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IPC/WHMA-A-620, offered by Advanced Rework Technology, is a premier training course tailored for professionals in the electronic assemblies sector. This course focuses on establishing accept/reject criteria for cable and wire harnesses/assemblies, utilising detailed colour visuals and illustrations to demonstrate acceptable and defect conditions in these components. It also covers a wide range of process requirements, rendering it an all-encompassing and standalone document in the realm of electronic assembly standards​.

Who Should Take This Course?

The IPC/WHMA-A-620 course is particularly beneficial for professionals who are responsible for the quality and reliability of electronic assemblies. It is ideal for:

  • Instructors/Trainers
  • Management Personnel
  • Quality Supervisors
  • Engineering & Manufacturing Supervisors

These roles often require a deep understanding of cable and wire harness assemblies, making the insights and standards taught in this course vital for their professional development and operational excellence​​.

Available Levels of Training and Course Content

Training Levels
The IPC/WHMA-A-620 course is offered at different levels of training to cater to various professional needs:

  • Certified IPC Trainer (CIT)
  • Certified IPC Specialist (CIS)
  • Certified Standards Expert (CSE)

Each level is designed to provide specific skills and knowledge, ensuring that participants receive training that is most relevant to their role in the industry​​.

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Course Topics

The course is divided into several comprehensive modules:

  1. Foreword, Preparation, Measuring, and Testing (Mandatory)
  2. Crimp Terminations and IDC’s
  3. Soldered Terminations
  4. Connectorization, Molding, and Potting
  5. Ultrasonic Welding and Splices
  6. Marking-Labeling, Securing, Shielding, and Cable/Wire Harness Protective Coverings
  7. Coaxial and Biaxial Cable Assemblies
  8. Harness/Cable Electrical Shielding and Protective Coverings

These modules cover a broad spectrum of topics, ensuring a thorough understanding of the standards and practices in cable and wire harness assembly​​.

Course Certification & Duration

Upon completing the course, participants receive an industry-recognised, traceable certification valid for two years. The course duration varies depending on the level of training:

  • Certified IPC Trainer (CIT): 4 days
  • Certified IPC Specialist (CIS): 4 days for all modules
  • Certified Standards Expert (CSE): 4 days

This certification is a valuable asset, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 standards​​.

Global Recognition and Implementation

The Global Impact of IPC/WHMA-A-620

IPC/WHMA-A-620 is not just a standard; it’s a global benchmark in the cable and wire harness manufacturing industry. Since its inception, this standard, developed collaboratively by IPC and WHMA, has been adopted by manufacturers in over 42 countries.

Its widespread implementation underlines its significance and effectiveness in setting the quality yardstick for cable and wire harness products worldwide. Additionally, the training materials for this standard are available in 12 different languages, ensuring accessibility and understanding across diverse linguistic backgrounds.

This universal adoption facilitates effective communication between original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and manufacturers, even in projects with unique specifications​​.

Building Professional Skills and Capabilities

Skill Development through IPC/WHMA-A-620 Training
The IPC/WHMA-A-620 course does more than just impart knowledge; it equips professionals with practical skills essential for the industry. Participants who successfully complete this training develop the ability to:

  • Accurately apply the quality standards of IPC/WHMA-A-620 in evaluating cable and wire harness products.
  • Interpret and effectively communicate the objectives and nuances of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 standards.
  • Understand and explain terminologies and definitions specific to cable and wire harness manufacturing and quality standards.

These skills are crucial for maintaining high standards of quality and ensuring that products meet the stringent requirements set by the industry​.

Enhancing Quality and Compliance

Impact of A-620 Certification on Quality Standards
The A-620 certification is more than a training accomplishment; it’s a commitment to excellence in the electronics manufacturing industry. Recognised by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and other quality-certifying bodies, this certification:

  • Promotes compliance with international standards, ensuring that manufacturers adhere to the best practices in cable and wire harness production.
  • Enhances overall quality and productivity, setting a high benchmark for operations and output in the sector.
  • Builds a culture of continuous improvement, driving manufacturers to consistently elevate their standards and methodologies​​.

This focus on quality and compliance benefits both manufacturers and consumers, fostering trust and ensuring superior product standards.

Customer Trust and Manufacturer Validation

Building Trust and Reliability in the Market

The A-620 certification plays a pivotal role in building customer trust and enhancing satisfaction. Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) now prefer collaborating with A-620-certified manufacturers, thanks to the perceived reliability and efficiency these certified entities bring to the table. This certification:

  • Confirms the validity and commitment of wire harness manufacturers to meet customer requirements.
  • Demonstrates a manufacturer’s knowledge and capability to provide value-added services.
  • Promotes lasting business partnerships by ensuring manufacturers are well-versed in quality management systems and committed to producing high-standard products​​​​.

This aspect of the A-620 certification helps manufacturers stand out in the competitive electronics market, assuring clients of their dedication to quality and reliability.

Commitment to Industry Investment

Significance of A-620 Certification for Industry Professionals
Possessing an A-620 certification is a testament to a company’s willingness to invest in the education and development of its key production employees. This investment:

  • Ensures an understanding among the workforce about what is acceptable and what is not in terms of product quality.
  • Helps eliminate the risk of low-quality products being part of deliveries.
  • Improves the company’s reputation and trustworthiness in the electronics market.

By certifying their teams, companies demonstrate a proactive approach to maintaining high-quality standards, ultimately leading to improved customer satisfaction and market reputation​​.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is IPC/WHMA-A-620 Standard Revision E?
IPC/WHMA-A-620 Standard Revision E is the most current version of the standard, which includes updated criteria for cable and wire harness assemblies.

How much does the IPC/WHMA-A-620 course cost?
The cost of the course may vary. Contact Advanced Rework Technology for the most current pricing information.

What is the latest revision of IPC/WHMA-A-620?
The latest revision of IPC/WHMA-A-620 is Revision E.

What is the difference between IPC 610 and IPC 620?
IPC 610 pertains to printed circuit board assemblies, while IPC 620 focuses on cable and wire harness assemblies.

What is an IPC qualification?
An IPC qualification is a certification that demonstrates a professional’s knowledge and proficiency in IPC standards for electronic assemblies.

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