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60 SMT007 MAGAZINE I JULY 2021 Article by David Bergman IPC Do you hear that? at buzzing sound. Yeah, me too. Is it a hive of bees? No. I know a thing or two about bees. at's no bee buzzing. at buzzing is the industry embracing and running with IPC-CFX. • An industry that views the clean pipe of data that IPC-CFX provides against the clogged pipes of other machine communications protocols • An industry that demands the highest level of security for its data and factories • An industry that knows it can get more value out of a standardized, open communication protocol that is managed by—you guessed it—industry ose of us who have been actively involved in the development of IPC-CFX and IPC-2591 from the beginning always knew the standard would be a breath of fresh air for industry. It was just a matter of time. at time is defi- nitely upon us, and IPC is prepared to meet the challenge to ensure any company's successful implementation of IPC-CFX. As an industry organization, IPC has the unique opportunity to align some of its core programs and support models to ensure indus- try's success in implementing and getting the full value from IPC-CFX. So last year we got to work launching IPC-CFX solutions around education, support, and qualification, all of which tie into the heartbeat of our organiza- tion: standards. In this case, it is IPC-2591 and the 2-17 Connected Factory Initiative Sub- committee and IPC-CFX A-Team which main- tain the standard. Here's a rundown of what IPC is providing industry. Getting What You Pay For When you buy a piece of equipment that your vendor says is IPC-CFX ready, is it? For the first two years of industry integration of IPC-CFX, that question received subjective responses. What one vendor considered to Get Your Industry 4.0 Here! IPC-CFX Momentum Builds

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