Specifications have been used in the manufacturing process since the introduction of the idea of “part interchangeability” and the demise of the practice of having the master craftsman complete the entire manufacturing process by himself. This was the “real beginning” of the Industrial Revolution as we know it today. During the period of the 1990’s and the growth of the “Communications and Information Age”, commercial specifications came into common use in electronics manufacturing for both civilian and military products, thus the publication of IPC-A-610, “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies”.
The IPC-A-610D Revision was published in February 2005 and reflects changes primarily in the form of newly introduced components and processes. It was also re-organized to more readily reflect both the importance of the section and the flow of the process.
Certification to one or more of the IPC specifications has filled the training/certification gap within the industry since the cancellation of the MIL-STD-2000 in 1995. The EMPF IPC-A-610D Revision Training/Certification program, released in late summer of 2005, contained a different approach as compared to the previous program: (1) the programs for certification and re-certification are now the same (2) the program for the Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) is now presented in modular form with modules 1 & 2 being prerequisite for all optional modules as well as modules 4 & 8 being a requirement for certification to either module 5, 6 or 7.
On-site classes for CIS can be scheduled in Philadelphia or custom classes, for both Certified IPC Trainers (CIT) and Certified IPC Specialists (CIS), can be scheduled for presentation at customer facilities. For additional information on registration and scheduling for IPC-A-610D Training/Certification, please contact the Training Center Registrar. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 610-362-1320 or sign up on the web site at www.aciusa.org.