IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC/WHMA-A-620 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) Class 3, to AirBorn Inc. for its two locations, one in Georgetown, Texas and the other, in Lake City, Pa. Following an initial audit by IPC, AirBorn Inc. becomes one of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) trusted sources and suppliers meeting the stringent requirements of the Qualified Manufacturing Listing (QML) based on one of IPC's foremost standards: IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies.
AirBorn Inc. initially contacted IPC to review its manufacturing processes using the IPC Standard Gap Analysis (SGA). Through the SGA program, the wire assembly manufacturer, looked to improve its production methods before moving to the IPC Validation Services QML recognition program.
During the IPC Validation Services QML audit, AirBorn Inc. met or exceeded the requirements for the electronics industry’s most rigorous classification, Class 3, which is intended for high-performance electronics assemblies. The company is now listed and recognized as an IPC trusted source capable of manufacturing in accordance with industry best practices. “AirBorn Inc. is very proud to have their Georgetown, Texas and Lake City, Pennsylvania facilities placed on the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Qualified Manufacturers Listing,” said Jennifer Nelson, AirBorn Inc. vice president of operations.
“The manufacturing processes at these facilities have been proven to be in accordance with the requirements of IPC/WHMA-A-620 (Classes 1, 2 and 3). Both locations diligently continue to improve assembly operators’ skills and capabilities in support of the growing demand for complex and highly-reliable wire and cable assemblies. The IPC/WHMA-A-620 Class 3 site Qualified Manufacturers Listings exemplify AirBorn’s commitment to constant improvement and the production of high-quality, rugged and reliable assemblies.”
IPC's Validation Services QPL/QML Program was developed to promote supply chain verification and recognition. It also provides auditing and certification of electronics companies' products, and identifies processes which conform to IPC standards.
"Different from other audit programs, IPC's Validation Services Programs uniquely provides technical and in-depth assessments of products and processes in accordance with IPC standards," said Randy Cherry, IPC director of Validation Services. "We are pleased to especially recognize AirBorn Inc. for becoming a member of IPC's network of trusted QML suppliers."
IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 4,300-member company sites which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Taos, NM.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.