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SEPTEMBER 2019 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 43 ity need to wait for a major release of ODB++. Why is this important? Whether the integra- tion is with commercial application suppliers or custom implementation completed by an ODB++ adopter, being able to rely on the use of the product model for a dependable time- frame is critical. When changes are required, the updated areas are easily identifiable and created in such a way to have minimal effect on the design-to-manufacturing flow. Develop- ment has ensured that releases of the ODB++ product model format do not negatively affect any partners within the supply chain. ODB++ is a simple-to-understand set of files each with an intended purpose. It ensures quick access to the portion of the product model from an application provider or even with custom development. The format is sta- ble with a history of rules that ensures stabili- ty around compatibility from release to release. The openness of the ODB++ product model lends itself to integration with other manufac- turing management applications. The Perils of Exchanging Data The traditional exchange of multiple data files in multiple formats for the purpose of manufacturing was done to inform the suppli- ers by defining what needed to be manufac- tured, but it did not define how the manufac- turing process would be accomplished. ODB++ contains the necessary manufacturing content to convey the fabrication, assembly, and test requirements to suppliers. The effectiveness of communicating the product model is key in implementing pro- cess efficiencies, improving the level of prod- uct quality, and reducing the time to volume production, which defines the overall time-to- market. When the ODB++ product model is implemented to streamline the design-to-man- ufacturing process, many segments in both manufacturing operations can contribute to the successful launch of a new product. The ODB++ model enables OEMs and sup- pliers to compete in global markets where continuously seeking ways to effectively com- munication manufacturing requirements is the key to success. For many years, virtually every industry software supplier starting from design throughout manufacturing includes ODB++ product model support currently available within the product flow. The ODB++ product model is already an industry evaluat - ed, confirmed, and adopted solution that de- livers today. What's Next? Adopting the ODB++ product model as the comprehensive data exchange method of choice allows both OEMs and suppliers to more effectively: • Meet product requirements while reducing costs • Minimize production delays • Optimize manufacturing productivity through improved knowledge exchange When considering the adoption of a product model, think back to the transformation of the earthbound caterpillar into a beautiful butter- fly as the primary objective. The caterpillar has built right inside its model the information that is required to make such a transformation. The ODB++ product model is a solid representation of the PCB design while embracing the need for defining manufacturing process require- ments designed to deliver a PCB interruption- free, on time, and with the overall lowest cost. For more information, visit the ODB++ Solu- tions website. Registration and access to the format are free to all, users, and solution part- ners alike. DESIGN007 References 1. M. Barry, "PCB Design Data Management: Smaller Windows and Higher Complexity," Aberdeen, April 4, 2016. 2. IPC, "IPC-2516A: Sectional Requirements for Imple- mentation of Assembled Board Product Manufacturing Data Description (BDASM)," November 2000. Max Clark is a business unit manager in Mentor's Valor division with responsibilities in DFM and intelligent manufacturing data exchange.

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