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88 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2021 Introduction is month, I share some critical staffing requirements which need to be filled within the PCEA. Our Chairman, Steph Chavez, then expresses his excitement regarding the PCEA's involvement in recent electronics industry trade shows. I wrap up by providing our read- ers with a list of upcoming events. PCEA Updates This month's Design007 Magazine topic examining data formats aligns perfectly with the goals of the PCEA. e three data for- mats—Gerber, IPC-2581, and ODB++—are similar, yet very different regarding how they are leveraged by the differing stakeholder requirements of the PCB fabricator, assem- bler, and designer. e topic content is sure to raise as many questions as differing perspec- tives. ough, in the end, the data formats will never be expected to merge into one common industry standard solution providing all data needs to all stakeholders. A miraculous event such as this, if it ever could happen, might be called collaboration. Unfortunately, though, in our industry it seems as though collaboration rarely occurs without a profit motive. As a nonprofit, PCEA's goal is to provide a place for all printed circuit engineering stake- holders to collaborate, educate, and inspire one another. We've been at it for over a year now, during some very tough times within our industry, and there has come a time for us to put out a call for help. While the PCEA has representation from some very heavy hitters in many disciplines of the printed circuit engi- Electronics Data Format Collaboration—Help Wanted The Digital Layout by Kelly Dack, CIT, CID+, PCEA

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