IPC Standards Committee Reports — DFX, Supplier Declaration, Electronic Documentation, EH&S, Management

These standards committee reports from the 2014 Fall Standards Committee Meetings have been compiled to help keep you up to date on IPC standards committee activities. This is the fourth and final in the series of reports.


The 1-14 DFX Standards Subcommittee is in the final phase of completing a committee review draft of IPC-2231, Design for Excellence (DFX) Guideline During the Product Lifecycle. This new document will provide a comprehensive guideline for the DFX process. Industry ballot is planned for spring of 2015. IPC-2231 will be complementary to primary design standards, IPC-2221B and IPC-2222A.

 Supplier Declaration

 The 2-18 Supplier Declaration Subcommittee discussed the need to revise IPC-1751A, General Requirements for Declaration Process Management. The revision will facilitate the harmonization of all IPC data exchange standards in the 175X family. As part of the revision, the subcommittee will restructure the 175x family of standards. The restructuring will allow the laboratory declaration standard (IPC-1753) and conflict minerals standard (IPC-1755) to be part of the IPC-175x family of standards.

The 2-18b Materials Declaration Task Group discussed further enhancements to IPC-1752A, Materials Declaration Management. The committee discussed needed changes to the schema in order to accommodate the reporting of substances with multiple, application dependent thresholds, such as the PAH requirements recently added to REACH.  Release of solution providers who met the requirements of IPC-1752 is scheduled for end of October 2014. Next year the evaluation process will be updated to insure more anonymity. This may require process changes requiring solution providers to undergo a yearly review to ensure they follow the latest released standard, schema and IPC lists of substance categories and exemptions. In addition, the task group will continue to work towards harmonization with the IEC 62474 materials declaration standards.

The 2-18f Packing Materials Declaration Task Group discussed amending IPC-1758, Declaration Requirements for Shipping, Pack and Packing Materials, to include a field for declaring recycled content of packaging material. The task group will propose an amendment after IPC-1751A, General Requirements for Declaration Process Management is revised.

The 2-18h Conflict Minerals Data Exchange Task Group reviewed and edited the working draft of IPC-1755, Conflict Minerals Data Exchange Standard. The task group committee agreed, that a major change to the IPC 1755 standard once per year, in the April timeframe would work OK for solution providers, provided that there were not any additional major changes during the rest of the reporting period. Based upon a discussion regarding timing constraints brought about by the need to begin data collection in early-mid 2015 for the 2015 SEC reporting period, the committee agreed to proceed with an Amendment to the IPC 1755 Standard.  With a goal of having a final standard published in mid-spring to allow update of the the CMRT and other solutions by April/May 2015, the committee agreed to an agressive schedule for Amendment 1.

The 2-18j Laboratory Declaration Task Group discussed the publication of IPC-1753, Laboratory Report Declaration Standard. The standard allows for laboratory data to be seamlessly exchanged among supply chain partners. Committee attention then turned toward real world implementation traction: analytical labs producing the xml files, uptake software providers developing software to assimilate and evaluate the data within the files.

Electronic Documentation Technology

The 2-40 Electronic Documentation Technology Committee and 2-41 Product Data Description Subcommittee discussed the IPC-261X series. Discussion included modifications to IPC-2611, Generic Requirements for Electronic Product Documentation, IPC-2612, Sectional Requirements for Electronic Diagramming Documentation and IPC-2612-1, Sectional Requirements for Electronic Diagramming Symbol Generation Methodology, as well as IPC-2614, Sectional Requirements for Board Fabrication Documentation. The committee started work on IPC-2614-1 which shows how to use an XML computer format to describe laminate materials.

Environment, Health and Safety

 The 4-32 Equipment Safety Subcommittee has been reinvigorated with new participants, including equipment manufacturer participation, and is pursuing a broad-focus fabrication and assembly process safety guideline (IPC-1332) to help consolidate the myriad of local standards affecting process line design and installation. There are ongoing discussions with SEMI on the possibility of a joint-logo document. Committee confirmed decision to withdraw IPC-133, and incorporate any pertinent information in the broader IPC-1332 document.

The 4-33 Halogen-Free Materials Subcommittee restarted after a three year hiatus to focus on concerns within Europe with Tetrabrominated bis-Phenol A (TBBPA) in the newer RoHS2 environmental hazards activity. The subcommittee is accumulating economic data of what could be a wholesale replacement of TBBPA with halogen-free flame retardants within the global electronics laminates marketplace. To date, there has been no such cost information generated to help refute the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Europe who are starting to build their “case” for eliminating TBBPA as a flame retardant in as little as a one-year time frame.

The 4-34b Marking, Symbols and Labels for Identification of Assemblies, Components & Devices Task Group reviewed updates needed on J-STD-609A, IPC/JEDEC Marking and Labeling of Components, PCBs and PCBAs to Identify Lead (Pb), Lead-Free (Pb-Free) and Other Attributes, including adding references to the recast RoHS Directive and clarification that markings under this standard do not denote EU RoHS compliance or any other regional substance restriction legislation addressing lead content. A working draft of the IPC JEDEC J-STD-609B standard is close to being completed for review by the committee.


The 8-41 Technology Roadmap Subcommittee, under the very active guidance of its Executive Committee 8-40, is nearing completion of the 2015 IPC International Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections, scheduled for publication just before APEX 2015. Much broader input from more global technology sources characterizes this release. Areas for expansion and improvements in both methodology and content for the 2017 release are being identified and catalogued, as we complete the 2015 release. A new co-chair (Mike Carano-OMG/IPC Board member) has been added to help prepare for the 2017 release.

 The E-30 Conflict Minerals Due Diligence committee reviewed the working draft of the white paper on conflict minerals due diligence. Dave Carnevale was voted Co-chair. The committee reviewed the working draft by sections. Once the document has been edited and reviewed by the committee, it will be distributed for industry review.


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