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What is the IPC-A-600 Certification Program

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This slide set is a high level overview of the IPC-A-600 acceptability of printed circuit boards certification and training program. It is designed to give you a high level overview of this acceptability of the printed circuit boards training program.

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What is the IPC-A-600 Certification Program

  1. 1. What is the IPC-A-600 Certification Program? Bob Wettermann, MIT BEST Inc. bwet@solder.net
  2. 2. IPC-A-600 Requirements and Acceptance for Printed Boards What is it? This specification has become the most important process, materials, and inspections standard for the the printed circuit board industry. The document and training has earned an international reputation as the source for end-product acceptance.
  3. 3. What is it? There is no hand soldering, crimping, stripping or any other hand skills associated with this certification program. IPC-A-600 Requirements and Acceptance for Printed Boards
  4. 4. Who is it for? Printed Board Manufacturers Knowledge of acceptance criteria is essential in tracing nonconforming conditions to their origins in the manufacturing process. The IPC-A-600 Training and Certification Program establishes the important relationship between the IPC-A-600 and the IPC-6012. This program also makes a powerful statement to users of printed boards that a company is serious about continuous quality improvement. Industry-recognized, technically accurate training for anyone involved in PCB fabrication did not exist until now. IPC-A-600 Requirements and Acceptance for Printed Boards
  5. 5. Who is it for? Electronics Assembly Companies No one wants to put dozens of expensive components on a defective PCB. IPC-A-600 Training and Certification gives the assembler the information to do a better job at incoming inspection. Knowing acceptable conditions means that PCBs are not needlessly scrapped; knowing nonconforming conditions saves the assembler from an expensive component mounting operation. Certified IPC Trainers working in electronics assembly can forge a more productive relationship with their PCB suppliers. IPC-A-600 Requirements and Acceptance for Printed Boards
  6. 6. Who is it for? OEMs and Material/Equipment Suppliers Anyone involved in purchasing or specifying printed boards needs to understand the criteria of IPC-A-600 and IPC-6012. OEMs, like assemblers, perform incoming board inspection and have a huge investment in PCBs. Designers will learn the baseline requirements for board quality for all classes of product. Material and equipment suppliers along with OEMs will sharpen their ability to recognize nonconforming conditions. IPC-A-600 Requirements and Acceptance for Printed Boards
  7. 7. What is it NOT? This is not a hands-on certification program. There is NOT any hand crimping, wire stripping or soldering in this program. IPC-A-600 Requirements and Acceptance for Printed Boards
  8. 8. The CIS (Operator Level) Program A Specialist certification may also be referenced as an Operator certification. Specialists are certified to the criteria but cannot train or certify others. IPC-A-600 Requirements and Acceptance for Printed Boards
  9. 9. The CIS (Operator Level) Program Certifying students to IPCA-600 means that they are officially recognized by the IPC as having achieved a level of understanding of the contents of the specification. IPC-A-600 Requirements and Acceptance for Printed Boards
  10. 10. The CIS (Operator Level) Program Certifying operators to IPC-A-600 means that they are officially recognized by the IPC as having a working knowledge of the quality requirements set forth in the specification. Training is good for (2) yrs and the credential belongs to the employee. IPC-A-600 Requirements and Acceptance for Printed Boards
  11. 11. The CIT (Operator Level) Program Certifying Instructors to IPC-A-600 means that they are officially recognized by the IPC as being qualified to deliver IPC-A-600 CIS (Operator) Training. IPC-A-600 Requirements and Acceptance for Printed Boards
  12. 12. IPC-A-600 Requirements and Acceptance for Printed Boards What is the IPC A-600 Certification Program? PCB classifications PCB acceptance criteria Base material surface and subsurface conditions such as delamination and crazing Plated-through hole requirements for copper plating thickness, voids and cracks amongst others Conductor width and spacing including annular ring requirements Solder resist coverage over conductors as well as their registration to lands Dielectric material criteria for etchback, voids, and resin recession Acceptance criteria for flexible, rigid-flex and metal core printed boards This is a 3-day, lecture only course that teaches students the accept/reject criteria in the IPC-A-600, for all three classes of PCB assembly.
  13. 13. To register: Call BEST Inc at (01) 847-797-9250 Visit www.solder.net Enquire at info@solder.net IPC-A-600 Requirements and Acceptance for Printed Boards

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