IPC A-600 Certification

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IPC A-600 Certification

Postby Anderson » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:48 am

What is the main requirement of IPC A-600 Certification in the manufacturing of PCB? Also, I want to know is it beneficial for the Inspection purpose?
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Re: IPC A-600 Certification

Postby ramon.essers » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:48 am

Hello Anderson,

I don't really know what you are asking for?
There are many different things that your PCB has to meet.
The IPC-A-600 is only the visual inspection of your bare board (intern, extern).
The J-STD-003 is also very important (the PCB has to be solderable).

For the Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards you need the IPC-6012B.

If you need any other comments please let me know.
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Re: IPC A-600 Certification

Postby Anderson » Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:13 am

Hello Friend! I have read on one site for IPC A-610 (CIS) and (CIT) that these are for Inspection of PCB where as on http://www.ipc.org/ I found that IPC-A-600 Training and Certification Program is also for Inspection in PCB. I want to know how both are different from each other and in what sense? Plz explain me in brief if possible.
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Re: IPC A-600 Certification

Postby Ramon » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:10 am

Let's review a part of IPC's description of the two standards:

IPC-A-610:
IPC-A-610 is the most widely used electronics assembly standard in the world. A must for all quality assurance and assembly departments, IPC-A-610F illustrates industry-accepted workmanship criteria for electronics assemblies through detailed statements reflecting acceptable and defect conditions, supported by full-color photographs and illustrations.

IPC-A-600:
The definitive illustrated guide to printed circuit board acceptability! This four-color document provides photographs and illustrations of the target, acceptable and nonconforming conditions that are either internally or externally observable on bare printed boards. Make sure your operators, inspectors, and engineers have the most current industry consensus information.

Now pay attention to the differences in text'. IPC-A-600 is about PCB* acceptability, where IPC-A-610 is the electronic assembly standard.
The difference is assembled(610)/not-assembled(600).
So this makes clear the IPC-A-600 is only for inspection of a bare board before components are placed onto it. This standard comes to use at board manufacturing, where the PCB is checked before assembly or shipment to EMS*. An EMS can also use the IPC-A-600 for the check of incoming goods (bare boards, unpopulated)

The IPC-A-610 however speaks of "assembly" and indeed this standard is the industries standard of choice for checking the PCBA* after assembly. This standard is used by EMS's before shipping to customers or installing into final product. A customer who recieves PCBA's for installation in a product (eg. car, washing machine, radio etc) can also use the IPC-A-610 standard for the check of incoming goods.

So, in biref: IPC-A-600 is for bare board (no components & soldering) inspection. IPC-A-610 is intended for inspection of assembly (PCB with components mounted/soldered)


* EMS = Electronic Manufacturing Services, the official term for a company who mounts (solders) components onto PCB's
* PCB = Printed Circuit Board, the bare board with all tracks, pads, through holes, via's etc, before components are mounted
* PCBA = Printed Circuit Board Assembly, the completed assembly (board with components) after soldering, coating, test etc.
Keep calm and focus on soldering
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Re: IPC A-600 Certification

Postby Anderson » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:23 am

Hello Ramon! I am extremely thankful to you for your guidance in the above topic. Hope I get more guidance on others topics of electronics in future also.
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Re: IPC A-600 Certification

Postby James Barnhart » Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:24 pm

The IPC-A-600 illustrated the guide to printed circuit board acceptability and provides photographs and illustrations of the target, acceptable and non-conforming conditions that are either internally or externally observable on bare printed boards. But the important thing is that Certified IPC Trainers and application specialists must recertify after two years.
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Re: IPC A-600 Certification

Postby liuliying » Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:06 am

IPC-6012 is the identification and performance specification of rigid pcb
IPC-A-600 is the acceptance and acceptance standard of PCB, which involves all aspects of the testing of all types of PCB, such as rigid PCB, soft platoon and so on.
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