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JULY 2018 I SMT007 MAGAZINE 93 standard nevertheless underscores the interest and need for FMD realization in XML format. Further enhancements can also be realized in the future. To name a few: • Integration with manufacturing data for mixed, compounded or formulated materials • Availability of integrated materials selec- tion with design tools for more complex products • True business-to-business methods to request data as well as provide data all in standard machine-readable formats • Enhanced error checking, validation of common-sense rules, and agreement between, for example, a Class A declara- tion that says RoHS Compliant = True, yet the Class D file for the same item reports a RoHS substance over the threshold percent • Support for updated guidance from ECHA on Once an Article, Always and Article, which changes substance percent report- ing from any top-level assembly to the lowest level article exceeding the 0.1% SVHC threshold. It is becoming clear that this will require a new data attribute to flag articles, as distinct from unshaped materials or complex objects. It is our understanding that this will be considered in the development of a revised IPC-1752B Standard In addition to the motivation of staying ahead of the growing number of regulated substances, business processes and proce- dures that support FMD can also be useful. The expectation that FMDs must be provided can be a requirement for gaining new business or for qualification of an item as a prerequisite to be purchased. A company can also include FMD responsiveness in ongoing supplier eval- uation performance ratings that may influ- ence awarding future business. Once an FMD is received in well-formed XML format, load- ing this data to the customer's system can be automated for maximum efficiency and reused through the FMD cascade process. We have seen it work and only need more FMDs enter- ing the road. SMT007 References 1. M. Myles, Supply Chain Data Exchange for Material Disclosure. Journal of Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 19-1, 2006. 2. R. Franz, Beyond "Lead-Free": An Update on the IPC-1752A Standard for Materials Decla- ration. Electronics Design, Jan. 8, 2015. 3. 2017 Assent Compliance Inc. This paper was first presented at the 2018 IPC APEX EXPO Technical Conference and published in the 2018 Technical Conference Proceedings. Roger L. Franz is an engineering system analyst at TE Connectivity. by Dan Feinberg, I-Connect007 At the recently concluded Augmented World Expo (AWE) in Santa Clara, Califor- nia, Flex invited I-Connect007 to attend an event where they presented an update on their XR progress since the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. At this year's CES, they announced the launch of an extended reality (XR) reference design for the next generation of XR headsets. The company has now introduced an augmented reality (AR or, as we now call it, XR) reference design to reduce time to market for companies wishing to make and market XR devices. Read the full article here. Seeing Clearly: XR Headsets and Flex's Reference Design at AWE

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