May 1, 2019

A wonderful short article written by Lou Shababy, a PCB Design lead at Eaton Lighting Controls Division, in this month’s issue of PCD&F Magazine. In this article Lou talks about why IPC-2581 is a better format to use.  Besides the hand-off benefits, he argues that since there is intelligence in the data package, DFM checks…

January 17, 2019

At this year’s APEX show we will explore new opportunities to expand the format. There will be user group and committtee meetings and a Buzz Session at this year’s APEX event. Be sure not to miss it. How IPC-2581 Enables Industry 4.0 Tuesday, Jan 29 — 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM | Buzz Session 2…

November 16, 2018

Sierra Circuits also talked to Michael Ford, who is leading the IPC-1782 committee, about the use of IPC-2581 in Industry 4.0 and IPC-CFX. Michael talks about how IPC-2581 provides the Digital Product Model that is needed to implement a smart factory using IPC-CFX standard. Click here to view the interview

November 16, 2018

Sierra Circuits talked to Hemant Shah, IPC-2581 Consortium Chairman about advantages of IPC-2581 over traditional Gerber based PCB design data hand-off to manufacturing at PCB West 2018. The interview and discussion goes in who is using IPC-2581 today, why companies should use IPC-2581 and much more. Click here to view the interview  

August 30, 2018

by Bill Hargin Director of Everything at Z-zero On my morning walk yesterday – through some rain-forest-like trails near our house in Redmond, Washington – I was thinking about writing this blog, and the PCB industry’s adoption of IPC-2581 … I was reminded of something I read years ago that seemed like a reasonable parallel….

August 22, 2018

by Lucy Iantosca, Sierra Circuits 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…

April 2, 2018

 by Chris Shaw The evolution from Gerber to Industry 4.0 is well on its way. Fujitsu Network Communications, a telecommunications services and equipment supplier based in Richardson, TX, is a founding member of the IPC-2581 Consortium. We quickly saw the potential of IPC-2581 to not only streamline our existing fabrication and assembly processes, but to…

March 19, 2018

The IPC-2581 format was created in the early 2000s with the merger of two competing formats: ODB++ and GENCAM. The new format, the brainchild of the late Dieter Bergman, languished with no adoption until 2011, when a small group of companies created the IPC-2581 Consortium with the goal of getting this open, neutral and intelligent…