Siemens Expands ODB Data Exchange Format and Adds Electronics Manufacturing Information Flow To Digital Twin

By Ralph Rio

Company and Product News

Siemens announced the expansion of its ODB++ language intelligent, single data-structure for transferring PCB designs into fabrication, assembly and test with a unified electronics manufacturing solution of open data formats for the entire digital thread.  Siemens‘ newest data exchange format, ODB++Process (previously known as OPM), helps enable the open exchange of process engineering information between disparate machines, software vendors, and stand-alone processes, helping accelerate new product introductions (NPIs) and first-time-right manufacturing.  Siemens reports this is unique to the industry as no other standards body or solution provider offers a data exchange format for this capability. 

This free and proven data exchange solution helps users to easily transfer machine programs from one machine type to another, such as a target machine from a different vendor or a machine on a different platform.  ODB++Process format provides the open exchange of process engineering information, which then converts the data for immediate use on any production machine or workstation.

Thus, with ODB++Design supporting full product design data representation, and ODB++Manufacturing (previously known as OML) neutralizing machines‘ shop floor data, the ODB++Process now completes the open design-through-manufacturing digital thread for electronics.  Each of these data exchange modules is designed to be neutral and open, supporting all SMT machine vendors (placement, inspection, test and soldering) and all EDA software providers.  With a complete digital twin of the electronics manufacturing flow (product, process, and performance), customers can realize their latest Smart Factory or Industry 4.0 initiatives with confidence and efficiency.

These data exchange format solutions deliver the complete digital twin of the electronics manufacturing information flow:

  • ODB++Design: Full product design data representation, created by design tools, used for design for manufacturing, fabrication, test and assembly analysis (DFx), as well as being the single carrier of design data to electronics assembly and fabrication.
  • ODB++Process: The format into which the design data is prepared and converted ready for use at any production machine or workstation.
  • ODB++Manufacturing: The specification for all shop-floor events, bi-directionally between machines, and between machines and Smart Industry 4.0 software solutions.


The ODB++ family of formats are supported by an active community, via an open, inclusive partnering program, free of charge and without membership fees.  To access these formats, visit


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