MILPITAS, CA – A specification for PCB equipment communication interfaces is official this month. SEMI A3 – Specification for PCBECI defines the equipment communication interface for printed circuit board manufacturing.

A shop-floor communication standard has been needed to improve productivity and reduce costs to develop the equipment interface in PCB manufacturing, says SEMI.

The document is designed for software engineers implementing communication interfaces, especially for PCB manufacturing to establish a robust and expandable framework for the integration of equipment.

The specification aims to provide a common interface, especially for the equipment used in PCB manufacturing. It is independent of the base technology used. It is mainly intended to be applied to exposure process, drilling process or plating process. However, it is not limited to these areas of application.

SEMI A3 is used for the purpose of standardizing the host/equipment interfaces within factory automation systems only. It is for inline and batch equipment. It intends to lay the foundation for a reliable and extensible IT integration framework for PCB manufacturing based on proven standards using a multi-layered approach.

TPCA said it would promote the standard internationally, including holding a series of courses.


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