IPC and JPCA has released IPC/JPCA-2291, Design Guidelines for Printed Electronics. IPC/JPCA-2291 together with IPC/JPCA-4921, Requirements for Printed Electronics Base Materials, and IPC/JPCA-4591, Requirements for Printed Electronics Functional Materials forms an important set of guidelines for printed electronics industry.
Covering a technology that is still in its early stages, the design guidelines represent the current consensus on best practices for companies entering this arena, "for the time being," says IPC Director of Technology Transfer Marc Carter.
Carter explains that along with the publication of IPC/JPCA-2291, an immediate revision of the document is being launched. "That way, as the technology advances, so does IPC/JPCA-2291, ensuring that it continues to reflect industry best practices.
"As we do with all pioneering documents, IPC will continue its work on the design guidelines, in collaboration with JPCA, to secure additional companies' experiences. We encourage companies with expertise in this area to help by participating in the continuing international consensus-building committee process."
IPC's Printed Electronics Initiative is developing additional documents for this emerging industry, including IPC/JPCA-6901 on performance requirements for printed electronics assemblies and the as-yet unnamed printed electronics processing guide which will capture the current best available process advice and guidance in this rapidly developing field. IPC is also developing a roadmap that will help identify needs and strengths of the emerging field of printed electronics.
More information on IPC and JPCA's initiative is available at www.ipc.org/printed-electronics.