Electrical Assembly Standards - IPC-A-610 "Acceptability for Electronic Assemblies"

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M Greenaway

#1
Hi all

What is the most widely recognised standard in the industry for electrical assembly ?

I have seen quoted a document reference IPC-A-610.

Is this the one ? Is there an ISO that does the same ??

Please let me know, I have some suppliers I need to screw down !!
 
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energy

#2
Tough one

Martin,

Have you tried a search under Underwriters Laboratory? It may take you to a list of accepted standards. It's been awhile, but there are some differences between it and the European C? stamp requirements. My vague recollection of the standard you mention covers PC Boards? UL covers Industrial Electrical Cabinet assembly as well motor wiring, etc.. Just a thought. There were a few threads that touch on these standards. Seeing no responses, I just figured I get it going. Try posting this in the calibration section. There are some pretty sharp electrical guys there. Good Luck:agree: :smokin:
 
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Jimmy Olson

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Hi Martin,

IPC-A-610 "Acceptability for Electronic Assemblies" is pretty much the industry standard. It is extremely detailed (372 pages) and covers the criteria for everything you can think of. There are also some other IPC standards that cover other aspects, such as PCBs, rework, etc., but if you're looking at 'screwing down som suppliers' then 610 would be the one to apply.

Hope that helps.
 
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guru1000000

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Re: Electrical Assembly Standards - IPC-A-610 "Acceptability for Electronic Assembli

Man, i am also currently revising my company incoming QA inspection criteria. IPC-Std-610 is what im referring to and what i believe is wat most used in the industry.
 
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VPOPSBW

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Re: Electrical Assembly Standards - IPC-A-610 "Acceptability for Electronic Assembli

I also have an issue with MIL-STD-454. The gov auditor states that I have to be certified every two years to remain current as a Certified Trainer for MIL-STD-454. Yhe Quality System procedure I wrote states that only the operators have to be recertified every year, states nothing about the trainer. I have not seen any directive in the specifications where the Trainer must be certified. I did recieve training in the 70's from an individual in the company who recieved training in China Lake. The documentation that verifies my training no longer exists - the comapny [division of E-Systems] folded in 1986. The gov rep also stated we must upgrade to J-STD-001 because it is the latest standard - the majority of the government contracts we acquire still run under MIL-STD-454 Workmanship Std's. She also states that J-STD-001 requires the Trainer to be recertified every two years - our Q procedure and Q program was designed around ISO 9001 2008, but does no stipulate J-STD-001 is our governing workmanship req's. We have not upgraded to J-STD-001 because it is expensive , nor is it required on the contracts we perform.
The dilemna is who is correct, does the trainer of MIL-STD-454 have to be certified, if so what certification level is required?
 

DanteCaspian

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Re: Electrical Assembly Standards - IPC-A-610 "Acceptability for Electronic Assembli

The IPC-A-610 (current revision is F) is the most often regarded one for standard. It does have some shortcomings to it, so I would not take it as gospel, like many have. One should always interrogate and exceed standards.

Along with IPC-A-610, I would highly recommend looking at The Science of Soldering for full comprehension as to proper soldering techniques. http://www.emsciences.com/blog/
Having this knowledge will allow you to understand and challenge your suppliers... possibly educate them. Many in the industry do not teach the science & of soldering to staff. Often only referring to the A-610 document for visual reference. Soldering can look good after a poor solder and fail in the field later.
 

BoardGuy

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Re: Electrical Assembly Standards - IPC-A-610 "Acceptability for Electronic Assembli

The gov rep also stated we must upgrade to J-STD-001 because it is the latest standard - the majority of the government contracts we acquire still run under MIL-STD-454 Workmanship Std's. She also states that J-STD-001 requires the Trainer to be recertified every two years - our Q procedure and Q program was designed around ISO 9001 2008, but does no stipulate J-STD-001 is our governing workmanship req's. We have not upgraded to J-STD-001 because it is expensive , nor is it required on the contracts we perform.
[FONT=&quot]Your government rep is correct as MIL-STD-454 was cancelled in May of 1995 and replaced by MIL-HDBK-454. This MIL Handbook contains requirement to meet to [/FONT][FONT=&quot]J- STD-001 requirements for soldered electrical and electronic assemblies which is now the standard for the industry. J-STD-001ES is used for boards intended for space flight applications.[/FONT]
 
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soldertraining

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Re: Electrical Assembly Standards - IPC-A-610 "Acceptability for Electronic Assemblie

The IPC-A-610 training program for instructors brings the flexibility for IPC PCB inspection training to your facility.The IPC-A-610 standard is a widely-used international standard for the inspection of printed circuit boards. It is the source for end-product acceptance criteria from toys to military hardware. Both the CIT and CIS programs provide individuals with a portable credential that represents their understanding of IPC-A-610.
 
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