Compunetics First to Earn Certification as Qualified Manufacturer to IPC-6012/IPC-A-600

April 26, 2016 — IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC-6012/IPC-A-600 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Compunetics, a manufacturer of printed circuit boards based in Monroeville, Pa. Compunetics is the first to receive IPC's Validation Services QML for these standards. Compunetics met or exceeded the testing requirements for board coupons and passed a three-day, on-site audit by Validation Services. Maintenance of the QML requires testing of board coupons every quarter and passing of periodic factory audits.

IPC-6012, Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards, covers qualification and performance of rigid printed boards, including single-sided, double-sided, with or without plated-through holes, multilayer with or without blind/buried vias and metal core boards. It addresses final finish and surface plating coating requirements, conductors, holes/vias, frequency of acceptance testing and quality conformance as well as electrical, mechanical and environmental requirements. IPC-A-600, Acceptability of Printed Boards, an illustrated guide to printed circuit board acceptability, covers target, acceptable and nonconforming conditions that are either internally or externally observable on bare printed boards.

“Compunetics hoped that a validation audit by IPC to IPC-6012 and IPC-A-600 would allow us to claim with justification that our operations demonstrated expertise in rigid printed circuit board manufacturing. But even if we did not become validated immediately, we expected the IPC experts would identify areas where we were could improve and so provide guidance for our on-going quality efforts,” said Pier Benci, general manager of Compunetics. “As it turned out, we achieved validation on the first attempt. Our IPC validation certificate is displayed prominently at the entrance, and has been the object of interest and admiration by visitors. Plus, the IPC team showed us two areas where we have been able to make worthwhile operational enhancements.”

IPC's Validation Services QML Program was developed to promote supply chain verification. It also provides auditing and certification of electronics companies' products, and identifies processes which conform to IPC standards. Compunetics and other trusted sources of supply can be found on IPC's QML database at www.ipcvalidation.org.

"We are excited about Compunetics being the manufacturer to receive IPC's Validation Services QML for IPC-6012/IPC-A-600," said Randy Cherry, IPC director of Validation Services. "We are pleased to recognize Compunetics as the newest member of trusted QML suppliers. Compunetics has differentiated itself from the competition by becoming part of IPC's global network of trusted industry sources."

For more information about IPC's Validation Services QML Program, visit www.ipcvalidation.org or contact Randy Cherry at RandyCherry@ipc.org or +1 847-597-2806.         

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