Manufacturing your printed circuit board assembly involves several steps. All of them demand careful attention to ensure that components, soldering, materials, finishes, processes, checks and balances are efficiently coordinated for quality control and assurance.
As an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), you may generally evaluate the quality of your PCB assembly on three parameters:
However, quality is a concept that means different things to different people. This is where standards come in – as a means to establish a common platform of the shared meaning of “quality”.
IPC is a trade association that works to standardize assembly and production requirements for electronic equipment and their assemblies. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), IPC produces the most widely-recognized and applied acceptability standards in the electronics manufacturing industry.
These standards become immensely important in communicating the same meaning about what acceptable standards are – so that an OEM, its contract electronics manufacturing (CEM) partner, and the industry at large, know exactly what “acceptability” entails. With IPC standards, acceptability is not a relative concept.
IPC-A-610 provides a set of visual quality acceptability requirements for electronic assemblies. Class 2 deals with dedicated service electronic products, and Class 3 with high performance electronic products.
IPC-7711 sets acceptability standards for rework, repair and modifications of electronic assemblies including surface mount and through-hole rework, component removal and replacement, wire splicing, solder resist repair, modification or repair of laminate material and conductors, as well as other industry-approved techniques.
OEMs benefit from using IPC-certified CEM partners by:
At August, we are committed to ensuring top quality, reliability and consistency of your manufactured products – which is why we have well-established quality management systems and processes.
We have invested in our own in-house IPC-certified trainer so that all our production staff are mentored, trained and certified to:
We can work with you to help you understand the principles that guide the different classes of IPC standards – so that you have an idea of what to expect in terms of the final manufactured product.
Based on a firm grasp of these principles, you would select the IPC standard class best-suited to your products and their intended end-use.
Partnering with August Electronics enables you to leverage our well established quality processes as well as our IPC-certified technicians and systems. You can then be assured your products are manufactured to meet IPC standards in an auditable fashion.
When you consider your next contract electronics manufacturing partner, it is useful to look into their IPC credentials, so that they are able to meet your, your clients’ and the industry’s standards of quality for electronic equipment assemblies.
Need more information or just want to learn more about IPC standards? We’d love to chat, please contact us today.