IPC-T-50, “Terms and Definitions for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits,” has just been updated. The new Revision M is available from Document Center in paper format, for pdf download, in CD Rom format, and as a kit with both the paper and CD Rom copies included. As IPC says, the IPC-T-50 defines the “language of an industry.” It allows users to understand terms both by written definitions and the use of illustrations for better clarity.
What’s new in the IPC-T-50 M? There are over 220 new or revised terms. The new definitions include including terminology for conformal coatings, potting and encapsulation processes, stencil design, statistical process control, and flexible printed board technology. And some out-of-date terminology has been removed from the 123-page publication as well. This new edition replaces the now-obsolete Revision K from 2013, so it’s been about 2 years since the last revision.
Who should be using the IPC-T-50 M? OEM, EMS or ODM Companies will all find the document can facilitate communications between staff and customers as well as ensuring a common understanding within the organization itself.
What about acronyms? Acronyms used in the electronics industry are addressed in the publication’s Annex. This is an invaluable aid in an industry beset by the use of acronyms!
What format of the IPC-T-50 is right for me? Your document comes in single-user editions by default. So while the CD Rom and the paper copy have a certain amount of portability, the pdf copy is definitely for the use of 1 person only. And you’ll need to remember that electronic copies of the IPC standards do have the print function disabled. So when using either the CD Rom or the pdf formats, your electronic copy will be your only copy, no printing allowed. So make your choice based on these limitations.
Where can I get my copy of the IPC-T-50? This is a copyright publication and must be purchased from an authorized distributor like Document Center Inc. Order online at our webstore, www.document-center.com. Or use this link to the order page for IPC-T-50 now. Have questions and want to work with a real person? Contact our staff by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our staff is well known for being responsive — Your call or email will be answered by someone with the expertise to answer any questions you might have. Make Document Center your Standards Experts!