Electronic Manufacturing Service Integrity Standards
If your business works with an outside company to provide electronic manufacturing services, it is imperative that the provider has IPC J-STD-001 and IPC A-610 standards established to ensure the quality of their services. And while these standards apply to electronic manufacturing services in general, they take on even added significance when using the company to produce PCB assemblies.
But what are IPC J-STD-001 and IPC A-610 qualifications? In this article, we’ll take a look at IPC J-STD-001 Standards – and what it means for your business.
We’ll also examine the relevance of working with a provider who has Class 3 designation for the IPC J-STD-001 standard.
In our next article, we’ll examine the IPC A-610 Qualification – and why it is important to work with a provider who adheres to this standard.
Let’s look at the IPC–STD-001 Standard first:
As the dominant authority for electronics assembly manufacturing, the IPC J-STD-001 requirements apply to soldered electrical and electronic assemblies. The standard ensures that companies have process controls in place and the correct materials, methods and verification criteria in place to produce high quality soldered interconnections.
A J-STD-001 compliant manufacturing facility is controlled for electro-static discharge (ESD), humidity and temperature to ensure the ideal environment for providing electronic manufacturing services. It also meets high cleanliness standards to provide an ideal manufacturing environment.
Having J-STD-001 Certified Solderers means they have been trained 40 hours for proper soldering techniques so the result is high reliability for solder joints for high-performance electronics like PCB assemblies. The J-STD-001 requirement for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies is the pre-eminent authority for commercial electronics and military electronics manufacturing.
But what does the Class 3 designation mean for the IPC J-STD-001 standard?
In the IPC J-STD-001 standard, Class 3 is the more stringent workmanship standard. It is usually applied to manufactured products that need more intense reliability – including high performance, complex electronic products and their components, including PCB assemblies.
As far as personnel, to be J-STD-001 Class 3 certified, a technician must follow a number of protocols related to materials, methods, and verification when soldering complex electronic interconnections. The standard ensures high-quality soldering and emphasizes process control for a wide range of electronic manufacturing products and services.
In our next article, we’ll take a look at the IPC A-610 Qualification – including the Class 3 designation.