As you know, we’re a circuit board manufacturer that supports IPC-2581. We recently met with two Consortium members, Michael Ford from Aegis and Hemant Shah from Cadence. This was the perfect opportunity to ask them a few questions.
While Michael Ford discusses the benefits of IPC-2581 in Industry 4.0, Hemant Shah from Cadence talks about the advantages of this standard over older ones, like Gerber and ODB++.
Welcome to Industry 4.0 where automation and efficient data exchange rule over the “smart factory” world we live in. Open, neutral and global, IPC-2581 was created to fit in this fourth industrial revolution.
The latest IPC Designers Council held at Cadence in San José, CA, was all about IPC-2581. Presented by IPC Consortium Chair Hemant Shah, the lunch meeting answered why IPC-2581 is the go-to standard. Similar to the Mentor Graphics-owned ODB++ in terms of functionality, it takes the lead over its competitor for it is open and neutral. And when it comes to good ol’ Gerber, it might just be time to retire.
If you weren’t able to attend PCB West or stop by Sierra Circuits’ booth, we missed you! But don’t worry—you can reach out to us any time to discuss our products and services. And because we know keeping up with industry news, standards, and tips is a high priority, we’ve got a brand new video series you’ve got to check out.
Progress to a Modern Format
I emphasized in an article EETimes published in October that OEMs could streamline PCB fabrication and thereby save time and expense by submitting designs in the ODB++ format, or better yet in the IPC-2581B format when the software becomes widely available. Continue reading “OEMs Could Streamline PCB Fabrication”