A Squared Technologies production practices follow the IPC-A-610 standard –

but what actually is it?

Who is the IPC?

IPC stands for the ‘Institute for Printed Circuits’ which was the former name of the Association Connecting Electronics Industries.

This global association produces PCB-related standards that allow manufacturers to build more reliable, high-quality products.

The IPC-A -610 ‘Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies’, outlays the criteria for assembled electronics that are at the stage where the components have been soldered on to the printed circuit board and are ready for final inspection. The electronics-industry-adopted standards ensure that the product reaches the customer with no errors, that all components are present and soldered correctly.

A Squared Technologies Technician using the C12 HD Microscope
A Squared Technologies C12 HD Digital Microscope

Why follow these standards?

By implementing the trusted specifications in to the company’s daily production, it means that the team have clear and clarified guidelines to follow. Everyone regularly reviews the document to make sure they are competent, confident and are conforming to industry standards.

Quality checks and re-training, if required, are completed to ensure the high level of quality is maintained throughout production, this in turn then alleviates errors, minimising costs. It creates a smoother, more efficient production line and ultimately ensures that the consumer is receiving  consistent, high-quality products.

There are three categories which reflect the quality of each printed circuit board type;

A Squared follows the IPC-A-610 standards throughout production and not just as a final check as intermediate checks are made during the products progress.  With the knowledge gained and easy visuals for reference from the document, it is known to the team what level of soldering they are expected to complete and what is not satisfactory.