BANNOCKBURN, IL – IPC has released a new annual subscription service for its members looking to generate test coupons based on the IPC-2221 printed board standard.
IPC-2221B Gerber Coupon Generator includes an intuitive interface called Design Parameters that uses an auto quality check feature to ensure design rules for the test designs established in IPC-2221B are automatically maintained before Gerber files are generated. This allows users to generate coupons when they want, and as often as they need, IPC said.
The IPC-6012C-TC Test Coupon Addendum to IPC-6012C, Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards, allows a user or supplier to enter into an agreement to use the new IPC-2221B Appendix A test coupon designs for acceptance of production lots. Not doing so results in microsection evaluations based on outdated test designs going back to the late 1980s, which do little to properly assess modern technology needs, IPC added.
The most commonly used test coupons (AB-R, and D) for product acceptance will be available initially, with other test coupons available in the near future.
The IPC-2221B Gerber Coupon Generator is available as an annual subscription service to IPC members.