Intercept Announces Support for IPC-2581

Intercept Announces Support for, 09 November 2011

Intercept Joins IPC-2581 Consortium, Calls for Industry Adoption of the New Format


Atlanta, GA – November 9, 2011 – Intercept Technology, Inc., a leader in PCB/Hybrid/RF electrical engineering applications, has joined the IPC-2581 Consortium. Intercept has always been a strong supporter of open data transfer, and continues to support such efforts with our commitment to provide the IPC-2581 file format. As one of the few vendors that still utilize open ASCII formats for all of its output files, the IPC-2581 will be added to Intercept’s suite of ASCII manufacturing output options within the next year. Intercept strongly supports vendor collaboration for the promotion of improved design and manufacture practices, and is pleased to be a part of the IPC-2581 Consortium.


“We are glad to collaborate with fellow EDA vendors to bring designers and engineers a unified path to manufacturing,” says Dale Hanzelka, Principal Applications Engineer for Intercept. “We welcome the opportunity to demonstrate to our willingness to transcend the boundaries of competitors for the benefit of the end users.”


About the IPC-2581 Consortium
IPC-2581 Consortium is a group of PCB design and supply chain companies whose collective goal is to enable, facilitate and drive the use of IPC-2581 in the industry. It is devoted to accelerating the adoption of IPC-2581 as an open, neutrally maintained global standard to encourage innovation, improve efficiency and reduce costs. Members of the IPC-2581 Consortium include OEMs, EDA/DFM/CAM software companies, PCB fabricators, electronics assemblers and test companies. The Consortium is open to any PCB design and supply chain company that is prepared to support or is committed to a roadmap for IPC-2581 adoption.



For a history of data transfer formats, their origins and current status see A Short History of Electronic Data Formats.



Links to other articles:

Equipping the PCB Design and Supply Chain with 21st Century Data, by Keith Felton and Hemant Shah, Printed Circuit Design and Fabrication, 28 July 2011

Users Updating, Adopting IPC Data Transfer Spec by Mike Buetow,Printed Circuit Design and Fabrication, 24 June 2011

Intelligent Designby Mike Buetow,, 2 August 2011



About IPC-2581

IPC-2581 is a generic standard for printed circuit board assembly products’ manufacturing description data and transfer methodology. Developed in 2004 by IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industry, IPC-2581 is used for transmitting information between a printed circuit board designer and a manufacturing or assembly facility. For nearly every step in the industrial process flow, IPC-2581 offers a standard to help companies ensure superior manufacturability, quality, reliability and consistency in electronics assemblies built for their products. To learn more about IPC-2581, please visit