SMT, PCB Electronics Industry News

SMT, PCB Electronics Industry News

News from Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)

Compunetics First to Earn Certification as Qualified Manufacturer to IPC-6012/IPC-A-600

Apr 26, 2016

IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC-6012/IPC-A-600 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Compunetics, a manufacturer of printed circuit boards based in Monroeville, Pa. Compunetics is the first to receive IPC's Validation Services QML for these standards. Compunetics met or exceeded the testing requirements for board coupons and passed a three-day, on-site audit by Validation Services. Maintenance of the QML requires testing of board coupons every quarter and passing of periodic factory audits.

IPC-6012, Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards, covers qualification and performance of rigid printed boards, including single-sided, double-sided, with or without plated-through holes, multilayer with or without blind/buried vias and metal core boards. It addresses final finish and surface plating coating requirements, conductors, holes/vias, frequency of acceptance testing and quality conformance as well as electrical, mechanical and environmental requirements. IPC-A-600, Acceptability of Printed Boards, an illustrated guide to printed circuit board acceptability, covers target, acceptable and nonconforming conditions that are either internally or externally observable on bare printed boards.

“Compunetics hoped that a validation audit by IPC to IPC-6012 and IPC-A-600 would allow us to claim with justification that our operations demonstrated expertise in rigid printed circuit board manufacturing. But even if we did not become validated immediately, we expected the IPC experts would identify areas where we were could improve and so provide guidance for our on-going quality efforts,” said Pier Benci, general manager of Compunetics. “As it turned out, we achieved validation on the first attempt. Our IPC validation certificate is displayed prominently at the entrance, and has been the object of interest and admiration by visitors. Plus, the IPC team showed us two areas where we have been able to make worthwhile operational enhancements.”

IPC's Validation Services QML Program was developed to promote supply chain verification. It also provides auditing and certification of electronics companies' products, and identifies processes which conform to IPC standards. Compunetics and other trusted sources of supply can be found on IPC's QML database at

"We are excited about Compunetics being the manufacturer to receive IPC's Validation Services QML for IPC-6012/IPC-A-600," said Randy Cherry, IPC director of Validation Services. "We are pleased to recognize Compunetics as the newest member of trusted QML suppliers. Compunetics has differentiated itself from the competition by becoming part of IPC's global network of trusted industry sources."

For more information about IPC's Validation Services QML Program, visit or contact Randy Cherry at or +1 847-597-2806.

IPC ( is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,700 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

You must be a registered user to talk back to us.

More News from Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)

Oct 20, 2016 -

Session 4 of IPC & SMTA's Conference to Focus on Ultra-Thin or Nanocoatings

Oct 20, 2016 -

World PCB Production in 2015 Estimated at $58.6 Billion IPC World PCB Production Report Released

Oct 20, 2016 -

Mayim Bialik Chosen as Opening Keynote at IPC APEX EXPO 2017 Industry votes to hear from actress and neuroscientist

Oct 16, 2016 -

IPC Announces New ESD Control Certification Courses on IPC EDGE

Oct 13, 2016 -

IPC & SMTA’s High-Reliability Cleaning & Conformal Coating Conference’s Session 4 to Focus on Customer Cleaning Challenges/Needs

Oct 09, 2016 -

IPC Celebrates 5th Annual Manufacturing Day

Oct 06, 2016 -

Day 3 Keynote to Address Paths to Medical Device Cleanliness

Sep 29, 2016 -

Volunteers Honored for Contributions to IPC and the Electronics Industry Seventy-Five Awards Presented at Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings

Sep 29, 2016 -

IPC and SMTA to Present High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference

Sep 29, 2016 -

Third Session of the High-Rel Cleaning & Conformal Coating Conference to Focus on Conformal Coating for Class 2 and 3 Electronic Assemblies

(782) more news from Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)

Compunetics First to Earn Certification as Qualified Manufacturer to IPC-6012/IPC-A-600 news release has been viewed 239 times

SP700avi inline stencil printer

StikNPeel™ Rework Stencils