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IPC, NEMI Team to Standardize Factory Floor and Supply Chain Communications

HERNDON, VA. September 01, 1999.

IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries) and the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) today announced their collaboration on a new suite of standards for communicating on the factory floor and throughout the supply chain.

Under the arrangement, IPC will publish two series of standards: IPC- 2540, for factory floor communication, and IPC-2570, for supply chain communication. NEMI's Factory Information Systems (FIS) Technology Implementation Group (TIG) will collaborate with IPC to spearhead the work, following the rules of the IPC standardization process.

The supply chain standards will aid OEMs, electronic manufacturing service providers and component suppliers in describing components and materials. The factory floor standards will standardize the language used by assembly placement and test equipment.

The new standards will be based on XML (eXtensible Markup Language), which encodes data into a format that is both human and machine-readable, accommodating their use over the World Wide Web. GenCAM, the industry standard for electronic data transfer, will be used to describe the printed circuit board.

Working titles for the factory floor communication standards are:

    IPC-2541  Generic Requirements for Electronic Manufacturing Shop Floor
              Equipment Communication
    IPC-2546  Sectional Requirements for Shop Floor Electronic Assembly
              Equipment Communication
    IPC-2547  Sectional Requirements for Shop Floor Electronic Inspection and
              Test Equipment Communication

Working titles for the supply chain management standards are:

    IPC-2571  Generic Requirements for Product Definition Exchange (PDX)
    IPC-2572  Sectional Requirements for Quoting Data Exchange (PDX)
    IPC-2578  Sectional Requirements for Bill of Material Data Exchange (PDX)

For more information, see the IPC GenCAM Web site (, or the NEMI PDX site (, or contact Bergman ( or Jeanne Cooney at ( at IPC.

About NEMI's Factory Information Systems TIG

The NEMI Factory Information Systems Technical Implementation Group has initiated two projects to define standards that support information exchange partnerships across the manufacturing supply web: the Plug & Play Factory Project and the Virtual Factory Information Interchange Project (VFIIP). Plug & Play focuses on interoperability among hardware and software components used in the manufacturing process, while VFIIP extends the reach of interoperability to information systems distributed across business partners in the supply chain.

About NEMI

The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative is an industry-led consortium of more than 50 electronic equipment manufacturers, suppliers, associations, government agencies and universities. NEMI's goal is to help its member companies become global leaders in volume electronics manufacturing. The consortium also works with government, universities, and other funding agencies to identify infrastructure weaknesses and set priorities for future industry needs and R&D initiatives in North America.

About IPC

IPC is a US-based trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its nearly 2,600 member companies which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed wiring board manufacturing and electronics assembly.

Contact: Dan Green of IPC, 847-790-5371, or email, ; or Cynthia Williams of Edelman/GTT, 207-871-1260, or email,, for National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative

SOURCE: National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative

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