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AUGUST 2019 I PCB007 MAGAZINE 19 municating these to industry later this month. If you would like to provide your CFX road- map, complete the roadmap form, and you should encourage your suppliers to do the same. Submit your completed roadmap form to Chris Jorgensen, IPC director of technology transfer, at ChrisJorgensen@ipc.org. Addressing Alternate Software Languages IPC CFX was developed for .NET environ- ments, but as the first version of IPC-2591 was under development, the 2-17 Connected Fac- tory Exchange Initiative Subcommittee recog- nized the need to address software develop- ment kids (SDKs) for other languages in later versions. Groups are underway to develop SD- Ks for Linux, Python, Java, Node JS, and Lab- view. Once these SDKs are approved by the subcommittee, they will be available free of charge on the CFX GitHub website. While the committee develops these new SDKs, they are seeking feedback from the in- dustry on the languages your organization and equipment support. Provide your feedback through this brief survey. Version 1.1 Coming This Year To meet the needs of industry, the 2-17 Sub- committee has decided to put IPC-2591 on a twice-yearly revision schedule, and it has planned Version 1.1 for release by productron- ica in November. Version 1.1 will address new messages that the subcommittee was not able to include in the first version of the standard. Version 1.1 will also address the alternate lan- guage SDKs and include any necessary modifi- cations to align with IPC-HERMES-9852. How You Can Get Involved There are ways you can begin aligning your company with CFX and HERMES today: 1. Bring both standards in-house and ask your software support team to review them for implementation in your facility or with your equipment. 2. OEMs and EMS companies should ask their suppliers for their CFX implementation roadmaps. 3. Nominate one or more people from your organization to join the 2-17 Subcommittee, so you can comment on the draft IPC-2591 v 1.1 before we release it. Sign up and demonstrate your support for CFX here. 4. Check out a live demonstration. IPC is planning CFX/9852 demonstrations at SMTAI in September, productronica in November, and IPC APEX EXPO 2020 in January. PCB007 Dr. John Mitchell is president and CEO of IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries. To read past columns or contact Mitchell, click here.

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