Just want to notify everyone that there is an updated version of the ODB++ v8 specification document on the resources page – Update 2. The changes are very minor, mainly improvements to clarity. See page-9 of the document for an overview of the changes. Let us know if you see anything that needs clarification!
Today we have published the second part of the Lean NPI implementation story from Optimum Designs. Take a look at http://www.odb-sa.com/resources/, where you will see part-2 in the white-papers section. Thanks to Optimum Designs for continuing to document their approach to re-engineering their NPI processes to take maximum advantage of ODB++ and the associated tools-flow between … Continue reading
Well, the Alliance just passed the 4000 member mark, and I see a lot of healthy traffic in the community with members helping each other to understand the format and the options for its implementation. In the last 6 months we have also seen an acceleration in the “Solutions Development” partners, where there is now … Continue reading
One of the Alliance’s more prolific “Best Practice” partners just submitted a very impressive “how-to” video about managing the ODB++ flow out of their CAD tools into DFM and manufacturing. Take a look at http://www.odb-sa.com/wp-content/uploads/How_To_Implement_ODB.mp4. Well done Randy Holt of Optimum Design Associates – a film producer as well as PCB technologist! In this case, the flow illustrated is using the design tools … Continue reading
Today the latest version of ODB++ format, version-8, becomes available – you will see it there on the resources page, available for download alongside the v7 specification. Do I hear sighs of relief about the metric units and cheers for the extended range of standard symbols? This new version contains a range of enhancements that … Continue reading
Take a look at this link: http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?srchtype=discussedNews&type=member&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_pd-ttl-cn&ut=2mFfX3sEPQNBA1&item=209389651&gid=1821753&view= Here, in a few words, is one of the major reasons to use ODB++. Very clearly articulated by Mitch (thanks!). But don’t forget the purchase order to your manufacturer as well; most manufacturers will expect to be paid……. ODB++ carries a lot of value, but it does not … Continue reading
Probably some of you have noted the article in PCB007: http://www.pcbdesign007.com/pages/zone.cgi?a=89442. It is all about visiting the fabricator to understand the manufacturing process and take that into account all lessons learnt during your design work. The main part of the article is about learning the manufacturing process constraints, but the same principle applies to the … Continue reading
I would like to draw your attention to a couple of items that relate to ODB++ either directly or indirectly. First, on the resources page you will find the first of a series of papers published by one of the Alliance partners, Optimum Design Associates. Take a look at “Lean NPI at Optimum Design Associates … Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago the Alliance passed the 2000 member mark. As I write, there are (to be precise…) 2437 members registered on the site. Welcome to all! Also, note the increasing number of partners on http://www.odb-sa.com/partners/ – a widespread representation from around the world, of solutions-providers and design or manufacturing companies who implement … Continue reading
As the next step in globalizing ODB++, today we launch a Chinese version of the ODB++ Solutions Alliance. To all our Chinese colleagues out there – welcome to the world of ODB++, we all hope you benefit from the Alliance and find it useful for your PCB design and manufacturing businesses!