The IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, is the world’s most widely used electronic assembly standard.
It is an internationally recognized standard that is used by many production and assembly companies within the electrical and electronics industry to ensure the quality of their products.
“IPC-A-610, nothing more than a book with photos and illustrations?”
In essence, the best-known standard of IPC, the most recent revision is revision G of the IPC-A-610, is nothing more than a book with photos and illustrations that represent the acceptance criteria of the required standards and specifications.
At many companies the assembly processes are often obtained by self-study and / or by standard settings of the (machine) supplier.
Processes, process methods and techniques are constantly changing within the electronics industry. More often this leads to conflicts between different parties.
As a result, the Assembly and Joining Process Committee (together with the EIA Soldering Technology Committee) developed a common standard, the J-STD-001.
“J-STD-001: Requirements for Soldering Electrical and Electronic Assemblies”
The J-STD-001: Requirements for Soldering Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, describes materials, methods and control criteria for producing high-quality solder connections. The standard emphasizes process control and covers industry-approved requirements for a wide range of electronic products.
So, in the end, the IPC-A-610 is a book of images that provides clarification and definitions about the requirements of an end product that result from the materials, processes and design requirements used as described in the J-STD-001.
Therefore, the J-STD-001 is the most important standard that forms the basis for all other standards such as the IPC-A-610 and the IPC 7711/21.
“IPC-A-610 a drop in the bucket”
If the materials, processes and design requirements used are not well defined, the use of the IPC-A-610 is like a drop in the bucket.
The J-STD-001 should therefore be used by every assembly company as a foundation for all (solder)processes, regardless of the product class (class 1, 2 or 3) and/or used soldering technique such as reflow, selective, wave and hand soldering.
Although we consider the J-STD-001 to be the most important standard for soldering, our experience shows that assembly companies make little or no use of this standard.
Also, because people often don’t know what the standard describes.
This is also apparent from the statistics that IPC publishes. On the IPC website (http://www.ipc.org/cert-search.aspx) you can check for yourself if the company your working with have IPC-certified employees and in what standard(s) these employees are trained.
If there is a discussion in which the IPC-A-610 is used, something in the base (read J-STD-001) will go wrong.
Our advice is to start creating a good and well-founded foundation and to start today with training/certifying employees in the J-STD-001.