PLANO, TX – Siemens expanded its ODB++ data structure for transferring PCB designs into fabrication, assembly and test with open data formats for the digital thread.

ODB++Process data exchange format, previously known as OPM, helps enable the open exchange of process engineering information between disparate machines, software vendors, and standalone processes.  

This free data exchange format helps users transfer machine programs from one machine type to another, such as a target machine from a different vendor or a machine on a different platform. ODB++Process provides the open exchange of process engineering information, which then converts the data for immediate use on any production machine or workstation.

“By using a single assembly format file output like ODB++Process, which standardizes machine package libraries with vShapes across the entire production line, Koh Young is able to minimize program variations between machines like inspection and mounters,” said JD Shin, chief sales office for Koh Young. “The enhanced approach to programming reduces human error and variation and significantly reduces the NPI programming cycle time. What’s more, the single file assembly format output like ODB++Process is machine agnostic and easily enables moving production assembly data and process requirements between lines – and more importantly factories across the world.”

With ODB++Design supporting full product design data representation, and ODB++Manufacturing, previously known as OML, neutralizing machines‘ shop floor data, the ODB++Process reportedly completes the open design-through-manufacturing digital thread for electronics.

Each intelligent data exchange module is designed to be neutral and open, supporting all SMT machine vendors and all EDA software providers.

“Siemens is an active member of the IPC, and we will continue to invest in our own data exchange formats to ensure quality and resources are available to the global community,” said Dan Hoz, general manager, Valor Division of Siemens Digital Industries Software. “Our focus on multi-domain digitalization solutions will continue to be a critical advantage to our customers, so they can manufacture innovative products with minimal risk and faster time to profit.”

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