Take the First Step to IPC Qualification with IPC Standards Gap Analysis
Being listed on IPC’s Qualified Manufacturer Listing (QML) offers companies the opportunity to certify their manufacturing processes to the requirements of IPC standards such as J-STD-001/IPC-A-610, IPC-6012/600, IPC/WHMA-A-620, and more. It’s a great way to separate yourself from your competition and further the confidence in your processes among existing customers. However, before you invest in the process to become qualified our Standards Gap Analysis (SGA) helps you enhance your operational efficiency by examining current manufacturing processes to uncover costly inconsistencies.
Before you invest time and resources in the audit process, let our experts help identify the gaps between your current practices and the IPC Standards.
SGA starts with a comprehensive examination of your manufacturing processes by highly experienced IPC Experts who understand the standards and related fabrication processes. Although each case varies, SGA typically takes a day. Once complete, you receive a detailed confidential report. After implementing our recommended improvements, your company will be ready to take the next step in the qualification process. Following SGA your IPC Experts will:
- Provide an export gap analysis and detailed report of your current manufacturing process
- Identify areas of immediate concern that may be leading to field failures
- Identify and discuss gap findings to determine next steps
- Evaluate the Personnel Proficiency of all manufacturing employees in the tasks to be performed
- Deliver insights that will help you ultimately:
- Reduce defects, scrap, or rework
- Enhance the quality of finished goods
- Increase production throughput
- Improve yields
- Create the potential for cost-reduction activities
IPC Standards Gap Analysis Focus Areas Include:
- Printed Circuit Board (PCBA) Assembly
- Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Fabrication
- Wire Harness and Cable Assembly
- Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Assembly
- Plated Thru-Holes (PTH) Assembly
- Terminal Soldering
- ElectroStatic Discharge (ESD)
- And a number of other electronics manufacturing process areas
What Do Users Say About the IPC Standards Gap Analysis Program?
“After returning from IPC APEX EXPO we established a training program within our facility. We used advanced training for five instructors and additional training for 20 specialists. As a result, we successfully completed the IPC QML audit. We substantially improved our processes, the quality of the products we manufacture, and the mastery of processes through knowledge of standards which motivated our staff toward achieving excellence.”
“In this modern age of ubiquitous professional consultation, it is often challenging for organizations like ours to extract meaningful long-term value from the subject matter experts who invest themselves on our behalf. IPC Validation Services, however, due in no small part to your tireless commitment, delivered tremendous technical expertise to our Company and ensured it was properly absorbed for application in problem-solving. The Standard Gap Analysis audits and training sessions were particularly effective. Consequently, our processes are vastly improved and the resulting first pass yields measurably higher. Most critically, IPC Validation Services built a foundation of knowledge and processes that will continue to drive sustainable improvements into the future.
The OSI Electronics team is grateful for your excellent work. Please feel welcome to use us as a reference; we would be pleased to relate the tangible benefits of collaboration with IPC Validation Services.”
Sr. Director Operations
For a small investment of time and money, the IPC Validation program has had a big impact on our operation Randy Cherry did a thorough analysis of our business and provided a list of observations and opportunities for improvement. He assisted us with the implementation of several new policies and procedures by providing templates or examples of programs other companies are using. If he didn’t have the answer, he knew someone that did. Randy provided contact information from his network of
professionals who have also proven to be a real asset to our company. The IPC Validation program is the real deal.
Excel Electronics, Inc.
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