IPC Finalizes Connected Factory Exchange Standard
IPC CFX reportedly defines all three critical elements required for a true plug-and-play industrial IoT standard.
IPC recently announced unanimous ballot approval of IPC-2591, an industry standard for Connected Factory Exchange (CFX), by the 2-17 Connected Factory Initiative Subcommittee. According to IPC, the electronics industry can use this standard to quickly and easily implement Industry 4.0 in its manufacturing operations.
IPC CFX will reportedly help EMS companies set up seamless data communication between all equipment on their lines and track production from any part of the world in real time. Machine vendors have one plug-and-play data communication solution for customers, reducing time and travel spent on customized programming. OEMs can also utilize the standard to enhance real-time control of product quality, from board assembly to box build.
IPC CFX reportedly defines all three critical elements required for a true plug-and-play industrial IoT standard: a message protocol, an encoding mechanism and a specific content creation element. Its benefits are made possible without the need for middleware, providing significant cost savings to the manufacturer as well as improved solution reliability.
“The effect of IPC CFX on the industry is to bring technology-based optimization for all aspects of manufacturing operations, making the adoption of automation easier and more effective, as well as bringing enhancement of flexibility,” said David Bergman, vice president of IPC standards and training. “IPC recognizes the strong contribution from all those involved in the creation of the standard from the beginning, drawn from a committee of many hundreds of industry equipment and technology vendors, who have been instrumental in this revolutionary step towards digital factory standards.”
Additional details are available at www.ipc-cfx.org.