetow, http://www.pcdandf.blogspot.com, 2 August 2011
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