Effective Ways to Ensure Product Quality






In the electronics manufacturing industry, quality is a way of life. All manufacturers should do its best to achieve it or it will be left behind in the competition. One of the best ways to ensure quality is to train your staff about quality electronics manufacturing  and have them certified by a reputable training institution like Blackfox.



Getting to Know the IPC and PCB Training Certification Courses


Let’s face it. The electronics world revolves around the Printed Wiring Board (PWB). No electronic product, no matter how simple or cheap would work without it. This simply implies that the quality of the printed board is the primary responsibility of thousands of people in the electronics industry,

In order to make this responsibility measurable in terms of quality and acceptability, IPC and PCB certification courses were conceived.

IPC-A-600 Acceptability of Printed Boards

Since its inception, the IPC-A-600 has become the standard for the quality of PCB / PWB workmanship. Its comprehensive criteria for acceptance which include photographs and colored illustrations of printed board surface  has made it one of the most popular documents ever produced by IPC.

The Importance of IPC-A-600

This training and certification develops people’s understanding of quality assurance of unpopulated PCBs. It also signifies a manufacturer’s commitment to the continuous improvement of its products in terms of quality.

IPC-A-610 – Targeting Excellence in Electronics Assembly of Printed Boards

This training and certification program is considered the most reliable inspection standard in the electronics manufacturing industry. IPC-A-610 is accepted internationally. It is in fact regarded internationally as a model for end product acceptance criteria for high reliability printed circuit assemblies.

Like the IPC-A-600, the IPC-A-610 demonstrates a company’s commitment and desire for continuous improvement of its operations and product quality.

IPC-6012 – Excellence in Electronics Assembly Qualification and Performance for Rigid Printed Boards

This standard defines the qualifications and expectations for the manufacture of rigid printed circuit boards. It is a training and certification program that is designed to “train the trainer.” Any electronics manufacturing company that wants to have their Trainer certified for IPC-6012 sends their man to an IPC Training Center that is duly licensed to conduct IPC-6012 training.

Top Universities for Electrical & Electronic Engineering

In its 2015 data, the QS World University Rankings reveals the rankings for the world’s best universities for the Electrical and Electronic Engineering subject based on overall score.

Here are the Top 5 in the list:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (United States)
  1. Stanford University (United States)
  1. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) (United States)
  1. Harvard University (United States)
  1. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland)

A widely read annual publication, QS World University Rankings is a project of Quacquarelli Symonds.

The Global Electronics Industry: Interesting Facts and Figures

We all know that Electronics is a mammoth of a global sector. But the facts and figures relating to this industry prove to be interesting nuggets of information.

Did you know:

. . . that the United States is the world’s largest producer of electronic products that accounts for 21% of the world total?

 . . . that as of May 2015, the U.S. consumer electronics industry is worth an all-time high of $211.3 billion?

 . . . that according to the IPC, which represents the global electronics industry, the demand for talent in electronics manufacturing has surpassed supply growth because of an ageing workforce?

 . . . that a survey by the Young Enterprise involving 28 UK blue-chip companies showed that 75% of managers thought the new electronics workforce aren’t properly skilled in this field?

 . . . that the International Consumer Electronics Show, the world’s largest consumer electronics exhibit, launches over 20,000 new products each year?

 . . . that the UK electronic systems is an £80 billion-a-year industry, ranking fifth globally in terms of global production?

 . . . that a May 2011 report by the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that in 2010, total disposed e-waste reached 2.44 million tons comprising of 384 million units of computers, monitors, hard copy devices, keyboards, mice, televisions and mobile devices? Of these, 1.79 million tons or 310 million units were trashed, and 649,000 tons consisting of 73.7 million units were recycled — which corresponds to a 27% recycling rate in tons or 19% in units.


* http://www.quadrasol.co.uk/content/information/news/electronic-design-training-crucial-to-industry-growth

* http://www.techtimes.com/articles/22625/20141222/ces-2015-fun-facts-largest-consumer-electronics-show-world.htm

* http://nmi.org.uk/sectors/sector-information/

* http://www.electronicstakeback.com/wp-content/uploads/Facts_and_Figures_on_EWaste_and_Recycling.pdf

* http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/ecycling/docs/fact7-08.pdf

How to Use Crimping Pliers


Although there are many types of crimping pliers, they work basically the same. They only differ in the size of the crimps. There is a micro crimper, a medium-size crimper, and a mighty crimper. Each type is used on different levels of thickness of wires. Furthermore, the magical crimper is one that has only a single groove.

IEC Electronics Corporation Awarded as the First IPC/WHMA-A-620 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML)

IEC Electronics Corporation was named as the first IPC/WHMA-A-620 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) by the Validation Services Program of IPC.  The corporation has sites in New Mexico, New York, Newark, Southern California, and more.  The corporation got the award for passing the requirements sought by the program for the electronic industry.  IEC Corporation will now be listed as a trusted source of manufacturing because of the award it received. Also, this is just as result of the practices of the industry.  The Corporation is among the many companies that joined the Validation Services QML/QPL Program. Continue reading about the news at http://www.ipc.org/ContentPage.aspx?Pageid=IEC-Electronics-Corp-First-to-Earn-Certification-as-Qualified-Manufacturer-to-IPC-WHMA-A-620.