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IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-610 and IPC/WHMA-A-620 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) Class 3, to the Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) business area. Following an initial audit by IPC, Lockheed Martin RMS becomes one of the OEM trusted sources and suppliers meeting the stringent requirements of the Qualified Manufacturing Listing (QML) based on three of IPC's foremost standards: IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies and IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies.
Lockheed Martin RMS initially contacted IPC to review its manufacturing processes using the IPC Standard Gap Analysis (SGA). Through the SGA program, the global security and aerospace company looked to improve its production methods before moving to the IPC Validation Services QML recognition program.
During the IPC Validation Services QML four-day audit, Lockheed Martin RMS 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.
IPC's Validations 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 Lockheed Martin for becoming a member of IPC's network of trusted QML suppliers for three of IPC’s foremost standards."
For more information about IPC's Validation Services QPL/QML Program, click here.