IPC A 610 G due at the end of the month!

IPC A 610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, is on path for release at the end of this month/the beginning of next.  The IPC J STD 001 G, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, will be released concurrently.  The two standards are widely used in the electronics industry.  Changes will be made throughout the publications.

The IPC A 610 is one of Document Center’s biggest sellers over the years.  It is used by companies large and small.  Changes to this new Revision G vary from Section to Section.  Some modifications are small — like renumbering in Section 1.  Other areas have extensive changes.

For example, Section 6 has significant updates throughout.  This includes Sections 6.6 on lead/wire placement, general requirements and 6.7 on general requirements for solder.

One thing that you will notice in this new Revision G for IPC A 610 is that it’s not necessary to redesign your boards just to meet the new requirements.  The committee recommends using the new Revision G for new design, of course.  But for previously existing designs, upgrade to this document can wait until either enforced by contract or is part of the usual design review process.  In other words, updating your board designs should not solely be based on the fact that there’s a new revision of the IPC A 610 available.

IPC is changing how its standards are available to the public.  You can still purchase the hardcopy edition.  However, the use of CD Rom format is being phased out.  So for electronic delivery, you’ll be ordering a non-printing pdf copy.  Normally, folks choose the single user option.  However, site licenses are available.

Head to Document Center Inc.’s webstore to preorder your copies now.  It can be found at www.document-center.com.  Here is a direct link to the order page for IPC A 610 paper format and the IPC A 610 pdf format.  For your convenience, here are the links for the J STD 001 paper edition and the J STD 001 single user pdf format as well.

Document Center Inc. is an authorized distributor of the IPC standards.  You’ll be purchasing with confidence knowing copyright laws are being met.  And you’ll get our best-in-class notification service with each standards purchase at Document Center.  To learn more about the wide range of services for compliance available from us, contact our staff by  phone (650-591-7600) or email (info@document-center.com).  We’re your Standards Experts!

IPC-A-610 F + Amendment 1 Consolidated Edition!

IPC-A-610, “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies,” has just been released as a consolidated edition.  This new update provides you with an interfiled copy of the Revision F and its Amendment 1.  And it’s available in a variety of formats:  paper copy, non-printing single user pdf or CD Rom, and the site and global licensing CD’s.  If you’ve been frustrated by the lack of options for getting your copy of the Revision F Amendment 1, this is for you!

Do I need to buy one of these consolidated copies if I already have the Revision F and the Amendment 1?  If you are only interested in the technical content and you’ve managed to integrate the non-printing pdf copy of the Amendment 1 into your system, there’s no technical reason to purchase the consolidated edition.  It has been released for your convenience only.

Can I get any kind of credit towards the new consolidated edition if I already purchased the Revision F and Amendment 1 separately?  No, this is considered to be a completely new issue.  No returns of previous material are being accepted.

Why should I get this new IPC-A-610 F with Amendment 1?  Since the Amendment 1 was only released as a non-printing pdf copy, it’s caused a lot of difficulties for some users.  For example, a company that has the Revision F as a paper copy may have a lot of difficulty making sure that employees are aware of the pdf for Amendment 1 in order to use its changes.  So a consolidated edition in the format you’re used to using is a real plus.

I didn’t get my copy of Amendment 1 yet?  What were the changes?  I have a previous post on just this question.  Check out the changes to IPC-A-610F Amendment 1 here.

Where can I get my copy of this new update?  Use an authorized distributor like Document Center Inc.  Here’s the direct link to the order page for IPC-A-610.

Is it still possible to get copies of the Amendment 1 only?  Certainly.  However do remember, it is still only available in that non-printing pdf format.

And if you need other IPC standards, just head to the Document Center Inc. webstore at www.document-center.com.  You’ll order here with confidence, and receive our best-in-class notification service free with your purchase. More questions?  Just contact us by phone (650-591-7600) or email (info@document-center.com).  We’ve been selling standards since 1982.  Make us your Standards Experts!

New IPC-A-610 F Amendment 1

IPC-A-610, “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies,” has just been updated.  There’s a new Amendment 1 available for Revision F and you’ll want a copy if you use this important electronic assembly standard.  It is being issued in conjunction with a new Amendment 1 for the J-STD-001 so you may want to get both amendments at the same time.

IPC-A-610 is one of the most frequently ordered assembly standards here at Document Center Inc.  So the new Amendment 1 is big news.  Here are the changes as specified by IPC:

  • Reintroduce the Space Shuttle symbol to show where there are different criteria in the J-STD-001FS, “Space Applications Electronic Hardware Addendum” to IPC J-STD-001F, “Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies”
  • Revise the Class 2 requirements for vertical solder fill on plated through holes with less than 14 leads to include requirements when there is a connected internal thermal plane
  • Eliminate requirements for BGA voiding for BGA components with noncollapsing balls

Keep up-to-date with your IPC standards.  Rely on Document Center Inc. to provide you with our best-in-class notification services.  It comes free with every standards purchase.  Just order at our webstore, www.document-center.com.  Or contact our staff by phone (650-591-7600) or email (info@document-center.com) for more information on these important amendments.  We’ve been a trusted distributor of the IPC standards since the 1980’s.  Make us your Standards Experts!

Document Center’s Top 20 Best Selling Standards for 2011

Yes, it’s the end of the year and what better time to highlight our best selling standards of 2011!  Here’s what Document Center customers wanted this year:

  1. ISO 14155, 2nd Edition and Technical Corrigendum (correction sheet) from 2011, “Clinical investigation of medical devices for human subjects – Good clinical practice”
  2. ISO 19011, 2nd Edition, 2011, “Guidelines for auditing management systems”
  3. AMS 2700, Revision E, “Passivation of Corrosion Resistant Steels”
  4. 21CFR(800-1299), 2011 Edition, “Code of Federal Regulations – Food and Drug Administration Parts 800 through 1299”
  5. BS EN ISO 14971, 2009 Edition with Corrigendum 1 (correction) from 2011, “Medical devices. Application of risk management to medical devices”
  6. ASTM F1980, 2007 R2011 Edition (reapproved in 2011), “Standard Guide for Accelerated Aging of Sterile Barrier Systems for Medical Devices”
  7. IPC A 610, Revision E from 2010, “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies”
  8. AS 9100, Revision C from 2011, “Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space & Defense Organizations”
  9. ASME Y14.5, 2009 Edition, “Dimensioning and Tolerancing”
  10. ASQ Z1.4, 2008 Edition, “Sampling Procedures and Tables for Inspection by Attributes”
  11. ASTM E1417, 2011 Edition, “Standard Practice for Liquid Penetrant Testing”
  12. ISTA 2A, 2011 Edition, “Performance Tests for Packaged-Products, Packaged-Products 150 lb (68 kg) or Less”
  13. ISO 9001, 4th Edition, Corrected and reprinted in 2009, “Quality management systems — Requirements”
  14. SOR/98-282, 2011 Edition, “Canadian Medical Devices Regulation”
  15. ASTM D4169, 2009 Edition, “Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems”
  16. ASTM E1444, 2011 Edition, “Standard Practice for Magnetic Particle Testing”
  17. BS EN 60601-1, 2006 Edition with Corrigendum 1 (correction sheet) from 2011, “Medical electrical equipment. General requirements for safety”
  18. ISO 10993-1, 4th Edition with Technical Corrigendum 1 (correction sheet) from 2011, “Biological evaluation of medical devices – Part 1: Evaluation and testing within a risk management process”
  19. ISO 13485, 2nd Edition with Technical Corrigendum 1 (correction sheet) from 2009, “Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes”
  20. ASTM A240, 2011a Edition, “Standard Specification for Chromium and Chromium-Nickel Stainless Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip for Pressure Vessels and for General Applications”

These documents are all available from Document Center Inc. at our website, www.document-center.com.  Or contact us by phone (650-591-7600), fax (650-591-7617) or email (info@document-center.com) for more information.  We’re happy to help you with all your standards questions and requirements.

Happy New Year!

IPC-A-610 New Revision E is a must-have for Electronic Assembly Quality

IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, remains the perennial Top Quality Standard for electronic assembly facilities world-wide.  The new Revision E dated 4/1/2010 covers workmanship criteria for electronic assemblies with 809 full-color photographs and illustrations.

Users of the new IPC-A-610E will find the document an invaluable guide to improving process control and design.  Topics include flex attachment, board in board, part on part, lead free, component orientation and soldering criteria for through-hold, SMT  (new termination styles) and discrete wiring assemblies, mechanical assembly, cleaning, marking, coating and laminate requirements.

Further, according to IPC, the new 400 page revision has been “critically reviewed for clarity and accuracy.”  Commonly used with IPC/EIA-J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, the two documents have been brought into closer alignment with the simultaneous release of new editions for both documents.

To purchase the new IPC-A-610 Revision E and the new IPC/EIA-J-STD-001 Revision E, both are available from Document Center Inc.  Call us at 650-591-7600, email us at info@document-center.com or order on our website at www.document-center.com.