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3 Benefits of IPC Certification in Electronic Assemblies & Inspection

Posted on 14st December, 2017 by Leo Lambert


As an emerging OEM/EMS company, you’ve managed to transform your operation from a small, local shop into a large industry player. Both change and growth have forced you to adopt new practices and proficiencies to remain competitive. Understanding that efficient production is vital to your overall success, you hire and train staff to be IPC certified in order to maintain competitive relevancy and establish your organization as a leader and trusted provider within the industry.

The three major benefits of receiving or renewing IPC certification in electronic assemblies and inspection include:

1.) Building Consistent Products

Consistency is key to profitability and industry success. Maintaining IPC certification in visual inspection of electronic assemblies provides guidelines and standards for the efficient production of a consistent product. Consistency in manufacturing methods and final product specifications has a direct and positive correlation to consumer satisfaction and repeat business.

In terms of industry compliance, failure to follow the most widely accepted set of IPC standards results in a “massive duplication of effort costing the industry millions of man hours in waste and creating industry chaos and global non-standardization.” An organization’s level of internal consistency should mirror industry best practices to guarantee optimal production symmetry and cooperation.

2.) Improving Cross-Channel Communications

Miscommunication can lead to inconsistency and delayed production. In the OEM and EMS industry, it is crucial that vendors and manufacturers use the same terminology and practice the same standards. IPC certification ensures that this is the case. Employees and managers from all sides of supply channels confirm the benefits of IPC certification in cross-channel communication and attribute their success, in large part, to speaking the same language. When cross-channel interactions are streamlined, overall production time and coordination is improved.

3.) Reducing Costs

When a company is able to produce consistently and streamline cross-channel communications and interactions, what follows is a natural reduction in production costs.

The requirements laid out in IPC-A-610 and J-STD-001 courses ensure that each product, at each stage in the assembly line and process, is evaluated and serviced under the same scrutiny as others. This will not only reduce costs by decreasing the number of rebuilds and reworks, but also improve production time. These certifications ensure that your operation employs a higher standard of quality control.

After receiving or renewing your IPC certifications, you’ll find that your ability to efficiently produce a consistent, high-quality product, and communicate with other vendors/manufacturers in your supply chain, becomes significantly simpler. These certifications not only enable your company to become a trusted provider within the industry, but also allow for future business growth.

Contact EPTAC to enroll in a certification course today!


For over 30 years EPTAC has been a leading provider of solder training and IPC certification. We provide professionals with the tools and training they need to advance their careers and improve their businesses. With 14 locations across North America, our solutions and instructional staff provide an easy access to knowledge that will enhance your business model and help you both meet and exceed industry demands. For more information call 800.643.7822 or contact us.

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