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66 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2019 by Dan Feinberg I-CONNECT007 On January 22, 2019, IPC announced the approval of IPC-2591—the Connected Factory Exchange (CFX)— by the 2-17 Connected Factory Initiative Subcommittee, delivering an industry standard for the implementa- tion of Industry 4.0 in electronics manufacturing. David Bergman—IPC VP of standards and technol- ogy—spoke with Dan Feinberg at IPC APEX EXPO 2019 about CFX in general, IPC's CFX software, and machine-to-machine communication. CFX intends to facilitate machine-to- machine and machine-to-manufacturing execution systems communication. CFX is intended to become the common language between these systems, serving as the foundation of Industry 4.0. Because CFX is an industry standard, it creates a level playing field for any manu- facturer to prepare for Industry 4.0 or to simply benefit from the machine-to-busi- Two Full CFX Demo Lines at IPC APEX EXPO 2019 ness data communication. The standard also was developed with simplicity and ease of implementa- tion in mind. To illustrate this point, IPC set up two full demonstration lines at IPC APEX EXPO 2019, inte- grating multiple vendors in the lines. In addition, 80+ companies are now supporting CFX. This interview was originally published in the Real Time with… IPC APEX EXPO 2019 Show & Tell Maga- zine. Read the interview here.

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