Electronics manufacturing compliance and standards in PCB assemblies

Jun 13, 2023Contract electronics manufacturing, PCB assembly, Quality & compliance

Electronics manufacturing compliance and standards in PCB assemblies

PCB assemblies play a major part within all electronic devices and, in certain circumstances, their failure can lead to catastrophic consequences which reach far beyond a simple malfunction.

Some electronic devices can be critical to life, safety and security, for example, while other, less critical, devices may need to perform at a high enough level of quality that makes them consistent with the manufacturer’s brand and reputation.

In this blog, we will discuss the industry compliance and standards which must be met within the electronics industry to ensure the quality and effectiveness of PCB assemblies.

Importance of adhering to industry standards

The first electronics industry standards to consider are those which govern the selection, testing, and maintenance of electronic components to ensure they meet the required quality standards.

One of the most important industry standards in the electronics industry is the IPC-A-610 standard which provides guidelines for the inspection of electronic assemblies. It is widely recognised in the electronics industry and is often used as a benchmark for quality.

The IPC-A-610 certification is typically obtained by individual operators. For this reason a PCB assembly subcontractor should ensure all employees involved in the assembly process have the necessary IPC-A-610 certifications to meet the standard’s requirements.

We are pleased to say that all MPE Electronics factory production staff are IPC-A-610 trained and certified. We also have a certified in-house IPC trainer.

Quality management in PCB assemblies

As a leading UK PCB and electronic full box assembly supplier, MPE Electronics follows all industry best practices and standards. This means that we also comply with the ISO 9001:2015 certification – an internationally recognised standard for quality management that sets out the requirements for a company’s quality management system (QMS).

The standard is designed to ensure that a company consistently delivers products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements while continuously improving its processes. It covers areas such as customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision making, and relationship management.

In summary, compliance with both ISO 9001:2015 and IPC-A-610 standards is vital for a PCB and full electronic box assembly service provider to demonstrate its commitment to quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction. Compliance with these standards can also improve the company’s competitiveness, increase customer confidence, and lead to greater operational efficiency.

In addition, MPE Electronics also complies with the general RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) regulations. Although these do not have compliance standards that are specific to PCB manufacturers, we believe they are also important regulations to follow and we have statements for both on our quality page.

To find out more about the compliance and standards which are followed in our PCB manufacturing, get in touch with a member of our team today.

MPE Electronics is an established and experienced contract electronics manufacturer specialising in PCB assemblies and full box build assembly for a wide range of commercial and industrial businesses.

To find out how MPE Electronics’ PCB manufacturing and assembly services can benefit your business, contact our expert and friendly team on +44 (0)1825 764822 or enquiries@mpe-electronics.co.uk.

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