As part of our ongoing drive for continuous business improvement, Nitronica continue to rollout and deliver various training schemes across the organisation.  Included are the IPC Certification Training schemes.

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IPC-610

This standard is named “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies” and gives definition to what is and is not acceptable during inspection of PCB assemblies.  It is aimed at PCBA operators and inspectors however Team Leaders, Managers and Engineers have also received the training.  For some this is refresher training and for others it is their first time exposed to the Acceptability standard.

We are coming to the end of our IPC-610 training schedule, due to complete by the end of the month and will have included 36 people at the current count.

The standard itself includes topics from;

IPC policies and procedures, ESD/handling, Hardware, Soldering, Terminal connections, Through-hole technology, SMT Technology, PCB and damage, Discrete wiring and High voltage

IPC-620

This standard is named the “Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies” and gives definition to what is and is not acceptable during inspection of cable harness assemblies.  Again we have the same level of involvement from Operators to Engineers etc but this has a higher percentage of people coming across this standard for the first time.

We are half way through the training for this course due for completion by the end of March which will have included 26 people at the current count.

The standard itself includes topics from;

IPC policies and procedures, Preparation , Solder Terminations, Crimp Terminations, Insulation Displacement Connection (IDC), Ultrasonic Welding, Splices, Connectorisation, Molding/Potting, Marking/Labeling, Coaxial and Twinaxial Cable Assemblies, Wire Bundle Securing, Shielding, Cable/Wire Harness Protective Coverings and Installation.

Lean Engineering Manager

Our Lean Engineering Manager, Chris Campbell explains; “We have also introduced a new IPC training policy document which states our commitment to a structured continuous training and re-training program, so we won’t just certify then forget about IPC for the 2 year certification period.  We will be completing weekly refresher training on small sections and a yearly refresher on the whole course.  Also included in our new IPC policy document is a special provision for new recruits to the company.”

He continues….

“Benefits are widespread with the main target to make the operators aware what is acceptable, by giving operators the tools to become more knowledgeable inspectors of their own work.  This in turn helps prevent problems occurring during assembly as opposed to relying on inspection to identify defects much later in the process.  Subsequently, this will help us improve our processes by identifying and correcting process issues when they occur as opposed to after the fact, when they are found at inspection.  We should see higher yields and a reduction in rework time and scrap as a result .”

Further Plans

Further plans are under development to rollout schemes for – IPC7711/7721 – “Re-work Modification and Repair of Electronic Assemblies” and also “Train the Trainer” programme.

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