Using standards to increase quality

ART’s MD, Debbie Wade, explains how IPC standards help manufacturers demonstrate better product performance and life, plus compliance with industry requirements

IPC standards are accepted worldwide as the pinnacle manufacturing standards for the electronics industry. They can be adopted for every process stage from design to assembly and even handling and shipping. IPC standards help manufacturing companies demonstrate that products and services offered have high quality and reliability.

Investing in IPC training and certification programmes can help manufacturers: demonstrate they consider rigorous quality control practices important; meet the requirements of electronics manufacturing companies that expect suppliers to have important credentials; gain valuable industry recognition; and facilitate quality assurance initiatives which are important in international trading.

Training alone may help with quality initiatives but when staff have an industry-recognised certification on industry standards, companies have the additional and extra credibility to help source new customers and contracts in today’s ever-changing market.

Individuals can become certified to six key IPC standards.

  1. IPC 6012, Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards
  2. IPC-A-600, Acceptability of (Bare) Printed Boards
  3. IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies
  4. IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies Revision E now available.
  5. J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies
  6. IPC-7711/7721, Rework, Modification and Repair of Printed Boards and Electronic Assemblies.

Does your company build aerospace products or is it trying to gain contracts within this field? Advanced Rework Technology is the only IPC Accredited Training Partner (IPC Training Centre) in the UK authorised to teach both IPC Space Addendum training courses for J-STD-001 and IPC-A-620.

Standardisation is a dynamic function of the electronics industry and is constantly evolving. ART works with IPC to continually move forward with improvements and best practices to support manufacturing.

Managing Director, Debbie Wade, who chairs many IPC committees including vice chair of IPC Technical Activities Executive Council and Chair of European Standards Development and European Training committees, explained why ART should be manufacturers’ training provider: “ART training staff are highly experienced with every part of the industry from design, fabrication, through to assembly and quality and inspection so this will assist the trainer with every step of their teaching which makes our courses second to none. The staff here at ART also dedicate their time to sitting on numerous IPC Standards Development and Training Committees. This gives us the added advantage and skills required to not just teach the latest requirements but fully understand the changes to the technical standards and associated training courses. For our knowledge, skills and dedication, we are proud to be the recipients of many industry and IPC awards. In particular, recipients of the prestigious IPC Presidents Award.”