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April 14, 2010 - To help electronics manufacturing companies manage growing documentation required to ensure products comply with evolving environmental regulations, IPC has released IPC-1752A, Materials Declaration Management. Revision provides updated industry-wide reporting format for material declaration data exchange between companies in electronic interconnect supply chain. Standard addresses compliance with REACH and China's RoHS-type regulation, and can incorporate additional substance restrictions.

Updated Materials Declaration Standard IPC-1752A Addresses Revolving Door of Environmental Regulation Changes

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Press release date: April 6, 2010

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, - Helping electronics manufacturing companies better manage the growing documentation required to ensure products comply with evolving environmental regulations, IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has released IPC-1752A, Materials Declaration Management. The A revision of the standard provides an updated and expanded industry-wide reporting format for material declaration data exchange between companies in the electronic interconnect supply chain.

The IPC-1752A update broadens the scope to address compliance with additional substance restrictions including the EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH) Regulation and China's RoHS-type regulation. Perhaps more importantly, the new standard is set up to more efficiently incorporate additional substance restrictions, promulgated through either existing or new regulations.

"When regulations such as REACH change, IPC can put the revisions on an updated list that goes directly into the standard," says Mark Frimann, a product stewardship manager at Texas Instruments and co-chairman of the IPC 2-18 subcommittee that oversees the standard.

One shift in the new standard is the focus on the definition of the data fields and structure through the XML (extensible markup language) schema. "In the past, we've provided both the schema and a software tool through Adobe Acrobat to enter data," adds Frimann. "As a standards subcommittee, we're getting out of the software business. To improve the capabilities of the standard with version 2.0, the subcommittee chose to focus efforts on the schema changes and open up any software development to third party software providers."

The committee has been working closely with third party software developers to ensure the development of implementation tools supporting the 1752A materials data exchange. In fact, one organization has already made a free download implementation tool available. For companies that do not need all the bells and whistles that usually come with commercial products, a basic and free open source product developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), called Scriba, is a Java-based tool that supports all the major features of IPC-1752A.

"Users can enter data, save files and print PDFs. They can also sign files and verify signatures," explained Eric Simmon, an electrical engineer in the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory at NIST and co-chairman of the IPC subcommittee responsible for oversight of the updated standard.

While Scriba doesn't handle database storage, users who need that function can buy commercial software or create their own database management system using XML schema. Frimann notes that the committee has worked with a handful of software companies that have or will soon have programs ready.

IPC-1752A has been modularized so it's easier for companies to pick and choose the sections relevant to them. It also makes it easier for a broad range of engineers to understand and adapt the files. As long as XML guidelines are followed and output that meets the standard's requirements for compatibility with other readers is created, companies can tailor documents to their requirements.

The first copies of IPC-1752A, Materials Declaration Management, will be available for purchase in the IPC Bookstore at IPC APEX EXPO, booth 2073 or for free download at

Translations of the revised standard in multiple languages will be released in coming months. For more information on IPC-1752A, visit or contact Fern Abrams, IPC director of government relations and environmental policy, at or +1 703-522-0225.

About IPC
IPC ( is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,700 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $1.7 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; and Shanghai and Shenzhen, China.
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what is the acceptable electronic efficiency?

If there is electronic standard, what is the acceptable electronic efficiency? How do we compute electronic efficiency? What are the factors involve in electronic efficiency and why it is considered a factor? What are the effects of all the factors involve? What are the acceptable minimum and maximum in all the factors involve? What are the scientific basis in all of these?
And more importantly how efficient is electronic compare to the previous mechanical system?

By ray araya on Apr 14, 2010 18:08

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How about regulations for consumer safety?

How about regulations for consumer safety. Like the Runaway Toyota.
Buildings we have building structural design standard, the building code, building permit. That is why last earth quake of 7.2 at California border no one die because we had building standard.
Machines we have mechanical standard. Electricals we had electrical standard like the wire size capacity.
So if a mechanical engineer design a machine that can handle bird strikes, it can handle bird strikes because mechanical had scientific standards. If the electrical engineer design an electrical that can withstand bird strikes, it will withstand bird strikes also because we had scientific standards for electrical. Unfortunately an airplane compose of mechanical, electrical, and electronics. So electronics standard is needed to make sure that the airplane electronics can really withstand bird strikes.

By ray araya on Apr 14, 2010 13:31

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