Mentor proposes Open Manufacturing Language for PCB assembly

February 17, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Mentor Graphics has launched the Open Manufacturing Language (OML) initiative that directly addresses what it terms the longstanding need and urgent calls from the industry for a printed circuit board (PCB) assembly-specific “Internet of Manufacturing”, “Industry 4.0” solution.

For the first time – Mentor says – IT teams, solution providers, and equipment providers can integrate shop-floor data to create or enhance added-value manufacturing execution solutions based on a single, normalised, vendor-neutral communication interface. This minimises development and support effort while ensuring optimum data accuracy, timeliness and completeness.

Use of the OML standard supports numerous industry needs and challenges including the practical realisation of the Internet of Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory 1.0 concepts, as well as the automated collection of full traceability data including routing and compliance enforcement.

OML creates an operational hierarchy through which neutralised information is exchanged between manufacturing processes. This includes detail of any shop-floor event in the areas of process performance, materials setup and consumption, traceability, process results and parameters, process control (poka-yoke), and quality information from test, inspection and repair processes, both automated and manual. OML resolves numerous issues in automated and manual processes that previous formats could not address.

The OML standard, introduced by Mentor Graphics, is based on more than 15 years of experience in the development of shop-floor interfaces. The standard will be available through an open community on The community will provide support and management of new revisions.

“For some time now we have seen and heard the demand for a comprehensive shop-floor communication standard that is detailed enough to support the next generation of computerisation such as Industry 4.0 solutions,” stated Dan Hoz, General Manager of Mentor Graphics Valor Division. “With this initiative, Valor contributes the first step and sets the pace for the revolution in manufacturing for PCB assembly.”

Membership of the community is now open for end-users, machine vendors, and other interested parties by registering at the website where a free download of the full documentation and samples are available.

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