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Ucamco is proud to announce the inclusion of an industrialized IPC-DPMX import in our upcoming Integr8tor and UcamX releases. We are now able to read input from IPC-DPMX, also known as IPC-2581 jobs in both software products. Over the past months, Ucamco has made great strides to industrialize the process and we are confident to say that everything has been field-tested extensively. In the testing process, it was found that even large files containing complicated data and describing the most complex printed circuit boards can be imported smoothly.
IPC-DPMX was developed by IPC and is used for transmitting information between a PCB designer and a manufacturing or assembly facility. It offers a standard to help companies ensure superior manufacturability and consistency.
Ucamco will evidently continue the development of the Gerber format, as demonstrated by the recent release of the Gerber X3 specification, which includes component information in Gerber data.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The British Motor Museum in Warwickshire, housing the world's largest collection of historic British cars, was venue for the 2022 Annual Symposium of the Institute of Circuit Technology on June 8, which attracted a substantial gathering of manufacturers and suppliers from the UK printed circuit industry. ICT chair Emma Hudson reflected upon lessons learned during the pandemic lock-down and how the industry has successfully adapted to circumstances. She commented that the UK’s PCB fabricators are extremely busy, as she introduced an outstanding conference programme including a keynote from the incomparable Happy Holden.
Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
This week, we bring you an article about manufacturing training for veterans, and a review of a great signal integrity webinar. IPC honors its A-Teams with the coveted Golden Gnome Awards, and Technica discusses various ways for fabricators to increase ROI. Dan Beaulieu has a review of a really cool book: Back to Human—How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation. In spite of all the meetings on Teams and Zoom, it’s easy to feel disconnected. But great leaders find a way to foster that connectivity.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.