IPC Pops Up in the Most Unexpected Places

It’s surprising how often mentions of IPC pop up in presentations in many different industries. I should have known that in a broad design software category like product lifecycle management, standards would play a major role.

But I was still surprised when not one but two speakers during a Siemens PLM press/analyst gathering mentioned IPC standards. What’s interesting is that they were the only standards cited when the Siemens PLM presenters were detailing their new offerings.

Keeping programs up to date is a big challenge for companies that create large, complex software like PLM, which spans the gamut from early design concepts to manufacturing and monitoring field failures. They also discussed the difficulty of keeping up to date on a topic well-known to IPC members: monitoring conflict minerals.

Government regulators change their mandates as quickly as, well, politicians. It’s tough to stay up to date with these revisions and to get the updated software into the field. IPC is a leader in the electronics industry groups that are trying to ensure that conflict mineral edicts are workable and affordable.

It’s gratifying to see that IPC’s efforts get mentioned in many in-depth discussion of these regulations. It’s even more rewarding to see how often people in other industries mention IPC standards as a mainstay for their operations. That’s a great tribute to the volunteers and IPC directors who create the documents that help guide many different industries.

2 Comments

  1. bacchusllc
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    Nice job on the repeated mention of IPC standards. Agree on the statement that government regulators change their mandates making it hard to stay up to date with revisions.

  2. Terry Costlow
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your feedback. I suppose government regulations have always been a challenge, but in the global economy they seem to be a bigger issue.


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